Beautifully refurbished to a very high standard, this luxury self-catering listed property retains many original historic features alongside modern conveniences.
Once home to the Stair family chauffeur, the apartment has three large airy bedrooms, an open-plan living area with an open log fire, central heating, a well equipped kitchen with laundry facilities, drying room, bathroom/shower room and additional cloakroom, flat screen TV, wi–fi and private car parking. This is the perfect place to relax and unwind.
The Apartment has stunning views overlooking the Victorian Stable Courtyard, the White Loch and the turreted Lochinch Castle. It offers a secluded, private garden area to the rear, perfect for summer barbeques.
Guests are able to enjoy unlimited access to Castle Kennedy Gardens and the surrounding Lochinch Castle Country Estate, with all that these 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. Soft cotton bed linen and large towels are also provided.
At a glance, the Chauffeur’s Flat offers:
- Sleeps – 6
- 3 Bedrooms (super-king or twin beds), 1 Bath (shower and bath), additional cloakroom
- Open log fire (logs provided)
- Cot and high chair available on request
- Rear garden with barbeque area and outdoor furniture
- Parking area
- All pets welcome with advanced notice
- Kitchen Appliances: Hob, Electric Oven, Dishwasher, Microwave, Washer/Drier, Fridge/Freezer
- Entertainment: Flat Screen TV, Freeview Box, Video, DVD player, wi-fi, iPod dock
- Selection of CDs, board games, classic films and books
- Drying room
- Pay phone and hair dryer
- Cycling – bikes included at own risk
Virtual Tour of The Chauffeur’s Apartment
Map and Location Information
The Chauffeur’s Apartment is located in the Stable Courtyard at Lochinch Castle, which is situated in the heart of a traditional rural Scottish estate. Access is through large wrought iron gates and the main drive, located on the A75, east of Castle Kennedy village.
The Chauffeur’s Apartment, The Victorian Stables, Lochinch Castle, Stranraer, Galloway, DG9 8RT
Detailed room description
With its own private entrance and car park, the Chauffeur’s Apartment is located on the first floor of the Victorian Stable Courtyard. An entrance hall and staircase lead directly up to the Apartment. A large entrance hall leads to the main living area, bedroom 3, bathroom, cloakroom, store room and airing cupboard.
Bedroom 3 is a large double/twin with TV and Victorian furniture. The spacious, light and airy open-plan sitting/dining room has an open log fire, plenty of comfortable seating, TV, DVD and Freeview Digital receiver along with an iPod dock/speaker system and a midi sound system.
A selection of classic films, books and games should while away a few hours and a dining suite that can seat up to 6 completes the room which overlooks the Victorian Stable Courtyard and beyond to the turreted Castle and White Loch. The large, well-equipped kitchen has a dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, fridge, freezer and a microwave oven.
Beyond the sitting room are two further bedrooms; a large double/twin is situated to the rear of the building and two large windows look out over attractive rhododendron trees. A cosier double/twin bedroom is to the front of the building and looks out over the Victorian Stable Courtyard, Castle and on to White Loch.
Outside, there is a car park and log store. Within the car park there is also a very useful shed containing a barbeque, 2 adult and 2 children’s bicycles, extra patio furniture and a sink. This area is perfect to clean and store any fishing/outdoor equipment you bring with you.
A garden to the rear of the building is surrounded with mature woodland and is a wildlife haven. A private picnic area nearby has an elevated view over Black Loch.
What you need to know about this property
Does this property allow dogs?
Yes. 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.
How is this property accessed?
Via 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 an open fire
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 oven, a dishwasher and a fridge freezer.
What are the bathroom facilities?
There is one bathroom with a bath and shower attachments and an additional cloakroom
Does this property have a staircase?
Yes. The Apartment is access via a staircase as it is located on the first floor.
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 for your use. Unlimited access is also given to Castle Kennedy Gardens and the surrounding Lochinch Castle Estate.
Booking and Payment
Will I need to pay a deposit?
If your stay starts more than two months from the date you make the booking a deposit of 50% is required 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 caterer 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?
The Chauffeur’s Flat is only partially suitable for people with limited mobility due to the staircase. 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 two guests to visit during your stay; however they must not stay overnight. This is important 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.