Loch Lomond Cameron House hotel posts £ 13million profit

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A luxury loch-side hotel where a couple were killed in a tragic fire in 2017 made a profit of £ 13million last year.

Accounts released last week show Cameron House, near Balloch, made a profit of £ 13,846,000 in 2020 – after recording a loss of £ 12,057,000 in 2019.

Days before Christmas in 2017, tragedy struck when a fire broke out at the exclusive venue that killed Simon Midgley, 32, and his partner Richard Dyson, 38.

In January Cameron House was fined £ 500,000 after pleading guilty to a series of fire safety failures and night watchman Christopher O’Malley, 35, of Lennox Street in Renton, was sentenced to 300 hours of unpaid labor for putting chimney ash in plastic. bag and inside a cupboard that started the fire.

The court heard that the complex had received two warnings from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service regarding the storage of flammable materials in the janitor’s closet near an ignition source.

Prosecutors said the general manager raised the issue with a chief janitor and a resort manager, but the practice remained unchanged, with jackets, leaflets, kindling and newspapers all stored there before the ‘fire.

An investigation into a fatal accident on the fire is due to take place later this year, with Simon’s devastated mother, Jane, saying: “Waiting for answers is like torture. I suffered. I still need to know why the boys don’t come home.

According to hotel accounts, the financial gains in 2020 came mainly from insurance payments – which totaled more than £ 20million.

The hotel has also claimed £ 1.33million in leave for staff during the pandemic.

In the update, the heads of Cameron House also revealed that the cost of repairs after the fire now stands at £ 29.7million, an increase from the planned £ 25.8million in the accounts of the previous year.

The main hotel building is set to reopen next month, with the cheapest rooms priced at £ 480 per night.

A 68-room extension to the site is expected to be completed in December.

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