The Isle Martin Croft House – a work in progress. Isle Martin Croft has been given a substantial upgrade, in part thanks to the local firm…
Isle Martin Croft House
Isle Martin is a community owned island looked after by the Isle Martin Trust. The Croft House is one of the oldest existing buildings on the island, and was recorded in the 1875 Ordinance Survey. It is a traditional drystone lime mortar building that can offer sleeping accommodation for 6-8 people, but it had become damp and uninviting over the years. This project, delivered by the Isle Martin Trust, aims to make the Croft House a more hospitable space to stay and encourage access to the island. The project will also allow for a variety of training and volunteering opportunities.
The aims of the projects are:
- When finished the building will be suitable for overnight stays, by groups of up to eight people.
- The project will allow a variety of new training and volunteering opportunities to be run on the island.
- The building will demonstrate traditional building techniques and preserve a sympathetic addition to the island’s landscape and infrastructure.
Work is due to begin on the project soon. Local contractors will use traditional building techniques for the restoration work, helping to keep them alive, and providing real examples as a demonstration for others. The plans for the project will adopt an archaeological approach to ensure as much of the original fabric as possible is retained and reused. Wherever possible existing fabric will be used. Where new materials are required sympathetic materials and techniques will be used to maintain the buildings’ historic appearance and the overall project outcomes.
When complete the croft will make it much easier to host groups on the island, such as schools, volunteers and trainees. This in turn should help support tourism in the area, and encourage more people to visit the island.
In addition to funding through CALLP, the project has been supported by in-kind contributions from John Gilbert Architects and Northwoods Construction.