Castle Kirk could well serve as the proper way to renovate an old building to serve a new purpose. It is an old church, and when you step inside, it feels and looks like an old church. There is nothing quite so disappointing than to go into a fine old Victorian home, only to find what looks like a modern hotel interior. We generally like old buildings for their architecture, inside and out. Vicki has done a wonderful job of making things modern and convenient whilst not stripping away the feel of being in a quaint old building. The rooms have odd shapes due to the fact that you are in a cathedral shaped space, but what else would you expect? :-) The original plank floors on the ground level are gorgeous, and the artwork displayed gives the whole interior a gallery feel. Our room has a skylight and the top of one of the original building's cathedral windows. The bathroom is large (careful if you are tall), and the hot water is provided by what we have become accustomed to in old buildings without central water heaters, which is an on demand heater called a Mira Sport (look it up). In this case though, it works properly, not freezing you one minute and scalding you the next. The surrounding are to die for. New England would love to add this coastline to its repertoire. The villages are charming, and Vicki referred us to one of the finest restaurants we have ever eaten in - period. It's called Stag's pavilion, and you never would have guessed that they serve up fresh local seafood, game and lamb in Italian style. Your host, Vicki is a very friendly person, ad knowledgeable of the island. In every way we have enjoyed our stay at Castle Kirk.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Steeped in legend and romance, LOCHRANZA is the jewel in Arrans Crown. Occasionally the peace is broken by the calls of oystercatchers annoyed by the odd human intrusion. Seals sit on the rocks whilst herons wade around the waters edge, wild deer can frequently be seen roaming the village, and golden eagles can sometimes be seen circling overhead. Across the Kilbrannan Sound, where the sun sets, awaits Kintyre. Look almost due north for views over to scenic Loch Fyne - the spiritual home of the kipper!CASTLEKIRK is the perfect retreat for artists, musicians, writers and poets, or those who just want to stay in a unique Bed and Breakfast and soak up the friendly creative atmosphere. Guests can enjoy looking at artwork which is displayed throughout the house and in the bedrooms. Artists are encouraged to use the inhouse gallery if they wish to paint whilst on holiday, tuition is available by arrangement, and easels are available to borrow, if any musicians feel so inclined, it’s also a great space to sit and practice! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Castlekirk Lochranza, Isle Of Arran