Hotel management company Campbell Gray Hotels is to open its first hotel in Scotland later this month after an extensive renovation and expansion programme.
The Machrie Hotel and Golf Links, situated on the island of Islay, is owned by husband and wife, Gavyn Davies and Baroness Sue Nye.
Davies is a former chairman of the BBC and currently chairman of Fulcrum Asset Management, a founding partner of Anthos Capital and Active Private Equity, and a senior adviser to Prisma Capital; while Nye was an advisor to Gordon Brown when he was Prime Minister.
They bought The Machrie in 2011, at a time when it was in administration.
Since then, the hotel has been completely modernised over the last few years by architecture firm Hudson Architects, who have restored the original Victorian hotel building.
The interiors for the 47-bedroom hotel have been created in collaboration with Peter Young Design, with much of the furniture made bespoke.
The bedrooms will consist of suites, rooms and lodges, some of which will have their own kitchens and outdoors terraces.
There will also be a new restaurant overlooking the 18th green of the golf course and the sea, with a bar featuring a collection of whiskies, sourced from Islay’s eight distilleries.
The restaurant will be headed up by Scottish head chef Gordon Wallace.
The Courtyard Lounge, The Snug, The Stag Lounge and The Bar all have fireplaces, while there is also a Spa with two treatment rooms, a sauna and gym.
A private meeting and dining room plus a private screening room, which will be the first cinema on the island, is available for both hotel guests and visitors.
Earlier this year, Anne Schaeflein, was appointed general manager.
Gordon Campbell Gray, founder of Campbell Gray Hotels said: “I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to be opening our first hotel in Scotland. As a Scot I have often thought of this day and for it to be on the stunning island of Islay (The Queen of The Hebrides) could not be better. The scenery, the wildlife, the coastline, one of the finest Links courses in the world, coupled with the people and of course its positioning in The Inner Hebrides makes it the perfect place to stay and to explore other nearby islands.”
Campbell Gray Hotels operates six hotels across the world, with The Machrie Hotel marking the company’s second property in Europe.