When I was looking for a historic property to restore, I snooped around a lot of ruins. Most of this is all in the past now.......
However, I did my first bit of ruin snooping for ages about a week back. I was driving my friend Andrew around (he's also been a big friend of Balintore Castle) on a glorious warm and sunny day, but we took the "wrong" route back to the castle by mistake. As we passed a old stone cottage high up on the hill, almost hidden by vegetation, I exclaimed "Is that occupied, or deserted?". Andrew indicated he suspected this had been deserted for some time, so I couldn't help a "Let's go explore!". :-) This we did! It was/is an incredibly picturesque place with fruit trees growing in front of the building, but nature had taken over and it must have been deserted for decades. The wooden outbuildings had collapsed. but the stone building itself was good, with just one corner of the roof needing fixing. It was a traditional single story "but 'n' ben" i.e. a 2 room cottage consisting of kitchen and bedroom - in this instance with a short bit of corridor and a bathroom between. However, the rooms were generous as was the size of the building overall. We peeked into the loft space through the hatch in the bathroom - the roof was both high and quite steeply pitched with no beams crossing the space. The building spoke to us both simultaneously and said
two good-sized en-suite bedrooms in the roof space
bathroom becomes central stairs
two downstairs rooms become kitchen and lounge
The building was on a steep slope of the side of a hill. However, it was south facing and looked down over a beautiful broad sweep of glen. The setting could have not been better. The extent of the jungle indicated the garden must have stretched all the way down to the road, and as such would have been beautifully staged, and the evidence suggested it would have been magnificent in its heyday. The only downside would be the snow in winter given the elevation - though last winter the whole UK was struck. Anyhow, a perfect little "do-er upper". I have my own little project of course, but could not help teasing Andrew with this as his!