Tiny crofter cot­tage is now of ‘na­tional im­por­tance’

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ISLA AN­DER­SON

Downie’s Croft af­ter the restora­tion.

left be­hind in­clud­ing cloth­ing, boxes of Christ­mas cards and pieces of rib­bon stored away as keep­sakes.

Up­stairs, pages from old mag­a­zines and news­pa­pers lined the walls and they even dis­cov­ered a horse-drawn sledge.

And when His­toric En­vi­ron­ment Scot­land (HES) was con­tacted, Downie’s Cot­tage was im­me­di­ately given

Grade A listed sta­tus. The prop­erty is now viewed as a “build­ing of na­tional im­por­tance”.

A ma­jor restora­tion was guided by HES which Mrs Innes has de­scribed as a “labour of love”. She added: “It hasn’t made any sense in terms of ef­fort or money but we feel that we have done the right thing.”

The re­stored cot­tage will be used as a hol­i­day home.

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