Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Half Way

Approaching half way through now. Moments of brilliance visible amongst the chaos. But you have to look carefully.

Organised chaos
Looks vaguely familiar
You can't buy timber like this from Jewsons
Ok, so perhaps it's not a ball pit.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Cosy Corner

The Ossian Lounge is settling in well. Still a few finishing touches to add but apart from a few blank spaces on the walls you'd be hard pushed to spot what they are. The hardest part of your day is definitely going to be getting off the sofas once you've had the Whole Hog Breakfast, the morning papers and a fresh coffee. 

The Ossian Lounge @ Clachaig.
The room is now available throughout the day and evening, as a place to dine away from the hustle and bustle of the bars, or just somewhere to escape with a good book and a coffee in a comfy seat.

The Ossian Lounge can also accommodate small andinformal meetings. Table and seating arrangements can be set out to suit, and the 46" flat screen can easily be hooked up to a laptop with a HDMI cable for a presentation. We're hosting a local meeting on Thursday and will be giving it a first outing. And whilst the term 'meeting' can sound very corporate, remember this is Clachaig, so perhaps think along the lines of planning the next day on the hill, watching some avalanche awareness footage, as much as you do ink blotters, mineral water and PowerPoint.

Monday, 14 November 2011


Windows into the new family day room will allow grown ups to keep an
eye on the kids while they enjoy the new soft play area.

A new minimalist look for the servery.

New sheeting ready for the wood chip wallpaper which will add a homely charm to the atmosphere.

It's all his fault.

A flying start




Friday, 11 November 2011

The Ossian Lounge

Introducing the all new Ossian Lounge.

A sigh of relief today as we reach a milestone with our refurbishement. All the guys (to whom we will collectively refer to as 'the builders') have worked their socks off to get the old breakfast room finished this morning, allowing us plenty of time to get set up for use at tomorrow's breakfast. We even arranged a little power cut last night to ensure that they had an early night and we're fresh for the final push.

There's still a few finishing touches to add, and these will slowy come together over the next week or two. But, we're 98% finished and we're fairly chuffed with the result. Hope you like it too.

Meanwhile, the poor old Boots Bar (don't change it too much we hear you collectively shout) is looking a little forlorn. With the last couple of nights ahead, the fonts have disappeared, the log racks are empty, and a few other bits and pieces are also out of place in readiness for a flying start at 8am on Monday morning.

Watch this space.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Getting Closer

Since taking these pics at lunchtime the room has changed again, with a full team of joiners, electricians, decorators and floorers all hard at it and fighting for space. It's beginning to look pretty damn good!

And we're beginning to think in more detail about closing down the Boots Bar on Sunday. Yikes! If anyone fancies some Clachaig memorabilia, most notably some slightly 2nd hand benches and tables, or perhaps some framed photos featuring Himalayan scenes, then now's the time to put your hand up!

Monday, 7 November 2011

November sunshine

Dry days have been few and far between recently, so when the sun finally comes out to play it's worth taking half an hour to head out and remind yourself of just how good it is living in this spectacular part of the world.

Looking down Glen Coe

Misty Rannoch Moor
Looking towards the Study, Glencoe

The Wee Buachaille

Beinn a Chrulaiste

Autumn mist on the Lairig Gartain.
A saltire flies at half mast outside Sir Jimmy's Glencoe home.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Day 4

A couple of pics from day 4. The changes might appear subtle, but there's a huge amount of change when looking at the detail.

 The stonework is coming along nicely - properly pointed this time.

The real fun at the moment is trying to bring together all the various elements. Wallpaper, paint, furniture, light fittings, carpet... all of which we think are in hand, but which are actually more slippery to pin down than a very slippery eel.

Which colour? 1, 2 or 3?

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Day 2

Busy, busy. Progress looking good on the ground even if in the office we're having a few nightmares over out of stock light fittings and carpets that weren't supposed to need replacing - but do!

 New plasterboard ceilings starting to go onto the framework. Electrician's first fix for the new lighting.

 New lime mortar in the original stone wall now well under way.