For many people, 2022 is shaping up to be the year of the wedding.
Countless couples left who have had to postpone their special day (some repeatedly) will finally walk down the aisle, pending any further Covid call-offs.
And the next few years should see scores of lockdown proposals finally come to fruition.
The owners of Barra Castle are now hoping to capitalise on the rush of re-arranged weddings…
David and Sarah Stephen are seeking permission to convert a “charming” historic building there into a luxury honeymoon suite.
How will pavilion boost Barra Castle’s wedding offering?
The Aberdeenshire landmark, outside Oldmeldrum, has been hosting weddings since 2017 in its The Barn @ Barra Castle venue.
While the castle was built in 1614-1618, the B-listed garden pavilion dates back to 1753.
Back then, it would have been used by the castle owners to entertain their guests.
Planning papers lodged with Aberdeenshire Council outline the plans to revamp the two-storey garden house.
BW MacIntyre architects, on behalf of the Stephens, say the building can “once again welcome guests in a beautiful, characterful yet contemporary setting”.
Accommodation ‘needs to be special’
The firm adds: “In order to attract paying guests and meet their modern expectations, buildings such as this not only require restoration but also renovation.
“When the pavilion was originally constructed (believed to be around 1753) running water and luxury facilities would not have been possible.
“However to meet modern needs of guests on what is for them a very special day, the accommodation must be equally as special.
“Such a charming building and its beautiful surroundings must also be accompanied with luxury provisions to ensure guests comfort.”
How about a glass of champagne on the balcony?
Very little work will take place on the outside of the building.
But inside, a staircase will be added leading to the bedroom on the upper floor while a small kitchenette will be created “to allow guests to enjoy refreshments”.
A shower room will also be built, with a Juliet balcony added.
The owners reckon the stunning views towards Bennachie will be “a strong selling point to potential guests wishing to come and enjoy the pavilion for years to come”.
And they say the work will ensure the building “goes on to survive many
hundreds of years more”.
You can see the plans for yourself here.