Calum's Cabin

A well-finished modern house at Straad on the west coast of the Isle of Bute, overlooking St. Ninian's Bay, Calum's Cabin is designed to give the families of children fighting cancer a special place to spend time together. Named in memory of Calum Spiers, a twelve-year-old Bute resident who died from an inoperable brain tumour in 2007, the 'cabin' reflects his vision and was delivered thanks to the sustained effort of his twin-sister Jenna, who raised more than £300,000 to fund the development. Opened in 2009, it was the work of a team of professionals led by architect Brian Stuart and noted interior designer John Amabile (b.1964), who offered his services free of charge. The land was provided by the Marquis of Bute and many of the materials were gifted by companies locally and further afield. The cabin comprises a white-rendered detached property detailed with wooden cladding. It can sleep up to six people in four bedrooms, with a tasteful and modern interior designed by Amabile. A summer-house was added in 2012. The charity not only provides free accommodation, but pays the transport costs and provides living expenses for visiting families.

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