The Torridon, located in the remote Scottish Highlands, was awarded Independent Hotel of the Year at The Cateys, the glittering annual hospitality awards, on Tuesday 3 July at Grosvenor House.
The 32-bedroom loch-side turreted property, with a five AA star hotel, inn rooms and private boathouse, is owned and managed by Dan and Rohaise Rose-Bristow. They bought the former Victorian shooting lodge from Rohaise’s parents in 2004, after managing it for five years.
With 100% occupancy through three consecutive months in 2017 and an annual occupancy of 96.5%, up 19% over the past three years, The Torridon is a beacon for offering the best in Scottish hospitality. Locally-sourced ingredients from land and loch, freshly picked vegetables and herbs from the Kitchen Garden, and foraging with head chef Ross Stovold delight discerning gourmet travellers. Meanwhile, Torridon Outdoors provides tailored activities for the more energetic, including kayaking with seals, loch snorkelling and mountain biking on lesser-known routes.
Staff training at The Torridon is exemplary. Led by Rohaise (also Chair of the Apprenticeship in Hospitality, Scotland) it provides a backbone for growth and development throughout the property. Each employee undergoes a bespoke three-month training programme and five-star service training. On a personal level, the staff’s wellbeing and work/life balance are paramount. A collaborative culture is encouraged, the result being a happy and productive team and staff turnover reduced to 33%.
Dan Rose-Bristow says: “We are very excited to have been honoured by our peers and awarded Independent Hotel of the Year. Our family business has grown and developed these past 25 years into a top-class resort and the challenge of operating a business in a remote corner of the world has been recognised, and achievement that we and our team of over 50 people are hugely proud of.”
Rohaise Rose-Bristow says: “The award gives us greater confidence to attract, retain and develop talent and it recognises the huge team effort that goes into making The Torridon what it is today.”
Learn more about The Hotel: www.TheTorridon.com