Double tri­umph for isle of Skye hote­liers

The Oban Times - - News -

SKYE ho­tel group, Sonas, is cel­e­brat­ing a double tri­umph at this year’s Scottish Ho­tel Awards, with own­ers Anne and Ken Gunn pick­ing up two top prizes.

The pair were hon­oured for their ‘out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the in­dus­try’, win­ning the an­nual Fel­low­ship Award.

And Sonas’ new­est mem­ber re­tained its ti­tle of best ho­tel in the is­lands.

Speak­ing af­ter the cer­e­mony in Glas­gow, Anne said: ‘ We are de­lighted to have been given this ac­co­lade which is a cul­mi­na­tion of Ken and my vi­sion for Sonas. We wanted to cre­ate a small group of bou­tique ho­tels of­fer­ing the high­est stan­dards com­bined with style, creativity and the best of High­land hospi­tal­ity.’

In 2011 the Gunns were voted Scot­land’s Hote­liers of the Year.

Ske­a­bost House Ho­tel near Portree, which Anne and Ken ac­quired in 2015, was named Is­land Ho­tel of the Year for the sec­ond year in a row.

The first Sonas ho­tel, To­ra­vaig House at Sleat, has won the Is­land Ho­tel of the Year cat­e­gory sev­eral times.

Its neigh­bour, Duis­dale House, has also cap­tured many ma­jor ti­tles in the Cater­ing in Scot­land Awards and the an­nual com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­ised by VisitS­cot­land.

Anne added: ‘It is also the re­sult of a great deal of hard work through­out the years by our fam­ily and staff, all of whom have shown enor­mous ded­i­ca­tion as well as skill.’

Anne’s daugh­ter Jen­nifer Gra­cie, Ske­a­bost’s gen­eral man­ager, said: ‘There are so many won­der­ful ho­tels through­out the is­lands of Scot­land that be­ing cho­sen as the best of them twice in a row is a re­mark­able achieve­ment, es­pe­cially since it has only been in the group for a rel­a­tively short time.’

Jen­nifer Gra­cie and Anne Gunn with the fel­low­ship award. Pho­to­graph: www. clark­james­dig­i­tal. com

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