The Big Shed Tombreck

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The Big Shed Tombreck

A short drive from Stirling, Edinburgh and Glasgow, the Big Shed is a purpose-built, community-owned, environmentally-friendly building set on a 240 acre farm in the beautiful Perthshire hills with views onto Loch Tay. It’s a truly inspirational setting with a sandy lochside beach, natural woodlands, waterfalls, large open spaces and wilderness. It is rich in flora, fauna and in archaeological heritage. There is quite simply so much scope that it’s almost impossible to depict in the space available, so I will content myself with some basics:

The property borders the Ben Lawers National Nature reserve which encompasses nine mountains within the Southern slopes of Ben Lawers and the Tarmachan range. Convenient vehicular access to the hills is provided by a wide access track made in the 1950s as part of a hydro-electricity project. Across the loch one can just about discern the old copper mine used as the Cave of Caerbannog in the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

The building itself is timber-framed and uses local, natural and renewable materials, as well as some reclaimed and recycled materials. It is heated entirely from biomass and solar energy. The Big Shed was consciously designed for quality, sustainability and comfort, as well as to fit unobtrusively into its surroundings. It is a low building which from a distance gives the impression of being a timber clad farm shed: highly appropriate in this agricultural landscape. Once inside, that impression vanishes to be replaced by an awareness of beauty, warmth and a very human scale.

There’s a a 65 m2 community hall (seats 60), a fully-equipped commercial kitchen and bakery, and a live/work studio. The building does have good (though not superfast!) wi fi internet access and broadband reception is good. There is easy wheelchair access and a lift. Just outside the Big Shed and with a view over the loch, there’s a flat, grassy area (35m x 25m).

A recent workshop attendee commented that – “This place has the best food on offer locally-grown a few feet from the door: you do not need to worry where this is coming from you can see and hear it. Even the water tastes like water should, straight from the hills( via a little treatment plant) into your glass” .There’s a small Farm Shop on site, where you can buy the organic produce grown or reared on site).

There are also 8 private architect-designed houses on the property, ranging from a compact traditional stone-built single-bedroom cottage to large 5 bedroom modern house and others in between. Some of these may also be available for filming. The Farm Shop is the oldest building on site and was re-constructed just over 10 years ago, using traditional methods including a round timber frame with wooden pegs, lime and clay paster and oddest of all a milk-based paint. It too may also be available for filming.

There’s easy access to the Big Shed from the main road and also plenty of room to turn large vehicles

The Big Shed is a run by volunteers as a Community Interest Company.

Size (Sq Ft) 1200 sq ft downstairs 500 upstairs plus 240 acre hill farm
Other pricing information catering available if requested in advance
Price per day £500
Available for hourly hire Yes
Price per hour £75
painting allowed
cold water
hot water
toilet facilities
cafes/shops around
accommodation nearby
negotiable price
better price for longer term
step-free access
off street loading
standard door access
high ceilings
Additional Features

access to hill farm including water woodland and wild hillside

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