Saturday, 7 May 2016

A new property.

A new property has arrived in Irene-land. 

I prefer to work with two projects.   Whilst waiting on inspiration/parcels for one, I can get on with the other.   I also don't want Netherton to be completed too soon as I am having so much fun working on it!

This new venture is a property from Dolls House Direct - a Victorian Gothic.   Not as large as Netherton but enough to keep me out of mischief for a while.   I certainly have a lot of research to do with this one and I'm looking forward to that very much.

If you're wondering how I managed to arrive at the name, sister and I recently discovered a relative we had no idea we had which triggered all sorts of genealogy questions.   I thought it would be quite nice to remember this individual by naming my property using his name, Marshall.    I punted the idea over to sister Valerie who came up with Marsh Hall - genius!   Why did I not see that myself?    So, welcome to Marsh Hall.

As for the style - a lot of thought has been going into that.   Given it's design I have been researching the differences between 19th century Gothic Revival (think the Palace of Westminister and Big Ben) and Scottish Baronial   What were those differences?    It would appear to me that the Gothic Revival style was more ecclesiastical and Scottish Baronial more domestic - being a Scot also helped swing the decision so Scottish Baronial it is.  (Balmoral Castle, Blair Atholl Castle and Abbotsford).   All very grand but Marsh Hall will be more Abbotsford than Balmoral!

Balmoral Castle.jpg

Balmoral Castle, Aberdeenshire

Blair castle - facade.jpg

Blair Atholl Castle, Perthshire

Abbotsford, Scottish Borders (Home of Sir Walter Scott)

Another building influencing my decision on where to go with this is Lauriston Castle, a much smaller domestic property in Edinburgh (and just a 15 minute drive from my home) which has some lovely exterior features I would like to include.

Lauriston Castle

There's not a lot to see by way of any progress other than the beginnings of the build and an undercoat of paint.   I decided to do away with the staircases and at the moment I'm playing with walls.

So - welcome to all who join up to follow yet another of my blogs.   It's lovely to see you here and I hope you enjoy my journey with this latest property.


  1. This is certainly a lovely property Irene and I love your ideas for it so far...I like the look of Abbotsford, I can see that working well. I know how much you enjoy the researching side of things and I'm looking forward to this one shaping up!

  2. It is a beautiful house. I am looking forward to seeing what you do with this house or castle :)
    Hugs Maria

  3. Genius name, well done Valerie!
    I am SO excited to be in at the start of another exciting project of yours.
    Scottish baronial is one of my favourite styles of architecture.
    I'm already looking forward to the next post...

  4. Looking forward to all your progress on this Irene! Such a great house!

  5. LOVE the name, how clever!
    I'm looking forward to watching this project Irene. Scotland has such a wonderful selection of Castles and Baronial homes....lucky you!
    All the best

  6. Hi Irene!!! I LOVE this new property... being one who loves all things Medieval and even medieval revival!!! I really look forward to following this project... the properties you have shown so far are yummy... I will have to do a bit of research on my own.... just for the sake of Dreaming! And the Name of this new property is Brilliant!!!

  7. If you chop the castle off Abbotsford and then flip the remaining house, it actually is Marsh Hall! Hope you manage the trims and furbelows without too many new curses. This is exciting to be in at the beginning. March on Marsh hall. Marilyn

  8. Oh great, I am really excited about this one - probably because I loved The Tenement so much, and alond with my own, it's wonderful to see some more Scottish architecture showcased!

    Staircases always take up so much precious space - and you can always add false ones in the turrets outside..

    must go directly and put this on my blog list!