Old Bewlie


Aitken Turnbull were commissioned by Mr Sugden, director of Jonstons of Elgin to restore and extend a traditional Scottish cottage built in the 18th century and located at Lilliesleaf in the Scottish Borders.

The traditional cottage, named the Old Bewlie is an example of vernacular architecture built from mortar and rubble with roughly droved red sandstone at openings which feature sash-and-case windows. The two-storey building has a steep pitched roof which would have been originally thatched.

Our aim was to preserve and enhance as much of the original building and its character as possible. This included retaining the existing structure, and where this was not possible we rebuilt on existing wall lines. The flat roof of a dated extension was replaced with a pitch roof to match the older cottage building and a sympathetic 60m sq extension was constructed to the rear of the building offering further floor space.

All existing openings were kept alongside the creation of several new openings on the second floor to provide better levels of daylight. New sash-and-case windows were constructed to replicate the listed building descriptions, further preserving the history of this unique house.