Chi­nese fam­ily pledge to im­prove Eriska

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A CHI­NESE fam­ily are hop­ing to build a ‘ bridge of friend­ship’ from Shang­hai to Scot­land af­ter buy­ing the Isle of Eriska and its ho­tel for a re­ported £2.2 mil­lion.

The pri­vate is­land is lo­cated just off the coast at Ben­der­loch.

It cov­ers 300 acres and in­cludes a 25-bed­room five- star ho­tel with a Miche­lin-starred restau­rant and out­door fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing its own golf course, nature re­serve and spa.

Paul Leonard, head chef, re­tained the restau­rant’s Miche­lin star in 2016.

The ho­tel was pre­vi­ously owned by the Buchanan- Smith fam­ily, but they are no longer in­volved in the day-to- day run­ning of the ho­tel or is­land.

New owner Wayne Rong said: ‘My fam­ily and I are of­fer­ing a bridge of friend­ship from beau­ti­ful Shang­hai to stun­ning Scot­land. We are honoured to con­tinue as the cus­to­di­ans of such an iconic prop­erty and aim to pro­tect and nur­ture the is­land, se­cur­ing a bright fu­ture for Eriska for years to come.’

Mr Rong’s fam­ily- owned com­pany, Cre­ation Gem, which is lo­cated in Hong Kong, has al­ready started con­struc­tion on four new hill­top re­serves and plans to ren­o­vate the main house are al­ready in the pipe­line.

Also, as part of this new in­vest­ment, the com­pany has al­ready car­ried out a ren­o­va­tion of seven of the 25 en-suite bath­rooms.

Gor­don Cartwight, who took over as gen­eral man­ager of Eriska in April 2016, said: ‘A change of own­er­ship doesn’t mean a change in ethos and guests new and old can still ex­pect the roar­ing fires, lux­ury, com­fort and ex­cel­lent ser­vice from the com­mit­ted is­land team, along with a mem­o­rable din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘Eriska is about pro­vid­ing an is­land getaway that is to­tally unique, not just in lo­ca­tion but be­cause the ex­pe­ri­enced team de­liver on the small de­tails that make all the dif­fer­ence.

‘As gen­eral man­ager I’m com­mit­ted to pre­serv­ing the Buchanan- Smith fam­ily legacy that has made Eriska an icon of hos­pi­tal­ity for more than four decades.’

The Isle of Eriska ho­tel.

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