The Barony in East Ayrshire will offer treehouse-style cabins and spa treatments, all located in a 44-hectare site once home to an industrial coal mine.
The guesthouses will be heavily inspired by the former colliery’s heritage, with the architecture based on The Barony A-Frame – the last surviving headgear from the site’s mining days, and the very last of its kind in Britain.
Billed as an eco-resort, and designed by Scott Brownrigg, The Barony will immerse its guests in the natural beauty of the reclaimed site. Huge windows mean visitors can look out over the River Lugar from their waterfront cabins or, for those that stay in the stilted huts, peer from between the trees.
The architects, who are awaiting planning permission, intend to build 344 villas, as well as new cycle paths and walkways, and spaces for growing food and re-naturalising the disused mine.