Plans to convert a north-east hotel into a house have been approved.
Owners Ian and Karen Strachan had lodged the planning application with Aberdeenshire Council to change the use of the Muggarthaugh Hotel, near Muir of Fowlis, to a home.
The hotel has been on the market for around a decade without any success, and the owners are now keen to move on.
And permission has now been granted by the local authority for the change, although the owners previously indicated the business may not close for some time yet.
The plans, which could see it transformed into a five-bedroom home, with a patio extension at the back, were approved on the condition that off-street parking and a turning area for a minimum of three cars is provided prior to the completion of the development.
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At the moment the hotel is home to five bedrooms, a bar and dining room, as well as a function suite, with two of the bedrooms currently rented out to guests.
Mr Strachan said: “The catering game isn’t the same as it used to be.
“It’s a lot of hard work and there’s a lot of people who don’t want to do the hard work.
“It’s a six-day-a-week job, and I have a few health issues.
“Hopefully people will know that we can’t keep working forever, it takes its toll on you. We do everything ourselves, and we can’t justify taking anyone on to help us out.”