Another Place acquires The Machrie in Scotland

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The Machrie

UK: Lifestyle hotel collection Another Place has added The Machrie in Scotland to its portfolio, located on the Isle of Islay.

The Machrie comprises 47 bedrooms, suites and lodges, a links golf course, three lounges, and a restaurant and bar. 

Earlier this year, Another Place launched a month-long pop-up in August at The Machrie. Guests could either book a three-night stay at The Machrie or a five-night trip across both sites.  

In addition to acquiring The Machrie, Another Place has also purchased a nearby pub – the Brackenrigg Inn – located just behind the hotel. Following a refurbishment the pub is due to reopen in February 2024, with a microbrewery and kitchen garden forming part of the stage two development plans.

Ben Harper, CEO of Another Place, said: “At our first hotel, Another Place, The Lake, on the shore of Ullswater in Cumbria, this includes everything from full moon and waterfall swims to sunset kayaks, dawn red deer hikes, lakeside yoga and firepit cocktails. With a permanent home on Islay, we look forward to showing guests links golf, fatbiking along empty beaches, and walking 200-foot sea cliffs while looking out for golden eagles, dolphins and minke whales.

“The Machrie is the perfect fit for Another Place, providing a stunning island setting for active yet relaxing breaks, from wildlife boat trips to whisky tasting, sea loch oyster shacks to surf spots. The island really struck a chord the moment we stepped ashore for the first time. We’re excited to share that feeling with our growing Another Place community, while also bringing lifestyle hospitality to the golf market and expanding The Machrie’s offer to include a range of other outdoor experiences.”

Harper added: “The Brackenrigg gives us the opportunity to evolve what we have created on Ullswater, adding another dimension to the experience at Another Place and creating deeper connections with the community we’re part of. We’re also creating new team accommodation, helping to future-proof the business and further building on the culture we’ve developed during our B Corp journey.”

With the new additions, David Vaughan has been promoted to hotels director of Another Place and will be responsible for the operations and brand delivery across the two properties. Ian Ferguson has been named general manager of The Machrie from August 2023.

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