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The Inn at John O’ Groats


Natural Retreats


John O' Groats, Caithness


£2.5 m

Brief and Response

The Victorian baronial-style John O’ Groats Hotel, occupying a prominent position in this world famous location, had been left to rot for more than 15 years. The depressing scene had gradually drained the life out of the place but still the visitors came, were disappointed, and left. The project was conceived and inspired by our client Natural Retreats, who four years ago envisioned what has taken material form today: the hotel has been dramatically restored, revitalised and re-launched as The Inn at John O’ Groats.

Although it would have been cheaper to demolish, the decision was taken to restore, remodel and add the colourful Nordic inspired timber clad extension. The Inn at John O’ Groats now offers 16 luxury holiday apartments in a range of sizes with dramatically framed views and stylish interiors designed in conjunction with interior designers NoChintz. As well as the design and build of The Inn, GLM have been responsible for the construction of 23 luxury holiday self-catering residences, a completely remodelled co-operative café and The Outfitters,

an activity centre and retail space. The whole design and build project, has been underpinned by strong sustainable principles, making use of locally sourced materials such as Caithness stone, Scottish Larch timber and sedum roofs. The Inn has won a RIAS Award, a RIAS Special Category Award for Best Use of Timber, a Scottish Design Award and a special mention in the 2014 Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award. Images © Pip Rustage