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Spotlight on Goddard Littlefair

We know The Garden as an indoor urban oasis, but this wasn’t always the case… For those who used to frequent The Roxburghe Hotel as it once was, you’ll remember an outdoor courtyard that was used for pre-event drinks. However, we know how unpredictable Scottish weather can be(!), so this space was not used nearly as much as everyone would have liked. We wanted to make this an indoor space so it could be used all-year-round, no matter if it was raining, snowing or bright and sunny. In 2016, Goddard Littlefair was hired to do just this!

Goddard Littlefair is a highly experienced interior design studio based in London, and they did an unbelievable job transforming the courtyard. We spoke to Creative Director, Richard McCready-Hughes, to find out how it all happened…

The Garden at The Roxburghe

The inspiration for The Garden came from the great hothouses, orangeries and nurseries of grand, historic country estates. A glazed roof was added to give it that greenhouse feel, and this protected the space from the elements while leaving views of the sky that now fill the interior of the hotel with light. Electronic blinds were then installed to provide shade from bright and sunny days and ensure it didn’t become too warm.

The design included creating privacy for the restaurant’s guests: reclaimed glazed doors, screens and metal gates were added to divide the space. This created all of the lovely cozy corners that The Garden now has – whether you’re having a private business meeting, catching up with friends over a cocktail or relaxing with a coffee and a good book.

The Garden from above

Next came the fun part of getting to decorate! Vibrant greens and yellows were chosen for fabric and the restaurant was filled with plants including trees and hanging baskets from Bright Green and local landscapers, Fleurtations. Ladders were also added to the roof which created an anchor for lampshades, antique chandeliers and watering cans. A workbench-style table was added to the centre of the restaurant, which is used for breakfast, cakes or simply for displaying plants. Finally, the bar was added which features a riveted zinc counter – it’s the focal point of the entire restaurant.

If you’ve ever visited The Garden at night you know how magical it feels! This atmosphere was enhanced by little fairy lights that are wound around the roof and antique mental chandeliers. It was all finished off with candle-lit tables to give it a true garden-party vibe.

The Garden

Thanks to Goddard Littlefair for transforming The Garden to how we know it today! Plus their beautiful interiors have won us two international design awards: Biophilic Design at the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards 2018 and Restaurant Design at the SBID Awards 2018.