Historic 17th century country house in Edinburgh on the market

A STUNNING seventeenth century country house that was used by a French king in exile has come to market.

Baberton House in the Juniper Green area of Edinburgh, six miles from the city centre, dates back to 1622 and has been used as the head offices of a property company.

“Depending on planning consents, the building could be … a boutique hotel in a brilliant location,” commented Peter Lyell from Savills who are marketing the property.

The A-listed heritage property, available for sale or lease, was built by James Murray – King’s Master of Works under Charles I.

In 1830, France’s King Charles X – the last Bourbon king of France – spent three months living at Baberton House following his abdication and exile.

Notable design features of the historic 8,623 sq ft property include: 17th century vaulted rooms on the ground floor with stone architraved doorways; a fine geometric plaster ceiling depicting the national symbols of Great Britain; splendid fireplaces including those of carved timber and imposing stone; beautiful wood panelling; and ‘The King’s Room’ with a beautiful ceiling ornamented with a Fleur de Lys pattern in honour of the French king’s residence.

Savills say the property, which has 10.8 acres of grounds, is also a good candidate to be returned to residential use or broken up into smaller serviced offices.

New gin themed boutique hotel announced for Shepherd’s Bush

AN AWARD-winning pub company has announced it will be opening a new boutique hotel in Shepherd’s Bush.

The new hotel at the Princess Victoria pub is the second boutique hotel from Three Cheers Pub Co.

The company, founded by Tom Peake, Mark Reynolds and Nick Fox, is opening the new five bedroom hotel on 9th June to coincide with World Gin Day.

Each of the individually-designed rooms is named after a famous gin cocktail – The Negroni, Bramble, Vesper, Gibson and Bronx – while the pub itself offers a choice of over 100 gins.

The Princess Victoria is Three Cheers Co’s newest pub, joining a portfolio of seven other pubs in locations around Clapham, Balham, West Dulwich, Battersea, and Kennington which is home to their first boutique hotel the Tommyfield.

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Staycity officially opens new Wilde aparthotel in London

STAYCITY’s brand new premium aparthotel has been officially opened in central London.

The aparthotel at the Strand, close to Covent Garden, is the first in Dublin-based Staycity’s new luxury brand called Wilde.

Drawing inspiration from the life of famed Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde, who is memorialised in a sculpture just a short walk away, the Wilde Aparthotel by Staycity has 106 quirky rooms with imaginative design touches.

Staycity CEO Tom Walsh was by joined by Oscar Wilde’s only grandson, Merlin Holland, for the cutting of the ribbon at yesterday’s official opening ceremony.

Future aparthotels under the Wilde brand are already planned by Staycity in Edinburgh, Berlin and Manchester.

Photograph (from left to right): Jason Delany, Director of Brand, Product & Marketing; Merlin Holland; Tom Walsh, CEO; Keith Freeman, COO; Atul Prakash, GM. Photograph by Jon Bradley.

Hotel Indigo opens in Durham’s Old Shire Hall

Hotel Indigo has opened its latest hotel in a Grade II listed building in Durham city centre.

The new 83 bedroom hotel has been created at the Old Shire Hall building following a £15 million redevelopment.

The striking red brick building was originally the headquarters of Durham County Council has more recently has been used as office space by Durham University.

Built in the late 19th century and designed by architects H. Barnes and F.E. Coates, the building is just a stone’s throw from Durham Cathedral and Castle which make up the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The cathedral, castle and university are all alluded to in the new hotel’s 83 boutique bedrooms which feature ornate details throughout the three distinct room types, from academia-inspired featuring the University’s official colour, purple, through to grand bedrooms with a sumptuous feel.

Paul Borg, General Manager of Hotel Indigo – Durham commented: “Durham is one of the UK’s most beautiful cities with a rich history and diverse culture. Hotel Indigo Durham embraces the city’s character through the hotel’s creative design and we look forward to welcoming local and international guests alike to explore the neighbourhoods of Durham.”

Tom Rowntree, Vice President of Brand Management – Luxury and Boutique brands, IHG, Europe added: “We want to ensure each city is reflected through the design of every Hotel Indigo property, making each one completely unique. We are pleased that new and existing fans of Hotel Indigo are now able to explore one of the UK’s most historic and iconic cities with the arrival of Hotel Indigo Durham.”

Image: Old Shire Hall pictured prior to redevelopment in 2016. Source: Google

Germany boutique hotel operator Ruby Group announces new London site

A GERMAN boutique hotel operator has announced it will be opening its first London hotel.

Munich-based Ruby Group says it will open a 76 room hotel at Lower Marsh close to Waterloo by the end of 2019.

The new ‘Ruby Lucy’ hotel is one of three international hotels just announced by the company which has an existing portfolio of sites across Germany and Austria.

Planning permission for the new hotel designed by architects Studio Kitson was given by Lambeth Council earlier this year. The new scheme, with integrated shops and restaurant, will replace a post-war development that spanned eight historic plots.

Michael Struck, who founded Ruby in 2013, commented: “We accommodate luxury in a relatively condensed space, similar to luxury yachts, and we forego unnecessary services. Thanks to proprietary technical innovations, we plan, build and organise ourselves differently from conventional hotels.”

Image: Supplied by Ruby Group