When using the accommodation at Kincardine Castle you quickly realise this is not like a nice hotel. It is something far more special – like staying in a grand country house with friends. We have 16 comfortable bedrooms each with its own bathroom. All these bedrooms are furnished individually with antiques. All have their own particular character.
A brief tour of the bedrooms by Andrew Bradford.
Single Bedroom + en-suite bathroom with power shower over bath. Full of old Chinese furniture the main feature is the extraordinary ‘drum’ bed. Effectively the day bed/throne of a Chinese noble it dates from the late 18th century and the only other one we know of in the UK is in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and they don’t allow you to sleep in that.
Twin-bedded room + en-suite bathroom with power shower over bath. The room was named after the decorator who in 1935 managed to hang the wallpaper inside out – it remained that way for the next 36 years. The room has a pair of comfortable single brass beds and the room has a stunning view over Deeside.
Double bedroom + with en-suite power shower-room. A quaint room with an ante-room containing the shower room and dressing room leading to the fairly cozy bedroom. The enormous champagne bottle made into a table lamp is a feature. We drank that a few years ago – 12 normal bottles worth of fizz in just 65 minutes between 16 people. There’s something about a large bottle like that which makes one take it at a run.
This room sleeps three. Usually a double and single beds + en-suite bathroom with power shower over bath. It can also be made into three singles. The two west-facing windows overlook our walled garden which we are gradually restoring (see the Garden page on this web site). The still-life oil paintings and other pictures, some by my late aunt Elizabeth Cameron, keep the botanical theme going.
Twin or Double bedroom + en-suite bathroom with power shower over bath. Before we made alterations to add the bathroom this room had Victorian wallpaper with an OKC theme, hence the room’s name. The bathroom has fabulous ceramic tiles by William de Morgan who just happened to be married to artist Evelyn Pickering, first cousin of my great-grandmother. (See also the Bird Room). It has another lovely view.
Twin-bedded room + en-suite power shower room. Perched high above the front door this room’s five windows give astounding views from east to south-west across Deeside. In one of the window panes is scratched EVL 1937 – the initials of my aunt who was obviously testing out her diamond ring presumably given as a 21st birthday present.
Double bed + en-suite bathroom with power shower over bath. The twin turrets flank the bed which has a painted headboard formed from the over-mantle which was removed from our Drawing Room fireplace in 1930. This room is a favourite.
Twin bedded room + en-suite bathroom with power shower over bath. So called because of the birds on the wallpaper and not after the laird’s girlfriends before he married. Wonderful light room with great view. The bathroom has stunning ceramic tiles by William de Morgan (see also Old King Cole above).
King-sized four-poster bed + en-suite bathroom with shower over bath. Named in honour of a private visit by Her Majesty the Queen and members of her family in 1991. She never actually used it but her coat did lie on the bed. This room overlooks the entrance drive and five windows give extensive views from north-east to south-west. The bed was made by the Laird.
Double bed + en-suite bathroom with power shower over bath. This room faces south-east and is lovely and bright in the mornings. It has views over the woodland garden and fields. Maggie is my sister and this was her room when she grew up at Kincardine.
Single bedroom with wash basin and a private bathroom (not en-suite). It has a fine old brass bedstead. Nini was my father’s batman (soldier servant).
A Twin or Double bedroom + en-suite bathroom with power shower over bath. The bed and bathrooms have matching huge leaded glass windows. You can lie in the bath and admire the superb view to the hills.
Four-poster double bed + en-suite shower room. Formerly called Susan’s Room after the previous Laird of Kincardine it has reverted to its original Victorian name. The room has a lovely view over Deeside.
A Twin bedroom + en-suite shower room suitable for wheel chair. Formerly called the Tallboy Room this has reverted to its original Victorian title. One of the twin beds has been lengthened to suit tall guests over 6’ 7”. There is a lovely view from this room over Deeside.
Single bedroom + private bathroom (not en-suite). Located strategically so that the footman, even if he was abed, could hear the carriages returning and bounce out of bed in time to open the front door for owners or guests.
Single bedroom + private bathroom (not en-suite). In Victorian times visitors sometimes brought their own footman with them – hence the quaint name for this single room. The bedroom looks out onto the carriage sweep and the fields beyond.
In Greek mythology Procrustes was a host who adjusted his guests to their bed. Procrustes, whose name means “he who stretches”, was arguably the most interesting of Theseus’s challenges on the way to becoming a hero. He kept a house by the side of the road where he offered hospitality to passing strangers, who were invited in for a pleasant meal and a night’s rest in his very special bed. Procrustes described it as having the unique property that its length exactly matched whomsoever lay down upon it. What Procrustes didn’t volunteer was the method by which this “one-size-fits-all” was achieved, namely as soon as the guest lay down Procrustes went to work upon him, stretching him on the rack if he was too short for the bed and chopping off his legs if he was too long. Theseus turned the tables on Procrustes, fatally adjusting him to fit his own bed.
We prefer a less radical, or anti-Procrustean, approach and try to fit the bed to our guests. We have given the length of beds in the above table. Some beds have open ends (i.e. no footboards) while others are the more traditional pattern with footboards. Clearly very tall guests can stick their feet out of the bottom of the former more comfortably. For quick reference the rooms are now listed in order – with longest beds first. If you have particularly tall guests please advise us and we can try and put them in the more suitable rooms.
Some kind words from our previous guests…
For me staying at Kincardine Castle was a memorable experience – a revelation! Thanks to you I discovered a wonderful country. I cannot wait to be back. June 2018