The Mingary Castle restoration blog was written by Jon Haylett, who lives in the local village of Kilchoan. Now that restoration is almost complete Holly and Chris Bull will take over to report on bringing the Castle back to life.

Friday, 19 February 2016

The next step for Mingary

So things are changing at Mingary now that the inside is 99% there, we (Chris and Holly) have moved into our office and had the wonderful opportunity to show Jon around. We invited Jon and his wife Gill to come and visit the castle now that most of the furniture is in place, unbelievably this was the first time Gill had seen the castle since the restoration work had got underway! They were accompanied by fellow walker Paul after a stroll East of the castle. Jon is hoping to write up a short booklet about the walk and its interesting historic points.
We would like to say a massive THANK YOU to Jon for the amazing work he has done on the blog as it is now time for him to pass over the reins to us. We just hope we do him proud as his are big boots to fill.
The castle is now equipped with furniture that has been sourced from auction houses and other bits that have been reappointed from other parts of the estate. These two chairs are antiques that have been recovered in a lovely blue tartan.
These plates and cake stands are a particular favourite of Holly's and she can't wait for guest to relax in the lounge with afternoon tea and enjoy them too. Below is some of the hand thrown pottery to be used for breakfast.
With the inside coming along, as with all building projects, the outside is in need of some tidying up. We have started the long job of hand picking all the stones out of the lawn and reseeding it. It may be painstaking but it really is making a difference and we will be telling all the guests about our beautiful lawn. We have been keeping our eyes peeled for treasures but the only thing found so far is on of Sophie's the site dogs bones.
The perks to the being outside is you get to witness some of the best sunsets we have ever seen; our guests are going to be spoilt. This one looks like we are on a Greek island. (although the 5 layers we were wearing might have said different)
And here someone is holding a torch up from behind Ormsaigbeg........its a pretty good life!

1 comment:

  1. Any plans to invite Prince Charles to Mingary Castle as its first guest? Might make for a very good first impression..