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    Default Keil Hotel, Southend, Argyll


    Unfortunately only outside pics of this one. Once I got closer to it, the 'un' dropped as I saw how wrecked it was - I don't think there were any floors left, and all the lower windows were well secured so I neglected to find out...
    It's been closed for a mere 18 years, in 1992 the owners got permission to install a pitched roof which might have saved it, but it was never built.
    Just before WW2 started, Captain James Taylor, a retired farmer, saw his recently built, 28-bedroomed hotel requisitioned by The Admiralty to be used as a hospital. It wouldn't return to him until 1947, ten years after it was built by these plucky chaps...









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    Bricked up main entrance




    Tennis courts
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    I spotted this place on the Secret Scotland site and it looked so inviting, and was just thinking about it this very morning (perhaps I subliminally noticed your report). It looked like a good site to explore.

    And now I know it's no longer worth the detour. Thanks for putting up a disappointing exploration if only to save others a repeat of your disappointment.

    However, I'm wondering: perhaps the facade is structurally sound? Maybe moot, though, as it's so remote for a hotel that size.

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    Nice one :)

    I love this kind of Modernist/Deco architecture, grew up in an Deco villa :)

    Shame it's so far gone, but still an attractive facade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedDave View Post
    I spotted this place on the Secret Scotland site and it looked so inviting, and was just thinking about it this very morning (perhaps I subliminally noticed your report). It looked like a good site to explore.

    And now I know it's no longer worth the detour. Thanks for putting up a disappointing exploration if only to save others a repeat of your disappointment.

    However, I'm wondering: perhaps the facade is structurally sound? Maybe moot, though, as it's so remote for a hotel that size.
    Doing a bit of searching, I found out that it was quite popular in its day, even up to the closure.
    I don't know how the facade's doing, casting my untrained eye over it, it looked structurally OK with no cracking or subsidence.

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    Nice one, been on a solo mission down south?:)

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    It was most unplanned, I got up in the middle of the night and just took off for 3 days because I couldn't be hacked going to work the next day and felt like going somewhere 'different'. No more job though, unsurprisingly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lost View Post
    ...No more job though, unsurprisingly.
    I've walked out of many a job, once or twice with a grand flourish, but that has got to be the best reason ever!
    I like the building, btw. Lovely set of photos, too. :)
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    haha, nice one, im out of a job soon too, next week infact where else did you go? sleep in the car again?

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    Really like this. Love the art deco building, and those views from the place are gorgeous. Excellent find Lost, and lovely pics to boot.

    Good luck in finding a new job.

    Cheers,

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    Im so glad Ive seen your report on this place, saves me the petrol and trip down the windy roads. Place looks nice but I was thinking that it might be cool inside too.

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