Lochinch Castle Cottages

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway
+44 (0)1776 702024
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£61 - £141
per night
£425 - £985
per week

Come for history, wildlife and a stunning garden estate with acres to roam. Bring children and dogs too. Fabulous


3 places


Sleeping from 2 – 6

Children welcome
Pets welcome

£61 - £141 per night

£425 - £985 per week

The Experience

On an isthmus hugged by freshwater lochs is one of Scotland’s finest gardens with the dreamy ruins of Castle Kennedy at one end and Lochinch Castle, the family home of the Stairs (they’ve been here for generations) at the other. With 75 acres to roam, all ages will be happy here; walks ramble off in all directions. Explore land sculptures built in the 1730s; spot geese, herons, maybe an osprey, red squirrels and otters too. There are mesmerising displays of rhododendrons, azaleas and embothrium, and the ancient Monkey Puzzle Avenue is a treat. Find three charming properties. Chauffeur’s, on the top floor of a two-storey Victorian carriage house, has pretty French chateau style turrets, an open fire, long views, a large kitchen and three beautifully restful bedrooms. Balker Lodge, originally a gate house, is a cleverly revived bolthole for two. Ice House is a single-storey cottage with two pretty bedrooms, a log-burner in the sitting room and a pristine kitchen. All have their own private outside space, splendid welcome baskets with delicious cakes, and you get the run of the gardens. Why not take a guided tour with head gardener, John, who’s worked here for 25 years!


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming



Nightly price
from £61
Weekly price
from £425
£15 booking fee per booking; £45 breakages deposit; £15 charge per dog per week (max 2 dogs).
1 House for 2
From £611 bedroom
1 Cottage for 4
From £642 bedrooms
1 Apartment for 6
From £693 bedrooms


Booking information

Other details
Minimum stay: 3 nights. Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property

Dog baskets, spacious comfortable rooms and advice on walks.

Dogs £15 per dog per week. Max. 2.

Great walks in acres of gardens and beautiful countryside.

Cooked or continental breakfast £12-£13. Dinner £12.


What a wonderful place to stay. We had a lovely week staying at The Chauffeur’s Apartment. The apartment itself is lovely and has everything needed for a really comfortable stay. The grounds of the estate are stunning, we spent many a happy hour walking our dogs here. Would highly recommend.

Cheryl, Portishead, North Somerset

I had the most wonderfully relaxing and peaceful time at the ice house cottage, walking my dogs, baking scones and soda bread, exploring bays and beaches and drawing and watercolouring in front of lovely log fires. Every comfort was thought of and It was a truly comfortable and happy stay. Many thanks to all.


We have now stayed in both Ice House Cottage and Balker Lodge and found them both beautifully presented, in stunning locations and with the added bonus of acres of estate grounds to meander through and wildlife to spot. Would definitely recommend!


Just spent a lovely relaxing week at the new property on the Stair Estate, Icehouse Cottage, which has been done to a very high standard. Comfortable beds, well appointed and a cosy log burner which came in handy during a downpour! Garden also lovely and great views. Access to numerous walks around the estate which we, and our cocker spaniel pup thoroughly enjoyed was the icing on the cake. Thoroughly recommended for anyone wanting a relaxing break in a lovely setting.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Emily Stair

  • Guests enjoy unlimited access to Castle Kennedy Gardens and the surrounding Lochinch Heritage Estate, a traditional working agricultural estate.
  • Fishing, country sports, wild-life viewing, walking trails, estate Land Rover tours and a whole range of activities are available for guests to enjoy at Lochinch.
  • The Gardens is set between two natural lochs, which are a Site of Special Scientific Interest for breeding wader and wintering wildfowl, and surrounded by 75 acres of beautiful sculptured terraces, avenues and stunning gardens.
  • The surrounding area is full of un-spoilt 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.
  • Local attractions include a whisky distillery, Mull of Galloway Lighthouse, Wigtown Book Town and the picturesque seaside village of Portpatrick where guests can enjoy excellent seafood restaurants, village stores and pubs.
  • Farther afield, there are numerous castles, historic and family attractions; book, music, food and art festivals; as well as museums, visitor centres, adventure playgrounds, cycling and walking trails.