Artist's impression of our lodge design for Northern Patagonia
Over the years, more than I care to remember, I have built many cabins, remote dwellings and shelters in Canada, the USA and Scotland - all of them for myself though I have invariably had to part with them as time moved on and circumstances change.
Currently I am involved in the building of a 6,000 square-foot lodge in the Talamanca Mountains of Costa Rica in a wonderful pristine primary cloud forest that I purchased a few years ago to protect it as a Refugio de Vida Silvestre (wildlife refuge).
It is refreshingly cool, misty and filled with brilliantly coloured, heart achingly beautiful orchids, bromeliads and numerous species of wildlife including all six neotropical cats. A number of streams start their life in the hills at the Reserve, joining the three rivers which rise in the high mountains, to cascade through the cloud forest in a magical mix of cataracts, pools and waterfalls.
For Patagonia, the criteria will be different due to the varying seasons and cold winters. I hope to utilise, in the interior finishing work and detail, several native woods - lenga, coigue and tepa - to their best advantage and to preserve and portray the true pioneer feeling with heavy timbers. This will all be sourced from standing dead-wood and fallen trees and milled on site.
It is also hoped to build a number of outpost cabins so that guests can stay in a natural setting in the forest by the river living the pioneer lifestyle and enjoying the waterfalls and glaciers, and the hiking, trekking and trail riding - especially nice when the fall color is in its full glory.
As you will see from the Contact Us page, our plans have been put on hold due to legal problems with the property being purchased in Patagonia. This website will be updated as and when we are able to progress further, which should be in the not too distant future.
Dramatic scenery typical of northern Patagonia.