From Base to B&B – the story of Elsie, Mike & Fiona

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Three years ago having been looking for a very long time Mike and Fiona purchased a building plot in the highlands to fulfill their dream of building their own house.  They wanted a base for Mike to be able to use when on site during the build, one that would be comfortable and allow him to continue to work whilst being on hand to answer any questions that the builders may have.

Researching our Options

 “We looked at all sorts of different options including pods, second hand caravans and other shepherd huts. One of the driving forces was that whatever we choose would need to stay on site, as once the house was built it would be impossible to get the “temporary” accommodation out.  With Blackdown we knew that the accommodation no longer needed to be temporary, as it would add a beautiful extra space to the house and the possibility of an air b and b let at some point in the future.”

After the delivery of Fiona and Mike’s Turnkey Hut in the Highlands, we received a beautiful card in the post which read as follows:


A Remote Request…

Dear Alan, Will and all of the Blackdown Team,

We wanted to put pen to paper to try and express our gratitude to you all for the amazing creation that is “Elsie Inglis”.

We had been researching and looking for an accommodation solution for our building plot in Scotland for a while and had looked at and discounted a number of other hut and pod companies and then we came across Blackdown. 

At this point we should explain that nearly all of the companies would not entertain the idea of delivering anywhere that could be problematic. The message on your website was clear that you loved a delivery challenge and with that in mind, we booked an appointment to come and see you. 

A Trip to Somerset

Despite the car breaking down and delaying our arrival, the lovely Alan said he would wait and we were so glad he did. We fell in love with the design and craftsmanship of the huts and the ethos of Blackdown.

The Wilds of Scottish Borders 

Having placed our order it seemed like some wild dream that we would ever get her to Scotland, but despite Covid and the ongoing struggle to bring water and power to the site, on the evening of the 26th October in the dusk and drizzle, the lorry pulled in front of the church and Will began to unload her for the 2 mile journey up the lane and the steep climb to our plot.  

His experience and calm approach ensured that 2 hours later (and despite a few hiccups along the way) he had her positioned.

We are absolutely thrilled with her and suspect that we will fall in love all over again when we have water and electricity in the next couple of weeks. 

Not only is she beautifully crafted but the extra touches of the logs and hamper topped off her arrival.

  “Elsie Inglis” was a pioneering Scottish doctor in the late 1800’s who lead the way in women’s medicine. We feel that our Elsie is pioneering and leading the way in our quest to build our new home in the Highlands. 

Thank you all for making our Elsie possible! 

-Mike and Fi.


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November 23, 2020