Abington Hotel near Biggar, South Lanarkshire, host to French Emperor Prince Louis Napoleon in 1839, is set to change hands, after 27 years in the same family ownership. The 30-bedrom hotel, situated close to Junction 13 of the M74 motorway, sits in three acres of ground and features a lounge bar, conservatory, dining room, conference room and a range of staff accommodation. Selling agent Colliers International is inviting offers over £495,000.

The ‘Emperor’s chair’, reputedly used by Prince Louis Napoleon ahead of his shooting party on the nearby Lanarkshire moors, still graces the hotel and forms part of the sale.

Duncan and Susan MacBride, who have owned and operated the business for more than 27 years, are retiring from the trade.

Alistair Letham, a director with selling agent Colliers International, commented: “Having sold the Abington Hotel to Duncan MacBride in 1987, I am delighted to be aiding them with their exit and retirement nearly three decades later.  The hotel has supported the family well throughout these years and is now a firmly established business, catering to the local community and a good cross-section of conference business, visiting tourists and touring coach parties.”

Colliers International is inviting offers over £495,000 for Abington Hotel, 78 Carlisle Road, Abington nr Biggar ML12 6SD. For further information, please visit: