Restorations and Conversions

27 January 2017

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Restoring an old building from what it was once used for into a luxury holiday home is the dream of many. The popularity of television programmes that show the best conversions have resulted in a surge of interest in these buildings and fortunately some of the most impressive are available to rent from LHH. The common feature of all of these properties is that they utilize the original buildings strengths and locations to create a quirky place to stay with a unique character; so come on, enjoy the luxury and be architecturally inspired by these winning combinations of old and new.

The Old Salmon Bothy in Portmahomack is a classic example of a historic building in a prime location being given a new lease of life. Originally used as a storehouse for local fishermen this solid stone structure was expanded and fully renovated to the highest standard in 2013. Situated adjacent to a slipway which could be used to launch kayaks or even a small boat this cottage has the best of both worlds, modern luxury and old fashioned charm.

The Beach House on the Isle of Skye has been stylishly converted to a residential property with an appropriate nautical theme. This truly inspiring place to stay is accessed on foot over a small track or by 4x4 across the beach at low tide. The house makes the most of its stunning location just beside the water with a large glassed area to the front, perfect for sea gazing. Seals dolphins, sharks and otters can all be seen from the living room and kayaking, sailing and fishing are all on the doorstep.

Migdale Water Mill is an 18th century oatmeal mill that has been sympathetically renovated by local master craftsmen and which retains original features such as the original mill wheel. Local materials were used throughout the renovation such as oak, Douglas Fir and Caithness Slate which gives a warm and welcoming feel. It’s a fantastic combination of ancient comfort and modern style.

Originally built as stables for Dreel Castle, of which, sadly, little remains The Secret Cottage is an award winning and thoroughly modern conversion. Remote control Velux windows, a unique glass atrium and clever use of the original windows have resulted in an amazing bright and airy living space that still provides privacy from other houses.  The location is right in the middle of an architecturally fascinating area with traditional buildings featuring crow step gables, pan tiled roofs, cobbles streets and wynds from a bygone era within walking distance and many more fascinating  and historic castles and palaces just a short drive away.

St Peter’s House in Gullane is a former church with outstanding original features such as grade A listed stained glass windows. The interior, with high ceilings and balconies, has been creatively and expertly converted to form a dramatic, spacious and architecturally pleasing central living space incorporating a kitchen, social area and dining area. The stunning use of space and attention to detail is highlighted by the lavish wooden finishing and the wood-burning stove. Winter evenings have never been as cosy.

Achaglachgach was created originally by the famous Scots Baronial architects Peddie and Kinnear in the 1860s. The grand stone stables were made tall enough for riders to enter without dismounting and now the extraordinary 50 foot long, high-ceilinged main room forms the centrepiece of this meticulous conversion. Huge windows and sliding doors show wonderful views across the loch and into the beech wood and gardens beyond. In addition, Achaglachgach is now an eco-home, warm all year round thanks to geothermal underfloor heating on slate and wood floors; solar panels and double glazing. In the evenings, there is a wood-burning stove for added appeal.