Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay officially open the refurbished Fife Arms in Braemar, Scotland owned by gallerists Iwan and Manuela Wirth.5

On Friday, HRH The Duke of Rothesay, accompanied by HRH The Duchess of Rothesay officially marked the re-opening of The Fife Arms follOwing a multimillion pound renovation.

Dating back to 1856, the former Victorian coaching inn in Braemar has been completely redeveloped by new Swiss owners Iwan and Manuela Wirth, of the international art gallery Hauser & Wirth.

Plans for the renovation were first unveiled in May 2017, after the Wirths acquired the building in 2015 armed with bold ideas to make the hotel one of the top resorts in Scotland.

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Now the 46-bedroom hotel, complete with spa, cocktail bar, restaurant, pub, library and cinema, have finally welcomed its first guests.

The interiors are by designer Russell Sage (known for his work at The Goring and The Savoy) and feature over 14,000 historic objects, artwork and artefacts that have been collected over three years in order to tell some of the many stories associated with Braemar.

The suites and bedrooms have all been individually designed – each one a homage to place, person or event with links to the area.

Read our exclusive interview with general manager Federica Bertolini here

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