Scottish Field - - GLEN CRUICK, ANGUS -

Scot­tish Stove Cen­tre lo­cated 20 min­utes north of Glas­gow & 20 min­utes south of Stir­ling in ham­let of Crof­tamie by Dry­men, has es­tab­lished it­self as the mar­ket leader for log/mul­ti­fuel burn­ing stoves. The re­fur­bished show­room which many peo­ple will re­mem­ber as Dry­men Volvo has been com­pletely re-fit­ted and now show­cases over 100 ap­pli­ances many of which are fully work­ing mod­els. With util­ity providers fore­cast­ing in­evitable price rises for gas, Oil & elec­tric­ity now could be the right time to in­stall a “green” “re­new­able en­ergy” wood burn­ing stove. Im­proved de­sign and test­ing re­sults in ef­fi­cien­cies of, 87% in some cases and many units have the abil­ity to burn logs in a “Smoke Con­trol Zone” while still com­ply­ing with the Clean Air Act. With nearly 70 years of in­stal­la­tion ex­pe­ri­ence Scot­tish Stove Cen­tre of­fers un­ri­valled ex­per­tise. From choos­ing your stove, de­sign­ing your fire­place or in­gle open­ing our knowl­edge­able sales team will look af­ter your project from start to com­ple­tion and when it is time for your stove to be in­stalled our “pro­fes­sional” highly skilled en­gi­neers make ev­ery effort to en­sure the best pos­si­ble in­stal­la­tion is car­ried out fully to your sat­is­fac­tion (we do not use sub­con­trac­tors)

I’ve put a sofa in the mas­ter bed­room be­cause I know it’s a lovely place to sit and there’s a ta­ble and chairs out on the bal­cony be­cause it’s a great place to read.

‘Down­stairs, I’ve di­vided the ar­eas into zones but with­out putting up walls. I’ve po­si­tioned the chaise so you ei­ther get a view out the win­dow or the fire. The fire func­tions bril­liantly through the space, al­though some­times you do have to move the chairs as it gets so hot. And, in the win­ter, I of­ten for­get how cold it is out­side. I’ll be hang­ing around the house in a t-shirt be­cause it’s so warm and then I go out­side to get a few more logs and it’s per­ish­ing.’

Once the lay­out was to his sat­is­fac­tion, Ger­ard turned his hand to the fur­nish­ings, which he has let evolve over time, al­though they all share a dis­tinct Scot­tish theme.

‘I’ve found a fan­tas­tic lady in Brechin who has been re­do­ing all the so­fas and chairs in a beau­ti­ful tar­tan fab­ric,’ he says, ‘and I’ve de­lib­er­ately cho­sen old fur­ni­ture and then had it re­uphol­stered. The older pieces are just much bet­ter qual­ity and built to last.’

About three years ago, Ger­ard’s job

com­mit­ments started to take him away from An­gus which meant that Glen Cruick was ly­ing empty for half the year. ‘For a while I would come up for week­ends and it was just amaz­ing how much it recharged me,’ he says. ‘The house sits be­tween two burns and once you cross the burns and start walk­ing, you’re into the glen in min­utes. At the top of the hill the views are spec­tac­u­lar and at any time of year the amount of peo­ple you see is minis­cule.

‘How­ever, the ac­ces­si­bil­ity of Glen Cruick is great – you have to drive through a work­ing farm to get to it and I think that adds to the charm. You feel you’re go­ing to end up in the mid­dle of nowhere and then you hap­pen across this beau­ti­ful house. My main prob­lem on these short vis­its was that I would make plans to see friends and some­times I’d re­gret it be­cause I just wanted to stay home and en­joy the peace.’

At present, Ger­ard is lucky to snatch a week here and there at Glen Cruick but he hopes that’s only for a few more years. ‘When I re­tire this is where I’ll be liv­ing and I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to it. It re­ally is the only house for me.’

Above: Down­stairs is open-plan, but is di­vided up through clever in­te­rior de­sign. Left: Bright seat­ing area up­stairs; views from the bal­cony.

Above: Ger­ard out­side Glen Cruick. Left: The bath­rooms have un­der­floor heat­ing. Be­low left: There are touches of tar­tan through­out.

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