Angus Provost Helen Oswald recently visited a local award-winning accommodation provider to find out more about how it is attracting foreign business to the area.
Mrs Oswald visited House of Turin which, although only opened six months ago, is already building up an international clientele.
Yvonne Corbett, managing director, said she aims to transform the house, between Forfar and Montrose, into an elite destination attracting business clients, wedding parties and groups of tourists from all over the world.
She continued: “The combination of Angus’s location in the heart of Scotland, excellent transport links, stunning countryside and strong sense of history, heritage and tradition with the seclusion, tranquillity and luxury of House of Turin makes this the perfect destination for international visitors.”
Ms Corbett also said that the mansion can be hired for special occasions such as weddings or family get-togethers, as well as for hunting, shooting, fishing or golf trips, exclusive one-off events, highly-confidential meetings, fashion shoots or even as a filming location.
The luxury venue was recently awarded VisitScotland’s highest grading – five stars - and has already attracted considerable interest from abroad.
She continued: “I am working with other Angus businesses to bring guests into the area. It’s all about teamwork.
“Many of our potential clients are currently arranging preview visits, such as a German travel company which is sending over a representative and a group of American ladies who are visiting House of Turin next week.”
After touring the mansion’s 10 suites, dining hall, music room, lounge, library bar and conservatory, and also viewing the work being carried out to restore the swimming pool, the Provost congratulated Ms Corbett for returning the house to its former glory.
Mrs Oswald said: “There’s no doubt that the exceptional standards set by Yvonne and her team, including the local businesses, suppliers and caterers who are helping to add an air of luxurious perfection to this country mansion, will certainly contribute to Angus attracting increasing numbers of international visitors.
“House of Turin is pulling out all the stops to ensure its guests enjoy the best possible experience during their time in Angus.”