James and Jane were keen to add an agritourism diversification enterprise to their farming business and were able to persuade John, Jane’s father to build a moveable glamping structure. The first challenge of the project was to plan a build that could be constructed in Somerset and then transported 600 miles to site in Aberdeenshire! Transportation constraints decided the overall dimensions of Barley Bothy and the genius idea to split the build into two halves creates a spacious living space.
The two halves are on metal skids which slide together and then lock into place making the Barley Bothy a corrugated tin hut which can easily be relocated when we have exhausted that view!
Barley Bothy is totally unique the bespoke build, design and siting has been a real team effort between James and Jane, John and Kaye (Jane’s parents) and Anthony – John’s right hand man! Everyone had their own ideas throughout the build process which added to the fun of the journey but all were united in their love and passion for upcycling, re-using, reclaiming and salvaging materials wherever possilble. Where new materials have been used local British businesses have been engaged to provide their products.
The wooden interior was once a chicken shed! After 14 years sitting dismantled in a shed it has been upcycled and given a glamorous new life! Star gazing windows are build in for both box beds and the bathroom.
The steel frame was salvaged from a scrap yard following on the upcycled theme.
Windows are double glazed hard wood windows made in Huntly by Matthew Rae and transported to Somerset for the build. They are also painted in that beautiful blue inside and out!
Bathroom takes shape and build discussions!
Two halves part and arrive in Aberdeenshire!
Off loading from the transporter to a bale trailer to drive down to the site