Cairn O’ Mount – Country style with a Scottish accent
Recently re-launched, the Cairn O’ Mount bar at the Forbes of Kengennie Country Resort just outside Dundee, has undergone a dramatic transformation featuring a stylish fusion of traditional countryside pub comfort and contemporary design.
The bar, which also includes a large outside veranda, is the hub of the resort, which also features the Waterside restaurant, an Events Hall, fishery, 14 lodges and a 9-hole golf course.
The resort is owned by the Forbes family, who last year they celebrated 20 years in business, and includes husband and wife team Michael and Gail, together with daughter Libby.
Libby Forbes said: “The aim of the refurbishment was to create a contemporary space with more character, yet in keeping with the traditional style of the resort as a whole.
“The project team did a brilliant job, the customers are enjoying the new space and we are really pleased.”
Within the bar, the design palette is predominated by warm, natural shades and textures, including stone, slate, wood and leather.
The internal space has been opened up by the removal of a half wall, complimented by the installation of feature ‘landscape’ windows, replacing the original smaller windows and providing an unfettered view of the fishery and beautiful surrounding countryside and golf course. The windows, combined with a new glazed concertina door, serve to maximise natural light within the interior.
The original wooden semi-circular bar has been replaced by a large bespoke granite-topped rectangular bar with a frontage in local stone, which was constructed around a metal frame made by a local blacksmith. A round porthole window was also installed in the back bar, allowing staff to view customers entering.
A new, free standing log burning stove creates a stylish central focal point for the space, which incorporates luxurious furnishings including four rich red chesterfield leather booths, (the largest of which seats 10 – 12 people), along with chairs and matching curtains in Harris Tweed made by Donald John MacKay, who also supplies Nike, Ralph Lauren and Chanel.
Other design highlights include rustic style tables, lamps featuring local maps, an antler chandelier and a bespoke wine rack made from silver birch logs, as well as a bespoke log store. A new high level breakfast bar has also been installed beneath a window.
Flooring is in natural stone, complimented by the combination of exposed stone and painted walls, and further enhanced by the original high vaulted wooden ceiling with exposed beams – a retained original feature.
A stylish outdoor terrace lounge area has also been created, complete with contemporary canvas seating, a new canopy and a large bespoke fire. A series of log stumps which can be used as tables or seats has also been included as a feature within this area.
Fly fishing champion Mike Forbes created the Kingennie resort after deciding to convert an overgrown corner of his farm into a fishery with three self-catering lodges, as well as a fishing shop, created within a former boathouse which he renovated and converted. The resort opened in 1995 originally as Kingennie Fishings.
Today the fishery creates a fabulous backdrop for the resort, the original boathouse called The Leannan Boathouse (Gaelic for Sweetheart) is a sumptuous honeymoon lodge, a further 13 lodges have been built, together with a 9 hole golf course and stunning conference and wedding facilities.
The Kingennie resort sits in a truly unique and unrivalled location that presents an ideal base for exploring the beautiful Scottish mountains, lochs and islands. Broughty Ferry and the City of Dundee are only minutes away, and Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth and Aberdeen are all within easy reach.
Established in 1998, Lamin8 Scotland specialise in solid surfacing materials, kitchens and bar renovations.
The company recently worked on the Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort Cairn O’ Mount bar. They completed all plaster boarding and building works for the installation of new windows and doors, extended the bar wall at the bar entrance, designed and installed the log wine rack and supplied and fitted the granite bar worktop.
Scott Purdom, Director of Lamin8 commented: “We admire the way in which Mike has steadily built the site into the premier resort we see today. Our respective companies have enjoyed a long relationship stretching back over a decade to the original construction of the resort buildings. We have been keen to embrace new ideas from Libby and explore new materials on the spectacular new Cairn O’ Mount bar.”
Previous clients of Lamin8 include Forbes of Kingennie Lodges, Piperdam Golf & Leisure Resort Lodges and Activity Centre, St Andrews Golf Club, Bar 10 in Forfar and Devitos Nightclub in Arbroath.
Scott added: “We pride ourselves upon traditional quality bespoke workmanship coupled with up to the minute CNC technology. We are not confined to any particular niche and with massive investment into machinery over the last ten years; we can make almost anything from Corian, Timber and Laminate. Our multi skilled staff have been trained in-house in the broad spectrum of materials we produce.”