A CHICAGO-BASED company has bought North Berwick’s Macdonald Marine Hotel and Spa, its second Scottish property.

The purchase of the hotel, which overlooks the 16th hole of the West Links at North Berwick Golf Club, was made by AJ Capital, a hospitality and real estate investment company.

The company has confirmed that the hotel will undergo extensive renovations from autumn this year.

Work is planned to be completed by spring next year.

Both the outside and inside of the building will see a complete renovation, including the existing rooms.

Plans also include six additional rooms, two food and drink venues, a large meeting and event space, an indoor/outdoor spa and a fitness centre.

The company says the design throughout the hotel will take inspiration from the the East Lothian coast’s world-renowned golf courses and notable figures, with nods to the North Berwick community and the Marine’s seaside location.

Some of the features include textured materials and furniture that references the tailored experience of golf, local beliefs and Scottish traditions, the company adds.

Phillip Allen, AJ Capital Partners chief development officer for international markets, said: “North Berwick is positioned in the midst of some of the most distinguished golf institutions in the world and we are honoured to bring our unique take on hospitality to this iconic destination.

“We look forward to building upon our recent acquisitions in the United Kingdom and continuing to provide a memorable and differentiated experience for friends and visitors from across the globe.”

The Marine is the third hotel AJ Capital, which also owns the Rusacks Hotel in St Andrews, has bought from Macdonald Hotels and Resorts.

Eric Hassberger, partner and chief operating officer at AJ Capital Partners, said: “Our team is humbled by the opportunity to create a distinct and inspiring hospitality experience along Scotland’s historic Golf Coast.

“We look forward to welcoming golf and leisure travellers alike to both the Rusacks Hotel in St Andrews and the Marine Hotel in North Berwick, and pairing these two incredible destinations to deliver unforgettable experiences for generations to come.”