Ben Addy, Architect Ben Addy, Architect

Ben Addy is the founder and Managing Director of Moxon and the lead architect on The Fife Arms project. Under Ben’s direction, Moxon have been awarded for design, construction excellence and conservation. We share with Ben a passion for sustainability and community which sees him sit on the RIBA’s Building Futures Advisory Board and he’s also a member of the assessment panel for the Cairngorms LEADER programme, which supports community-led rural development in the Eastern Highlands of Scotland.

“As architects on The Fife Arms, we’ve had the privilege of being involved in the restoration of the hotel from its early stages. With our Scottish studio located a few miles away; we’ve been afforded a special affiliation to the project.

My partner and I relocated to the Cairngorms National Park from London over six years ago and the area has since become a huge part of our lives, both personally and professionally. We renovated a classic 18th-century farmhouse with wonderful wide-ranging views over the upper Dee valley and located in the Lochnagar National Scenic Area. The renovations also included a studio space for Moxon’s Scottish headquarters, where as six architects, we are constantly inspired by the surrounding landscape and ecology. The Cairngorms is home to a quarter of the UK’s rare and endangered species.  It is at once the highest, wildest, coldest, snowiest, and dramatically beautiful part of Britain. And it is changing before our eyes.”

We want to hear from you We want to hear from you

The Fife Arms is entering a new beginning in 2018 and we want you to join our team as we set out an exciting new chapter in the life of this historic hotel.

Please see our RECRUITMENT BROCHURE HERE for more information.

Come and say hello at the Braemar Gathering on 2nd September 2017

Or visit us in Braemar for an open day on the following dates:
20th September 2017
22nd November 2017
24th January 2018
21st February 2018

Image: Katharine Davies Photography

Federica Bertolini, General Manager Federica Bertolini, General Manager

I have a long term love affair with Scotland. I came to Aberdeenshire for the first time in 1997, looking for an adventure after University. My husband and I drove from Northern Italy through Europe and stopped at St Andrews, Ballater and Aberdeen before ending up in Edinburgh. We lived there for three years and I started my hospitality career at the imposing Balmoral Hotel on Princes Street, the name still bearing strong connections with Aberdeenshire.

After gaining further experience in large five-star city centre hotels in both Scotland and Italy, I moved to Cornwall to manage Tresanton, one of the first hotels in the UK where the design moved away from the classic hotel look. In this fairly small seaside property which looked more like a home than a hotel, my relationship with the guests, the staff and the community became much more personal and critical to the success of the business.

These principles will continue to be at the heart of my job as General Manager at The Fife Arms with the added privilege of being involved in the creation of the hotel from its early stages. I look forward to being part of a business who wants to showcase the beauty and bounty of this wonderful landscape as well as injecting economic vitality to the Upper Royal Deeside. I am also particularly proud of the restoration we are carrying out, both respectful of history and tradition but also projected in the future, with contemporary art features and modern facilities. I look forward to welcoming you to The Fife Arms!

People image: Hannah Devereux