A look back at The Cairn Collection hotels

A look back at The Cairn Collection hotels

You’ll often find when looking back on the history of a buildings you discover more than just evolving architecture and changing styles. Understanding the stories behind heritage buildings allows you to appreciate its story and understand why its beauty has remained for decades.

Here at Cairn Group, we want to share a little history with you about each of The Cairn Collection hotels, some of which date back as early as the 15th century and count royals and aristocracy as former guests.

The tale behind our hotels will help to show how each one of them became the places they are today, all with their own unique personalities and in some of the UK’s most loved locations.


The Majestic Hotel, Harrogate

As one of the UK’s most famous spa towns, Harrogate in North Yorkshire is home to the Montpellier Quarter and Turkish Baths, as well as the historic Majestic Hotel. Situated in the heart of the town, the impressive Victorian property opened its doors as a hotel in July 1900, and was formerly a Georgian site known as Springfield House. Famous for its Winter Garden – a glass structure covering 8,000 square feet, nicknamed the ‘Yorkshire Crystal Palace’ – well-known faces and celebrities would attend for banquets and events during the ‘Edwardian Summer’ at The Majestic. Surviving World War I as well as a rooftop blaze in 1924, during its 117 year reign The Majestic Hotel has become one of Harrogate’s most iconic destinations for tourists to visit and stay.

Today, guests can choose from the hotel’s 170 bedrooms, and enjoy its picturesque gardens and health and leisure club complete with indoor swimming pool. There’s also The Majestic Restaurant known for its English and European-inspired dishes made using the best local produce. A collection of function rooms are also available for hire, popular for weddings, meetings and other events.


The Redworth Hall Hotel, County Durham

With a Jacobean and Elizabethan look, The Redworth Hall Hotel is a redevelopment of Redworth House, dating back to 1693, although revamped in the late nineteenth century. With its own 26 acres of undisturbed woodlands and gardens, the property has an interesting history and tale to tell. Originally constructed as a family home for George and Eleanor Crosier and their five daughters, history saw an additional two homes build on the site, whilst the properties passed through the generations. After World War II the site was sold to Durham County Council and acted as a residential school before being turned into a 17 bedroom hotel in 1987. Two years later the hotel was extended to create a 143 bedroom hotel, taking the name it has today.

The hotel still stands as one of County Durham’s most picturesque places to stay, and being situated just a short distance from the main city centre, everything is at your fingertips. From fine dining at Restaurant 1744, where you can book private dining for up to 25 guests, to relaxing in the hotel’s spa, complete with a range of exclusive packages, you can guarantee a one-of-a-kind getaway.



The Stirling Highland Hotel, Stirling

Situated below Stirling Castle and the Church of the Holy Rude, the site which the hotel now occupies was formerly a Franciscan Convent in 1494, which was later demolished and taken over as a newly-instituted grammar school. In 1852, a sum of £1,000 was offered to Stirling by Colonel Hamilton Tovey-Tennent, son-in-law of lieutenant-governor of Stirling Castle, if it would build ‘an improved school house’, and so the foundations of the new school were laid in 1854. Originally designed to resemble an Oxford or Cambridge college, the build saw the design adapted to an L shape complete with rooftop observatory – which is still in working order today.

After the High School moved out of the premises in 1962, the building functioned as an archive office before opening as The Stirling Highland Hotel in 1991. In present day, there are 96 bedrooms, seven function rooms and a health and leisure club for guests to enjoy during their stay, as well as the Scholars Restaurant serving British and European cuisines with traditional Scottish flavours at the heart, and afternoon tea.


The Royal Station Hotel, Newcastle

Opened by Queen Victoria in 1858, the Royal Station Hotel is one of Newcastle’s most popular hotels, adjoining Central Station and situated a short walk from the bustling city centre. The hotel is a Grade One and Grade Two listed Victorian building, boasting beautiful architecture and an impressive history. Located on 19th century Neville Street, near to the Central Station, was named after the powerful Neville family who were earls of Westmorland. Their townhouse, Westmorland Place, stood here in the medieval times, close to where Neville Street joins Westgate road today.

Entertainment at The Royal Station Hotel is like no other – from themed nights, murder mysteries and comedy dining nights. There’s a party for everyone, whether a themed evening or even private events too, from birthdays to weddings and graduation celebrations.


Stoke Place, Buckinghamshire

In 1690, Stoke Place was built by chef Patrick Lamb using his earned fortune from cooking for British royals and aristocracy including Queen Anne. The house expanded in 1764 by then owner Lieutenant General Thomas Howard, who enlisted the landscaping expertise of Capability Brown, the nationally-renowned landscape architect who was at the height of his career when commissioned to design a pleasure garden. The house was passed to various owners before being acquired by South Bucks District Council in 1962, before opening as a grand hotel. In 2016, Stoke Place was added to the National Heritage List for England at Grade II to give extra protection to the site’s stunning garden.

