Bed and breakfast
Bed and breakfast in Central Scotland in the hills near Stirling.
Easily under 1 hour from Edinburgh and Glasgow airports.
5 miles from Stirling. Optional dinner.
Bed and breakfast in a fascinating old house 5 miles from Stirling. Optional dinner.
In central Scotland, 5 miles north of Stirling, hidden in the idyllic wooded valley of the Allan Water (left) is Old Kippenross, family home of Sue and Patrick Stirling-Aird, who welcome guests to stay for bed and breakfast (with optional dinner).
Old Kippenross is a fascinating house, quite unique in Scotland. The upper part was built in the 1700's above the remains of an older Tower House whose vaulted basement is now the kitchen, dining room and drawing room. The stone steps which you can see in the photograph above lead to the front door. Inside the hall a spiral staircase (right) rises through the house from bottom to top.
Tradition has it that Old Kippenross was painted pink in 1715 as a signal to Jacobites after the battle of Sheriffmuir that it was a safe haven. Linking the house with the riverbank below there are rumoured to be two underground tunnels for clandestine escape.
The "Old Pretender", father of Bonnie Prince Charlie, was declared King James VIII of Scotland in September 1715. The government forces of George I under the Duke of Argyll occupied Stirling and faced the Jacobites led by the Earl of Mar at Sheriffmuir, not far from Old Kippenross, on the 13th November, but the outcome was indecisive. As the Scots sang:
"There's some say that we wan,
Some say that they wan,
Some say that nane wan at a' man."
With just under 200 acres of parkland, riverbanks, garden and woodland to explore, this is a relaxing, romantic and memorable place to stay, and very central for touring Scotland.
Left and right;
The stone vaulted ceiling is part of the basement of the original 17th Century Tower House, and this may have been originally a kitchen. There is a traditional domed bread oven inside the arched fireplace.
Breakfast, and optional dinner:
Breakfast is served in the Dining Room.
You are very welcome to stay for dinner. (The Stirling-Airds do not have a licence to sell wine, so please bring your own.)
A typical menu might be:
£47 per person per night based on two people sharing a room, and including breakfast.
Jane Stirling was born at Kippenross and became a devoted pupil of Chopin in Paris in the 1840s (He dedicated two nocturnes to her in 1844). She encouraged him to visit Scotland and accompanied him on a tour during which he visited Kippenross. Next to the house, on the left, is the old walled garden where they used to walk together.
To enquire or to book:
Sue and Patrick Stirling-Aird
Perthshire, FK15 0LQ
Tel: 01786 824 048
Fax: 01786 824 482
or from outside the UK:
Tel: 44 1786 824 048
Fax: 44 1786 824 482
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