Calum and Rachel Ross bought Loch Melfort Hotel in September 2008 in a somewhat run-down state and set about refurbishing it on a rolling programme.
Although Calum and Rachel had no previous hotel experience, they both had long careers in the hospitality industry. Calum worked for Bestfoods UK, then Unilever Foodsolutions, supplying food and beverage products to hotels and restaurants. Rachel spent the first part of her career in the Royal Logistic Corps as a Food Logistics Officer and then worked for Sodexo UK as the Sales and Marketing Director for their Defence Division.
They both wanted to become Owner/Operators of a hotel and combine family life with business. This plan came to fruition when Loch Melfort Hotel came up for sale.
Calum and Rachel are passionate about using sustainable, quality local produce in their restaurant and Bistro; they are also wine enthusiasts and animal lovers. So it’s no surprise that there are Highland cows and goats in the hotel grounds.