The Torridon in the Scottish Highlands and Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa have both been awarded a five-star rating by the AA.
Located overlooking a sea loch by Achnasheen in Wester Ross, the 32-bedroom Torridon hotel (pictured) offers accommodation in the main Victoria property, an inn and the Boat House self-catering cottage. Its food and beverage operation, led by head chef Ross Stovold, includes the 1887 restaurant and the Whisky & Gin bar, which serves over 365 malts and more than 100 gins.
Dan Rose-Bristow, the owner of the Torridon with his wife Rohaise, said the team were “very happy” to receive the five-star rating. “The Torridon offers a consistently high level of service, we are continuously refreshing bedrooms and 1887 is renowned for its top-class menus – to receive recognition for this is extremely satisfying.”
The Torridon was bought in 1992 by Rohaise’s parents, David and Geraldine Gregory, and reopened as the Loch Torridon Country House hotel the following year. Dan and Rohaise joined the business in 1999.
Meanwhile, the 85-bedroom Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa has received the five-AA-star rating just four months after its £25m launch on the quayside of the Ocean Village marina. The hotel’s design resembles a superyacht and it was developed by Nicolas James Group, owner of Harbour Hotels, in a joint venture with MDL Marinas.
It features the Jetty restaurant, overseen by chef Alex Aitken, the rooftop Harbar, Juice Bar & Café and a spa.
Mike Warren, managing director of Harbour Hotels, which owns and operates 10 hotels and two event venues, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have achieved this recognition from the AA in such a short period of time post-opening.
“It is testament to the efforts of the team, led by Simon Maguire, the general manager, to deliver an exceptional product and service to all of our guests and visitors.”