A holiday home should harness the best of the weather, just as this West Coast villa does
Amanda Rosa, the internationally acclaimed interior designer, was responsible for bringing the boutique hotel model to Scotland. Back in the 1980s, she overhauled One Devonshire Gardens in Glasgow’s west end, turning it into a stylish, dramatic venue, the likes of which the city – indeed the country – had never seen before. Since then, with a portfolio of interior projects all over the world, she has carved out a niche in elegant and decidedly unfussy design.
That was what appealed to the owners of this impressive property in the village of Tighnabruaich, in Argyll. They knew Amanda’s style, having previously commissioned her to work on a project for them in the city), and they loved her pared-down yet luxurious aesthetic. Here, in the Kyles of Bute, the challenge was how to strike a balance between creating something sophisticated and grown-up while retaining a sense of comfortable relaxation. This is, after all, a family holiday retreat, where the owners and their six children gather as often as they can.
The 150-year-old house has five bedrooms and an extension that contains a sun room and kitchen. It also has lots of outdoor space and its own mooring. The family have owned it for a decade but the only significant alterations they’d made to it were the installation of the kitchen and the addition of the conservatory. They all agreed, owners and designers, that the place was in need of a facelift: “We needed to modernise it and decorate to our taste.”
Together with senior designer Rona MacDonald, Amanda came up with a scheme for her clients that reflected their lifestyle. They wanted this to be a home away from home; a place where they could unwind, socialise and spend quality time together. “We were led by the family and how they use it,” says Amanda.
The job was planned in 2014, and the team (a mix of people from Amanda’s practice and local tradesmen engaged by the homeowners) were on site in the New Year. It took a little over three months to complete; the family were able to sit down to Easter lunch together in their updated abode.
This is just a taster, you can browse the full article with more stunning photography on pages 198-210, issue 102.