At the start of 2010 work started on Brecks, with the help of funding through a Scottish Rural Development Plan Grant. The buildings known as The Barn and The Byre were on our farm in a lovely location with super views. We had dreamed of turning them into something special for years. The Barn was originally used for grain storage and hay. The Byre was used for cattle and latterly to store bales of hay.
John Winstanley from Deerness drew up the plans for us from stetches my husband James had drawn of how he wanted things laid out. John was very efficient and it was not long before the plans were in to the council and approved.
We project managed the build ourselves and the TEAM consisted of James Wishart, Duncan Swannie, Douglas Scott(joiner), Stephen Rorie(plumbing), George Drever(stonemason from J & D Firth), Wesley Walls(electrician), Dave Kirkpatrick(taping and filling from J & D Firth), Colin Parker(painter). Not forgetting myself Susan who managed all the ordering, pricing, grant paperwork, e-mails, and keeping my husband right! Also our families who helped with our 2 very young children and kept us sane throughout.
Our 1st guests arrived in June 2012 and we have been delighted to see the buidings used and enjoyed again.