Originally built in 1880 by an Edinburgh doctor as a highland holiday home retreat, The Ossian, a traditional stone built Victorian villa spanning three floors, boasts a rich heritage as an elegant period property displaying a character representative of its era. The original building comprising of numerous bedrooms, various reception rooms, large kitchens and staff quarters, while the grounds contained a stable house doubling up as servants’ quarters. The spacious garden area included a tennis court, garage and ample outbuildings.
The Ossian has been used as a shooting lodge, a small country guest house and a hotel and restaurant. Despite minor renovations, the vast majority of the property still remains in the excellent condition it has sustained for over 136 years.
In 1973 The Ossian was bought by the Ramage and Rainbow families with the aim of establishing an a la carte restaurant and hotel. This was achieved and as a result The Ossian gained a very high reputation. The restaurant played host to many famous and prosperous guests, including members of the Royal Family as well as TV and film personalities. It was also a great favorite with locals who would travel from all over Scotland to dine there.
The Ossian continued to be run as a successful family owned hotel and restaurant
until 2013, with the nature of the business modifying over the years to adapt to changing family dynamics. In 2008, unoffical adopted family member Tony Brown invested his own money in The Ossian with the aim of guiding it in a new direction. Tony drew up plans to change the business into a self-catering establishment and planning applications were granted.
In 2014 The Ossian was placed on the market, but the housing market was poor due to the Scottish Referendum, and accordingly failed to achieve desired results. However, in 2017, following a casual conversation with a friend serving locally in the RAF, Tony decided to do something worthy and positive with the property, something that fitted with his own story. Hence in 2018, Forces Manor was born. Having lived in the Highlands for many years and with his military background and connections, the idea of a dedicated R&R centre in the area seemed obvious and long overdue.