IT’S BEEN OUR PRIVILEGE TO
BRING THIS WONDERFUL ESTATE BACK TO LIFE
Some places in the world you fall for instantly. Craigengillan is one of them. We found the estate at the turn of the century. The roof leaked, dry rot had set in, the fences and dykes were horizontal.
Keep Out signs and barbed wire guarded the houses and bridges. The stable clock was silent.
Since then, we’ve had some good days, some bad days, some highs and some lows. But the motto of the house is ‘Steady, Calm, Forever’. It’s a good one, and we’ve followed it as we’ve worked to put Craigengillan back together.
All of the restoration work we have carried out has been respectful of the estate’s history and location. Where possible, we have sought to use original materials and techniques.
Restoring Craigengillan is an ongoing labour of love and one that takes up every spare moment. The work we’ve carried out to date includes:
Reslating and releading the roof. Rebuilding the dormer windows and chimneys. Sanding and oiling age-stained panelling and floors. Restoring the Jansen designed interiors and wall paintings. Installing a biomass heating system using the original German radiators. Rewiring and connecting the house to mains water.
Rebuilding the clock tower and fully restoring the roof, using the original Ballachulish slates. We also refurbished the wooden panelling in the Category A listed stables and recobbled the floors.
Transforming two ruined cottages near the Glessel Burn into exceptional holiday cottages. We used as much of the original stone as possible. One of the cottages has a water reed thatched roof, reflecting the traditional roofing of much of Dalmellington in past centuries.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
Now that all the listed buildings have been restored, ruined cottages and stone dykes rebuilt, a million hardwoods planted and the fields secured with newly created hedgerows we have moved into a dawn of calm.
The restoration work at Craigengillan has led to both permanent and part-time employment, something which is vital for the future of the Doon Valley and East Ayrshire.
“CRAIGENGILLAN WAS LIKE SLEEPING BEAUTY: A MARVELLOUS JEWEL WAITING TO BE REDISCOVERED.”
Mark Gibson, owner