A major holiday resort could be built next door to the world famous Gleneagles Hotel.
Developers are drawing up a multi-million-pound plan for nearly 200 bespoke lodges across 60 acres of land just north of the five star venue.
Glasgow-based Anchorus Ltd said the project is part of its vision to create a “unique” visitor destination in the heart of rural Perthshire, which would complement existing facilities at the neighbouring Auchterarder hotel.
If approved, the scheme could have a development value of more than £60 million and will create about 50 jobs.
The firm has lodged a formal Proposal of Application Notice with Perth and Kinross Council and bosses will present the scheme to residents at a series of consultation events next month.
The plan is separate to Gleneagles’ own plan for a holiday resort – complete with two restaurants and shops – which was approved by councillors last month.
The Gleneagles’ project is earmarked for 250 acres of land at Easterton Farm, less than five miles from Anchorus’ site.
Company director Scott Gillespie said: “The proposals address a gap in the market for this type of holiday accommodation and provide the opportunity to promote Perthshire as a fantastic tourism destination.”
He added: “Not only do the lodges benefit from the close pedestrian links to one of Scotland’s best hotels, they create a base for owners to explore everything else we have to offer here, from walking, cycling, fishing and a whole array of other outdoor and leisure pursuits.”
Mr Gillespie said the high quality design of the timber lodges will encourage visitors to stay longer and explore the wider area.
The lodges will be developed in small clusters and serviced by a central hub building. Local firm Island Leisure will build the mix of two, three and four bed properties.
The Inveralmond-based company has a workforce of around 25, but hopes to establish an apprentice scheme if planning permission is secured.
Anchorus’ designs also include proposals to upgrade walking and cycling routes around the site, while a concierge and central booking system will be created to promote local businesses and help tourists’ plan their holidays.
The firm said, if approved, 20 jobs will be created on the site with another 30 during construction.
Feedback from residents at next month’s consultation event will be used to shape a planning application.