This little gem, which is nestled on the banks of The Bowmont River at Reedsford has been in my sights for a long while now. It’s footprint is tiny, yet it was crying out to be loved and lived in once again so the challenge was on.
Originally built to house pigeons, chickens and the odd pig or two to feed the local farming family, it was sadly, rapidly beginning to fall into disrepair. The central tower, built as early as late C18th, has ‘grown’ two magnificent wings over time, and is Grade II listed.
Spurred on by the insatiable enthusiasm of two young architects, James Moore and Molly de Courcy Wheeler in 2018, ideas, drawings and plans soon appeared, followed by a wonderful wee model…
The roof had collapsed on the right hand wing so this is where the work began in February 2022.
Our approach throughout this restoration has been ‘lite touch’ – at pains to conserve all its unique exterior and interior features where we possibly can. Part of the ‘excitement’ of the rebuild of the kitchen wing is the addition of a glazed extension to create an open, bright and sunny living space. This cleverly, discretely wraps around the S.W. side allowing the general look and feel of the building to remain seemingly unchanged from the old steading.
2023 will see the start of the interiors coming to life.
Our aim is to create a cosy bolthole for 2 with a modern, simple, pared down style. Whether one is sitting within the building or outside, the fabric and feel of the wee Dovecot should ‘read’ as it was.