Situated in the village of Tongue, Sutherland, in the shadow of the iconic Ben Hope, Lundies looks over its stone walls and gardens towards the ancient ruins of Caisteal Bharraich and the dramatic Kyle of Tongue. The former 19th-century manse has been meticulously repaired and sensitively adapted to create accommodation in the form of three period-inspired guest suites and an attic-level apartment. The creative team at conservation and hospitality organisation Wildland were deeply involved in all aspects of the project, from defining a clear, ambitious vision to sourcing and commissioning unique pieces of furniture and artworks at completion.
The associated steading probably dates to the 18th century and incorporates an earlier mill. This building was in a much poorer physical condition and provided more of a blank canvas. The existing L-shaped footprint was extended in a sympathetic manner to form a sheltered courtyard incorporating three contemporary studio suites along with a self-contained apartment. The steading also provides conference facilities in addition to office and support spaces. At the heart of the courtyard is a sculptural iron fire pit surrounded by native birch trees, all overlooked by a sheltered loggia with its own cooking facilities. While the structural shell of the steading has been conserved, all other interventions are contemporary in their nature, including polished concrete floors, oak-lined walls, and metal windows.
Within its dry-stone walls the landscape of Lundies follows a loose hierarchy, with most of the space dedicated to native woodland and ground cover which is allowed to grow wild. Hard surfaces are avoided wherever possible, and growth is encouraged on gravel paths to ensure nature is never entirely kept at bay. Closer to the properties the landscape becomes more ordered, with a functioning kitchen garden adjacent to the manse along with the more structured space of the steading courtyard.
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Ruth Kramer, Wildland
Lundies House Details
Manse Ground Floor Plan
Manse First Floor Plan
Manse Second Floor Plan
Steading Ground Floor Plan
Steading First Floor Plan
Section/Elevation - Loggia
Inspired by a deep sense of place, Lundies House is our art hotel on the edge of the wild northern coast. Here refined interiors and a profound sense of comfort combine to create a house of simple beauty and stillness - a beautiful basecamp for exploring the landscape around us.
Dining Room with artwork by Clare Basler
Arcadia Chair by Nick Ross
Terrazzo floor detail
Sheltered loggia for outdoor dining
- Original stone
- Reclaimed slate
- Crittal windows
- Reclaimed brick
Within its dry-stone walls the landscape of Lundies follows a loose hierarchy with most of the space dedicated to native woodland and ground cover which is allowed to grow wild. Hard surfaces are avoided wherever possible and growth encouraged on gravel paths to ensure nature is never entirely kept at bay.
Stephen Copp, Project Lead