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March 12 2019

Braemar hotel marries old and new to win over art-loving guests

Moxon Architects have brought a Braemar hotel back to its best following an extensive renovation of The Fife Arms, by stripping back unsympathetic extensions and restoring lost character.

The B-listed 46-bedroom hotel has been subject to a wide-ranging overhaul at the hands of current owners Iwan and Manuela Wirth, co-presidents of art gallery Hauser & Wirth, reconfiguring the layout to accommodate a new courtyard through relocation of services.

This central space is lined by ‘stripped bark’ tree trunks supporting a green roof seeded with local varieties of heather.

New build back-of-house areas and an extension to the manager's house are faced with untreated larch, which will weather silver-grey in sympathy with the granite main building.

Moxon director Ben Addy said: “We aimed to revive the landmark building through careful restoration and discreet remodelling of the precious, historic fabric, whilst also dramatically improving the way in which the hotel operates. As a result, Fife Arms can once again be the heart of the village, bringing economic and cultural vitality to the local community and providing an exceptional visitor experience.”

Interior design work has been undertaken by Russell Sage to showcase the owners curated range of historic and contemporary artwork.

A central courtyard has been opened up to accommodate a sheltered outdoor space
A central courtyard has been opened up to accommodate a sheltered outdoor space
Contemporary artwork bringS a splash of colour to the historic interior
Contemporary artwork bringS a splash of colour to the historic interior

New event spaces join a event spaces, a family room, spa and shop
New event spaces join a event spaces, a family room, spa and shop
Original arts & crafts details have been restored
Original arts & crafts details have been restored

Photography by Sim Canetty-Clarke and Ed Reeve
Photography by Sim Canetty-Clarke and Ed Reeve
Services have been relocated from the ground floor to a lower ground level at the rear
Services have been relocated from the ground floor to a lower ground level at the rear

2 Comments

Nairn's Bairn
#1 Posted by Nairn's Bairn on 12 Mar 2019 at 17:03 PM
A few years ago while staying at nearby lodges, me and some walking buddies attended a Saturday nigh disco here - we were the only ones under 70 and not on a coach tour. 'Faded grandeur' was the appropriate term.

It's a fine building and it's nice to see it restored, even if some of the window dressing is a bit mental.
Chris
#2 Posted by Chris on 13 Mar 2019 at 10:23 AM
That modern chandelier in front of the staircase is hideous. Otherwise good job.

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