Tomorrow we will be moving around some of the animals ready for the winter, making sure they have inside space and shelter for the winter. Our two highland cows will move to winter quarters towards the end of November. We have had some wonderful visitors over the summmer and we are determined to catch some of the very kind comments from the visitors books and put them in a blog at somepoint - a task for a cold winters day!
We were really pleased to have a film crew here earlier in the year and we will we hope be on TV in January, we are not able to say much about it at the moment but as soon as we can we will let you know! A bit nervous about that one......
Way back in autumn last year Ian and Lewis started the foundations for the latest of Ians ideas. It sat as just a foundation over the winter but work began again this year and out of the foundations has grown our new Howf. It still has no name - we have thought of all sorts of things but not quite hit it right yet.
Visitors this year have commented that they thought it was a restoration, that was really great as it is meant to look as if it has been there for many many years. Ian and Lewis have managed to create a bulging wall and squint dipping roof - that really did hurt their heads. The stone work is beautiful! The construction of the Cruck frame was quite something to watch and to me seemed very very complex!
Inside the floor is tiled with large flag stones, it has a large stone fire place complete with its in built wee whisky bottles, the Oak Cruck Frame forms lovely shapes under which there will be a double bed, cosy dining nook, cottage kitchen area and it will have a slipper bath in the main room where you will be able to lie and enjoy a glass of bubbly watching the flames of the wood burning stove. It will also have a fab shower and a compost loo.
We have just started to take bookings for it but at the minute just directly by email. We have still to update the website and on line booking but if you would like to make a booking to stay in it please email us and we can book you in that way.
We are also planning to keep this one open all year round as we do with the Muckle Howf - we think it will be a super cosy/quirky place to spend a winter break - but that will be next year!
We have added a few more photos and will add more as the work continues and the inside comes together.