- 1977 First visit to Harris
- 2000Land purchased
- 2012 Building begins
- 2015 Òran na Mara completed
"A Fulfillment of the Dream for Both of Us"
Òran na Mara really is a dream brought to life. We’ve taken the time to expertly design the interior space; high domed ceilings flood with light during the day and make it warm and cosy at night.
We’ve come a long way from our first visit to Harris to the completion of this truly iconic house.
“Every part of the house celebrates a different part of the culture of Harris” Jane Blanchard, Interior Designer
Every Challenge Takes us a Step Closer
Balancing bespoke interior design that reflects the natural environment with our desire to create an amazing visitor experience inspired us through the build process. We hope the outcome inspires you too.
It is surprising how much work (and money) goes into the ground. When you’re dealing with gneiss, the hardest rock on the planet, laying foundations is tricky.
Walls and Roofs
A curved building is an extremely challenging thing to build. Add a thatched roof, crafted using traditional materials and techniques, and the challenges multiply.
Bringing the Outside In
We decided to work with an interior designer as it was obvious that this unique house needed to be considered holistically. What a great idea that was!
Creating the Experience
From the outset, it was our desire to create an amazing visitor experience. We began by defining the layout, then considered the construction and interior design.
Race to the Finish
Even as this complex design and build process drew to a close, there were hurdles to overcome. Sourcing marram grass and creating curved ceilings were just two!
After owning the land for 15 years, planning countless different designs and spending 2 years on the final build, Òran na Mara was finally finished.