Chinese family pledge to improve Eriska
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.