Heartland Lodges Ltd.is Scotlands newest holiday chalet company and are using experience drawn from the agricultural building industry to provide robust energy efficient and cost effective buildings.They have risen to the challenge of building on Dalraddy Holiday park in Aviemore where all the year round occupancy means that the chalet must withstand frost, blizzard and high winds as well as sun and rain.
The show chalet there was completed in October 2004 and is of the two bedroom swallow design. Unusual features are a large entrance hallway and a sunroom. The latter encloses half of the covered deck which means that there are lots of places to sit end enjoy the views both inside and outside. Within controlling factors of the width and a maximum length Heartland can offer a layout of rooms to suit the customer. It is hoped to built a chalet soon with a sauna and a wood burning stove.
The chalets leave the factory in two sections and are joined over a simple concrete slab on site. This comes with full services as part of the lease of the plot from the Park. Unusually gas is included in these services so the chalet has a gas condensing boiler that provides not only hot water but under-floor heating. Not only are the Scottish hardwood floors that run throughout the building warm to walk on, but there is no clutter of radiators obstructing walls.
Another objective of Heartlands design is to make the chalet very accessible. This means that by more generous arrangement of the layout and ramped entrances young old and the disabled are not disadvantaged in the use of this chalet.
The chalets meet the British standard for residential homes and can be placed on any site that has a static caravan licence. They can also be moved on in the future but the impression with the swallow is of a permanent timber lodge in the mountains.
The choice of furnishings inside, the high quality doors and windows and the roughsawn larch boarding are some of the things that give this building a very Scandinavian feel. Most of the timber is sourced in Scotland, including the hand built internal doors. The walls inside are timber lined throughout with the more ornate moulding of the living room being imported from Norway.