Inver Lodge Hotel belongs to the same family for generations, it is a much loved property and carefully looked after by its current owner and guardian Robin Vestey; the fourth and youngest son of Edmund and Anne Vestey.
Robin studied at Edinburgh University before joining the family business in the 1980’s, working in the cold storage, transport and shipping sides of the business in France, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, and in the UK. When Blue Star Line was sold in 1998, Robin enrolled to study agriculture at the then Royal Agricultural College where he acquired the practical knowledge to take on the role of Alternate Director and become immersed in the farming activities in Brazil and Venezuela. On Edmund’s retirement in 2004, Robin became a main board director until 2013 when he became Non-Executive Chairman of Vestey Holdings Limited where he sits today.
The family feels a deep connection to the estate, its past history, present and future and wish to share all that the estate and region have to offer with all guests and visitors.
Our General Manager: Janet Boyd
Janet is a highly experienced hospitality professional who was fortunate to work for some of the best luxury hotel groups in the world. After a busy and successful period working overseas at five-star hotels she returned to her roots in Scotland.
Although born in Glasgow, Janet's family are from the Outer Hebrides, she feels a very strong connection to the region. Her mother and aunts worked in hotels and used to share so many interesting stories that she developed an interest in hospitality, once she started, she fell in love with it too and never left.
She first left Scotland to London, but promised her mother she would move closer to home so her next stop was St Andrews, then the Sultanate of Oman, then Thailand and the furthest away posting was Singapore.
Janet feels exceptionally lucky to have worked in the best hotel in the world at the time, and then on to award-winning hotel chains such as Six Senses Resorts and Spas and Mandarin Oriental where she held global positions. What she loves most about Inver Lodge and its region is the beauty that surrounds it, the sense of calm that it gives. She says:
"Every time you get closer your heart starts to glow and you smile because you are happy to be here, last year I renamed the village from Lochinver to Lochinverhamas!"
Our Head Chef: Patryk Stanalowski
Patryk is an extremely talented chef who started cooking when he was 15 years old, he finished two chefs schools with a Diploma in his home town Lodz in Poland in 1998. In 2005 he moved to Edinburgh in Scotland where he spent a lot of time around kitchen's basements! He has worked at two michelin star restaurants and enjoyed the experience but feels happiest at a more relaxed environment, such as Inver Lodge Hotel. He has been awarded 2AA rosettes at Inver Lodge.
For Patryk, cooking with fresh produce is essential, he always knows where every ingredient comes from, chooses them very carefully so that they are as organic as possible. He believes the right produce is the most important part of every dish and they should also reflect his personal beliefs and ethos: Cruelty free, wholesome.
He enjoys serving honest, local and healthy food in a very relaxed atmosphere at Inver Lodge. He aims to develop many interesting seafood and game based dishes to celebrate the area and the owners own produce as well .
In his spare time he loves to go mountain biking and he loves the mountains. "You can pick some wild mushrooms in the most beautiful locations or dive for kelp here"
Cameron Kennedy, Estate Manager
Cameron Kennedy's primary role is managing the river Inver and Kirkaig. As well as accompanying and advising (Ghillieing) fisherman, he is responsible for bankside/ river habitat improvements and monitoring the migratory runs of Atlantic Salmon and Seatrout. The Estate also operates a Salmon Hatchery for the purposes of restocking juvenile salmon to assist the rivers natural population.
Cameron manages 3500 acres of hill ground around the hotel. This includes habitat monitoring and Deer Management.
What do you recommend guests and visitors to try?
"If pursuing the King of fish isn’t your thing then Assynt also boasts some of the best wild trout fishing in the world. There are over 300 lochs in Assynt nearly all of which have stocks of hard fighting wild trout. Walks around the area boast some fantastic scenery, unique geology and amazing history. From sedate trails and beach walks to more adventurous rambles up some of our most famous hills. For me Suilven is the king of Assynt and the views from the summit are amongst the best there is to be had."
What do you love most about the region?
"What I love most about Assynt/ Sutherland/Lochinver is its seasonality. There is beauty in being outside at all times of year. I also love that from Lochinver you can enjoy a nice meal, craic with friends and be in the wilderness within minutes."