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Barwhillanty Blog… wild swims and outdoor things!


From spring to summer, from blossom to bloom… we have been blessed with plenty of sunshine (Dumfries & Galloway sometimes boasting the hottest part of the UK!) interspersed with plenty of rain (keeping it green!). I have been plunging into our garden pond for my daily wild swim, floating my ever-expanding belly in silky water bliss! Acacia has now taken to her feet and is charging along, punctuating her path with picking flowers, spotting birds and rearranging stones… a country girl she truly is!

In the name of ‘Raw and Wild’, our veggies are positively flourishing and our wonderful holiday cottage guests are experiencing a taste of Barwhillanty, with our garden bouquet gracing their welcome packs. We have gone a bit purple this year, from pak choi to potatoes, hoping to inspire a nutritional twist, boosting your antioxidents, whilst giving a colourful addition to your plates! As I write, our outdoor yoga space is receiving some finishing touches in the walled garden. Elegant parasols have been positioned across the terrace to ensure a Scottish shower will not interrupt, only enhance, shavasana. You can glimpse some of the ‘Raw and Wild’ scenery and food on my Instagram at ‘maria_raw_and_wild’.

Our latest project to transform Blairinnie into our second luxury holiday cottage is virtually complete… (drum roll…) our first guests arrive this weekend and we can’t wait to welcome them! Previously a crumbling cottage, Blairinnie is now a fine farmhouse, offering cosy comfort whilst oozing elegance and charm, all within truly stunning countryside surroundings. We are thrilled to bring Blairinnie to Barwhillanty Estate’s slice of holiday heaven… and for you to experience it! We are also delighted to be supporting and showcasing the incredible artwork of the exceptionally talented Luci Maclaren, which has most certainly brought some of our rooms to life. Be preparted to swoon… http://www.lucimaclaren.com

So with baby pheasants settling in to their new home, keeping our gamekeeper on his toes and Acacia exploring the outdoor wonders of her home, keeping me on my toes… we look forward to the patter of newborn baby footsteps… in about a month!!


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