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Heading for the hills

Replacing a tired 1840s lodge with a beautiful holiday home has helped Lucy Holt breathe new life into the estate that houses several generations of her family
The original lodge

THE HOLT FILE

NAME Lucy Holt

OCCUPATION Owner & manager of Straloch Highland Retreats

LOCATION Perthshire

TYPE OF BUILD Self build

STYLE Traditional Scottish farmhouse

CONSTRUCTION METHOD Structural insulated panels (SIPs)

PLOT SIZE 1,470m2

LAND COST Already owned

HOUSE SIZE 153m2

PROJECT COST £336,000

PROJECT COST PER M2 £2,196

BUILDING WORK COMMENCED December 2014

BUILDING WORK TOOK 30 weeks

CURRENT VALUE £350,000

In the early 2000s, Lucy Holt decided to return to Straloch, where she grew up, to help her mother manage the family estate. Purchased in 1969, when Lucy’s mother’s late husband was working as an estate manager for several landowners nearby, Straloch comprises 3,000 acres and several properties – although it’s fairly modest in comparison to other Victorian-era Highland holdings.

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The March edition of Build It magazine brings you all the inspiration & practical advice you need to complete your home building project on time and on budget, including: • A traditional timber frame house on a quiet Hampshire plot (page 22) • How to build an oak frame home on a budget (page 68) • What you need to know about underfloor heating (page 75) • Windows for renovations (page 78) • How to combine renewables (page 86) • Adding wow factor (page 92) • Common renovation mistakes (page 104) … and more!
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