The financial potential from golf lodges

Andy Waple
By Andy Waple May 9, 2016 07:37 Updated

Part of the Highland Golf Links, Kingsmills Hotel needed to accommodate a growing number of customers. It therefore ordered five-star pre-built lodges for golfers to enjoy before and after their rounds

When the luxury Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness looked to find a way of expanding its capacity to accommodate a growing golf and leisure market it turned to the innovative Scottish company Carbon Dynamic for a solution.

The firm that designs, manufactures and assembles sustainable modules for the hotel and leisure industry supplied 13 bespoke units for the hotel in June last year.

16-18 carbon dynamic Kingsmills Garden Lodges

Guests and the hotel management are absolutely delighted with the result, and bookings are soaring.

Craig Ewan, general manager of the Kingsmills Hotel, said the lodges had proved a huge success.

“We are thrilled with the design, build quality and luxury finish of our ‘Garden Rooms’ and our guests are equally delighted.

“They have proved very popular. Guests who have arrived not knowing what to expect have been taken aback by the ‘wow’ factor they deliver.

“Golfers love them. They can go off and play all day and come back and sit on their own private patio and enjoy a pre-dinner drink. They say it’s just like being abroad.”

The Kingsmills Hotel has undergone a major transformation since it returned to private ownership under Patio Hotels UK in 2007.

Managing Director, Tony Story, was determined to upgrade the venue and embarked upon a £15 million investment programme, introducing a new level of luxury to the public areas and bedrooms.

Capacity has increased in phases, with the £1.2 million Garden Rooms project being the latest project undertaken.

16-18 carbon dynamic Lodge internal (Findhorn)

“We had been looking for ways to further expand capacity and our architects Keppie Design persuaded us to look at Carbon Dynamic. Our MD was very impressed with the quality of the design, build and environmental sustainability of the modules. The fact they would be assembled off-site in Carbon Dynamic’s factory and brought here for speedy installation minimising disruption was also a bonus,” he said.

Kingsmills ordered 13 modules and they were ready for occupancy within six weeks of arrival on site.

“It was very impressive to see the bedrooms arrive on an articulated lorry and be craned off onto their pre-laid foundations,” said Craig.

Each of the luxury Garden Rooms are 26 square metres in size and feature a king-sized bed, garden views through a large glazed frontage, rain-dream shower, air conditioning, flat-screen TV, tea and filter coffee making facilities and mini bar.

Craig added: “They are excellent buildings throughout and environmentally sound. The project has allowed us a great utilisation of space in the garden and they have generated additional revenue for the business from day one.

“We are on track for a rapid return on investment and the Garden Rooms are a fantastic addition to the hotel, adding quality and are becoming a great talking point.”

Kingsmills Hotel is at the heart of Scotland’s enviable golfing country. As part of the Highland Golf Links partnership which includes Royal Dornoch Golf Club, The Nairn Golf Club, Culloden House in Inverness and the Royal Golf Hotel in Dornoch, it promotes ‘stay and play’ packages for visitors. It overlooks Inverness golf course and has corporate membership of Fortrose and Rossmarkie.


Film – Carbon Dynamics – 13 Modules of Kingsmill Hotel from Scott Remy/Scene-It on Vimeo.

Craig said: “Our golf business has increased tenfold in six years and the new Garden Rooms and the Scottish Open venue at nearby Castle Stuart are likely to see that business cemented further.”

Carbon Dynamic is a forward-thinking, highly creative company based in a factory in Invergordon.

It largely uses cross laminated timber for its properties, which is made of multiple layers of softwood placed at angles over each other to create an ultra-strong material. Woodfibre board is used to insulate, but hemp and sheep wool are also options. Its buildings are typically clad in Scottish larch but other finishes are available.

Each module can be manufactured and fully fitted out in its factory in less than three weeks.

The 13 energy-efficient lodges at Kingsmills Hotel were delivered to site and installed in less than two days onto pre-prepared, low-impact foundations in the hotel’s rear garden. Constructed entirely from Scots timber and laid out in an exciting, ‘sculptural’ curve each room has a unique view and a high level of privacy.


Andy Waple
By Andy Waple May 9, 2016 07:37 Updated
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