Constructed from the remnants of old agricultural buildings, these Angus holiday homes have won acclaim as much for their unexpected luxury as for their clever marriage of old and new
Faced with a newly empty nest and an expansive farm that had been in the family for several hundred years, David and Lynsay Milne of Balbinny realised it was time to diversify. Their plan, to build a couple of simple self-catering holiday homes in the verdant Angus countryside surrounding their farmhouse, quickly bloomed into much more, and has put Balbinny firmly on the map for stylish getaways in the north-east.
With the help of local architects Montgomery Forgan Associates, they have created five very special holiday homes. Three are in a building that mimics the shape of a farm steading, but with added luxury, each with a pair of en-suite bedrooms on the ground floor and an open-plan kitchen-living area upstairs. They also have balconies and private garden space. The other two, known as the brochs, are more unusual, boasting stout grass roofs. Each has two en-suite bedrooms and an open-plan living-dining area, along with a wood-burning stove and a wet room. But it’s the quirky touches and impressive detailing that make Balbinny stand out.
Material from the 300-year-old steading that once stood here has been used to clad the exteriors, while the original stone stairs to the hayloft have been repurposed as windowsills. Old wooden floors have been upcycled to form contemporary headboards, and the cubicle walls of the former dairy are now hearths.
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Words Caitlin Clements