Bothy in the snow

A historic bothy inside a secluded walled garden makes for an unlikely but stunning family home; The Gardeners Bothy.

Architect Iain Shillady, co-founder of Staran Architects, and his wife, Jenny, were struck by the potential of the B-listed building in Kinross.

It offered the history and charm Jenny wanted as well as the new build project favoured by Iain – and both were drawn to the rambling mature gardens.

The project, which featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs, involved a sensitive restoration of the bothy and retention of many original features. The couple then added an impressive single-storey extension, housing the more open plan living spaces.

The original wall has been left exposed within the new hallway and is illuminated by a long feature roof light above.

“Response time to questions was exceptional and we were provided with clarity over costs and lead times at every stage, no false promises.”

“The product itself is beautiful and we are very happy with the quality, which we feel was very good value. We have already recommended Russwood to friends, family and clients.”

Inside, Russwood Classic Natural White Oak flooring is laid in both Grande Parquet and Plank laying patterns, softening the strong lines of the dark cladding and window frames. The clients say Russwood was “fantastic, from initial chats through to the delivery.”

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