Firefighters were called to the scene of the property located within the grounds of the Belleisle Golf Course at around 15:20 on Friday (14 June). Five fire crews were sent to the scene of the hotel which had been closed for refurbishment.
A Facebook message by South Ayrshire Council Sport and Leisure said: “Belleisle House Hotel is on fire, Emergency Services are in attendance. In the interest of public safety we advise that people stay away from the area until a further update can be issued.”
Ayr MP Bill Grant added: “It’s a sad day for the town of Ayr and a sad end to the saga that was Belleisle Hotel. It was blessed with so much optimism just a few years ago and today we see it turned to rubble by the ravages of fire.”
Town MSP, John Scott, said: “This is an utterly tragic loss to the heritage of Ayr. A lot of questions will be asked about how the proposed redevelopment of the mansion house has been handled over recent years, and rightly so, but for the time being it’s just a tragedy for the town that this piece of local history has been lost.”