Monthly Update from The Applecross Trust

16 January 2024

Hartfield House Hostel & The Bunkhouse

Hartfield had an exceptional year in 2023. Bookings were high and demand for accommodation remains at a premium in Applecross. The hostel employed 14 local people, however, the issue of staffing throughout the Highlands, and perhaps Scotland is still a major problem. There are plans to address this staffing shortage with some significant changes to the business, which will build on the work already done to make Hartfield a really great place to work and live. Staff will again benefit from Living Wage, gym membership, wellbeing and mental health support, holiday pay, flexible hours, and good quality accommodation. Hartfield continues to develop as an environmental business, cutting down on carbon footprint, generating solar electricity, using plant-based products, and providing facilities for serious outdoor activity.

Current works are taking place during these quiet times. This includes upgrades to the on-site staff accommodation, painting the main building, replacing old equipment, and clearing outdoor areas. The Bunkhouse remains open throughout the winter, but when the time comes to re-open the main house on 1 March, the whole complex will have a fresh and welcoming face.