The next stage of the renovation of Gretna Hall Hotel is about to begin.

Dating back to 1710, the hall stands in the centre of Gretna Green village and was bought by Gretna Green Limited in 2016.

The hall already underwent a major refurbishment and rebrand when the firm took over the venue.

Now in its third year of operation as a member of the Gretna Green family of hotels, chairman Alasdair Houston has spearheaded further improvements to Gretna Hall Hotel.

The firm says it is part of his commitment to elevating Gretna Green as a wold-class destination for leisure, weddings, business and a base to discover the rest of the region.

Mr Houston this week announced the new round of work, which will develop the guest accommodation.

Mr Houston said: “It is vitally important for me not only to continually develop our family business and ensure we constantly surprise and delight our customers, but also to ensure the investment we make contributes to a sustainable future for the community.

“By continuing to adapt and improve our hotels and our visitor attraction, using the skill and expertise of local tradesmen and women, we are able to support local businesses and add further career opportunities to the local people.

“Our development plans aim to attract more visitors to the region, offering outstanding accommodation options and excellent customer service standards at every turn.”

Gretna Green Ltd also owns Smiths Hotel, Gretna Green and Greens at Gretna Hotel, as well as the world-famous visitor attraction The Famous Blacksmiths Shop, which welcome over 850,000 people a year to Gretna Green.