Birkwood Estates Ltd.




Occa Design delivered their concept interior design scheme for Birkwood Castle Estate to support its proposal to convert the neglected property in South Lanarkshire into a 5-star boutique hotel & spa comprising thirty bedrooms complete with leisure wedding & conference facilities.

The grade B listed building, in the style of a castellated mansion, is a former principal mansion house and hospital site. The site is rich in history, with the mansion house designed prior to 1891 by Glasgow Architect John Baird. It was then converted to a psychiatric hospital in 1923 and remained in use as such until its closure in 2002.

Our proposals provided initial concepts around style and design direction for the high-end development of the public rooms, bedrooms, and ensuites. We developed a brief with the client to create designs relevant to the heritage of the site and its Scottish location, reinterpreting traditional Scottish elements in an understated, elegant and luxurious style.

The entrance to the exquisite building via the port cochere sets the scene for the interiors of the grand reception area. A bold statement of opulence and luxury welcomes guests to the journey ahead, embracing the Victorian architecture and striking, ornate architectural detailing displayed in the hallway.

Our bespoke reception desk design stands boldly in the lobby, cocooned in a palette of rich finishes, inspired by Victorian materiality, including stone, marble leather, and timber. Bedrooms offer a contemporary twist on a traditional style, using simplified Edwardian timber wall panelling along with wool, leather and brass details to reference the Scottish heritage of the site.

Sumptuous ensuites with marble finishes, glazed ceramics, and brass fittings complete a truly luxurious experience. Heritage colours flow throughout the interiors from rich wall finishes to the elegant fabrics and soft furnishings. A balance of contemporary and traditional furniture styles create an eclectic yet harmonious design story.

Birkwood Estates were delighted with the proposals for Birkwood Castle which subsequently formed part of the funding proposals for the development of the site.

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