An Eco Hunting Lodge In Gleneagles

by Kate Burt in Interior designed homes

How do you give a futuristic new-build the feel of a traditional Scottish lodge? The Design Practice by UBER has the secret.

Award-winning, Cheshire-based design team The Design Practice by UBER created this incredible seven-bedroom house, which sits right on the famous Scottish golf course, Gleneagles.

This luxury home – all 13,500 square feet of it – capitalises on its unrivalled surrounding scenery (the property sits next to hole three of the world-famous golf course). Every window frame celebrates the views of the ancient Perthshire trees, distant hills and the green outside, while nature is incorporated in the fabric of the building.

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External Architects, Bowker Sadler worked closely with Design Practice by UBER for internal space planning and interior design, striking a harmonious balance as a partnership, using local sandstone, slate and oak throughout. A structural glass staircase sits beside luxurious fumed-oak floors and a ‘tree sofa’ constructed from a single trunk. And, in case you missed them – just joking – what about those amazing antler light fittings? The vast chandelier hanging over the dining table is particularly spectacular.

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Rooms such as the pale, sleek minimal kitchen and dining area are open-plan spaces, but also cosy and snug. And the highlight is the secret snug area, nestled in the roof space, accessed by a concealed door, off the bridge-way from the viewing gallery.

Part of the brief was to create a house that would work both as a tranquil country retreat and party-friendly entertaining space. So if the owners aren’t in the mood for lounging on the downstairs window seat or cosying up in the cinema room, they can fix cocktails at the floating stag’s-head bar, or watch the dance-floor action in the two-and-a-half-storey entertaining hall. And the huge doors into this space – clad in faux leather and punched with antique bronze studs – really set the mood. Despite the modern design, something about it evokes images of ancient Scottish royalty in its understated grandeur.

No kings or queens of old would know what to do with the dizzying – but discreet – technology, though. You’ve the expected sauna, steam room and gym. But also underfloor heating on the external balcony (‘Handy for a snowy pre-dinner drink that won’t ruin your party shoes,’ says Simon Evans, UBER’s MD and Creative Director.) A single iPad can control everything from lighting to security from anywhere in the world. And you don’t even need to go outside to enjoy that famous fairway.

If the Scottish weather gets too dramatic, there’s a double-height indoor golf simulator. All in all, what you might call a whole in one.

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The house was kitted out at:

Dutch design company, DK Home

Purveyors of Italian hi-tech gloss, Gessi

Luxury furniture retailer, Porada, as well as Bleu Nature

Creative lighting people, Heathfield & Co

David Douglas Cabinets

Or that fabulous flooring, Ted Todds

Burlington Stone 

Horn lights by Eichhotlz

Sofa supplier Ascension Latorre


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