Blairmore Farm and Estates Ltd is a beautiful working farm. The owners were keen to diversify their business and hired us to design and carry out a feasibility study on converting the current farm steading into self-catering holiday let accommodation. A key part of our brief was that the accommodation had to allow for a fully DDA-accessible self-catered property within the heart of the development. Therefore, access was key.
The attractive stone-built traditional steading was a solid construction, but was in need of significant repair and upgrade works including:
- Sub-division of existing stone steading to provide individual holiday let accommodations .
- Provision of new fully-insulated building fabric within the envelope of the existing stone walls.
- Upgrade and renovation of all existing roof structures
- Careful repair and renovation of all existing stone external walls with the introduction of new stone and natural timber cladding to new external walls, which extended the footprint of the main steading block.
These allowed for full and comprehensive redevelopment of the buildings.
The result was the creation of 7 independent units which are highly sought after and continue to be booked on a regular basis. Not long after the development, Blairmore Farm was awarded their 5-star rating.
Access to the site proved challenging along a farm road shared with a number of neighbouring properties. In developing the design for Blairmore and through consultation with the local authority it became quickly apparent that a new private access road should be provided to the site. The formation of a new private road through woodland allows the approach to Blairmore to offer glimpses of the expansive views over the Strathearn valley which are enjoyed from the steading.
The formation of the new build units to the eastern flank of the existing stone buildings allowed for the creation of a centralised courtyard area within the heart of the development.
Each unit was designed to allow for the enjoyment of the communal courtyard while providing for private garden ground for each unit around the perimeter of the building.
The formation of the courtyard provided further opportunity to offer guests additional facilities with the creation of a private bar and orangery. The private bar provides a further additional income stream for the business with the orangery creating the space to allow for larger parties and events to come together for meals and socialising.
Over the last few years, Blairmore has become a highly sought-after five-star venue for self-catering holidays in the Perthshire countryside and continues to be fully booked on a regular basis.