Archerfield, despite being a part of modern day Scotland, is an area of English historical significance. Once upon a time, the wooden bows of King Edward I were created by the local craftsman and artisans using the high quality wood found in the area. For this reason, both the exterior and interior of the retreat displays a link not only with nature, but also pays homage to the history of the site. Located on the grounds of Archerfield Estate, the area was originally occupied by the bowman of King Edward I during the English advance of 1298. The name of the area was coined, as you might have guessed, by this. According to sources, there is evidence, however, of inhabitants as far back as the 11th century.
Archerfield Estate is now home to a series of hotels and guest houses, a golf course and of course, Fletcher’s Cottage Spa which we are privileged to be able to take a tour though today. Aitken Turnbull Architects have executed the design of this project in such a way that just by looking at the pictures, we are left feeling relaxed and at ease. Take a look…
From this angle, we are privy to an up close and personal view of the locally sourced Scottish timber. Left raw and untreated, the cladding is not only aesthetically stunning, but is environmentally friendly, too. Timber is a wonderful renewable source, and the fact that the materials could be sourced nearby means that such a construction boasts many sustainable and carbon neutral properties. The roof has been masterfully created by cedar roof shingles and double glazed sash windows have been installed throughout. The insulating properties of timber are no secret, and given the cool climate of Scotland, the wooden cladding is able to absorb the heat of the sun in the morning and afternoon, and slowly release it throughout the course of the day.
The living room is a picture perfect example of a rustic country retreat, with an ever-so slight touch of Scandinavian minimalism. The neutral tones displayed throughout work in harmony and unison, evoking feelings of comfort and relaxation. The same wooden textures visible on the exterior are repeated again here, creating a wonderful dialogue between the various views and surfaces. The wood heater in the centre of the room not only acts as a cosy focal point, but also helps to break up the earthy colour palette with a strong, deep accent of charcoal grey.
When the time comes for us to relax and unwind, out of all rooms in the house we gravitate toward the bathroom. Perhaps it's the documented restorative qualities of water on both the body and soul, or the fact that we can actively imagine ourselves drawing a bath and sinking between the layers of bubbles and warm water that make us feel such a great connection with this space. Whatever the reason, the bathroom in Fletcher's Cottage spa retreat is the epitome of cosiness and warmth, from the rustic style tub to the luxurious mat on the floor, every detail has been considered.
Rich in detail again, the sun lounge gives guests the opportunity to feel relaxed and connected with nature even when the weather outside is less than desirable. From here, you have an incredible view of the gardens—a walled outdoor area that is made up from lawn, flowers and trees, and has been designed specifically for guests to relax in privacy whilst they stay in one of the 14 rooms of the retreat. The feeling of being inside a spa is felt even here, through the colour palette, material finishes and plush, plump armchairs. The lighting is clever too, resembling the candles we light during an evening bath session.
Just when you thought all needs had been catered to, this stunning wooden clad bar appears! The low hung lamps above the bar add a little touch of industrial charm, breaking up the muted and tranquil colour scheme and creating an edgy element. The fully stocked shelves in the background promote this further—it's almost as if the deeper tones in this space suggest that this area has a different purpose to the rooms seen before.
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