Ben Wyvis Hotel, Strathpeffer
The proposal is for a limited number of lodges to be located in the grounds of the Grade B listed Ben Wyvis Hotel, amongst the woodland and arranged in two distinct clusters. The setting of the chalets has been chosen to minimise any visual impact on the amenity of the houses beyond the site boundary and avoid any impact on existing trees which are to be retained.
The lodges are set out so each unit can enjoy long views to Ben Wyvis in the distance and have a degree of privacy to enjoy their own external terrace areas.
There is currently no vehicular access around the hotel to the rear and the proposal is to minimise this in terms of site impact, root disturbance or compaction. The new track will therefore be a ‘no-dig’ specification using a cellular confinement system with gravel finished.
The design avoids any unnecessary tree removal and new tree planting is proposed to enhance the existing woodland setting. The new landscaping will create a new tree belt along the south boundary and also strengthen the existing planting between the lodges and the Hotel.
The lodges are 2-bedroom modules all of the same size and design. They are of storey and a half appearance designed to sit on the sloping site with lower level partially below ground. The lodges have a low mono-pitch sloping ‘sedum’ roof that slopes back down towards the rear of the building – thus reducing further the impact of the lodges when viewed from above the site. The incorporation of these details, along with the use of untreated vertical timber boarding is designed to reduce the overall scale and appearance within the woodland setting. The
roofs partially over hang the west facing terraces and cut back on an angle to maximise sunlight from the south.
The front and west elevations of the chalets will have full height vertical glazing to maximise both light in and views out of the buildings. Windows will be timber framed in paint finish.