We are a family business with a small team of workers dedicated to making sure that your self-catering holiday is the very best it can possibly be. You will see us on site during your stay and we are always happy to answer your questions. Whilst our office is open for just a couple of hours each week day, we have a notice board on the office door for you to leave any comments and this is checked daily at 4pm. We work in a number of different roles:
Nigel returned home to Tomich in 2008 to take over the running of the Guisachan Estate and the Tomich Holidays business whilst continuing his ‘day job’ as a land agent based in Inverness. Nigel brought a fresh approach and set about diversifying the business his parents had built up so successfully over the previous 30 years or so. With a background in rural estate management, Nigel sought to find new, sustainable and sometimes unusual ways to generate revenue and enhance the business. When not at the office, you can normally find Nigel on a lawnmower (he doubles as the Head Gardener), painting, fiddling with the hydro scheme or walking the dogs and pondering new ventures.
When Nigel returned home having been working away for around 10 years, he brought with him something much more valuable than the skills and experience he had accumulated. Nigel and Christina were colleagues in a former life, Christina and her family were farmers in Aberdeenshire and before that, the Surrey/Hampshire border. After a great deal of negotiation, Christina agreed to move to the Highlands and after a couple of years, Christina began working in the holiday business where she continues today as the General Manager, generally looking after the coming and goings of guests and the properties. You will see Christina regularly as she goes about her business and generally tries to make sure all of our guests have as comfortable and enjoyable stay as possible.
Gina joined Tomich Holidays in 2000, having re-located to the Highlands from South America. She has worked part-time in the office since then covering bookings, marketing, accounts, payroll and just about anything else. From time to time she pops up in the café and also works in the local school two days a week. In 2016 she cycled from Lands’ End to John O’ Groats and enjoys walking her chocolate dog in and around Tomich.
A recent addition, Iain moved with his young family to Tomich in 2016. He worked for many years for the local building company and as a time served joiner, his carpentry skills are being put to very good use at Tomich Holidays. He is also the first port of call should there be any maintenance issues in the properties. Iain loves to spend time out on the Estate and doubles as both the stalker and Estate Foreman, looking after any practical matters as they arise.
Ewan lives at the remote settlement of Cougie, 6 miles SW of Tomich. In July 2018 he joined us as part of the Modern Apprentice scheme, where is he is studying for an SVQ in Estate Maintenance, in conjunction with Rural Skills Scotland. We are looking forward to putting his excellent practical skills to very good use.
Liv joined the Tomich Holidays’ team in 2017 as our housekeeper, re-locating from a large local hotel. She welcomes our customers to Tomich, cleans the properties and takes charge of the laundry. Liv is full of practical common sense and her positive outlook makes her a great asset to the team.
Joyce has lived in Tomich for most of her life. Having retired as the housekeeper from Tomich Holidays in 2011, she recently took on the challenge of running the Coach House Café which opened in 2016. Her cakes and scones are second to none and she is always willing to share her local knowledge. Joyce also runs the local Post Office 3 days a week. As animal lovers, she and her husband Donnie double as the local dog-sitters for many a resident.
Tina moved to Tomich in 2016 and we were delighted to welcome her to the Coach House Cafe team in 2017. Tina was born in the UK but grew up in Australia. She moved back to the UK to continue her work as a pharmacy technician before enjoying semi-retirement in the Scottish Highlands.