Offering a contrast with the grandeur of Astley Castle, progress at the humble Shore Cottages in Berriedale, Caithness is also proceeding rapidly. Work to create two Landmarks is being led by two of our own craftsmen, supplemented by local, specialist contactors. One of the challenges of this project was getting the materials down to the site from the main road and a special temporary barge was created to ferry bulky items across the river to the cottages.
The pointing of the external masonry is now complete and the cottages are being limewashed as the weather has improved. Internally, the drainage was put in, underfloor heating coils were laid before Christmas and the original stone flags were salvaged and laid through the whole of the smaller Landmark. During work to the rear of the cottages, we uncovered the original cobbled path. We had planned to place the drainage along the back of the building, but have now re-routed it in order not to disturb this path, which will be left exposed. Internally, a start has been made on the timber carcassing for the joinery panelling, and the first fix plumbing and electrics is complete. Our site manager is also on constant watch for a photo opportunity of the aurora borealis, which can be spectacular from this part of Scotland.
Samples of the proposed joinery panelling have been approved by the conservation officer and the team is now busy getting 4,000 linear metres of this timber board cut. Windows have been similarly approved and are being manufactured locally. We were able to save three of the original interior doors to place in the smaller cottage, and all other doors and joinery will be made to match those original remnants as closely as possible. The Shore Cottages are due to open in August, with opening events in September, and we are sure their stunning location and proximity to the sea will make them two fine additions to our portfolio.
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