This month NoChintz headed back up to The Inn at John O’Groats for the official launch. We joined members of the press, locals and all those involved in the creation of The Inn to celebrate the official opening of the hotel.
Hundreds of people turned out to take a first look at the latest phase of the Natural Retreats complex, Lord Lieutenant Anne Dunnett was in attendance to cut the ribbon to open the new facility.
To see our design in full use was great to see; guests gathering in the Harbour Library enjoying the spectacular views and children running around looking into the story telling portholes, installed as a way finding feature for kids.
There were a number of activities throughout the day as well as plenty of local food, drink and craft businesses with stalls to browse. We were lucky enough to experience a helicopter ride, seeing The Inn from a birds-eye view was spectacular. We also took a trip out on the Natural Retreats rib boat, where we had breathtaking views of ‘The Stacks of Duncansby’ and got up close to the wildlife on the shores and cliffs where we spotted seals and guillemots.
In the evening there was a fireworks display along with a presentation of images of the hotel as it originally stood, which were projected onto the restored building, referencing the long history and significance of the hotel.
Formerly the iconic John O’Groats Hotel, the building is part of Natural Retreats’ multi-million pound regeneration of this stunningly picturesque natural wilderness in Caithness in the North of Scotland, which also features a collection of 23 Residences, plus a brand new Outfitters activity and retail centre and co-operative Storehouse.
NoChintz has designed The Inn with the same ethos as the Residences; an all British designed and manufactured offering with a special focus on Scottish makers.