LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - June 29, 2012) - Ayrshire hotel and resort Seamill Hydro will this Thursday be unveiling its new restaurant, The Orangery. The refurbishment of the restaurant is part of the hotel's wider regeneration programme, backed by a new £3 million refinancing agreement with Santander Corporate Banking and their large choice of nationwide personal loans.
The hotel has been owned and operated as a partnership by two generations of the Sweeney family since 1985. The family has rejuvenated the business, transforming it from a neglected 40-bedroom hotel into a bustling 94-bedroom resort attracting a wide demographic of guests from both the UK and abroad.
The new finance will allow Seamill Hydro to continue its extensive refurbishment programme, providing working capital to continue with further improvements.
Sylvester Sweeney, Co-owner of Seamill Hydro, said: "We are extremely dedicated to our business and want to safeguard it for the future generations of our family. We are proud of our achievements to date in transforming the hotel, but realise there is much more that can to be done. Working with Santander has been a very positive experience for us and we hope to continue our working relationship with them in the future."
Peter Anderson, Relationship Director for Santander Corporate Banking, said: "I am very pleased to have been able to support the Sweeney family with the expansion and refurbishment of this lovely hotel. They have worked extremely hard to transform the hotel in the past 27 years and I am sure that with Santander's help, they will be able to make all the improvements necessary to keep the hotel at its high standard. We hope to build a relationship with them and are keen to assist with future financing requirements."
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