One of the projects for 2013 was one that we hadn't really planned for. At the bottom of the adjoining gardens, at Rock and Cistus holiday cottages, there is a slate built out-house. And yes you guessed it........these were the original conveniences for the cottages.
The bad storms of 2012 had taken their toll on the buildings, causing the slate roof to collapse. Not too much of a problem considering the holiday cottages do now have modern in-door conveniences, but a nuisance none the less, as they had served as useful storage sheds for a number of years.
The first step was to 'make safe' the remaining structure. Which really didn't leave much secure storage!
After trying the out-houses for comfort, it was decided that probably the best use of the buildings was to keep them as garden sheds, rather than restoring them to their original use!
The original seat (now complete with woodworm) would have originally had a bucket strategically placed beneath it!
The buildings were rebuilt slate by slate using traditional building techniques to restore the sheds to secure working storage areas. We now use them to house all the essential beach holiday equipment, buckets and spades, surfboards and windbreaks. It is also useful for keeping logs for the wood-burning stoves dry for the Winter and if we ever have one...... the new BBQs to use in the Summer!