The Peanmeanach Bothy is being renovated in early 2021. If your expectations are of matching “his and her” hand basins (or even of any hand basins at all) along with "bang on trend" furniture, carpets, immaculate paintwork, smooth floors and walls and all mod-cons, please stop reading now – this is definitely not the right holiday venue for you!
All the downstairs rooms have been painted (apart from the gable wall in the kitchen which needs to be repointed first) and a wood-burning stove has been installed in the sitting room. All the furniture, fixtures and fittings have been transported by boat across the loch, and carried up the beach into the bothy.
Due to the journey that every item faced, robustness was favoured over aesthetics! As befits the property, all furniture will be second hand or upcycled to reduce our carbon footprint. It is also unlikely that a new item would manage the journey unscathed. Whilst it may not have electricity or water, the interior of the bothy will be basic but homely - with tapestries, paintings and wood carvings on the walls, curtains, cushions, antique furniture and a well-equipped kitchen with a gas cooker (bring your own cartridges) but no oven.
The sitting room measures approximately 13’ x 13’ and the walls have been repainted in the renovation. The furniture and contents reflect those of a traditional house that has never had electricity or running water. One concession is a variety of board games (e.g. chess, scrabble, dominoes etc.) so you can while away the evening, enjoying company and the warmth of the wood burning stove.
Renovation is well underway, the bunk bed has been removed (see photo four) and a large kitchen table and six chairs will sit where it used to be. Shelving and cupboards will be installed for food, pots and pans etc.
As there is no running water or electricity there is no bathroom!
Hallway and stairs
The entrance hall has plenty of coathooks for hanging wet clothes, and the view on a sunny day is spectacular. There is a firedoor to the stairs to "the loft."
The staircase leads to a large upstairs room for sleeping, divided by the staircase and a half wall. With tongue firmly in-cheek these have been christened the "Blue Suite" and "Green Suite" due to the colour of the camp beds, rather than the overall decor of the room / level of opulance!). The upstairs will be refurbished in winter 2021/22.
Moving the furniture
Moving the furniture was quite a challenge, it was brought in by boat on a high tide, and carried (or wheelbarrowed) up the beach!