Scottish Highlands nation lodge Inverlochy Fortress has unveiled plans to revive its listed stables and create eight new bedrooms to assist meet excessive visitor demand.
With rooms on the five-star property close to Fort William in scarce provide year-round, Inverlochy Fortress Administration Worldwide (ICMI), which manages the fortress lodge, will lead the plans to renovate the stables and walled backyard, taking the full capability of the fortress to 35 rooms.
The brand new rooms, set inside the 500-acre property near the primary fortress constructing, will mirror the identical character seen all through the lodge. The stables themselves are listed, so renovation will probably be fastidiously carried out to retain the unique character. The rooms overlook the walled backyard, which can even bear in depth restoration.
Work has already begun, with the brand new rooms able to welcome visitors from April 2023.
Norbert Lieder, MD of Inverlochy Fortress Administration Worldwide, stated: “This formidable mission will see the listed fortress stables and walled backyard fastidiously restored to breathe new life into the property grounds and supply a further luxurious and distinctive area for visitors to get pleasure from. We wish everybody who steps inside to really feel like they’re being welcomed into our dwelling, and the designs retain as a lot authentic character as attainable.
“The Scottish Highlands’ distinctive magnificence and landscapes means there’s extraordinarily excessive demand for five-star lodging inside the area. The enlargement designs pay homage to this historic panorama, and we look ahead to unveiling the brand new bedrooms and backyard when full.”
Every room will probably be named in honour of an individual with shut ties to the fortress and who has been instrumental in its success.
The KC Chai Suite will probably be named after the late KC Chai, proprietor of Inverlochy Fortress, who helped elevate the hospitality expertise. The Hobbs Suite recognises former proprietor Greta Hobbs, who turned the fortress right into a lodge after her late husband’s passing and is laid to relaxation within the fortress grounds.
The Albert Roux Junior Suite pays homage to the fortress’s shut relationship with the late Michelin starred chef, who opened many eating places in ICMI properties throughout Scotland. The Jane Watson Junior Suite will probably be named after the final supervisor of Inverlochy Fortress who has devoted her profession to the lodge, working from housekeeping to administration.
Whereas the Clelland Barrie Room will probably be so known as after the fortress’s pianist who entertained visitors for over 15 years till his passing. The Isabel Smith Room recognises over 20 years of service from the fortress’s devoted reservations supervisor.
Plus the Phyllis Knox Room will probably be named after the fortress’s former florist and much-loved member of the area people, and the William Birch Room will probably be in recognition of the expertise and character of Inverlochy’s sommelier.