We accidentally bought Jameswood Villa, a derelict building that has been empty for over twenty years.
Together, we're taking on the enormous task of restoring this beautiful building.
Join us in our journey!
Hi! I’m Cal. I am a 28 years old carpenter from England.
And I’m Claire, a 26 year old Canadian and “apprentice” to Cal (not just a labourer as he would say!)
We’re a couple who are determined to make life an adventure. We met in the French Alps while on ski season, and over the past two years, we’ve road tripped and camped across Europe, found the freshest powder on breathtaking mountains during a second season together, and spent a summer living, camping and canoeing in Canada.
Now we’re ready for our next adventure …taking on Jameswood Villa!
When Claire decided not to accept her offer to Glasgow’s Medical School this fall, we decided we wanted a project.
We went to Auction and, quite accidentally, ended up buying Jameswood Villa, a stone building from 1900, located in Sandbank, Dunoon. This small loch-side village is about an hour and a half west of Glasgow, nestled adjacent to the gorgeous Trossachs National Park.
To say we’ve taken on an enormous task is not an understatement. Jameswood Villa has been left empty for 20 years. Our roof has gaping holes that have left our timbers exposed and rotten after years of west-scotland rain, and drainage issues left our land waterlogged, leading to serious structural problems caused by subsidence. The councillors and locals have advised us to knock it down and start over. What Have We Dunoon?
The good news is, we’ve landed up in an absolutely beautiful location, Cal is a skilled carpenter with experience restoring period properties, and with our positive attitudes, and a lot of time and hard work, we’re excited to take on this project!
We would like to welcome you to join us on our adventure, as we take on Jameswood Villa.