Ness Walk Hotel
Nestled on the leafy banks of the River Ness lies Ness Walk; an idyllic 5-star hotel retreat in Inverness, just ten minutes away from Loch Ness. It is surrounded by a canopy of impressive trees, and the grand building allows guests to experience a secluded atmosphere in the heart of the vibrant city centre.
Originally a 19th century villa, the lovingly and recently restored Grade B listed building still retains many of its periodic features. However, Colin Armstrong Architects unified it with modern design and architecture, providing a flawless balance between past and present.
PREMIER HOSPITALITY spoke to Mike Lawson of Colin Armstrong Architects, and he talked us through the work that went into the project. He said:
“I’ve worked with the client for over ten years now. The design brief was to analyse the opportunities that may be available for the existing hotel in Inverness, as it was a particularly small hotel, but situated on a reasonable site. So the brief was to understand what the opportunities might be and how the hotel may be developed.
“First, before we started physical work, we ran through a feasibility study for the site, and we ran through an appraisal which considered all constraints and opportunities for development. We looked at where all the site boundaries are; where it’s positioned; how it sits relative to its neighbours; and what constraints are within the site such as topography, tree coverage and levels. Next, we layered all the constraints and opportunities into one site analysis document that then started to inform us on what development could be achieved and where it could be done, and what the options for design solutions were.
“We then went back to our client with these options and presented them with how many, what sizes and what standard of bedrooms it could have. The hotel then has a business model it ran against our analysis and these are joined together until we both had a design solution that we’re comfortable with.
“At that point, we then moved forward into conversations with local planning authorities and historic building officers, to negotiate with them until we had a development we knew would be supported by them to take through to the application stage; to gain planning consent and to gain a listed building consent.
“The particular challenges of this project were working within the existing landscape issues and the tree coverage and the arrangement of the new elements that were to be built so that they were comfortable in their setting. A particular requirement of the Planning process was for the new construction to be subservient, allowing the existing listed building to remain prominent within its setting. The feedback has been particularly glowing; it’s been very important to work on a project of this stature, it’s a highly public and prestigious project and it’s great to be associated with that.”
Now that they’ve been renovated, there are three types of room at the hotel; Cedar, Laurel, and Suites. Laurel rooms are situated on the upper floors. They feature large floor to ceiling windows, offering unspoiled views across the beautiful grounds or to the River Ness. There is a luxury twin room or sumptuous king room to choose from, both with contemporary furnishings and detailed décor to enhance the feel of these generously proportioned rooms. They are stylish and spacious in design, but intimate in nature.
Cedar rooms enjoy terrace access with private seating on the ground floor. Comfort is central to the elegant Cedar rooms with soft velvets and leathers creating a contemporary look and feel. A deluxe king-size bed, or sumptuous twin beds, layered with exquisite bed linen, delivers a haven for the perfect night’s sleep. And bespoke touches, such as the River Ness inspired carpets, create a feeling of tranquillity and calm. Patio doors open up to guests own private terrace. Here, outdoor seating overlooks the courtyard and the original Art Deco veranda of the 19th century house or the surrounding canopy of evergreens.
There are two Suites- the Wellingtonia and Rowan. The Wellingtonia Suite is the largest and most sumptuous suite, offering a luxurious sanctuary. At 90 square metres, it provides an exceptional space with sweeping views out to the hotel grounds and Inverness Castle.
Lavish furnishings and décor create a contemporary but elegant feel. Complete with a serene lounge, private dining space and your own bar. Filled with natural charm, it is an idyllic setting for both entertaining and relaxing. Named after the hotel’s beautiful 200-year-old Wellingtonia tree, this suite is as impressive as its namesake.
The Rowan Suite gracefully delivers luxury open plan living. With south-facing floor-to-ceiling windows, it invites sunlight to illuminate this spacious suite. Chic design is flawlessly combined with elegant detailing and furnishings delivering an interior that bursts with energy. The suite features a comfortable lounge, sumptuous king-sized bed and marble bathroom. It’s is an idyllic haven for an indulgent getaway.
To find out more, visit: https://www.nesswalk.com.