Our biggest bedroom - called Douglas Fir because of the unusual, highly-patterned grain in the old wood that prettily panels the windows, doors and floors throughout the house. Hebridean light bursts through this room’s many high windows. There’s an ensuite bathroom, and a four-poster overlooking forest-green hills.
A bespoke wood and tweed croft bed is the star of Roost. Like its own softly curtained cabin, nothing could be cosier or more charming. The en- suite has an immense, cast iron tub in the warmly glamorous ensuite bathroom, that’s been in position since 1927. Roost is in the Arts and Crafts wing of the house and its windows look at the forested green banks that surround Home Farm - dotted with deer and red squirrel in the mornings.
A ‘jaggy bush’ is our childhood nickname for the yellow broom flowers and thorns that thickly stud the hills and highland behind Home Farm most months of the year. That colour – like condensed Autumn sunlight – finds its way into the newly woven tweed window-seats of this room, which is the oldest in the house, and part of the building that dates to the 1600’s. It has a cottage feel in here, and an open fire for cooler days. Comfy bed, Highland Soap Company products in the ensuite bathroom. You’re likely to hear our long-resident barn owls making their forays at dusk – they live in the stable, and sit in the yew trees, beyond the window.
During the renovations at Home Farm we found a little wren living in this room, and she’s still here in spirit. This is our smallest bedroom, a sweet nest full of indulgence and detail: the newly woven tweed headboard and window-seats, oil paintings by Scottish artist Daisy Williams, Highland Soap Company in the ensuite bathroom with its window overlooking a wooded bank. Candles by West bring a spry wash of Hebridean pine.
A restful reception room in the oldest part of the house that has the feel of a cottage. The open fire in here, when lit, puts out lovely spreading heat very quickly, and it’s a perfect place to sit on the sofa or in an armchair with a book and a coffee, or have a quiet drink. There’s a record player and a wodge of vinyl: a little bit of classical, some blues, soul, funk, jazz. Books too – and a low window looking out onto the old stables from which you’re likely to see our barn owl leave for a twilight swoop across the courtyard.
Our kitchen is big and bright, with a wall of windows overlooking Home Farm’s courtyard. Although it’s in the oldest part of the house there’s nothing cramped here : it’s very much a room to hang out in and chat around the farmhouse table, while cooking or listening to the radio. We have a gas Rangemaster, large fridge-freezer, masses of surfaces and prep space, cupboards and drawers full of all the pans and equipment needed to bake cakes, roast chickens and concoct gigantic stews. There’s even a bread maker for those still trying to perfect their sourdough. Expect to see owls swooping the courtyard at dusk.
A place to eat and relax, long into the evenings. Big dining table, massive sofa, open fire, windows overlooking the garden - and a door leading to the outside covered terrace, where you can sit and eat too in clement weather. In the Arts and Crafts section of the house this room is completely cast with the golden colour of the Douglas Fir in its original floorboards, panelling and even the dining table. It’s a suntrap in here (and on the terrace) mornings and late afternoons: coffee, or sundowner bliss. The lawn just outside is fringed by high trees that the sun sets directly through and beyond - such a romantic sight. Red squirrels leap about the trees or patrol the grass looking for the nuts they buried that morning (but forgot quite where….)