A much-loved collectables shop is getting set to move, as large-scale improvements get underway at Haddo Country Park.
‘Collecting the World’ at the Haddo Stables has been open for two years, managed by Brian Cheyne. However the premises are set to become the park’s new ‘Interpretation Centre’, where visitors will be able to view displays and information relating to the history of the park.
The shop, which opened in 2010, sells a range of antiques and collectables, with one of the best customers being the National Trust at Haddo House itself, which has relied on Collecting the World to field pieces for hands-on displays.
Speaking to the Times, Brian said that he had enjoyed his time at Haddo, and that he planned to keep his business going at a new location.
“I’ve built up a good customer base, and hope to keep the business going,” he said. “I plan to move somewhere within a ten mile radius of Oldmeldrum, where I stay. It’s been an excellent place to base the shop, and I’d like to thank Julie and the Haddo team for giving me the opportunity to build up the business here, It’s something I’ve enjoyed - particularly speaking to customers, and help them find whatever they’re looking for. I’m a collector myself, and take requests, so it’s been a great business to get into.
Brian added that customers could expect a special discount in the run up to the move.
“Everything will have 15% from this month onwards,” he said.
Haddo Property manager Julie Lorrimer said that work was anticipated to start sometime in June, after Haddo Country Park received £1.2 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to improve facilities.
“Brian’s shop has turned what was a disused stable into a business, and we’ll be sorry to lose him,” she said. “The park attracts around 200,000 people each year, so the refurbishment we’re undertaking will improve facilities all around. The stables will also provide offices for myself and two other staff, making for more ‘joined up working’ between stakeholders.”
Other plans set to be funded by the Heritage Lottery money include conservation of the Scots Mile avenue, reinstatement of footpaths, and a new adventure playground. Historic features in the park, including the Kelly Burn bridge, Urn, Waterloo Monument and Well will also be restored.