Sunday, January 26, 2020
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Shirley and Eddie Spear have sold the Three Chimneys after 34 years of ownership.

The restaurant with rooms has been purchased by Scots born international hotelier Gordon Campbell Gray. 
Gordon, who is returning to live in Scotland permanently, aims to carry on business at The Three Chimneys as it has always been run, with the introduction of additional investment over time.

The Three Chimneys will be part of his new Scottish hotel and restaurant collection, The Wee Hotel Company. 

Shirley and Eddie Spear, who reopened The Three Chimneys at Easter in 1985, will remain indirectly involved with the business for a transitional period ensuring a smooth handover of their heritage.

Gordon has invited Shirley to continue to work with him in an advisory capacity, sharing her knowledge and experience of Highland hospitality and tourism as the Wee Hotel Company develops. 

Shirley said: “We have now reached a point in our lives where we want to travel more and work a little less. Our focus has been on finding the right person who shares our vision for what The Three Chimneys can develop further for the long-term future, and we are extremely pleased to have found that person in Gordon.

"We know The Three Chimneys, The House Over-By and our exceptional team will be in great hands. We are also very proud of the fact that Gordon is so keen to invest his outstanding expertise in this remote, fragile area of the island, knowing he has already fallen in love with our beautiful views and peaceful surroundings here at Colbost.”
Gordon said: “I cannot tell you how privileged I feel to have been given the opportunity to buy somewhere as iconic as The Three Chimneys. I have admired Shirley and Eddie for so many years, and when we were chatting on one occasion and Shirley hinted that perhaps they might consider selling, it was a magical moment. 

Gordon continued: “I am thrilled to be able to invest time and effort here and to work within a hospitality sector which is, and should be, the envy of the world. The Three Chimneys is a simply wonderful place to begin that journey.”

Image above: Eddie and Shirley Spear with new owner, Gordon Campbell Gray.


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