Scottish Field

A cottage full of compliment­s

The Wee House Company is winning fans with its characterf­ul and well-thought out range of homes

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Owners, visitors and neighbours alike have been showering compliment­s on a new cottage that arrived in a day in the village of Barcaldine - one of the latest of The Wee House Company projects completed in Argyll and the islands. Like people across the UK they have all fallen for the charms of the characterf­ul small house with the big personalit­y.

Gabriella MacKenzie and husband George decided on a twobedroom version of a Wee House after thinking long and hard and studying the market. With her work involving a lot of travelling, Gabriella kept spotting Wee House Company properties and was intrigued

‘We could have gone for a modern look with glass walls but the Wee House looked right for the plot we had and the old trees around it,’ said Gabriella. ‘Its neighbours and people who live in Barcaldine all say that the cottage looks as though it has always been there. It looks right in that landscape.’

The Ayrshire-based company designs its homes to be built in the workshop and assembled and finished on site. Its inhouse team arrives and works their magic. ‘It was an amazing experience. The house arrived on three lorries; the crane arrived and the team started at 8am and by 8pm it was up, weather and watertight. Within 10 days it was finished.’

From start to finish The Wee House Company can take as little time as eight weeks to complete; they also take care of everything in-house in more ways than one, from planning consent and the necessary building warrants plus constructi­on and ground works.

Gabriella added: ‘They are an excellent company to work with, I couldn’t recommend them highly enough.’

There is not an inch of wasted space in the houses which include fitted kitchen and bathrooms and are decorated inside and out.

The houses are built to the highest specificat­ions of safety, sustainabi­lity and insulation making them incredibly energy efficient. The Wee House Company properties are mortgage eligible and are becoming a very popular choice with downsizers, garden-plot builders, first-time buyers and holiday lettings.

The Wee House Company has designs which can be amended to suit your needs and taste.

‘We worked really closely with them,’ said Gabriella. ‘We kept the outside shape but chopped and changed the interior and they could not have been more helpful.’

For the moment Sutherland’s Lodge is part of the family’s Highland Holidays Cottages portfolio but the MacKenzie’s have their eye on it for their own retirement.

‘People who have hired it have given us very good feedback said Gabriella. ‘They are very compliment­ary and are amazed that a property which looks so traditiona­l on the outside is so modern, comfortabl­e and cosy on the inside.’

The Wee House at Barcaldine is also proving popular with try-it-before-you-buy-it customers coming for a holiday while researchin­g their property purchase.

 ??  ?? Above: Location is never a problem; The Wee House sets sail regularly to the islands. Below from left: The neighbours all approve of Sutherland’s Lodge; Gabriella MacKenzie was impressed with how she could work with the company to change the interior layout; the traditiona­l look belies the comfort inside and modern fitted kitchen, bathroom, and state of the art materials, including insulation.
Above: Location is never a problem; The Wee House sets sail regularly to the islands. Below from left: The neighbours all approve of Sutherland’s Lodge; Gabriella MacKenzie was impressed with how she could work with the company to change the interior layout; the traditiona­l look belies the comfort inside and modern fitted kitchen, bathroom, and state of the art materials, including insulation.
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