The Bothy | 7 occupants (1971 - 2005)

i. General

This is a one-and-a-half storied building aligned east/west with the principal frontage to the south. It lies a little to the east of Glen Fyne Lodge, described above. The Bothy is evidently an early building, rubble-built. Its proportions suggest a mid-late 19th century date. The house has, however, been very substantially modernised and there are few features visible which are of the earlier period. The house is gabled to the east and west on a low double pitched roof, this has now felt tiles. A single chimney remains at the apex of the west gable, this is early and with a stone cope.

ii. Exterior

The exterior of the building is harled except at the west gable where it is rendered and ruled out. The principal frontage to the south had likely been tripartite although all openings were subsequently modernised. The existing entrance is probably the site of the original as it is centrally sat. The windows on either side are modern and there are patches of modern cement harl surrounding each of these showing where modifications have been made. The present main entrance has a concrete step and a modern door within, glazed above.

At first floor level the eaves are broken by three dormers, all of which are modern. These are in the locations of pre-existing dormers and it is clear that the entire wall head has been raised by just less than half a meter and that pre-existing dormers were set lower down into the earlier wall head - there are patches of cement where these had been. The roof pitch had evidently been steeper; the apex is probably at its original level. At the eastern end of the main range, at ground floor level, there is what had likely been a broad opening, perhaps for a cart. This is now in-filled with a wooden framing, containing a wooden door that is offset to the west. This is of framed construction but boarded externally and its upper parts open with a fly-mesh above.

Internally this area is lime washed onto pointed-up rubblework, with a partly plaster ceiling, partly open. Three joists remain, these having multiple hanging hooks - it appears that this was a game larder. A louvered opening on the west side of the entrance also contains mesh. The framing to the south, containing an entrance, all appears to be relatively early with good estate detailing. The framed entrance has chamfered angles internally and a substantial wooden box-lock. The window to the north has a fixed frame, two by three with wire fly-mesh. A small hatch leads to a space above in the ceiling where a substantial wrought iron hook hangs from within the hatch cover, most likely used to hang game.

Against the east gable there is a small single storey lean-to shed which is of rubble walled construction to north and south but with wooden framing to the east, the latter relatively recent. This had evidently latterly been a coal store. It retains a slated roof. Looking at the gable wall to the east, the point at which both pitches of roof have been raised is readily apparent. Apart from the game larder window there are no other openings in the upslope side to the north.

iii. Interior

The interior has been modernised throughout. One enters into a small vestibule containing a coat hanging area and then a hall within which runs to the back of the building. Throughout the mouldings are simple, applied architraves with rounded corners.

There is a ground floor sitting room to west with a modern window to south and a fireplace of probably 1980s detailing of brickwork with black marble top to west wall, and a simple cavetto cornice above. The walls are lined out with plasterboard throughout.

On east side of hall is the kitchen, a modern fitted kitchen within, and a simple small cavetto cornice above. Within the kitchen is a small under-stair cupboard. The floor is of cream ceramic tiles. All windows throughout are modern, double glazed, UPVC.

The entrances to both main ground floor rooms contain modern 6 panelled doors. On the north side of the kitchen at the north-east corner of the hall is a stair flight up, going in a straight flight, to the east, then angling up to the south. All is simply plaster boarded throughout.

The stair rises up to a stair landing that occupies the central part of the upper level. The doors off this lead to a large bedroom to the west with small cupboard at the south-west corner; a bathroom sits in the centre of the south side. This is tiled up to the coombing and wall heads internally. There is a storage cupboard on the east side of this at the head of the stairs, with double doors. Above the game larder at the east end of the building is a further small bedroom, all plaster boarded and simply detailed within. All bathroom and bedroom doors are six panelled of modern stock detail and all upstairs spaces are plaster boarded throughout, as well as the coombing. There is a solid-framed balustrade above the stair in the stair hall area upstairs. The stair has simple wooden stair rails and is carpeted.

This building over all is relatively narrow and seems to have been an ancillary to the large house, Glen Fyne Lodge, adjacent.



The Bothy Electoral Roll

The Bothy 1971-2006 Electoral Roll

The Bothy, Margaret Fraser

Discription of living at the Bothy by Margaret Fraser. 2007

The Bothy, House Survey

Architectural detail by Tom Addyman, Simpson and Brown, Edinburgh.