Country residence, Gleneagles

Introduction

A substantial new build property nestled between neighbours overlooking the famous Gleneagles golf course with breathtaking views of nature and wildlife. Seven substantial bed suites individually designed, a grand entertaining hall with glass viewing balcony and incorporating a stone toped bar, various snugs, sauna, steam and gym facilities. Obligatory clubs room and wine cellar. Built with all the latest eco advances and intelligent technology for lighting and security and sound in every room .

The Brief

To capture, respect and compliment the house’s position in one of the most world famous respected views of Scotland: the Gleneagles golf course, along with roaming wildlife. To create an enviable country retreat centred around entertaining guests with lavish parties and relaxing getaway breaks with an open plan feel yet contradictory intimate and cozy spaces using many natural materials where possible.

 

Details & Specific Points of Interest

The sheer scale of the two-and-a half storey entertaining hall takes some beating as it easily envelopes 8feet tall gladiator chandeliers flanking the traditional stone fireplace. Even the viewing balcony seems appropriately scaled to take in the views of partying guests below the wooden A-frame roof trusses. The centre piece doors in the entertaining hall are a grand and foreboding site. Clad in deep faux leather with antique bronze studs around the perimeter, but it’s the spear-like shell handles in deep anthracite which set the tones of nature’s grandeur that is a recurring theme throughout… take a breath before swinging through to the next experience.

The ski chalet-come-entertainment lodge has luxurious touches everywhere and yet its whole remains accessible with a refined grandeur in a very modern setting. The use of local materials such as stone and oak cladding and exposed timber structure help soften the sheer scale of some of the open plan layout helping lend a warm and tactile atmosphere despite the glimpses of double height vaulted ceilings.

Each of the seven bedrooms and ensuites has a differing design on a similar theme. The over sized wooden headboards with individual patterns -some diamond, some striped and varying materials – are one of our most enjoyed touches as they capture the eye immediately and set the mood.

With that in mind we focussed on switching the guest bedroom and master, pinching some space from one to give to the other and in doing so created a sequence of double doors, lobby area, his and hers dressing rooms and bathrooms and an approach into the bedroom that drew the eye, created a real feature along the way in wall panelling, ceiling detail and fundamentally allowed you to arrive in a beautifully well scaled room at the right side of the bed so that you could enjoy the full attention of the bespoke, oversized headboard.

There are subtle hints of the location and its Scottish roots in every room. Paired with loving craftsmen touches and exceptional detailing give this property a beauty that matches the location and views.

Simon Evans, MD Design by UBER