We’re going to Scotland for most of our 10 Beautiful Rooms this week. These are images from Killiehuntly, a farmhouse hotel and cottage in Scotland, which was bought by a Danish couple in 2011 and has been given a stylish Scottish/Scandi makeover.
The main building dates back to 1603 and is still a working farm – much of the menu comes from their own organic produce and the furniture is a mix of locally sourced sheepskins and Orkney chairs alongside Danish classics such as Gubi.
Now, the owner, Anders Hoch Polvson, is quite rich. He’s a billionaire who owns the second largest land portfolio in Scotland, but he and his wife have worked wonders on these rooms which are the opposite of millionaire’s bling and there’s not a tartan in sight. Although make no mistake, this understated look can be expensive to pull off.
It’s a mix of soft paint shades, old wooden furniture and natural textures. We can all do this within our own budgets and it works particularly well in our rain-washed climate too. But never mind my own house, I suddenly feel the need for a Scottish holiday….
The architects who worked on the project were Groves Raines and they have followed a similar aesthetic on these two rooms below. One is Liberton House, built in the late 16th century and lived in by the Groves Raines family who later used it as their offices before moving to Lamb’s House, seen below.
This classic farmhouse look will never go out of style and is easy to update. Imagine painting the cupboards black or green and removing the traditional blue and white plates. The key is the scrubbed farmhouse table that works so well in any setting and is just much more inviting than a modern one. You can imagine wanting to sit round this and chat for hours moving from water, to coffee to wine as the hours slide by.
Finally, a slight change of pace but a set of rooms which I like just as much. If you dropped in last week you will remember I featured House Curious, a location house in London that also runs workshops and an actual shop selling lovely stuff. This is the sitting room with its black walls and huge plants.
And this is the same room with the ceiling painted black. I know people find painting ceilings scary (my husband certainly does) but I thought this was a brilliant example how well it can work. Yes, it’s a light room with those large doors at the end but I’m not saying you should do this in every room. Just don’t rule it out if you have a space where it might work.
A final look through the internal glass doors at the other end of the room which remains pale grey and is so simple and elegant with the navy blue chairs and cushions. I might hire this house as a location and never move out. What do you think of this week’s selection?