Natural Retreats, John O'Groats, Scotland
Friday 21 Dec 2012


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NoChintz were appointed by luxury self-catering experts, Natural Retreats, to provide design direction and full Interior design for their headline project in John O'Groats, Scotland.

This broad remit saw NoChintz tasked with: - Designing the interiors for 23 stand-alone three bedroom residences - The refurbishment of their extended John O'Groats hotel - The design of an Outfitters activity centre and retail space - The design of the Storehouse co-operative restaurant and shop.

The Residences, which were completed in August 2012, have been designed in the style of the award-winning luxury eco-lodges at their Yorkshire Dales site and have been underpinned by strong sustainable principles, with the use of locally sourced materials such as Caithness stone, Scottish Larch timber and sedum roofs.

The concept for the interiors was to create a fully kitted out British manufactured offering, from the beds right through to the plates and during a 12 month project window, NoChintz conceptualised, designed, sourced, re-designed, sampled and commissioned for the project. With a commitment to locally sourcing design talent, NoChintz provided an interiors solution with a heavy emphasis on British style with British pieces used - especially from manufacturers in Scotland. Stars such as Naughtone, Another Country, &Then Design, Anta, Original BTC, Pottinger and Cole and Davey lighting as well as a number of smaller brands producing specially commissioned and bespokely designed pieces make up the collection. British brand Dualitt is featured throughout the kitchen and Steellite, made in Stoke-on-trent, provides the full crockery collection. Anorak punctuates the offering with some wonderful coasters, place mats and children's items.

NoChintz is a Manchester based Interiors and Branding Studio.