Provost hears of farm’s diversification

David and Lynsay Milne with the Angus Provost Helen Oswald, at Balbinny's swimming pool.

David and Lynsay Milne with the Angus Provost Helen Oswald, at Balbinny's swimming pool.

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Angus Provost Helen Oswald continued her tour of local accommodation providers recently when she visited Balbinny, near Aberlemno.

A luxury self-catering development, Balbinny consists of three holiday homes with facilities including a swimming pool, spa and fitness suite run by David Milne and his wife Lynsay.

The couple originally transformed a steading area at their farm into the bespoke complex as a small-scale diversification project

Mr Milne said: “Our plans grew arms and legs, however. As a result, Balbinny now has three luxury self-catering homes sleeping up to six guests, with glass-fronted heated balconies and private gardens, as well as a top-of-the-range fitness complex and an indoor swimming pool with stunning views stretching as far as The Cairngorms.

“Balbinny’s self-catering accommodation is aimed at the high end of the market. We’ve only been open since the start of April but we’ve already had a lot of visitors, with bookings looking good for the rest of the summer and into 2016.

“Angus is such a great county and we want as many people as possible to discover just how much there is to see and do here.”

Mrs Milne added that there are also two two self-catering cottages, or brochs, which are almost ready to welcome their first guests.

Although the steadings and the brochs are all new build, Lynsay explained that, as far as possible, much of the timber and stones used in their construction are from the original farm steading which has been demolished

Outline planning permission has been granted for more self-catering units to be built on nearby Finavon Hill.

The Provost congratulated the Milnes on their commitment and dedication to Balbinny.

Mrs Oswald said: “This is a very impressive example of diversifying from agriculture into tourism.

“While still running their farming business, David and Lynsay have developed a stunning self-catering complex which caters for their guests’ every need – and they are also taking every opportunity to showcase the county of Angus and encourage people from far and near to visit.”