Pools in the shade of the Black Cuillins near Glenbrittle
A £ 250,000 renovation is underway at the Isle of Skye Guest House – formerly MacKinnon Country House Hotel – following its acquisition by the Fusion Group of Companies.
The 15-bedroom house has already secured several hundred pounds of forward bookings for 2022 through Fusion’s booking partner Accommodation Services, with an official launch now slated for spring.
Planning will be sought in the spring of 2022 and Fusion intends to develop part of the house’s five acres of land into a modern, eco-friendly lodge park, offering 34 two-bedroom lodges for rent, as well as a custom built Club House.
Fusion has extensive experience in the management, advice and ownership of hotels, serviced apartments, guest houses, bed and breakfasts and holiday parks. its portfolio includes Old Churches House, Dunblane and Logierait Lodges in Pitlochry.
Built in 1912 by Major Archie MacKinnon, the Isle of Skye Guest House is overlooked by the stunning Sgurr na Coinnich mountain range and is one of the first stops after Skye Bridge. Considered the perfect example of a Scottish country hotel, it has nine bedrooms in the main house, six of which are in a separate garden pavilion.
Alex McKie, Managing Director of Fusion Group, said: “I am pleased to report that several local businesses are now hard at work to give The Isle of Skye Guest House a new look ahead of our opening in February of l ‘next year.
“This involves installing new en-suite bathrooms, rewiring, reconfiguring room layouts and installing modern IT, including wifi, and televisions in all bedrooms.
“We have developed a classic and understated signature look within the Fusion properties.
“We refer to the beautiful setting here on Skye in our decor and furnishings, but our look is by no means twee. Our aim is to exceed guest expectations and we are confident that they will enjoy their stay at Isle of Skye Guest House very much.
He said the Guest House started with a lot of public inquiries which turned into bookings for next year.
Alex McKie: breathtaking setting
“Accommodation services specialize in marketing our properties, as well as others that we deal with on a contract basis,” he said. “This allows the public to book quickly and easily with a single point of contact, while taking advantage of the best rates.
“We said at the time of the acquisition that Skye was going through a very dynamic period with restaurateurs discovering the delicacies of the island. This shows no signs of slowing down in 2022.
“Our guesthouse renovation, as well as our new breakfast offering, which includes built-in refrigerators located in rooms offering a free light breakfast of cereal, yogurt, juice and muffins , are proven ways to add value to the company which benefits from a very accessible setting, in a magnificent landscape.
He said he aimed to create the new lodge park with zero net impact.
“This is important and something that we will be very careful about,” he said. “It will attract additional clientele to the island, with a capacity of up to 120 overnight guests.
“We are immediately creating five new jobs, increasing to ten, including directly in management, and have already recruited locally.
Chris Taylor, Regional Director of VisitScotland, commented on the Isle of Skye guesthouse, saying: ‘It is fantastic to see that this historic property will continue to operate as a Scottish owned hotel business. Fusion Group.
“Tourism is a force for good: it creates economic and social value in all corners of Scotland and improves the well-being of all who experience it.
“We know how important tourism is to Skye’s economy and it is encouraging to see already strong demand for this new development.”
Accommodation Services Trading Company operates reservation services for companies such as Cairngorm Lodges in Aboyne and Royal Gardens Apartments in Stirling.
“This includes efficient marketing of businesses, ensuring a higher occupancy rate at all levels. They also advise on business restructuring, utilities and hospitality procurement, and take care of property maintenance, landscaping and security.
Fusion also has a commercial real estate arm, Drysdale & Company, aimed at hotel businesses looking to sell or restructure. Recent contracts include The Lake of Menteith Hotel and Poppies Hotel, Callander.
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