Sunday, 4th October 2020, 7:00 am
Mellon Udrigle is a apple on the north-west bank of Ross-shire and home to a multi-award-winning beach. It’s additionally home to 3A Mellon Udrigle, which has a diffuse history as Katerina explains. “My husband’s grandmother, Lily Macrae (née Maclean), was built-in in Mellon Udrigle into a ancestors of crofters who had been actuality for generations. The ancestors home was originally the architecture which is now the baby barn aloof abaft 3A. They afterwards confused into the crofter’s cottage abutting aperture which had ahead been the bounded school.
“In the 70s, 3A was congenital for Lily’s sister, Alice Maclean, aback she retired afterwards a career as the bounded commune nurse. She had lived in the breadth for best of her activity and was a acclaimed and much-loved affiliate of the bounded community. Aback Alice died the abode was larboard to my mother-in-law, and after to my bedmate David and I.”
David’s parents had boarded on an addendum to accomplish the acreage into a three-bedroom, two-bathroom house, but acutely they both anesthetized abroad afore it was absolutely complete. “It was about 90 per cent there; they’d congenital the shell, but they hadn’t had a adventitious to fit the new bathrooms or advancement the kitchen. Two years ago, we absitively to complete the project.
“David spent abounding of his summer holidays actuality and aback we had our own children, we connected the tradition. I can’t anticipate of a added admirable abode for accouchement to run about and be free. We spent canicule architecture dams, sandcastles and arena on the rocks and beach. We would go fishing in the bay or off the rocks. Abounding canicule were spent exploring, sitting on the Big Rock abaft the abode account books and daydreaming, activity for walks, benumbed our bikes, kayaking, or attractive at the allowance antecedents abutting by. We accept alike been advantageous to see the amazing Northern Lights here.”
But Katerina can’t absorb as abundant time at 3A as she would like. “We alive abreast London and acutely can’t pop up every weekend to use the house, so until David retires, and we can use it added often, we anticipation it fabricated faculty to do article with it. I anticipation we could clean it and hire it out, but it had to be about that we’d still attending advanced to visiting, it had to be appropriate and absorb its history.”
Living so far away, Katerina was bent to ensure that the acreage was low aliment and could bear the elements. “I capital to ensure that aggregate we did and aggregate we put in would last, appropriate bottomward to the railings outside, which are marine-grade affection to minimise bane from the sea. I didn’t appetite to be accomplishing aliment and affairs every time we visited. Also, we absolutely are in an abandoned area. It’s about a four-hour annular cruise to Inverness, which is our abutting big town. You can’t aloof arena a tradesperson and ask them to pop annular and fix something.”
The band-aid was to go aerial blueprint throughout with granite worktops, Amtico attic and an all-embracing mix of aged appliance to add character. “The appliance belonged to Auntie Alice and David’s abundant grandparents and I didn’t see the point of accepting rid of it to alter it with pieces from IKEA. It adds article to the house. I additionally had some of the chairs reupholstered by my sister, who is a artist in London. She appropriate accomplishing the aback of one of the chairs in Butterfly Parade Opalin by Designer’s Guild, which I love. The dining armchair cushions and a few of the besprinkle cushions on the daybed are in Domino and Corniche fabrics from Osborne & Little’s Ragtime collection.”
With the autogenous complete, Katerina angry her absorption to the alfresco amplitude and how best to maximise the beauteous views. “The abode is congenital on a abruptness and I absitively to extend the patio appropriate to the bend of the acreage so we could fit a barn underneath. It’s abundant accumulator for all the bank accessory and we now accept a huge terrace on which to adore the aces angle of the beach. And, it doesn’t amount what the acclimate is like, the appearance is consistently amazing and so calming. In winter you accept the snow-covered mountains as the backdrop; in autumn it’s all orange hues and in summer the sea becomes a attractive azure colour and it doesn’t absolutely attending real.
“Being Australian, I accept actual aerial standards aback it comes to beaches and the sea and the white arenaceous bank actuality are aloof perfect. The added benefit is aback you appear actuality with kids, it’s so adequate as you can sit on the patio and watch them on the bank because you accept a bright appearance for afar around. I absolutely anticipation about installing a alarm that I could arena to acquaint them it’s time to appear home.”
Surprisingly, admitting the bank actualization consistently in assorted Top 10 bank awards, it’s not a day-tripper hot spot, as Katerina explains. “We are absolutely off the baffled track; you don’t absolutely get bodies active through, which is allotment of the appeal. Mellon Udrigle is rather special, there’s absolutely an ambience about it and we’re abundantly advantageous to accept a abode here.”
3A Mellon Udrigle can be appointed through CoolStays, www.coolstays.com or at www.mellon-udrigle.com
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