Andrew Bradford graduated with a BSc from the University of Aberdeen. He has farmed at Kincardine Estate since 1976 and in 1979 he took over the day-to-day management of the whole estate, a varied job which today comprises the management of 70 houses, some shops, offices and workshops, a quarry, 1,500 acres of forestry, farming, tenant farming, salmon fishing, game shooting, gardening and the estate maintenance and hospitality businesses.
He has also for over 30 years represented the interests of rural private rented housing across Scotland at national level.
His interests are many – in no particular order they include: his family, fishing, shooting, architecture, family history, singing, music, gardening, winter sports, tennis, deer stalking, food and wine, gardening, photography, the environment and green energy and conversation.
Andrew has one published book to his name – on his father’s dramatic war-time escape which took him nearly 5,000 miles across France to Spain and North Africa. He has self-published a number of other works connected with family history or the estate.
He is also a Eucharistic Minister of the Scottish Episcopal Church in Kincardine O’Neil and Honorary Colonel of Aberdeen Universities Officer Training Corps.
Nicola Bradford graduated as an Occupational Therapist and worked as such for Grampian Regional Council until her family commitments overtook her. Mother of three she has been the chatelaine of Kincardine Castle since 1984 and is heavily involved in running the corporate entertainment business. In 2008 she started the food business, Kincardine Kitchen.
She is an accomplished pianist and is one of only a handful of fully qualified Suzuki Method piano teachers in Scotland. She organised the Deeside Suzuki Piano Festival based at Kincardine over a number of years.
On the charity front she has been active in the children’s charity CHILDREN 1st for nearly 30 years and for 21 years organised a pre-Christmas sale at Kincardine which was regularly attended by over 400 people over 2 days. She has also been involved with the North East of Scotland Music School and a number of other good causes.
She is a Deputy Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire.
Her interests include her family, cooking, music, dogs, hens, gardening, tennis, winter sports, singing, fishing and charity work.
She is also the organist at our local Christ Church, Scottish Episcopal Church in Kincardine O’Neil.
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Some kind words from our previous guests…
What wonderful and caring hosts you are. I’ve had such fun, great food and fabulous wine. Thank you so much. June 2018