I have now been at Kincardine Castle for four days and my luggage arrived on day two, so all is well with the world….or at least this little corner of Scotland. My hosts are Nicola and Andrew Bradford, owners of the castle and surrounding estate. An interesting note, Andrew’s great aunt a few generations back is none other than Jane Austen and her portrait hangs in the castle drawing room. Kincardine Castle is surrounded by 3000 acres of beautiful rolling hills, fields, and gardens against a backdrop of blue skies.
The estate was handed down through the generations of Andy’s mother’s family. During both World Wars Kincardine served as a convalescent hospital for the wounded. Queen Elizabeth, when she was just a princess, honed her Scottish country dancing skills with Prince Philip at Kincardine Castle. Photos, letters, documents, paintings, war medals, antique furniture, weapons, and china fill the 75 rooms of the castle. And, while it is a lovely castle, it is first and foremost Nicky and Andy’s family home. They have made me feel welcome from the moment I arrived and have opened their home to me in many ways. Stay tuned for more on Kincardine Castle tomorrow.