Golf News for Thursday, November 15, 2012 | Awards

Sandown House receives award for Scotland's Best Guest House

A five-star Highland guesthouse has been named the best in Scotland at a spectacular industry gala evening regarded by many as The Oscars of the golfing sector. Sandown House received the award for Scotland's Best Guest House at the Golf Tourism Scotland Gold Standard Awards which was held at The Marriot Dalmahoy hotel in Edinburgh.

Picking up the prestigious award at the glitzy event was the icing on the cake for the luxurious five-bedroom Nairn retreat which has undergone an ambitious redevelopment plan masterminded by owners Liz and Andy Burgess. The couple's hard work was recognised a year ago when Sandown House received a VisitScotland five-star rating making it one of only three guest houses in the Highlands to achieve such a standard.

As Liz explains, this latest honour is especially important as it comes with the commendation of the Scottish golf tourism industry. "We are thrilled to pick up this award," she explained. "Since we opened a few years ago, Sandown House has evolved into a luxurious guesthouse with a homely feel. We want our guests to have a relaxing time with us and the feedback we receive is heartening. But to be recognised by our contemporaries in this way is something else entirely. We are extremely proud."

Last year's redevelopment of Sandown House saw two rooms completely refurbished and fitted with contemporary bathrooms and luxurious beds. The new rooms joined three spacious courtyard bedrooms that were renovated in July 2010.

Lee Derrick, chairman of Golf Tourism Scotland, commented: "Like many accommodation providers in Scotland, Sandown House has upped its game in the face of stiff competition at home and abroad. Liz and Andy embody what we as an industry must do, and that is to strive continually to be the best we can. Our industry is set to enjoy an unprecedented run of high-profile events and we need to make the most of those opportunities. Like Liz and Andy, we have to identify where improvements can be made and have the conviction to carry them through."

The team at Sandown House know a thing or two about ceasing opportunities, what with the Curtis Cup being held at Nairn this year and the Scottish Open entering its third year at nearby Castle Stuart. "When these opportunities come along, you have to grab them with both hands," said Liz. "Having big events on our doorstep has certainly helped, but more importantly they have given us the impetus to refine what we already had and make it better."

According to VisitScotland, Sandown House is one of only three guest houses in the Highlands and 22 across Scotland to have received the five-star commendation. To find out more about Sandown House, please visit

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