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Isle of Eriska hotel to add luxury lodges

14 January 2014 by
Isle of Eriska hotel to add luxury lodges

The five-red-AA-star, 23-bedroom Isle of Eriska hotel in Argyll is to expand with the addition of two self-contained luxury lodges.

Due to be built with 360° views over Loch Creran, the contemporary one-bedroom lodges with each feature floor-to-ceiling glass walls and cedar-lined walls with en-suite bathroom, kitchen and sitting room, alongside a deck and a hot tub.

Beppo Buchanan-Smith, owner of Isle of Eriska, said that the opportunity to develop accommodation at the hotel has been provided by the Edinburgh-based company Applecrate, which specialise in designing and building stand-alone suites and lodges for hotels.

"Applecrate came along at the right time and perfectly articulated what I'd been searching for," he explained. "I was able to sit with the design team and use their expertise to design exactly what my guests are demanding. It fits perfectly with my business and guests are already queuing up.

"One of the main attractions is that the Applecrate team think like hoteliers and every applecrate is handcrafted and bespoke. This results in design that makes the most of the space, is robust enough to deal with the west of Scotland climate but also considers current and future trends and, critically, operations issues and costs"

Sustainably fuelled by air sourced heat pumps, the completed lodges intend to blend into the surrounding environment.

Chairman of Applecrate is Peter Lederer, who is also chairman of Gleneagles.

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