April 1 saw the birth of a new era at Skeabost House Hotel, just outside Portree. Skeabost is the latest to be included in the Sonas Hotel Group, set up by Anne Gracie and Ken Gunn, who took over their first hotel on Skye over 11 years ago.
Also part of their Sonas Hotel Group are the Duisdale Hotel and Toravaig Hotel in Sleat; The Captain's Folly, a self-catering flat in the centre of Oban; and Solus a Chuain, their luxury yacht providing sailing adventures for the hotel guests.
Anne is brimming with enthusiasm and plans for Skeabost, saying: "We can now offer activity holidays involving fishing on what is arguably the best salmon river on Skye and golfing on Skeabost's own course. We will be introducing an à la carte menu, showcasing fresh local produce. Call in for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, drinks or snacks."
Refurbishment is intended to commence on April 18 with the aim of being completed by the middle of May. Anne says: "We will keep the character of the hotel, but bring in a lot of refinements to make it a comfortable, elegant base, where residents and non-residents can enjoy the surroundings."