5 Star Boutique B&B, Kingussie, Scotland

The Viewmount is a 5 Star newly refurbished and redecorated Boutique B&B (BB&B) in the Scottish Highlands.

A long overdue facelift

A long overdue facelift

April 17th, 2021

When renovating, I am learning, one has to make compromising decisions. Either stay true to the Victorian architecture and finishes (with resulting inefficiencies in heating etc) or opt for a sympathetic modern alternative which complements the structure.

This week 8 new window frames arrived for installation in the owner's accommodation. It was indeed a big day and a lot of planning went into getting this far. On Friday 6 of the windows were slotted into place, with 2 remaining. We discovered one rotten wooden lintel which will require some attention before the last window can be fitted. Not bad considering that this is one of the few surprises during the entire renovation process to date, the Victorian property has clearly stood the test of time.

The entire process kept me riveted. The wooden sash frames were carefully removed and will hopefully be re-used on another renovation project in town. The bare eye sockets of the house (last seen more than 150 years ago) were revealed. As if it was expecting the facelift, the new windows slotted in without any problems.

If the house is half as happy as I am, it bodes well. It is set for the next couple of centuries.

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