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Balker Lodge, Lochinch Castle

Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Balker Lodge, is a newly restored and refurbished, luxury one bedroom self-catering historic gate house lodge, located within the magnificent grounds of Lochinch Castle, the private home of the Earl and Countess of Stair.

Sympathetically renovated, and refurbished to an exceptionally high standard, Balker Lodge is one of the original gate houses on the Estate and the single storey building maintains many original features alongside modern comforts and is extremely accessible. The lodge enjoys a peaceful aspect overlooking a river tributary of Black Loch, one of the two idyllic and unspoiled freshwater Lochs on the Estate.

The centrally heated lodge comprises a sunny, comfortable and cozy living/dining room with a log burning stove, a fully equipped kitchen, a quiet airy bedroom, a well-appointed bathroom, wi –fi and private car parking. This is a perfectly peaceful haven for a special occasion such as a honeymoon or just to relax and unwind in.

Lochinch Castle is part of Stair Estates. Situated at one end of Castle Kennedy Gardens (open to the public), the Castle is set between two large natural lochs which are a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest for breeding wader and wintering wildfowl, and surrounded by 75 acres of beautiful sculptured terraces, avenues and gardens.

Guests can enjoy free access to explore the gardens which offer a varied programme of regular events from children's activities, to open air theatre, guided garden walks and annual festivals. Our lodge guests can also enjoy special discounts in our Gift Shop and Tea Room. Fishing permits for both Lochs can also be arranged as can a number of seasonal activities within the Estate including: salmon and sea-trout fishing, Red deer stalking, duck flighting , pheasant shooting, private Estate Landrover Tours, walking and cycling.

The surrounding area is full of scenic treasures, including deserted sandy beaches, exotic gardens, rolling hillsides and open estuaries. The Southern Upland Way is located close by as is the River Luce which offers excellent fly fishing. Stranraer town is just three miles away with a wide range of pubs, restaurants, shops and activities including cinema, swimming and a museum. Other local attractions include a whisky distillery, Mull of Galloway Lighthouse, Wigtown Book Town and the picturesque sea-side village of Port Patrick where guests can enjoy excellent seafood restaurants, village stores and pubs.

For those who are interested in exploring further, there are numerous castles and historic attractions; book, music, food and art festivals as well as museums, visitor centres, and adventure playgrounds.

• Sleeps – 2/4 (sofa bed in living room)

• Bedrooms – 1 Double

• Bathrooms - 1 bathroom with bath and shower

• Dishwasher

• Washer/drier

• Microwave

• TV, Video, DVD player

• Log Burning Stove

• Pay phone

• Cot and high chair available

• Rear garden with barbeque area and outdoor furniture

• Parking area

• Pets welcome with advanced notice

• Short breaks in off peak season • Stranraer - 3 miles

• Airports - Prestwick 55 miles, Glasgow 87 miles

• Stations - Stranraer and Dumfries

• Pubs and restaurants - numerous close by

• Golf Courses: Stranraer 6 miles, Port Patrick 7 miles, Turnberry 30 miles

• Fly fishing on the fresh water lochs, salmon fishing on the River Luce

• Shooting and stalking available

• Bird watching on the doorstep

• Walking on the Estate and along the Southern Upland Way

• Cycling - bikes included at own risk??

• Castles and historic attractions

• Museums and visitor centres

• Whisky distilleries

Accommodation

A bright entrance hall leads to the main living area and bedroom.

The pretty double bedroom contains a superb quality king size bed with an elegant canopy above. The bedroom is prepared with the finest cotton bed linen and luxuriously indulgent soft towels from The White Company.

The sunny and welcoming sitting/dining room has a wood burning stove, plenty of comfortable seating, TV, DVD and Freeview Digital receiver along with an ipod dock/speaker system and a midi sound system. A sofa bed can be used for extra guests if required. A cot bed can also be provided along with a high chair if required. A selection of dvds, books and games should while away a few hours and a dining suite that can seat up to 4 completes the room which overlooks the river and fields beyond.

The stylish new kitchen has a dishwasher, fridge, freezer, oven, microwave and breakfast area and is equipped to satisfy the most accomplished cook!

The newly appointed bathroom contains a traditional white 3-piece suite with a powerful over bath shower and luxurious Egyptian cotton towels from the White Company.

Outside, there is a large, private rear garden with a patio area. A small wooden hut is located nearby which contains a supply of logs as well as patio table and chairs, a bbq and two bicycles. A laundry room can be accessed from the back patio, which includes a washer/dryer. There is ample private car parking at the side of the property.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Glasgow, Nearest railway: Stranraer
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 3
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available
Access Parking

The Dumfries and Galloway region

The surrounding area is full of scenic treasures, including deserted sandy beaches, exotic gardens, rolling hillsides and open estuaries. The Southern Upland Way is located close by as is the River Luce which offers excellent fly fishing. Stranraer town is just three miles away with a wide range of pubs, restaurants, shops and activities including cinema, swimming and a museum. Other local attractions include a whisky distillery, Mull of Galloway Lighthouse, Wigtown Book Town and the picturesque sea-side village of Port Patrick where guests can enjoy excellent seafood restaurants, village stores and pubs.

Stranraer

For those who are interested in exploring further, there are numerous castles and historic attractions; book, music, food and art festivals as well as museums, visitor centres, and adventure playgrounds.

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31 Aug 2014

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"An exceptional holiday cottage in a glorious setting -"

We cannot praise this cottage highly enough. It is beautifully decorated and furnished and very comfortable. It is full of pretty and thoughtful touches and feels luxurious and cosy. There is a lov… More

20 Jul 2014

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"Perfect"

We were looking for a quiet break away from everything and this more than met our aim. High quality accommodation and facilities in a fantastic and wonderfully picturesque location a stones throw fro… More

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"A hidden gem!"

Balker Lodge is a beautiful property and is beautifully located. The Lochinch Castle estate within which Balker Lodge is situated is truly fabulous, providing many good walks and other outdoor activit… More

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Calendar last updated:14 Sep 2014

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