Applications open for the Lochend development
A new neighbourhood on the Isle of Bute
Between 1800-1811, a new village was designed and constructed under the instruction of the 1st Marquess of Bute. The village is known as Kerrycroy. The first of it’s kind on a Scottish Island, Kerrycroy incorporated elements of a traditional English village (such as the maypole, village green and mock-Tudor architecture). This new settlement on the Isle of Bute was developed for the new community it sought to attract. Most prominently, all properties in Kerrycroy centred around a large, shared green space, and a school was also built nearby for the children. Community and innovation have historically been at the heart of all developments made by Mount Stuart across the Isle of Bute.
Now, over 200 years later, the legacy continues as the Mount Stuart Trust get ready to welcome a new community to their latest residential development, Lochend.
A total of ten low energy eco-homes have been developed at the site of the old Lochend Farm, located a field away from the stunning Loch Ascog. The new development comprises of six two- bedroom and four three-bedroom homes.
Artwork provided by Architeco.
Working alongside local architects Architeco, Mount Stuart Trust sought to create homes of striking architectural significance. The houses have been built to Passivhaus Building Standards, with each property highly insulated and triple glazed, meaning no traditional heating system is required. Cleverly designed, each property boasts bright and airy interiors thanks to a combination of skylights and drop height windows, which also affords uninterrupted views across the neighbouring fields and countryside. Furthermore, tenants can expect to enjoy magnificent views over Loch Ascog, leading onto the Firth of Clyde and towards Arran too. In addition to its picturesque rural location, Lochend is within walking distance to the town of Rothesay and the joint campus for school and college.
Photo Credit: Paul Simpson
Designed as starter homes, each property will be available for private rent with an integral low energy design strategy keeping utilities bills to a minimum. The Trust anticipates that the mid- market rental levels and low utility bills on these homes will be extremely attractive to prospective tenants.
With community living at the development’s heart, the Trust have placed significant importance on prospective tenants having the drive to get involved with community-led projects at Lochend, such as creating allotments, orchards and other beneficial activities. As part of the sustainable living approach, an area of ground has also been set aside for these purposes, in order to allow prospective residents to take a further step towards self-sustaining, sustainable living. It is hoped that some traditional skills events could be hosted by the Lochend Community. The site features extensive shared communal spaces such as a fire pit, BBQ areas, and play areas, along with private gardens for every home. Lochend is leading the way for good quality, affordable, low energy, sustainable living on the Isle of Bute.
Mount Stuart Trust is now seeking initial applications of interest from people who would like to live in this development. As both a sought after place to live for island inhabitants, and an attractive proposition for those considering the Isle of Bute as a place to live, the Trust is keen to encourage applications from both locals and newcomers. A preference will be given to those with an idea to promote the island. For further information, please email us here.