The Castle and Gardens form the centrepiece of Kincardine Estate, and are where we do most of our event hosting and entertaining.
The castle is a late-Victorian Arts-and-Crafts fantasy on Scottish Tower-house architecture while the superb gardens stem from the 18th century. The building contains parts which hint at a much older history – the architects are, in effect, pulling your leg. Of course the huge windows and eight balconies give the game away that this was a building for welcoming people in, not for keeping them out. You can learn much more about the architecture if you click the green button below.
David Barclay Niven (1864-42) studied under Sir Aston Webb and became his chief assistant. Webb was responsible for the main facade of Buckingham Palace and the Cromwell Road entrance of the Victoria and Albert Museum – among many other notable London buildings. Herbert Hardy Wigglesworth (1866-1949) studied under Marshall Mackenzie (Aberdeen) and then Ernest George & Peto (known as ‘the Eton of Architecture’) in London. Niven married Sarah Wigglesorth and he and his brother-in-law Herbert set up in business in 1893. Kincardine was their first major commission.
We have ramped access to the meeting room and bedrooms on the ground floor. The Butler’s Room is suitable for wheelchairs with a large wet-shower room. To reach the Principal Floor a long grass ramp leads to a side door whence access leads to the whole floor and access is possible with assistance. All doors are wide enough for wheel chairs on this floor and there’s a suitably large bathroom / toilet. Neither of the wheel-chair suitable bathrooms have all the handles and bells & whistles of a full disabled toilet but they’ve proved adequate for all that have tried it so far.
Bedrooms Reception Rooms Gardens Castle Architecture
Would you like to learn more about the House & Gardens at Kincardine? Please get in touch with our friendly team for more information.
Some kind words from our previous guests…
Great visit. Hosts are the very best. June 2018