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14 Dec 2018

It might seem strange but when faced with an interior design project such as Great Glen Hall in Inverness, Jon Pilling of Abode started by looking out the windows.

He says, “In a magnificent Victorian building like this, with deep sash windows and spectacular views over the Highlands Capital and up to the Great Glen, the focus of living areas has to be to maximise those wonderful views.

“Many of the apartments are not overlooked in any direction and, with contemporary energy efficiency built in, the heavy drapes of yesteryear, just aren’t needed. So, while the original Victorian design was dark and heavy, with brocade and tapestry used to retain heat, I had a wonderful licence to keep interiors light, bright and contemporary.

“The high ceilings provide a wonderful canvas for bold colour and larger patterns and I was able to source stunning wallpapers by Arte and Mulberry to create feature walls. With this much light and open proportions in most rooms, Great Glen Hall is an interior designer’s dream.“

The traditional stone and slate buildings of Great Glen Hall have been fully restored and refashioned into highly individual 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and townhouses. Many have quirks left over from original architecture (Victorians loved exterior ornamentation on their buildings) and all have been sympathetically designed to make the most of those wonderful windows and views.

Inside the recently opened show apartment, historic architecture marries beautifully with new technology, such as quirky pop-up extractor fans in open plan living, kitchen and dining areas. Seating areas have also been created in the bay window space to provide an idyllic spot for peace and contemplation.

The neutral tones of furnishings mean the strong colours of nature; blues and greys in the sky and forest green of nearby conifers draw the eye outwards, while inside, dusky pinks in the living area, with polished brass accessories, speak more softly of contemporary style and comfort.

In the guest bedroom, Jon describes the décor as having a “calm, boutique feel” and the generously proportioned rooms allow comfortable proportions in both furnishings and tasteful, designer lighting.

Jon says, “In the master bedroom we have introduced more drama and glamour. Larger proportioned rooms and great natural light are key components in letting your interior design skills roam. So many different looks will work well here and each home can be truly individual.”

A selection of two and three bedroom apartments and townhouses are available at Great Glen Hall with prices from £190,000


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