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  • Axminster standing proud at Orkney hotel

    Daniel Fountain
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    In a high-contrast colourway, the bold Natural Plaid by Axminster Carpets Commercial now makes a splendid statement at Standing Stones Hotel, Orkney, taking pride of place in the reception area and residents’ lounge.Standing Stones Hotel is owned by young couple Linda Johnston and AlanTulloch, who purchased it in July 2010. After seeing advertising by the company in the national media, the couple specifically targeted the wide range offered by Axminster Carpets Commercial. Aiming for a bright, welcoming design that had a country feel, Natural Plaid inCormorant was the ideal choice with its honey base colour and contrasting black plaid pattern. The resulting look completely lifts the reception area and residents’ lounge, creating an inviting and cosy interior that looks fresh and homely. Made from 100% pure new wool, Natural Plaid is suitable for contract commercial and heavy domestic use, making it the ideal partner for Standing Stones Hotel.

    Standing Stones Hotel is a beautiful guesthousewith stunning views over Stenness Loch towards the famous World Heritage sites of Standing Stones and the Ring of Brodgar. Linda and Alan came armed with a vision to create a welcoming and modern country retreat that offers visitors total relaxation and reflects the natural beauty of the hotel’s location. The installation of the new Axminster carpet is the first step towards this dream as the couple begin their exciting revamp of the hotel.

    As Linda explains, ‘The previous carpet had been in place for 21 years and was starting to show signs of deterioration. It was avery dated, dark design that just did not fit with the new, modern atmosphere that we wanted to create for the hotel. We wanted something light and welcoming, that still retained that all-important traditional country feel and had a high level of durability.”

    The soft but bright colours of the Cormorant Natural Plaid provide the lift that the reception area and residents’ lounge needed. The neutral colour palette of the carpet fits in perfectly with the hotel’s existing furniture, and the blackchecks add depth and interest to the room.

    “We are incredibly happy with the outcome,” enthuses Linda. “We had a specific look in mind when choosing the new carpet, and Axminster Carpets Commercial have delivered in everyway possible. We are now one step closer to achieving the appearance we want for Standing Stones, and this carpet proves our commitment to updating and transforming the hotel to provide the finest environment for our guests.”

    This striking Axminster carpet is one of the first individual touches that Linda and Alan have added to Standing Stones, and with plans to replace all carpet throughout the hotel, it marks the sign of very exciting things to come.

    Rendall Furnishings, based on Orkney, fitted the carpet at Standing Stones Hotel, amounting to a total of almost 100 square metres.

    For further information telephone 01297 630630 or e-mail commercial@axminster-carpets.co.uk

    Daniel Fountain / 16.05.2012

    Editor, Hotel Designs

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