The Build

The construction of Rowanlea Lodge








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The Build

Stewart and Lorna Hutchison first began the project in Spring 2014. With a wealth of knowedge of the local area and spectacular views to offer it soon became the perfect location for Rowanlea Lodge.
In order to receive inspiration for the design Stewart and Lorna viewed several log homes none of which met their vision and dream.

In Summer 2014 after travelling around Scotland for inspiration,  Stewart and Lorna fell in love with a particular style of log cabin. The vision became a reality when the design process began.

The logs arrived in September 2014 and the solid log structure went up quite quickly. There was spectacular weather which allowed the roof batons to be secured and the exterior walls were soon clad in larch. It took 19 days to build to wind and water tight.

Wanting to remain unique and offer a log cabin that cannot be compared to any other in the North East of Scotland, Stewart and Lorna chose a traditional hand crafted post and beam lodge.

  • Log foundations
    Hand crafted Douglas Fir tree logs
    The logs arrived having been individually selected, hand peeled, scribed and cut to a professional standard. The solid concrete foundation is ready for the customised wooden structure to begin.
  • Beam setup and structure erected
    The solid structure begins to take shape
    The beams have been erected and the initial layout of the Lodge begins to show. It took around four days for the logs to be fixed in place, ready for the roof batons to be installed.
  • Double glazed windows and doors fitted
    Working towards wind & water tight
    Roof batons are installed and double glazed windows and doors are being introduced. The exterior walls are now clad with larch.
  • Rowanlea Lodge Larch painting
    The larch and slates
    Natural slate roof is finished and painting of the larch has begun. We decided to paint the larch black to bring out the colours in the logs.
  • Summer at Rowanlea Lodge
    Welcome to Rowanlea Lodge
    It took 19 days to build and we were delighted with the result. We were looking forward to designing the interior and finishing Rowanlea Lodge to welcome our first guests.

What our guests say

“A perfect gem”
Reviewed 31 August 2017

When we first stayed at Rowanlea Lodge a year ago it was just a few months old. One year on and Lorna has maintained her high standards so that everything still appears as if new. One useful addition is the secure bike shed which doubles as a log store at the rear of the building. The Lodge is warm and cosy whatever the weather and Lorna goes out of her way to ensure that her guests enjoy a perfect visit.

We look forward to our next visit.

“The perfect hideaway”
Reviewed 14 July 2017

This cabin lived up to all the reviews. Stunning views, quiet location, comfortable and well equipped. Fantastic for walking and also well located to visit attractions in the surrounding area. Lorna was a fantastic host and gave excellent recommendations for local places to eat and things to do

“Stay here - it's fantastic!”
Reviewed 3 July 2017

We stayed here as two couples on motorbikes, (the owners are ex-bikers), and we couldn't have been more welcome. The owner, Lorna, is lovely and the lodge itself is wonderful. Fully kitted out with literally everything that you will need for your stay, (and thanks ever so much for the chocolates and flowers on arrival Lorna x). The Marykirk Inn - 5 to 10 minutes walk - is lovely and the food and the staff are fantastic. Although the weather wasn't that kind to us we still managed to get out and about in the stunning countryside, and when we couldn't the log fire kept us cosy. Five stars all round! Thanks again Lorna - I'm passing on your details to all of my family and friends x