The builders certainly aren’t hanging about at Home Farm Cottage our latest holiday house, which will be available from May for guests. They started earlier than scheduled and plan to be all done and dusted by the end of March, which is seriously impressive.
With a host of joiners, roofers, electricians, plasterers and craftsmen grafting furiously – the end is almost in sight.
At some expense, the joiners have made us exquisite replacement diamond-paned windows – which will ensure we retain the cottage’s gingerbread-style appeal. They are currently working on a new front door, which should be in place by early next week.
The private courtyard has been neatly paved and the joiners made a smart new back dooor.
The painters have been busy externally and have given the cottage three coats of brilliant white paint.
Internally, we’ve chosen the kitchen, all the paint colours and the windows have been measured up by our lovely curtain lady for curtains and blinds. We’ve done a few buying forays to Edinburgh and have managed to choose very pretty fabrics for two of the bedrooms, the sitting room and one of the bathrooms.
We have also bought quite a few pieces of furniture including a kitchen table and a smart dresser from Loaf for the sitting room. I’d hoped to include a photo of this in situ as it was due to be delivered yesterday, however, the Beast from the East put paid to that. I sourced a pair of lamps from Livingstones in Castle Douglas, which I’m extremely pleased with. I think they’ll work well in one of the double bedrooms.
Externally, we’ll put a post a rails fence around the perimeter of the garden and plant a beech hedge, which will add character and privacy. Ian, the master contractor and digger driver effortlessly placed this massive granite stone at the fork in the drive to show guests which road to take. The next job is to commission a stone mason to detail arrows for guests to fork left for Home Farm Cottage.
So, soon it’ll be really over to us to ensure we’ve furnished the cottage ready for our first guests, who we call ‘the hotel inspectors’ who arrive for a week’s holiday on 19 May. They are good friends who have stayed in almost all our cottages and ensure that everything is in excellent working order for our guests expected in the summer.
Home Farm Cottage which has three bedrooms – two doubles and a single, is available for bookings from Friday, 25 May. During the high season, bookings will run from Friday to Friday and prices range from £375 to £850 for a seven-night stay. For further booking information, visit our enquiries page.