We are delighted to announce that we have been appointed to develop the conversion of a former Doocot near Pittenweem in Fife. The project will seek to restore some of the traditional features of this amazing building while also converting it into a luxury, one bedroom house for self catering accommodation.
‘Doocots’ or ‘Dovecots’ lie scattered across many Scottish farmlands. These vernacular buildings were originally used to house pigeons and used to help provide households with a year round source of fresh meat and eggs. The droppings collected from the floor were also used as fertiliser, tanning leather and even making gunpowder!
Today, many of the Doocots lie derelict or disused so it’s great that we have the opportunity to convert one of these traditional Scottish buildings by giving it a new modern purpose and help bring it back into use while respecting its history and architecture.
The building will have three floors with the entrance hall, kitchen and dining space on the ground floor, a double bedroom with en-suite shower room on the 1st floor and a lounge on the 2nd floor. The original nesting boxes on two walls at the top of the Doocot will be restored and will form part of the lounge. A new pitched roof with feature windows and roof lights will provide amazing views over the countryside. The new external walls will be finished with black charred timber cladding. We are currently working up a comprehensive Planning application which we hope to submit later this summer.