Hotel owners swap Cotswolds for Scottish Highlands to take on new hospitality challenge

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Hospitality owners Bruce and Pam McFarlane have snapped up a popular B&B in Inverarary, swapping Cotswolds life for the challenge of running a business in the Scottish Highlands.

The McFarlanes previously ran Folly Farm Cottage in the Cotswolds for over a decade and have now moved to Scotland to take over Newton Hall Guest House.

Newton Hall is believed to have been built in 1895 as a church, prior to its conversion into a seven-bedroom B&B.

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Although most of its guests come from Scotland, in the first couple of weeks under its new management, Bruce said that he had welcomed visitors from Japan and America.

He said: “Once we decided to move back to Scotland to be closer to family and friends, we looked across the country for a new guest house. After considering potential premises in Crieff, Callander, and beyond, when we came across Newton Hall Guest House we immediately knew it was the right choice. The building itself, its heritage, and the views are second-to-none, while the local tourist market is buoyant with so many events and attractions.

“It’s a well-known stop-over for many visitors to the area – but we think there’s even more potential for the business, encouraging our guests to extend their breaks to two nights or more. We’re looking to enhance the service with our experience of running a similar B&B in England, while opening up new opportunities through digital technologies.”

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