Auchran­nie cel­e­brates

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The Auchran­nie Re­sort is cel­e­brat­ing 30 years of wel­com­ing vis­i­tors, hav­ing ex­panded be­yond all ex­pec­ta­tion since it was bought back into busi­ness in 1988, writes Colin Smee­ton.

Hav­ing orig­i­nally opened as a tra­di­tional 12-bed­room guest house, the busi­ness has now grown to com­prise 85 bed­rooms, 30 lux­ury lodges and seven cou­ples re­treats – ca­pa­ble of ac­com­mo­dat­ing up to 425 guests each night.

As the busi­ness has de­vel­oped it has been con­tin­u­ally en­hanced with the ad­di­tion of two leisure cen­tres, both with swim­ming pools, three dis­tinct restau­rants, a des­ti­na­tion spa, out­door ad­ven­ture cen­tre and a chil­dren’s play­barn.

As well as 2018 mark­ing the 30th year of busi­ness, it has also been the year the busi­ness com­pleted the tran­si­tion to em­ployee own­er­ship, and in April be­come an ac­cred­ited liv­ing wage em­ployer. Auchran­nie now em­ploys more than 160 staff, with an an­nual turnover of al­most £8 mil­lion.

Co-founder and manag­ing di­rec­tor Linda John­ston said: ‘When we first opened in 1988, I don’t think any­one im­aged we would be where we are to­day. What has been achieved is truly out­stand­ing and a re­sult of the huge amount of work that has been put in over the past 30 years.

‘Now is a good time to again thank again ev­ery­one who has played a part in mak­ing Auchran­nie what it is; em­ploy­ees, sup­pli­ers, the com­mu­nity and, of course, our guests – each one of whom has helped us evolve.’

Auchran­nie Re­sort team mem­bers join manag­ing di­rec­tor Linda John­ston in cut­ting a large cake dur­ing their 30th birthday cel­e­bra­tions.

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Iain and Linda John­ston with a staff of six when the ho­tel was bought in 1988.

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