Australian millionaire to open exclusive golf hotel on remote Scottish isle
Ardfin Estate, on Jura, was bought for £3.5 million in 2010 by Greg Coffey, who has since spent an estimated £50m renovating Jura House and farm buildings into luxury accommodation.
Nicknamed the Wizard of Oz, after making a reputed £430m as a young city hedge fund trader, Mr Coffey has also spent around £20m creating an 18-hole golf course, on Jura’s rugged terrain.
The attributes of the new hotel are featured in the latest edition of an upmarket travel magazine and an islander, who has seen the renovated house, said: “It’s £20,000 for the house, for one night, but the house is stunning, absolutely mind-blowing, it’s beyond description, you would be forgiven for thinking a family had lived there for 600 years.
“The house has actually tripled in size – and it was already a big mansion. The swimming pool is bigger than Jura Church and they have converted all the farm buildings into luxury apartments, all very individual and unique, there are no two things the same, no expense has been spared. There is a bar and a dining area you go to for your meals, they are not self-catering.”
A total of 85 workers, almost half the island’s 190 population, were drafted in to completethe ambitious Ardfin Estate projects.The golf course has been forged out along the cliff tops of
Ardfin Estate, with rough peat land dug out and replaced with imported soil and specialist grass brought in from Yorkshire for the greens.