With many of us having been cooped up, working remotely and staying local, for the past two years, the thought of meeting up with friends, family and colleagues, in person comes as welcome news.
And where better to meet up, network, forge relationships than Papple Steading, the historic, rural retreat that has been refurbished and given a renewed purpose by George Mackintosh.
The listed buildings make up one of the finest farm structures in Scotland. It is being carefully restored back to its original 1860 design. The first phase of accommodation in four properties is now open.
Papple Steading has been created with a few key aims in mind. It’s a place for remote teams and colleagues to catch up and reunite, and it’s also a place to reconnect with nature, while also learning about the rich history of the land around us, the rural practices and how they can be used now to live and work more sustainably.
Guests can enjoy a beautiful blend of contemporary amenities and traditional decor.
The historic site features four properties, the farmhouse, Grieve’s Cottage and two, self-contained bothies, all of which have been sympathetically restored to retain original features while offering all the modern amenities that guests would expect.
The combined properties sleep up to 20 people – however each building can be booked separately for smaller parties – and sit within six acres of sprawling lawns and open fields alongside another 20 acres of ancient woodland to explore including a beautiful wildflower meadow.
Inside guests will find Georgian and Victorian antiques, alongside local Chippendale-school Windsor chairs, artisanal hemlock log side tables and contemporary seating by Charlotte James and Morgan. There are sleek, polished concrete floors alongside exposed stone and tulipwood walls which blend seamlessly with exquisite William Morris wallpaper, Philippe Starck light fittings and bespoke light sculptures by Planet Flowers in Edinburgh.
The luxurious bedrooms have been kitted out sustainably, with vegan duvets, pure cotton sheets and en-suite bathrooms.
Make use of the unique collaborative spaces
There’s plenty of spaces for guests to make the most of during their stay, choose to gather around the grand dining room table for a creative, collaborative meeting, have a coffee and a chat in the library, enjoy some exercise in the yoga studio, or simply kick back and relax in the TV lounge or out on the BBQ terrace.
And of course, guests needn’t worry about signal dropping out, as there are direct digital broadband connections in every room.
Create connections this Christmas
Papple Steading is aware that many people missed out on their traditional festive parties and events last year, so this year is offering a special festive package.
This one-night escape offers guests a chance to reconnect, recharge and most of all celebrate together, in not just another conference centre or hotel bar, but in and among the stunning rural landscape of the site.
When guests arrive at the retreat, they’ll have a chance to relax and settle into their luxury accommodation. Then, later on, enjoy a delicious meal created by ‘wild’ food innovators, Buck and Birch coupled with cocktails crafted from the local environment, including foraged berries from Papple Wood and a range of elixirs sourced from the surrounding nature.
A place for communities to learn and celebrate
There are great plans for the future of Papple Steading. It’ll become a public place complete with an agricultural heritage centre where visitors can learn all about how the countryside has evolved, through the agricultural revolution and how practices have adapted over the years, a repair shop with expert craftsmen who’ll restore treasured pieces and antiques, a community space for celebrations and business events, along with a cafe and a shop selling local and sustainable products.
To discover more about everything that Papple Steading has to offer, visit the website papple.com/christmas, follow on Instagram, @PappleSteading or watch the latest videos, created in partnership with The Queen Margaret University, on YouTube, here.