Are you looking for the ultimate fairy-tale wedding venue? With sweeping staircases, stunning antique chandeliers, beautiful bay windows and 26 acres of stunning parkland, Stoke Place is a flawless setting for the perfect wedding. The hotel is an award-winning venue with its stylish build and beautiful grounds, guaranteeing the setting for photographs and memories you’ll cherish forever.



The Old Ship Hotel, Brighton

The first record of a hotel on this famous seafront site was in 1559, a cottage named ‘Shippe Inn’ which belonged to the Gilham brothers. Since then, the location, name and architecture were adapted and in the nineteenth century saw an expansion along the coast to where it is today, when it became the Old Ship Inn. In 1671 Captain Nicholas Tettershell bought the property, his successors then further extended the building by purchasing adjacent buildings. Additional extensions took place over the years which eventually saw the hotel grow to a 154 room establishment. During its time the hotel has welcomed many royal and famous guests, including kings and queens, as well as Charles Dickens who gave a public reading in its spectacular Paganini Ballroom.

Overlooking Brighton’s outstanding seafront, guests can tuck into delicious British European cuisine at the hotel’s restaurant, Steak on Sea Restaurant. With views across the promenade, you can expect an excellent dining experience. For lighter meals, snacks and drinks, including a range of classic cocktails, the Bar Terrace offers a more relaxed atmosphere, perfect in the warmer months to dine al fresco.


The Angel Hotel, Cardiff

Cardiff’s Angel Hotel was originally the site of a seventeenth century dwelling named Red House, which was burnt down in 1770 and reconstructed as the Cardiff Arms Hotel. From changing names and being redeveloped on a different site, The Angel Hotel ended up on a triangular strip of land, and opened in 1883. The hotel is renowned for stars staying there, which have included The Beatles, Dame Shirley Bassey and Sir Tom Jones.

Today, guests can expect a comfortable and luxurious stay in one of its 102 en-suite bedrooms, and tuck into the beautiful Castell’s Restaurant’s seasonal A La Carte menu, created using high quality local produce. Taste a selection of specially imported fine wines to accompany your diner, and make your stay feel that extra bit more special.


The Cairn Hotel Newcastle

Here at Cairn Group, we carefully select the location of our hotels, including streets, cities and landmarks steeped in history. The Cairn Hotel Newcastle is situated in Jesmond on Osborne Road, which in the 20th century, was the residential suburb of Newcastle, benefitting from its easy access to the city centre. With a growing cluster of hotels expanding along Osborne Road in the late 1980s/90s, the hotels’ resident bars became public bars, rapidly growing the legendary drinking and party scene to what we know Osborne Road as today.

With special offers to choose from, you can select the ‘Weekday Romance’ package and spend one night in one of the superior rooms and enjoy a romantic meal and drinks, or opt for a longer getaway with the ‘Romantic Weekend’ package. With Sohe Restaurant and 97 & Social conveniently placed either side of the hotel entrance, you can dine on exquisite Asian cuisine and slip delicious cocktails right on your doorstep.


The Cairn Hotel Edinburgh

The Cairn Hotel Edinburgh is situated just a short walk away from the Edinburgh Playhouse, which opened its doors in August 1929. Originally a cinema, this popular theatre soon became host to A-list musicals including Phantom of The Opera and We Will Rock you, as well as legendary bands U2 and Metallica.

Complete with stylish contemporary features, at the hotel you can choose from a standard single room to a four-bedroom apartment. With plenty of bars and restaurants just minutes’ walk away on the famous Princes Street, you will be centrally located making almost every local attraction easy to reach!


Saint Georges Hotel, London

Central London is home to many hotels, including Saint Georges Hotel. Located on the corner of Langham Place and Regent Street, and just a short walk from Oxford Circus tube station, it offers the perfect location for both tourists and business trips. Surrounded by history including the London Underground, or better known as the ‘Tube’, which dates back to 1863 when the world’s first underground railway, The Metropolitan Railway opened, linking Paddington and Farringdon, with six intermediate stations. In 2017, this has now grown to 270 stations with 11 lines.

Popular for weddings, functions and business trips due to its central location, you can expect first class treatment when organising and planning your event. With two meeting rooms on the 15th floor overlooking The West End, you can hold business conferences for up to 10 and 16 people. Wedding and celebration parties can expect exquisite views of the London skyline from the Heights Venue also on the 15th floor.


Has our history lesson inspired you to visit one of our beautiful hotels? Join us for a memorable break with The Cairn Collection.