Deals on horizon
Hotelier Campbell Gray unveils ‘wee’ growth plan
The Pierhouse is a first move to build a hotel chain
Hotelier Gordon Campbell Gray is expected to announce he is buying at least two hotels in the coming weeks following last year’s acquisition of The Pierhouse Hotel and Seafood Restaurant at Port Appin in Argyll.
His new company, The Wee Hotel Company, plans to develop and invest in special properties around Scotland and is looking for suitable opportunities.
The Pierhouse is on the shores of Loch Linnhe with views to the islands of Lismore and Mull. Mr Campbell Gray will be making additional investment in facilities.
Launching the Wee Hotel Company, he said: “I’ve been lucky enough to live and work in many countries… but I really feel that few can rival the sheer magnificence of Scotland when it comes to scenery, food and drink, and I’m now ready to come home
“I live in Argyll and realised one day that I always had that going back to school feeling when I was leaving to head off on more travels, so I finally said to myself – then why am I leaving?”
He was named ‘Hotelier of the Year’ by Hotel & Caterer in 2002, received the ‘Leading Legend’ award by Leading Hotels of the World at their annual convention in Tokyo in 2010 and also received the ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Hotel Industry’ award at the Hotel Cateys in London the following year.
“For several years I’ve wanted to come home to Scotland. The Wee Hotel Company is the result of this ambition and the start of an exciting new chapter in my life.”
Campbell Gray has moved into an ambassadorial role with Campbell Gray Hotels, which operates in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, allowing him to develop his new venture.
During his twenties he spent several years running Save The Children projects in Bangladesh, Morocco and Nicaragua. He is Vice President of Save The Children and an ardent fundraiser for this and many other charities.