High-end holiday home boom excites Scottish manufacturer


Iron & Pine, a modular buildings maker based in Dumfries & Galloway, has seen a huge uptake in its upmarket holiday accommodation, garden rooms and offices over the past 18 months.

While some of this is undoubtedly due to the rise of staycations during the Covid-19 pandemic, the desire for quality, quirky and environmentally friendly buildings has also played its part, since many of the structures are based around shipping containers.

Visitors to the GWCT Scottish Game Fair at the end of September will be able to see examples of these bespoke spaces and find out more about why they have been such a success.

Launched at the start of 2021, one of the most popular buildings has been Iron & Pine’s Coorie range of high-end accommodation. Coorie is an old Scots word similar to the Scandinavian concept of ‘hygge’, which involves the idea of cosiness.

The Coorie range is pitched as a luxury hotel suite but in a beautiful location. Boasting floor to ceiling glazing, fully equipped kitchens, luxury bathrooms and exquisite finishes the holiday accommodation oozes quality.

With external cladding options such as charred larch cladding, shiny galvanised tin or raw shipping container painted in a colour of choice the buildings look visually striking in any setting.

Crucially, all Coorie models can be built to exceed the British Standard BS 3632 for Park Homes, meaning that they are suitable for year-round living and have excellent build quality, insulation and finish levels.

Landowners looking to diversify their income as well as existing holiday site operators keen to upgrade existing units or expand their operations have all been placing orders.

Iron & Pine director Luke Mazs explained: “It has been an exceptional year for us with a massive amount of demand for our high-end holiday accommodation units. I think this has been fuelled by a number of factors and the staycation boom caused by Covid is certainly one.

“However, there is also a real push for something different, quirky and luxurious in the holiday market and our products hit all of those demands and more.

“From the owners ’perspective the Coorie range offers something a bit different that’s low maintenance, will last for decades and look great. It arrives to site effectively ready to move into so there is no on-site build risk or delay and the return on investment is very attractive. “Holidaymakers also love the experience of staying in the accommodation, where they can enjoy breathtaking views through the large windows and relax in luxurious comfort.”

There has also been a big increase in orders for garden rooms and home offices with the company producing many bespoke buildings for people looking to make the most of their outdoor space.

It has also been very busy creating takeaway food and drink units and outdoor spaces for hospitality venues.

Luke added: “It’s been a busy year and the order book for 2022 is filling up quickly.”