Casting a spell

The grounds of the historic Knock Castle and Knock Old Castle, two Tudor Gothic mansions in Largs, Scotland, have been enhanced with the addition of the Wizard’s House, a garden room that features aluminium glazing from Sidey.

Situated on the outskirts of Largs, on the West Coast of Scotland, Knock Castle was built in 1851 and is currently a private residence. The historic Knock Old Castle dates back to the 14th century and lay in ruins up until recently, and has now been transformed into a boutique retreat.

The garden room was built by Marti McVey, a designer, builder and bespoke furniture maker, to make the most of the stunning views of the Scottish Isles.

Sidey was chosen to supply aluminium windows and doors for the build of a bespoke garden room lovingly named the Wizard’s House. All of the windows and doors feature low-e toughened glass to offer high weather resistance against the Scottish elements.

All round high performance was important to Marti. The profiles offer U-values as low as 1.2W/m2K and the windows are tested to meet performance and security requirements of BS7412 and PAS 24.

Both Knock Castle and Knock Old Castle are listed buildings, so extra care had to be taken in the design to ensure that it complemented the character of the castles and grounds.