Scotland, Northern Ireland and London debut new luxury and boutique properties
New and renovated hotels in pristine UK locations unveil redesigns with the charm of their destination at the forefront. If you’re an avid golfer, read on for your next adventure. If you prefer the quiet intimate atmosphere of a small boutique hotel, get ready for a relaxing garden escape.
These properties—and their exciting destinations—are certain to thrill your attendees. Whatever their hobbies and hotel preferences, you’re bound to find the perfect stay for them.
The Scottish Seaside
Marine & Lawn Hotels & Resorts, known for restoring historic hotels in iconic seaside golf destinations, has debuted Dornoch Station in the Scottish Highlands. This resort, with 89 guest rooms, overlooks the Royal Dornoch Golf Club. The redesign touches all guest rooms and public spaces, and adds new green putting and fire pits.
The hotel is home to subtle seaside themes throughout, like shell-shaped lighting fixtures. The design aims to celebrate the original hotel features; cozy highlands cottage-style guest rooms feature restored wooden paneling. Velvet lounge chairs stand by windows so guests can take in scenic views of the surrounding Dornoch Firth. The redesign also introduces two new food and beverage offerings with their destination restaurant, The Golden Gorse, and the quintessential Bar Ross.
With event space for up to 200 guests, this hotel in the historic county of Sutherland offers a distinct Scottish destination experience with close-by historic castles and the breathtaking eastern seaside.
Read More: A Local’s Guide for Groups: Scotland
Historic Northern Ireland
Adjacent to the world-renowned Royal County Down Golf Club is the newly updated Slieve Donard, another debut of the Marine & Lawn brand in Northern Ireland. The hotel just recently celebrated 125 years, having been built by the Belfast and County Down Railway in 1898. Throughout its history, the hotel has welcomed various icons, including Tiger Woods, Charlie Chaplin and Catherine Zeta Jones.
Many of the 180 guest rooms offer panoramic views of the mountains of Mourne and County Downe coastline. Guestrooms feature hand-carved crests mounted over the headboards modeled after the carved stone above the hotel’s front entry. The new design celebrates Irish traditions and the seaside location and preserves the building’s characteristic Victorian elements. Overhanding plants and artwork of the local landscape decorate the lobby, and the entire hotel showcases the original Victorian architectural details, like wall coverings and statement chandeliers.
Numerous meeting rooms ranging from 90 to 2,362 sq. ft. make for a space suited for meetings and events of all types and sizes.
Iconic Luxury Hotels revamps The Chelsea Townhouse, formerly known as the Draycott Hotel, to debut London’s newest boutique property. This 36-guestroom townhouse hotel offers a chic neighborhood retreat with the feel of a private, elegant home. Guests stay in one of three Queen Anne-style Victorian red brick townhouses.
All guests can enjoy the lofty trees and serene greenery of the exclusive Cadogan Gardens. Marble fireplaces, ornate crown moldings, antique style artwork and “objects of curiosity”—trinkets and treasures from locations around the world—maintain a timeless charm and uphold the residential feel.
The ground floor’s ‘dining salon’ is open from the morning to evening and serves as a convivial, communal meeting space to enjoy morning coffee, brunch get-togethers, suppers and late-night digestifs.