Scottish hotel chain is selling properties in England to pay for development.

Scottish hotel chain Macdonald Hotels has revealed plans to fund a £200m development programme with a sell-off of properties south of the border.

According to The Scotsman, more than 20 of the chain's 65 hotels will be put on the market on a sale and manage back basis.

No decision has yet been made on which properties to sell, but those in the frame are understood to include the Eastgate in Oxford, the Francis in Bath and the Bush in Farnham.

The firm has no plans to sell any of its 17 hotels in Scotland. It is aiming to fund further new-build projects such as the 165-room Holland House Hotel in Cardiff and a 264-room hotel in Manchester, which will open next year.