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Dramatic restoration of John O’Groats Inn complete and open to guests

14 September 2013

Issued by Natural Retreats

Natural Retreats is delighted to announce that its revolutionary new concept in the self-catering industry, The inn at John O’Groats, is open and is now taking bookings.

The restoration of the iconicformer John O’ Groats Hotel is part of Natural Retreats’ multi-million pound regeneration of this stunningly picturesque natural wilderness in Caithness in the North of Scotland.

Originally built in 1875, the iconic former hotel in John O’Groats has been carefully restored over the past two years and has had a new Norse style extension added which provides a dramatic splash of colour against the coastal landscape.

The opening of the Inn at John O’ Groats comes just a year after Natural Retreats unveiled an important £6 million regeneration project in the area along with partners Heritage GB and Highlands and Island Enterprise (HIE).

Chief Executive of HIE, Alex Paterson stated his delight to have “supported this development in partnership with Natural Retreats and Heritage GB. This is a significant tourism investment at John O’Groats which has transformed this internationally renowned location, and will bring many benefits not only to the local area but to the wider Highland and Islands.”

Courtesy of Interior Design agency NoChintz, who are also responsible for the recent revamp at Natural Retreats’ flagship site in the Yorkshire Dales and the current lodges at John O’Groats, the interior will combine high quality old and new styling in keeping with the marriage of the historic former hotel and the eye catching new extension.

The Inn boasts bespoke self-catering apartments with one, two or four bedrooms, each offering its own individual character and with all of the high quality facilities and luxuries you would expect from Natural Retreats. This apartment style accommodation will cater for those completing the famous Lands’ End to John O’ Groats ‘End to End’ Challenge. The brand is currently working hard to enhance the End to End experience along with Heritage GB.

All of the apartments feature modern kitchen/living areas, stylish bedrooms and bathrooms and a variety of windows providing guests with vantage points to enjoy far-reaching views of the dramatic John O’Groats coastal scenery across the Pentland Firth onto Stroma and the Orkneys, some of the most breath-taking coastal views in Scotland.

West facing rooms are treated to spectacular sunset views. As with all Natural Retreats properties, the Inn at John O’Groats has been sensitively developed keeping sustainability top of mind. Local craftsmen using locally sourced materials, such as Caithness stone and Scottish Larch timber, have been used wherever possible.

This huge investment has seen the creation of 23 luxury eco lodges here, designed in the same award-winning style of the Yorkshire Dales residences, a co-operative Storehouse café selling produce and goods from local businesses and a brand new activity and retail Outfitters centre where visitors can book a range of activities such as a sea safari, bike hire and guided walks, as well as purchase equipment, clothing and supplies for outdoor pursuits.

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Bob Farley 17/01/2014

Pleasure to bring tourists to John o Croats now. Well done!

Bob Farley 17/01/2014

Pleasure to bring tourists to John o Croats now. Well done!

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