Beautifully restored and finished to an exceptionally high standard, this luxury self-catering historic property retains many original features alongside the latest modern conveniences.
Balker Lodge is one of the original Gate Houses on the Estate. The single storey building maintains many original features alongside modern comforts and is extremely accessible. The Lodge enjoys a peaceful aspect overlooking the Galloway Hills and a river tributary of Black Loch, one of the two idyllic and unspoiled freshwater Lochs on the Estate.
The centrally heated Lodge comprises a sunny, comfortable living/dining room with log burning stove, stylish fully equipped kitchen with a Belfast sink, quiet airy bedroom, well-appointed bathroom, luxurious bed linen and large towels from the White Company, flat screen TV, Wi-Fi and private car parking.
Guests are able to enjoy unlimited access to Castle Kennedy Gardens and the surrounding Lochinch Castle Country Estate, and all that they offer through-out the different seasons.
A welcome pack is provided for guests on arrival including milk, bread, jam, butter, tea, coffee and fresh flowers from the garden (when in season). The cottage is well equipped with the general basics from washing-up liquid to bin bags and loo roll.
This is a perfectly peaceful haven for a special occasion such as a honeymoon or just to relax and unwind.
At a glance, Balker Lodge offers:
- Sleeps – 2/4 (sofa bed in living room)
- 1 Bedroom (double), 1 Bath (bath and shower)
- Log Burning Stove (logs provided)
- Cot and high chair available on request
- Rear garden with barbeque area and outdoor furniture
- All pets welcome with advanced notice
- Private parking area
- Kitchen Appliances: Gas hob, Electric Oven, Dishwasher, Microwave, Washer/Drier, Fridge/Freezer
- Entertainment: Flat screen TV, Freeview Box, DVD player, wi-fi, iPod dock
- The White Company bed linen and towels
- Selection of CDs, board games, classic films and books
- Pay phone and hair dryer
- Cycling – bikes included at own risk
Virtual Tour of Balker Lodge
Map and Local Information
Located at the end of the North Drive from Lochinch Castle, and close to the home farm, Balker Farms, Balker Lodge is situated in a valley overlooking the Galloway Hills, approximately 3 miles from Stranraer.
Balker Lodge, Lochinch Castle, Stranraer, Wigtownshire, DG9 8RS
Detailed room description
A front hall leads to the main living area and bedroom.
The pretty double bedroom contains a superb quality king size bed with an elegant canopy above. The bedroom is prepared with the finest cotton bed linen and luxuriously indulgent soft towels from The White Company.
The sunny and welcoming living room has a wood burning stove, plenty of comfortable seating, TV, DVD and Freeview Digital receiver along with an iPod dock/speaker system and a midi sound system. A sofa bed can be used for extra guests if required. A selection of classic films, books and games should while away a few hours and a dining table that can seat up to 4 completes the room which overlooks the river, fields and hills beyond.
The stylish new kitchen has a dishwasher, fridge, freezer, breakfast area and a microwave oven and is equipped to satisfy the most accomplished cook!
The bathroom contains a new, traditional white bath, sink and w.c. with a powerful over bath shower.
Outside, there is a large, private rear garden that contains a patio area and log store. A laundry room can be accessed from the back patio, which contains a washer/dryer. There is a shed with a barbeque, 2 adult bicycles and garden furniture. There is ample private car parking at the side of the property.
What you need to know about this property
Does this property allow dogs?
How is this property accessed?
Via a main road and an estate drive.
What is the nearest station and how far away is it?
Stranraer Station, 3 miles away
Is there a private car park?
Yes, adjacent to the property
What type of heating does this property have?
Central heating and a wood burning stove
How can I get fuel for the open fire or stove?
Logs are provided at no additional cost
What are the kitchen facilities?
The kitchen is fully equipped with all plates, cutlery, and cooking implements. There is a gas hob and an electric over, a dishwasher and a fridge freezer.
What are the bathroom facilities?
There is one bathroom, with a bath and shower attachments
Does this property have a steep staircase?
This is single storey property and there are no stairs.
Is linen provided?
Yes bed linen and towels are provided. All the beds will be made up prior to your arrival.
Will there be a mobile signal?
Mobile coverage can be patchy and intermittent. A payphone is available to use.
Is there WiFi?
Yes there is WiFi.
Is there a garden or outside space?
There is a private garden to the rear of the property. Unlimited access is also given to Castle Kennedy Gardens and the surrounding Lochinch Castle Estate. NB there are public footpaths through the Estate.
Booking and Payment
Can I pay a deposit?
If you stay starts more than two months from the date you make the booking you are required to make a deposit of 50% at the time of the booking.
How can I pay?
We accept Maestro, Visa, MasterCard, direct transfer and sterling cheques drown on a UK bank. All payments must be made in sterling.
How do I pick up a key?
Our Housekeeper will be in touch with you the week before you arrive to confirm the arrangement.
How can I cancel or change my booking?
If you wish to cancel or change your booking please email email@example.com or call the Estate Office on 01776 702 024.
What if I arrive late?
Please let our housekeeper know if you will be arriving late.
Do you accept payment in other currencies?
We only accept payment in sterling.
How far in advance do I need to book?
It depends. Our properties can be booked up a long time in advance, but they can also be booked at short notice. It’s worth checking our availability list.
Staying at our Holiday Cottages
Do you provide catering?
For an additional cost, we are able to provide a home-made meal and food items for breakfast, which are locally sourced. With advance notice we would also be happy to try and find a local cater to help you during your stay. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you allow dogs?
We welcome all well-behaved dogs, and permit a maximum of two per property. They must be kept off furniture and be under proper control.
Insured if I break something?
We do not carry insurance for breakages. However we appreciate that accidents do sometimes happen. If you have a breakage during your stay, please let the housekeeper know and if appropriate we reserve the right to withhold the deposit and to invoice you accordingly.
Is it suitable for children?
Yes, our properties are perfect for children, with gardens to play in and secret places to discover. We positively encourage families to stay.
Is it accessible for people with disabilities or limited mobility?
Balker Lodge is suitable for people with limited mobility. We recommend that you contact our housekeeper to confirm specific requirements.
Can I get married there?
Yes, Lochinch Castle and Castle Kennedy Gardens are licensed to hold weddings.
Can I hold a big party there?
Our properties are perfect for gatherings of family and friends. You may invite an additional because our fire regulations specifically note the maximum number of people in any one building. In addition our properties are prepared, furnished and equipped for the number of people specified. Should this be ignored we will make a retrospective charge per person per day.