Starting in 2024 the Gardener's Cottage at Lickleyhead Castle will be made available for short term lets! The gardener's cottage is very close to the castle building; about 30 metres away up a small rise. If you are hosting a large event such as a wedding at the castle, this could be a great solution for housing guests where you have a party larger than we can accommodate in just the castle.
The gardener's cottage will give guests a taste of the castle ambience at a fraction of the price. The cottage has 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, a cosy living room and a spacious kitchen/dining area. The latter has recently been refitted with new units, a new cooker and includes a large island. The cottage has large electric radiators in each room for heating. The boiler for hot water is oil fed.
There are three external exits to the building. The front garden has views of the castle, a swing, hammock and benches. The back garden meanwhile has a barbecue area, a table and chairs, vegetable beds, a line for hanging up washing as well as a green house. To the right of the cottage as you step out of the front door there is a trampoline and sun loungers which guests are also free to use. Please ensure a responsible person is present at all times when using the trampoline or the swing. There is space for 2 cars to park. We will be able to sleep 6 adults (assuming 2 adults to each bedroom).
Those staying with us at the gardener's cottage will have unrestricted access to the grounds on the east bank of the Fore Burn and access rights along the main castle driveway. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee viewings of the interior of the castle as we may have another party staying. The attached garage will continue to be used by the management for storage purposes.
You get an excellent view of Lickleyhead Castle from just outside the front door of the Gardener's Cottage
The gardener's cottage is on a slightly higher elevation than Lickleyhead Castle, overlooking the east face, i.e. the 18th-19th century wing, with the older parts of the structure towering behind. While there is a lack of documentary evidence to prove it, the cottage may have been used as a stable originally. It has been extended over the centuries and as the name implies it was the gardener's cottage during the 20th century Leslie period of ownership. Between the castle and the cottage runs the Fore Burn (stream) spanned by both a car and foot bridge. Like the castle, the cottage is Grade A listed. The walls are thick and were constructed with huge granite slabs and lime mortar.
Although the cottage cannot yet be booked, once we have everything ready it will be bookable through our usual channels including our website. Please check back on our website in the coming months.
We will make the gardener's cottage fully compliant with Scottish short term let licensing and fire safety legislation.