Easter Auchintoul Lodge



Client: Private
Location: Tomatin, Inverness-shire
Project Conception: 1997 – 1999
Project Status: Complete
Area: 728 m2
Project Value: £n/a


Easter Auchintoul was a working farm steading dating from the 19th Century. It had grown organically from a single storey cottage to a significant but utilitarian group of vernacular stone and timber buildings. The preliminary brief for the creation of an estate shooting lodge anticipated renovation of the steading. However Maxwell & Company reviewed this strategy in the light of a detailed survey and agreed with the client that the better option was to rebuild, modelling the design on the original form.

To respect its origins, the steading incorporated many of the reusable materials in its construction. The brief required the lodge to have family accommodation of three bedrooms, with the social rooms separated from the guest bedrooms, utility rooms and housekeepers to maximise flexibility. The family rooms were arranged along the embankment overlooking the river whilst the remaining accommodation was developed behind it in a courtyard form similar to the earlier buildings. Traditional materials were used throughout. The original fieldstone was reincorporated and supplemented by dressed sandstone details. The roof structure was traditionally framed in green oak and douglas fir and finished in reclaimed Ballachulish slates. Simple rustic materials were employed internally, with painted plaster walls and ceilings and Caithness stone or timber flooring.

The project won a Civic Trust Award in 1999 for a building that made an outstanding contribution to the quality and appearance of the environment.