Sale of Shandon Hydro

Dear blog reader

As my regular readers will know, most of my blog posts about the Hydro are about the sale of the contents of West Shandon prior to conversion into the Hydro or about events held at the Hydro during its life as a hotel.

Below is something different, an article from 1936 when the Hydro was sold.

I hope you find it interesting






Shandon Hotel, the well-known hydropathic, is coming on to the market, and has been placed in the hands of Walker, Fraser & Steele, the Glasgow and Edinburgh estate agents.

The property occupies a fine situation on the shores of the Gareloch. The mansion-house, an Elizabethan edifice, was commenced in 1851 as the seat of Mr Robert Napier the noted marine engineer. After his death, its collection of art treasures was sold in London, and the mansion itself converted into a hydropathic establishment, being enlarged by the addition of Turkish and swimming baths etc.

There is a magnificent suite of reception rooms, about 130 bedrooms (of which approximately 100 are fitted with running water), salt water swimming pools, Russian and Turkish baths, and covered tennis courts. The local railway station on the London and North Eastern Railway system is nearby. The grounds extend to over 60 acres, providing all kinds of outdoor sports.

Messrs Walker, Fraser & Steele, who have been instructed to market the property by Messrs West, Anderson & Murdoch, solicitors, Glasgow, intimate that they do not intend to place Shandon to auction. They will invite private offers for the place more or less as it stands, including all the furnishings and fittings etc.

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