Hello from Mrs Harestone (Laura).
We are so happy that you have found us, and you will love our rewilding land & boutique accommodation as much as we do !
We are the Drummonds - Gavin, Laura, Jamie & Rebel + all the farm animals of course!
Our home is a 70-acre croft that we are slowly rewilding, we love nature and wanted to give something back.
We have been dreaming and planning our retreat for a long time.
In 2021 we began making it a reality, and like others, the pandemic focussed our thoughts and made us more aware of what is important, and it was time to slow life down a little and appreciate that time is precious ...
We wanted and needed to make a change to get our life more in balance. To move away from daily grind and be different!
From the sketches on scrappy bits of paper, they were made real, but what a journey….
We now want to share the outstanding beauty of our land, connect you to nature, and give you the experience of luxury and escapism you desire.
Our little stories
We have all worked as a wonderful team, with Gavin developing the land and building the accommodations and I have been focussing on the business elements, research & marketing. To be fair, I got the cosier role as I watched Gavin out in all weathers!
Jamie’s vital role was showing us the best spots with his hideaway building knowledge over the years. If fact, he had 2 vital roles - chief tea/biscuit maker to keep us going was his other major contribution.
Mrs Harestone (Laura)
I had lived in the city all my life before moving here, and the first reality to hit me was that I didn't own suitable SHOES! That soon changed, as did my transformation into loving country life and the amazing benefits it brings. For a city girl, to be surrounded by calmness, dark skies, nature, and animals brings such positively and wellbeing. I want to be in this environment all day, every day and move away from the daily grind and the challenges.
I feel privileged to stay somewhere so beautiful and I am so excited to share this place with you and hope we can revive and energise you, so come to our home and discover what I did.
Gavin has a huge passion for our land and has been the driving force behind land regeneration and building renovation. Along with rebel, who always wants to tag along, he has recovered ponds and bridges, reinstated paths, pushed forward the rewilding of the land, renovated buildings and created a small holding of goats, highland cows, chickens, ducks, and bees.
Gavin is also a highly skilled, innovative engineer coming up with so many ideas for up-cycling & recycling materials. This will be an exciting time ahead !
As we have both worked in the oil and gas sector for most of our careers (Aberdeen is the oil capital of Europe), our aim was to utilise redundant oil field equipment to create amazing, sustainable accommodation. You will be amazed when you see the before/after pictures. There are many other examples of his skills on the land like the wind turbine made from an electric forklift, bio-digesters and wind driven pumps!
Nothing goes to waste here, neither does our time. We have spent every evening and weekend taking small steps forward, and although it has been hard, we always believed we would get there.
A constant reminder of what it is to be young!
Jamie brings the youth to our home, keen to help (as long as it’s not too early!)
He is our fixer, animal feeder, pony whisperer, Rebel walker. He is a typical country boy in many ways, but still likes his crisp, white trainers.
He has been building hideouts here his whole childhood. He has shown us the best spots & who would have known this would lead us to where we are now !
Woof Woof !
Food, Water, Walks and Love is all I need.
History of Harestone Moss
The Land and the Name
The land was originally a peat bog left over from the woodland that completely covered the landscape many years ago, like a substantial portion of Scotland. In the spring, when the land dried out the buried stones would appear to rise from the ground and look like hares (hence the name- Hare-stone Moss).
Steeped in history and past conflicts right up to World War two where the land was used as a dummy runway. This was due to its proximity to the actual airport (5 miles away). Dummy runway lights were setup to mimic a runway and turning aircraft(very clever) …. and it worked! The land was bombed on a number of occasions and three bomb craters are still visible on the farm. The real airport remained intact through the war, due to Harestone Moss and the sacrifices of the last occupants, who moved out at the start of the conflict.
Alistair King farmed the land for generations, with his herds of cows and sheep. Gavin built a stone cairn in Alistair’s memory and the cottage is named after him. His mill house will used as a converted accommodation, and I am sure he would be happy (and surprised).
For the Future
The next phase of the land is for it to be seen, enjoyed, and help it create memories. We look forward to welcoming and meeting you and will do everything make your stay perfect.
Expect a warm Scottish welcome and we hope you love it, and feel the benefits as much as we do