South Scotland

Borders millionaire's mansion tourism plans take shape

Haining House
Image caption Plans have been submitted to start converting Haining House into a major tourist attraction

Plans have been submitted for the first phase of a project to turn a millionaire's mansion into a majors Borders tourist attraction.

Former lawyer Andrew Nimmo-Smith left Haining House in Selkirk to the local community following his death in 2009.

A charitable trust has been formed to take forward ideas to convert the property into a visitor attraction.

Plans for the first phase, to create six commercial units, have been submitted to Scottish Borders Council.

The full application includes an upgrade of the access road and the creation of parking spaces within the courtyard area of the estate.

Mr Nimmo-Smith died in Borders General Hospital in July last year at the age of 85.

In his will he left his historic home to be used for the "architectural, cultural or historical" benefit of the community.

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