Currently Browsing: April 2017

An Irish derelict in Donegal. A thing of beauty.

Today we trespassed….a little…to photo this sad and beautiful vernacular cottage near Ardara. Lovely detail. Rotting.

Our Mountain pod arrives!

After being prefabricated to our design in Belfast our mountain pod arrived this week. Now we’re starting to landscape it

New photos from The Escape

Lovely Spring weather to touch up the limewash this week in coastal Donegal. See more at

Today’s road trip

Potential UTT?…lovely family house with great views and sleeps 8 Popped in on Debs at Argoed Mill for a quick cuppa on the way home Pool table at Argoed Mill Lovely new kitchen Romantic! On top of the world near Devils Bridge, West Wales – shame the weather wasn’t better today … Sent from […]

a visit to a West Donegal vernacular gem

Friends have renovated and conserved their West Donegal home over the last 30 years. Flax thatch…limewash…nice and simple.

Latest photos..exterior complete at Miki’s cottage by the beach!

Delighted to gave finished the outside of the main cottage…now to finish renovating and reroofing the old granite sheds. Will be ready for guests this summer. For our existing Donegal cottage see

A Polish feast for Easter

Being married to a chef has many advtanges…not least the traditional ‘Easter breakfast’ we enjoyed today with friends. If you like Polish traditions then you’ll love our mountain house

Renovation photos from this week’s project on the Donegal coast

Launching ready for this summer…this is Miki’s cottage in West Donegal. It has a beach on its land that is effectively private. This week we’ve futted the kitchen and the utility. Worked on the new bathroom and painted the outside.

Bringing traditional colours back to Miki’s cottage

In the 1980s this traditional cottage lost its limewash and original roof to a grey tin covering and grey cement render. We’ve brought back traditional colour with oxide paint and limewash on the unrendered walls.

progress at Tuaisceart – our own contemporary newbuild in photos

After 18 months of building, some stress, much fun and lots of thinking and planning we’ve finally been able to move into Tuaisceart, the house we designed with Keith Makinson RIBA for ourselves in West Donegal. It took ten years to find a suitably private waterfront location with views…and we hope we’ve succeeded in building […]