The Ferry Bothy

linearchitecture, Balquhidder, 2016

 

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Remote hotel accommodation

The Ferry Bothy is a place to stay within the grounds of one of Scotland’s best loved hotels; Monachyle Mhor.

It is built using discarded buildings and free materials, all gathered together through happenstance.

The Ferry part of the Ferry Bothy is formed using the old Lismore to Port Appin Ferry waiting room which was spotted being taken for disposal on a low-loader and the driver persuaded to unload it to. Here it is re-purposed as the main bedroom and its expansive sweep of windows have uninterrupted views towards the famous Braes of Balquhidder.

The Bothy part of the Ferry Bothy is a salvaged and rebuilt student self-build project, found languishing in pieces in a yard in the East End of Glasgow. It is now nestled beneath a large Caledonian Pine and forms the lounge and kitchen, warmed by a wood stove and centred on a huge fixed aluminium window, again enjoying uninterrupted views over Rob Roy country.

The two volumes are linked with stepped decking that forms benches, encloses fire pits and stores firewood.

The Ferry Bothy sits on old telegraph poles, used as piles and driven with a tractor-mounted post driver, allowing it to be secured to its site while not disrupting the roots of the trees that envelop it.

The principles of scavenging and repurposing brought most of the construction materials together – free insulation left over from a vast public project, assorted loads of birch ply, cement board and a mountain of unwanted roof sarking meant that labour was the only problem; but when you can offer willing hands some of Scotland’s finest food and drink from one of its most celebrated restaurants as incentives its surprising how much labour can be found.

Data

  • Begun: Apr 2016
  • Completed: Jun 2016
  • Floor area: 36m2
  • Sector: Sports and leisure
  • Total cost: £3,000
  • Funding: client
  • Tender date: Mar 2016
  • Procurement: self build
  • Address: Monachyle Mhor Hotel, Balquhidder, FK19 8PQ, United Kingdom

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