The Muckle Howf is the result of one part of a long-term project undertaken at Craighead by Ian & Heather. With the main house all but complete and the gardens well underway, three years ago the stone steading that is now the Muckle Howf (Big Meeting Place) was a joinery workshop.
It was important that the conversion was traditional and sat in its surroundings comfortably. A key aim being to offer something special for visitors, a place to enjoy and relax, with access to the gardens and a personal family welcome.
With that in mind the design offers complete privacy but easy access. It optimises the wonderful views with its glazed gable end in the upstairs lounge and the master bedroom. Visitors are are always welcome to call in at our own home for any help or advice they need.
The Muckle Howf has its own private garden/patio/hot tub and parking area, which is completely secluded.
Internally the conversion has optimised the space and structures to offer a wonderfully spacious feel. It offers three double bedrooms all with their own en-suite. The master bedroom has a large glazed wall to optimise the views and also has an en-suite bath with shower. The two further bedrooms have the facility to be converted to twin or double rooms depending on the make up of the party.
Upstairs is also home to the ‘whisky lounge’, this room has wonderful views through the glazed gable with a patio style door to ensure you get the true feel of the country and the best of the view. It boasts large comfy sofas and wooden beams.
Downstairs you will find the sitting room, again with big comfy seating, wide screen television, library and a wood-burning stove to ensure cosy evenings for our winter visitors.
The large kitchen/dining room is bright and airy, it also has a large glazed patio door area to maximise the views and the light. The kitchen has been fully equipped to ensure that everything you need is to hand, the utility room means that you have washing machine/dryer, freezer, ironing facilities all to hand but tucked away.
Downstairs also houses the sauna room. Here there is a steam cabin and infra red sauna and off this room is a further toilet and wash hand basin. The hall out to the back door is the ideal space to house golf clubs, coats, shoes etc.. and also has a large wall map of Scotland to help with your planning. There is full oil fired central heating throughout.
In addition we have an array of animals, which include our two highland cows and our ponies, along with hens, guinea fowl that wander the garden, soay sheep and increasing numbers of wild birds to be watched from the garden.