Pluscarden ELGIN IV30 8TZ
Pluscarden has been a haven of tranquility and hospitality for hundreds of years. It still houses the 12th Century Benedictine Abbey the only permanently occupied Abbey in Scotland. Around the Abbey in the vale of St Andrews farming and crofting has been carried out for even longer. Many of the former crofts were abandoned over 50 years ago and their roofless tree lined shells or stone foundations can still be seen among the fields and trees of the glen.
This was the inspiration for the recently built PLUSCARDEN CROFTS whose architecture mirrors that of their 19th century predecessors but with a 21st Century technology and luxury.
The two, two bedroomed croft houses traditional style mask their 21st Century eco credentials. They are constructed of Durisol blocks made largely of waste wood which were chosen not only for their high thermal properties but also the ease of building which is especially appropriate to rural Scotland. Their tin roofs and twin chimneys are reflections of their 19th Century counterparts but underfloor heating wood burning stoves and mechanical heat recovery and ventilation systems make them warm and comfortable and fit for the most demanding visitors.
Whilst a bath in front of the fire would have been the main washing facility 100 years ago these properties have monsoon style showers and for the ultimate in relaxation wood fired hot tubs to give a unique chemical free spa experience.
The main bedroom is in the mezzanine floor and covers the whole length of the house with traditional rough sawn timber walls.
The crofting theme does not stop there each house has its own hens to provide you with the freshest possible breakfast treat and in the summer you can go out and dig your own early tatties or pick vegetables from the croft garden.
The welcome pack includes local milk bread and butter.
The aim is to provide boutique style self-catering accommodation with a true local pedigree marrying the theme of centuries old hospitality and vernacular architecture to create a 21st Century Scottish Visitor experience.
Accessible Parking or Drop-off point