The great thing about our job is the insights it gains us into the sort of weird, wonderful and often brilliant things that other people get up to in their working day.
Take Stef Burgon & Simo Hunt, for example. A former Dubai-based radio DJ and Ad Agency director who packed in their day jobs, moved to Scotland, bought a 16th century castle (as one does) and set it up an Airbnb business.
A juxtaposition of old and new, rustic and elegant
At the turn of the year the industrious duo shut the castle to guests and set about the massive task of a major refurbishment project; documenting the process -warts n all- on their brilliant and entertaining Instagram account.
Eight months hard labour later and Kilmartin Castle is once again open for business, now running as a luxury 5-bedroom B&B.
Watching the graft and work these guys have put in at the castle does put our own involvement in the project into perspective (while Stef was up a ladder drilling holes into metre-thick stone walls, we were busy clicking the mouse and drawing up websites!), but we’re immensely proud to have helped play our own wee part in the latest chapter of this brilliant story.
Channel 4’s ‘The Great Hotel Escape’ follows Gogglebox’s Steph and Dom Parker as they meet other families who are planning to open, or who are already running, their own historic hotels in some of Britain’s most beautiful locations. Check it out this coming Monday, 26th August at 4pm on Channel 4.