The Ripple Retreat is the realisation of our dream, and the dreams of Scottish charity It’s Good 2 Give, to offer a soothing place of relaxation and support for young cancer patients and their families.
It’s Good 2 Give was founded in 2010 by Lynne and Ian McNicoll, with the aim of providing practical support to young cancer patients and their families at what is the most challenging of times. Our long term goal was to provide a retreat for these brave young patients, to build a place where families could escape the daily challenges of their illness, and find a moment of calm in an otherwise difficult time.
Delivering on our Dream
In planning the Ripple Retreat it was important that our design was to complement the local natural surroundings, enhancing the atmosphere of relaxation while being sympathetic to the stunning location.
Tony took his design from the wonderful local environment, creating the iconic imagery of the Ripple Retreat, a building inspired by the soft ripples of water on the loch and rolling hills that frame it. The visionary design was approved, and so the Ripple Retreat was born. Work began in September 2015, and the Ripple Retreat was officially opened on 12 May 2017 by Queen of Daytime TV, Lorraine Kelly, alongside Charity Patron, Grant Stott.
The Ripple Retreat Today
Today the Ripple Retreat has taken its own place within the gorgeous landscape of Loch Venachar in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. The waterside location reflects the rippling surface of the lake, with the rippled roof design sweeping beautifully from the edge of the waters to weave around our unique living space.
The space itself has been designed to offer a connected, shared area of relaxation, with a family-friendly environment that offers easy access for individuals of all abilities. Wide expanses of glass connect the interior of the house to the tranquil setting, while providing vital visibility to the available indoor and outdoor play areas.
The building itself is clad in a pigmento blue zinc, which captures the shifting beauty of the changing light, creating an amazing relationship between the building itself and the shifting ripples of the loch and open skies above.
The Ripple Retreat is an iconic building framed in a wonderful tranquil location, offering a unique retreat for rest and relaxation for young cancer patients and their families.