Strone of Glenbanchor // Scottish Highlands

A comprehensive refurbishment and a cottage in the Cairngorms, in the highlands of Scotland.

The clients were after a comfortable and understated mountain retreat with three bedrooms and a series of public rooms (kitchen, living, dining and snug) which all had windows framing the views of the surrounding Cairngorms. We liked the idea of ‘making openings and pointing them at the view’ and this site is spectacular insofar as there are mountains in more or less every direction.

Given the existing cottage was very small, the brief meant more than doubling the area of the property – which is a significant challenge in planning terms. We worked closely with the local planning department to ensure that we arrived at a favourable response. We proposed making the extensions (of which there are two) out of contrasting materials but ones which have a provenance to the local area but which looked great alongside the parged rubble walls and slate roof of the existing cottage. Planning ultimately agreed with this approach as it gave a clear legibility to creating a ‘house of two eras’ – the original traditional stone cottage, and a series of timber clad extensions including a timber clad strip dormer.

Photographs 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 by Nigel Ridgen

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Loader & Monteith Architects Ltd

36 Battlefield Road


G42 9QH

44 (0)141 370 0887