Gleneagles – Auchterarder 70 and The Dormy Clubhouse
Since opening its doors in June 1924, Gleneagles has been one of Scotland’s most iconic hotels and sporting estates. It offers an unparalleled, authentically Scottish experience within one of the UK’s most luxurious and beautiful settings.
From world-class golf to renowned bars and restaurants, Gleneagles is home to a breadth of opportunities and activities. Acquired by new owners Ennismore in 2015 it was recently the subject of a multi-million pound investment to reaffirm its position as a leading luxury destination. To help realise this, Ennismore’s own in-house design studio worked alongside some of the UK’s most acclaimed designers to create designs and spaces that celebrate the rich, glamorous heritage and beautiful architecture that the hotel is famed for.
Nottingham-based interior architecture and design studio Macaulay Sinclair was one such company. They worked on introducing a new craft beer pub at the famous Dormy Clubhouse. Auchterarder 70 takes its name from Gleneagles’ original telephone number and is steeped in history. Occupying a space formerly used as a flexible function room, a brand new bar has been installed along with an open kitchen. Prominent materials include stained low level fluted timber panelling, reclaimed stained oak parquet block flooring, and painted panels with inset mirrors.
Work to create Auchterarder 70 started on site in March 2016, with the project completed a couple of months later in May. The main contractor for the work was Thomas Johnstone.
Nina Tigonen, designer at Macaulay Sinclair, said:
“Challenged with creating an interior that evoked a sense of nostalgia for the clubhouse, our design harks back to the 1920s and the era of legendary golfer Abe Mitchell, when Gleneagles and its golfing heritage was born. The banquette design and painted arched panelling draws inspiration from Gleneagles’ train station and its carriage seating. Painstakingly sourced furniture creates character, charm and warmth complementing Auchterarder 70’s impression of establishment and permanency.
“This was the first project Macaulay Sinclair had the joy of working on with the Ennismore creative design team. It was an honour to take part in developing the Golf Clubhouse at the prestigious Gleneagles Hotel. Macaulay Sinclair is currently working on two new projects with the hotel – a complete refurbishment of the Dormy Clubhouse restaurant and a retail area that is due to be completed by early April, as well as a small facelift for the Tryst, a private residents cafe at the Glenmor estate.”
The refurbishment of the Dormy Clubhouse also has the aim of creating an interior that evokes a sense of nostalgia. The new entrance and foyer lobby takes inspiration from classical retail arcades with rows of moulded timber doors that open up during the day to serve the golfers and shoppers. New globe pendants and wall lights twinkle at night and draw the diners in to The Dormy Restaurant.
The existing bar will be refurbished with new leather panelling and timber mouldings under a canopy clad in tarnished brass with a focus on illumination. New painted panelling replicating the original mouldings with inset mirrors and wallpaper to create a cosy lounge where the new roaring fireplace is the focal point. It is surrounded by cosy and traditional lounge furniture and soft furnishings upholstered in warm muted velvets, Scottish wools and rich leathers.
The open kitchen pass and the introduction of crackle glazed tiles to a pizza oven create energy in the restaurant. The new linear banquette design and table layout creates flexible dining, catering for small groups and larger party celebrations. Warm stained oak panelling throughout the joinery on waiter stations; cloaks and wine cabinetry mimic classic furniture design. Carefully selected antique sideboards and reclaimed furniture bring character and charm to The Dormy Clubhouse experience.
To keep up with the latest developments at Gleneagles, please visit gleneagles.com.
Macaulay Sinclair is an interior architecture and design studio based in Nottingham, which specialises in creating exceptional spaces for the hospitality sector. They have completed a wide variety of projects including bars, restaurants, hotels and clubs. Their portfolio includes niche, independent restaurant schemes, to much larger projects for multiple operators. They have worked with national brands such as Hawksmoor, Dishoom, Caravan, Dirty Bones, The Alchemist, Gleneagles and Wright Brothers.
To view more projects, please visit macaulaysinclair.com.