Not-for-profit country house hotel, Douneside House, is undergoing a £200k refurbishment in January 2019. Its restaurant is renowned, not only for being the only three AA rosette restaurant in Aberdeen and
Luxury interior designers, Goddard Littlefair, are behind the new design concept, which aims to bring the outside inside, reflecting the links between the quality produce grown in
Lucy Robinson of Goddard Littlefair said “Bringing the spirit of
Each space has its own character, brought to life with galleries of family photos depicting their history, screens in Arts and Craft fabric taking inspiration from the garden outside, and botanical colour ways including new sage green highlights in the conservatory that enhances the views across the landscape and beyond. A new ‘library’ restaurant will be an intimate dining space to enjoy Douneside’s renowned tasting menu whilst enjoying panoramic views across the Howe O’ Cromar. Both restaurant menus will comprise of seasonal organic vegetables grown in the kitchen garden by the gardens team, dished up within the newly refurbished boutique ‘family home’.”
Head of Gardens, Stephen McCallum aims to create an interior landscape where the use of textural foliage and unusual plants creates a transitional space between house and garden, linking the interior of the house to Douneside’s gardens.
Stephen said “The conservatory is a light and airy room with large windows looking directly on to our terraced gardens, and it really lends itself to the introduction of large, statement houseplants and smaller pot-plants’, says Stephen. ‘We will be introducing the beautifully graceful parlour palm (much favoured by the Victorians and Edwardians), pony-tail palms, and architectural plants such as Cycads, alongside soft and elegant evergreen ferns.
“A range of well-known flowering pot-plants such as Pelargoniums and Clivia will be added seasonally, and also less seen plants such as Hoya
The works are being overseen by local family-owned well-established contractors Pert Bruce, who are based in Aberdeenshire. The project will focus on using local textiles, curtain-makers and furniture-makers.
Restaurant Manager, Tom Bielawski said, “I am incredibly excited about this project. Guests can now dine in the conservatory restaurant, which will have a relaxed atmosphere and offer beautiful views over the terrace garden. The library restaurant, where we will serve our tasting menu on Thursday to Saturday evenings, will be the perfect, intimate setting for Chef to showcase his culinary talents. Our pantry will have a wonderful selection of wines on display, with lots of little extra touches which will really enhance the Douneside dining experience.”