Bluebell Croft 

Meet the Owner

Originally run as a husband and wife team from June 2013, Chrissie now runs Bluebell Croft as unfortunately Chris passed away on 31st March 2018 from a brain tumour following a short illness. His memory will always influence any further work at Bluebell Croft.

Chrissie was born in Yorkshire and after training as a nurse and then a midwife, lived in the Middle East for a number of years before moving to Jersey in 2001, where she met Chris.

Chris was born in Dundee but was basically an Englishman who lived very little in England.

He was schooled in Singapore and then attended college in North Wales followed by a few years as a microbiologist in Salisbury before moving the Jersey in 1983 to train as a chartered accountant. He spent 10 years as finance director of a computer services company and 15 years as finance director of a family-owned hotel and property group, but he always had a plan to move to Scotland.

In 2013 after many years of research and dreaming Chris and Chrissie left their jobs and moved to Bluebell Croft.

Running the business is no easy job, but the satisfaction of being your own boss and running the Croft make up for it.

The aim of both Chris and Chrissie was always to help guests enjoy Scotland as much as themselves.

Strontian is a wonderful part of the country and Chrissie is happy to share her experiences and stories with you.

A year on in 2019, and Richard has joined Chris at Bluebell Croft. Richard is a paramedic and you may see the emergency ambulance parked on the croft. Originally from Newcastle, Richard moved to Strontian in 2006. He has a background in IT and management and ran a B&B in Strontian before becoming a paramedic.

The Croft

You don’t have to pull on boots and get your hands dirty when you stay with us. However, many visitors return year after year because they and their children enjoy experiencing life on a working croft where you can do as much or as little as you like.

Quite a lot of fruit and vegetables are grown on the croft and Chrissie is happy to pass on her experiences in grappling with self-sufficiency.

 

The croft features a large 20 x 30 metres vegetable garden, a 50 ft poly tunnel, a small greenhouse, orchard and lots of raised beds.

 

Each successive year sees the production of good crops of vegetables and plenty of soft fruit in the summer/autumn, all of which we are available for purchase by our guests.

 

Poultry

 

Chickens and ducks and provide all our eggs. We use an incubator for hatching batches of chicks - it never ceases to amaze how a helpless, damp hatchling transforms in a few hours to a fluffy, scampering, independent and very vocal chick.

We are very happy that our poultry has the very best free range life.

 

 

Sheep

 

There are 10 rare breed sheep on the croft. Chrissie is a member of and supports the Rare Breeds Trust.

There are 4 ewes, 3 tups and 2 castrates and a lamb.

Chris named our first sheep from the characters in Toy Story, so 2 of our rams are Woody and Mr Potato Head (Mr PH). Our 2017 tup is called Graham after a visiting friend.

Our ewes are Barbie, Mrs Potato Head (Mrs PH) Bo Peep and Dolly.

You will find the girls on the large field above our house and the boys in the field below the self catering.

In March 2018 the second lamb was named Christopher Robin in memory of Chris. Christopher was hand raised and he is a very friendly sheep, who will remain a pet.

Sheep Castlemilk moorits at Bluebell Croft Luxury self catering in the Highlands
Castlemilk Moorit Sheep
Khaki Campbell ducks at Bluebell Croft Luxury self catering in the Highlands