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Perfect Manors – About Us

Who are Perfect Manors? Good question. We are not a big, bland hospitality chain. We are small and – dare we say it – perfectly formed, ! After all, the best things come in small packages. We passionately believe that life is too short for banality, for blandness, for boredom. We therefore invite you to come to one of our extraordinary five star luxury properties to “Escape the ordinary”. We offer you ultimate luxury breaks in a choice of simply stunning properties.

Achnagairn Castle exterior- luxury breaks

Ethos

Started by husband and wife team Gillian and Mike Lacey-Solymar, with help from their three children, Perfect Manors was born with the purchase of our beautiful Regency mansion, Cortes House in Aberdeenshire. Expansion then took us to Inverness-shire, where we found Achnagairn. Shortly afterwards, seeking sun, we ventured out to Antigua, where we built our villa, Perfect Sunshine. Each of our properties has three things in common. Each is beautiful, each is unique and each allows our guests to “Escape the ordinary.”

History

Our properties have fascinating histories. For instance, Achnagairn Castle has a plaque going back to the 17th century. Its ballroom was created in 1912 – a present for the then owner’s daughter to celebrate her 21st birthday! Cortes House was built in 1812. Luckily for us, the Regency period was one of the finest eras for architecture – the property is graced with huge windows and 14 foot ceilings with stunning cornicing, all typical of the time. All this topped by a massive glass cupola. Perfect Sunshine, on the other hand, is a very modern creation – built from scratch in 2008. Fitted with luxury high ceilings and glass windows, the best thing about the property is the views – endless vistas over dreamy turquoise seas…

Meet the Team 

Our team is comprised of hospitality gurus (with the exception of the owners!), having over 20 years’ experience within the luxury industry.

The Owners

Gillian and Mike Lacey-Solymar are the proud owners of Perfect Manors. Neither has a background in hospitality, but they hope they have other skills to bring to the table…

Gillian

Gillian wears many hats. Originally a Management Consultant at Mckinsey & Co, she then joined the BBC as a Correspondent. Nowadays, she splits her time between lecturing on entrepreneurship at UCL, running a programme on entrepreneurship for Goldman Sachs, and or course, she is immersed in Perfect Manors!

Mike

Mike began his career at Warburgs, in the City. Remaining with Investment Banking, he became a Managing Director at UBS, before going on to Investec. He now divides his energies between raising finance for high tech companies in general, and one high tech company in particular – Clinitech, which is seeking to revolutionise healthcare. With his City background, he looks after financial aspects of Perfect Manors.

Cortes House exterior- Luxury breaks in Aberdeeshire

Senior Directors

Marina Huggett is our Chairman. There is nothing about Scottish hospitality, and in particular, Highland hospitality, that she does not know. She sits on many advisory committees, specialising in Scottish tourism, and has her finger on the pulse of all current trends. We would be lost without her!

Management Team

Robert Ince is our Operations Manager: Front of House. He has extensive experience of the industry, having worked in the Torridon for many years. Robert has a knack of making all our guests feel relaxed and totally at home.

Kate Melens is our Deputy Manager. Constantly smiling, nothing is ever too much trouble. Her cheerfulness is only exceeded by her skills. She has a varied background, having run a veterinary practice in Ireland before coming to Scotland.

John Simpson is our Operations Manager: Food and Beverage. He has cut his teeth at fabulous venues in Scotland, and now uses his skills and charm to ensure not only that guests are well fed and watered, but that they are delighted with their stay.

Perfect Sunshine- Luxury breaks in Antigua

If you are searching for luxury breaks away and haven’t made that decision then please do get in touch with once of us and we can advise on all our properties. We promise that if you choose to stay it will be an experience you will never forget!

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