Private Clients | Glen Tanar, Scotland 2021-2023

Planning Consent 2021

Building Warrant 2022

Candycraig, on the Glen Tanar Estate near Aboyne, is a beautiful and idiosyncratic late 19th Century farmhouse with distinctive masonry detailing and, unusually, a lean-to entrance on both south and north elevations. A granite retaining wall wraps around the garden area with steps leading up from a significant two storey steading on the lower portion of the site. It was commissioned by Sir William Cunliffe Brook and (in all likelihood) designed by the architect George Truefitt, who was responsible for a large number of notable buildings on the estate.

Several options were investigated for providing additional sleeping and living accommodation, with the team opting for an asymmetric arrangement of wings connected back to the original building via glazed portals. The larger west-wing is broken into three, to allow the living room to take advantage of the view over the Dee Valley to the North and sunlight to track through the principal bedroom to the south. The bedrooms are separated from the living room by a ‘library corridor’ encased in joinery with an integrated window seat on the outward side and full height glass to the newly formed courtyard. Stone walls built with granite from two former piggeries on the site frame the new extension and further relate the new parts to the farmhouse.