Black Sheep Hotels has relaunched its third Highlands hotels after a refurbishment by an Indian entrepreneur who has invested over £10m into the new portfolio.
The former Letterfinlay Lodge at Spean Bridge, which played host to stars including Hollywood actor Burt Lancaster and jazz musician Stéphane Grappelli has undergone extensive refurbishment and has re-opened its doors as the Whispering Pine Lodge.
The new-look property follows the recent opening of The Cluanie Inn at Glenmoriston and Rokeby Manor (formerly Craigard Guest House) at Invergarry, which relaunched earlier this year after a multi-million pound renovation.
Indian entrepreneur Sanjay Narang purchased the property following his visit to the Highlands in 2018, after being so disappointed with his visit that he decided to acquire the hotels.
£3 million was invested in buying the properties with a further investment of £9 million in refurbishing them.
Whispering Pine Lodge was originally a hunting lodge built in the 1800s and became a hotel in the mid-1900s. The hotel is home to 25 bedrooms, the Lochside Brasserie and The Burns Bar, which pays homage to Robert Burns.
Onsite is the Sleeping Beauty Salon, with two treatment rooms and a nailbar and pedicure area, while the Whispering Pine cabins are three-bedroom cottages looking out over Loch Lochy.
Commenting on the opening of Whispering Pine Lodge, Mr Narang said: “We are delighted to be opening the third of our Black Sheep Hotels at Whispering Pine Lodge, providing affordable luxury on the banks of stunning Loch Lochy.
“The opening marks our hat-trick of Highland hotels, following the opening of Rokeby Manor and Cluanie Inn earlier this year. We have brought together our considerable experience and expertise in the hospitality sector in order to ensure that each of these has hotels their own unique style, perfectly located to explore the Highlands.”
Black Sheep Hotel group is under the ownership of Mumbai-based hospitality company, Mars Enterprise and Hospitality.