Do you read the Scotsman? You may have seen Bearnock Lodge featured on the cover of Scotland on Sunday’s Interior Magazine a few weeks ago.
The article explores how Bearnock Lodge owners, Louise and Jim Sutherland, first viewed the property in January 2009. At that time the property had been colder inside than it was outside, water came from the burn, and parts of the building were derelict. That said, it had potential. Louise and Jim immediately recognised the stunning features that delight our guests today.
The Scotsman article details the renovations that took place at Bearnock. But even before those began, Louise and Jim had to consider how to use the space. The layout of Bearnock Lodge was somewhat unconventional. It had two kitchens for a start. The formal kitchen was in the derelict part of the house, but there was a second smaller kitchen that the previous owner had used. In the end, Louise and Jim kept both kitchens. That decision has proved to be a big hit with our guests. We often have large families with young children staying. Many groups use the second kitchen for the kids who might want breakfast earlier and then the adults. Reserving the formal kitchen for grown-up meals.
Our renovation also included the addition of new bathrooms to accommodate larger groups along with the basic requirements such as new plumbing and heating.
The piece in The Scotsman also recounts the finer details of this labour of love. Throughout the renovation, the owners worked hard to protect, preserve and enhance period features. Plumbers had to work beneath the floor rather than cause harm to the ornate wooden panelling. A spectacular ceiling in the drawing-room was saved during the renovation.
When you visit Bearnock Lodge, you’ll be astounded by the wonderful location. However, during the renovation, this wasn’t always ideal. It was often a challenge for Louise and Jim to get materials and furniture delivered. But where there’s a will, there’s always a way!
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Bearnock Lodge is consistently updated. It’s worth remembering that it’s still a holiday home for Jim and Louise, so they want it to be perfect! Over the last few years, Louise has turned her attention to the garden. This now includes several seating areas, that make the most of the sun and the views. We’ve also added a small summer house, a log cabin and the one-bedroom Waterfall Apartment.
This most recent feature isn’t the first time that Bearnock Lodge has been in The Scotsman. Here is an online article from the archives, which talks more about the restoration of this magnificent property. Or find out more about the history of the property here.
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