Weddings cancelled as Old Mill Inn to shut

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A 200 year old hotel which has earned a warm place in the hearts of many Deeside folk over the decades is almost certain to close this year.

Owners of the The Old Mill Inn, on South Deeside Road beside the Milltimber Brae bridge, are believed to be in the process of finalising the sale of their hotel to a developer thought to be interested in providing accommodation for the hundreds of workers who will be involved in the building of the nearby Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR).

Victor and Audrey Sang, along with business partner Mike French, bought the Old Mill Inn in 1989, and are apparently now keen to “pursue other business activities”.

The hotel was put up for sale in February 2013.

Originally built in 1797 as a ‘staging post’ on the road north from Stonehaven, the Inn has hosted dozens of large scale functions such as weddings and special birthday parties.

In addition, annual events like the Boxing Day Vintage Tractor Drive up south Deeside in aid of various charities have invariably ended up with a meal at the Old Mill Inn.

Set in just over five acres of prime riverside land, it was inevitable that the building would be affected one way or another by the projected Aberdeen by-pass as the new four-lane bridge over the River Dee is to be constructed just a few hundred yards east off the current Milltimber bridge.

Several homes, plus the former International School of Aberdeen, were served with compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) by Aberdeen city and shire councils, with demolition already commenced.

It is not known at present what sale price is currently under negotiation for the Old Mill Inn, but it was originally for “offers over £1million plus VAT”.

Wedding functions already booked at the venue have had to be cancelled at very short notice, leaving 11 couples with just four months to make new plans for their special days.

Victor Sang intends to return all deposits for weddings and claims to be helping the couples find other arrangements.

He said: “We’ve been very lucky to have had the clientele we’ve had over the 25 years we’ve run the hotel and thank them all for their support. I can’t reveal who the developer will be and at the moment we have no idea what we’re going to do next - probably just put our feet up for a while!”