Double triumph for isle of Skye hoteliers
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