KINCARDINE CASTLE AND ESTATE
Featured in the documentary series Great Estates, the 60 minute programme on Kincardine Castle gives an insight into what makes places like this tick in today’s age. Living in a biggish Victorian castle in the early 21st century is clearly a challenge - it is never going to be an easy task. The owner, Andrew Bradford, likens it to having a vintage Bentley motor-car – “you can either stick it in a garage or museum and polish it, or you can take it out on the road and drive it for fun – I know which I’d prefer”.
So Kincardine Castle is the active centrepiece of Kincardine Estate. The land-based activities on the estate are forestry, farming, salmon and sea-trout fishing, game-bird hunting and deer stalking. However the biggest enterprise is property rental – the estate provides 69 houses plus some shops and workshops. Most of the houses are leased at affordable rents in order to provide housing opportunities for people working locally on modest incomes. This is in line with the estate's policy of trying to support a local community. There is also a stone quarry, a food business and the corporate and private entertainment business – the latter two utilise the castle.
The castle is available for corporate or private hire as an exclusive-use venue for accommodation, meetings and conferences, weddings and private dining. The smallest group accepted is six guests and the castle has 27 guest beds in 16 bedrooms – each of which have their own bathroom.
The castle does not operate as an hotel but, instead, groups stay with the owners Andrew and Nicky Bradford and are treated as family friends. As one very-seasoned traveller said recently “this is world-class hospitality”. Our resident chef delights in using local produce (often from the castle’s garden) and first-class Scottish meat, fish and cheeses. The excellent cellar is used to complement the menus.
Guests who stay have the fun of learning how an estate such as Kincardine operates and share in discovering the fascinating family history. By staying at Kincardine Castle they are, of course, helping to preserve the fabric of a wonderful fairy-tale building in a beautiful Scottish location.
TV Documentaries are, of course, written to include some form of story-line. Viewers can therefore take some of the material on fishing and shooting with a suitable pinch of salt! Nevertheless we hope the programme overall gives a reasonable impression of a little bit of our busy lives.
For more information on how to bring a group to stay at Kincardine Castle please contact Andrew or Nicola Bradford on firstname.lastname@example.org . We absolutely love entertaining and look forward to seeing you.
For those who want to read more there’s lots of information on our website and our page on the parallels with the Downton Abbey plot-line may be of interest. http://www.kincardinecastle.com/blog/44-kincardine-castle-a-downton-abbey-in-scotlands-aberdeenshire.html
For more information on the broadcast - http://www.pbs.org/program/great-estates-scotland/