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Modern ‘clachan’ envisaged for Isle of Bute farmhouse

January 11 2019

Modern ‘clachan’ envisaged for Isle of Bute farmhouse

Mount Stuart Trust are proposing to demolish a pre-1900’s farmhouse overlooking Gallachan Bay on the Isle of Bute, to make room for six detached homes modelled as a modern clachan.

The 9,000sq/m site is accessible from the A844, offering expansive southerly views across the Sound of Bute to the Isle of Arran, maximised through the use of extensive glazing.

In their design statement Architeco observed: “The proposal creates a modern day Clachan, with a grouping of houses located around a shared courtyard, which includes the parking. The replacement farmhouse has a direct access drive, retaining the siting of the original farmhouse, and has rear access to the courtyard area.

“The replacement farm house is finished with white rendered walls and a slate roof with traditional Bute style dormers to the front elevation, with the remaining houses of the same style, but finished in timber cladding and a metal sheet roof to create a recessive visual appearance and be reminiscent of the eclectic mix of removed farm buildings.”

Each home will be rotated clockwise from due south to provide a degree of privacy from passing traffic.

The stone built farmhouse will make way for a white render replacement
The stone built farmhouse will make way for a white render replacement


#1 Posted by BASARCH on 11 Jan 2019 at 16:39 PM
Oh this really the future for the aisle of Bute???
Neil McAllister
#2 Posted by Neil McAllister on 11 Jan 2019 at 18:53 PM
"Clachan" implies some sort of grouping - a cluster - a defined place - not just some identical houses placed parallel to each other.
Robert Martin
#3 Posted by Robert Martin on 12 Jan 2019 at 21:44 PM
And who on the Island will be able to afford these so called Clachan houses. Another question needing answered is why was The Gallachan not let as a starter farm to a young farmer? Too small to be commercially viable is not a valid excuse as the last tenant was able to live,farm and then retire from the holding.
cough cough
#4 Posted by cough cough on 14 Jan 2019 at 09:49 AM
'...provide a degree of privacy from passing traffic..' aye right enough! what passing traffic?
#5 Posted by Egbert on 14 Jan 2019 at 11:07 AM
Can we get Gaelic trading standards involved? This is manifestly not a clachan.
#6 Posted by Asimov on 14 Jan 2019 at 11:13 AM
#4 - I'd sell it as Scottish Zermatt. Speaking of - is there any defined privacy degree scale?
D Wilson
#7 Posted by D Wilson on 25 Jan 2019 at 15:43 PM
The site drawings show what is generally described as a cul de sac. The extra service road for the new farm house I suppose is the justification for using the word 'clachan'.

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