Makeover for schoolhouse

Erroll Schoolhouse
Erroll Schoolhouse

Erroll Schoolhouse owners have restored the Category B listed building and would like any Buchanie readers with photographs or memories of the school to get in touch.

Owners Angie and Barry Keating bought the house, previously known as Errol School and schoolhouse, in 1980.

Angie said: “The building was built in 1834 by the Earl and Countess of Erroll (Slains Castle ).”

“We bought it in 1980 and over the years have restored it, being used as a family home, a Nursery School, short term rental and now as a Bed & Breakfast and Self Catering property.”

“For all the years we have owned it, it had a flat roof on the tower and replacing the point has always been something we wanted to do.

“This year, the Millennium of the Battle of Cruden, we have finally achieved that aim.”

“The roof was built from scratch in the garden by a fantastic team of Polish builders who steamed, carved and moulded the wood to shape before a crane lifted it into position and they were then able to slate it. We would like to say a big thank you to A Perfect Home from Aberdeen for all their help.”

“The roof now looks like it has always been there!”

Angie and Barry have been married for 38 years and have what Angie calls an ‘alphabetical family’ of 3 grown up children, Daniel, Charlotte and Eloise. The couple are originally from the South Coast of England and moved to Scotland in 1975.

Angie was the headteacher at Cairnorrie Primary School which closed in 2005. The couple had already been running a B & B at weekends and in holidays so when Angie retired it seemed the right time to run the B & B full time. Husband Barrie retired in 2010 and has been helping run the business ever since.

Angie appealed to Buchanie readers, she said: “If any readers have photos or memories of the school, we would love to hear from them.”

Can you help Angie and Barry learn more about their house, did you or a family member go to school or nursery there?

If you did you can get in touch with Angie and Barry by emailing or phoning 01779 813355.