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For those who love to spend their holidays in the Scottish West Highlands, this Timber Framed House, located in Drimin at the Sound of Mull, might be a special tip – an AirBnB secret so to say.

This beautiful family house was designed and owned by Roderick James, Architect, and his wife, Amanda Markham. It was the first of a series of oak framed ‘evolution’ houses which can be built with a central core, and extended as required. Guests who are thinking of building their own houses may be able to visit some of the other seven or eight houses designed by Roderick in the area.

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The ground floor is essentially open plan with two bedrooms (one en-suite) opening off the living area, and a twin bedroom (probably better for children) accessed from either outside, the rear double bedroom, or the shower room.

The lack of walls means that each living area ‘borrows’ space from the next making it feel larger than it actually is because you are looking beyond, not just to the next area but for miles and miles on a good day.

Roderick James

A staircase rises from the living area to the new king size master bedroom and bathroom. Roderick and Amanda work from a small house (Tigh na Mara) within the same 9 acres, but Tigh Darach is the house in which our extended family also stay when they visit us in Scotland.

The house faces due South looking down and across the Sound of Mull, with a breakfast veranda to the East and a cocktail veranda to the West. There are normally a couple of roe deer living in the grounds, and the house is regularly visited by Pine Marten and Swallows. Seals and dolphins are often to be seen in the Sound with the occasional otter, eagles and other birds of prey.

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For more details and booking information, please see ►AirBnB

I feel that one of the keys to building a contemporary oak frame house is to not overdo the Oak

Roderick James

Tigh Darach is Gaelic for Oak House. The house was designed as a prototype for ‘expandable’ living in timber frame homes in Scotland, this home is an excellent example of open plan, informal, versatile and comfortable living space, with unexpected, quirky and fun elements.

More details on the house construction can be found on ►CarpenterOak.com

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