Sunday 5 February 2017

Fireplace Finally Installed

A replacement marble fire surround has been successfully installed at Balintore Castle over this weekend as shown in the photograph. The original marble surround must have been removed many decades ago. However, the metal insert is original to this location as is the hearthstone, and with so much of the fireplace structure in place, it felt right to get a suitable surround installed as soon as possible.  

However, finding a fire surround of the right dimensions to suit the abnormally large insert proved problematic as described in a previous blog post. I bought an abnormally large marble chimney piece at an architectural antiques auction outside Ascot with this location specifically in mind, but was it or was it not going to fit?

When Andy and Gregor held it in position some time ago, all the dimensions were correct except that there was a one inch gap between the fireplace and the wall, even with the fireplace as far back as it could go. Should one fill this gap with plaster or what? Back to the drawing board.

Eventually, we decided to do the job properly and explored whether the insert could be moved further back into the wall. Barrie tackled this manfully. By removing the old infill and by re-seating the insert as far back as it would go, we got roughly an inch, but it was definitely going to be touch and go.

The good news from this weekend is that the surround actually does now fit! :-) 

The replacement fire surround is probably 1880 rather than 1860 when the castle was constructed. This statement in green serpentine, and brown breccia marbles is more elaborate in design than the original would have been. However, I think it captures the spirit of Balintore, and one could easily believe the fire surround has always been in that location.

marble fire surround installed this weekend at Balintore Castle


  1. Oh! How satisfying this must be you you! Congrats! Looks great!

  2. It's such a beautiful scale and proportion, perfect for the insert. I love seeing the updates and cannot wait to see more.

  3. Looks great, can imagine when eventually lit it will be a great milestone

  4. Beautiful look, You have done a great job by using the smart idea of the installing a fireplace.

    Marble Statue

  5. Well David what can I say....but having moved to alyth recently I went out for a drive out the back roads yesterday and far off in the distance I spotted this castle...i said to my other half "Look there's a castle" to which he responded "how on earth did u c that it's minute"....anyways we drove on continuing this road we had found ourselves on looking for a nice beauty spot to my delight we veered to the right and low and behold the castle was more clearer I said " Andy..."i have to go c this it is stunning" but by no chance did we anticipate finding the route so we continued on this road only to find it took us straight to the grand entrance...we parked the car and wandered up the track road the approach was an amazing euphoria imagining how it must have been years ago....i took many photos sadly I didn't have my proper camera but the pics take me there in a second....i get this strange feeling thinking about this gorgeous characteristic property that stands so proud over outstanding scenery...i took great joy in just touching parts of the ruins that had sadly crumbled from the bay window...i just want to say I can't w8 to c her get her face washed (as I would say) and is love to return to take some pics....something certainly pulled me to the heart of balintore castle yesterday and I can't wait 2 c how things develop for her ❤ well done you for taking on this role.