The weather was very changeable while we were out there and there was one tremendous storm where the house that we were staying in was almost struck by lightening and all of the power was completely knocked out....in fact it ended up being worse than we originally thought, a lot of the dimmer switches in the house and the motor to the electric gates were all burnt out by the lightening and all need to be replaced...note to self 'have a surge protector fitted'. We also sat on the terrace and admired some wonderful sunsets, this one below was particularly special.
Back to the house....I would estimate that 3/4 of the old structure has been demolished and when the builders come back in early September they will clear the rubble to sort the stones to be reused and start preparing to work on the foundations. The larger stones from doorways have been set aside already along with the beams and the roof tiles.
It was quite sad to see the old house knocked down but it would not have been structurally sound had we tried to have it renovated rather than completely rebuilt.
We are going to use as many of the old materials as possible and will be as sympathetic as we can with the interior design to try and keep the house looking traditional.
Here are a couple of pictures that were taken from the position where the house will stand
The well has been positioned above the house, while this is obviously somewhat dictated by the location of the water, it is exactly where we wanted it to be and it will be clad with traditional stone and made into a feature.
When i ve gone through all of the photos I shall upload some more.