In the best tradition of Scottish sporting lodges, the accommodation is impeccably considered. Although capable of sleeping a party of sixteen comfortably, this unpretentious lodge neither feels too large nor too small. Connecting bedrooms suit families with small children, whilst both the dining and drawing rooms retain both the capacity and grandeur for special occasions.
The Edwardian character of the house has been carefully preserved, providing an authentic and dignified setting for your holiday. Alongside original Edwardian features, such as servants' bells and period fittings, a recent programme of sympathetic modernisation has transformed Lagafater into a warm and comfortable holiday home.
With no mobile phone signal, WiFi or cable internet, the lodge provides the perfect location for escaping the distractions of the internet and reconnecting with yourself, with others and with the stunning natural environment of the Lagafater Estate.
Although the pre-war grouse shooting parties have ceased, Lagafater has retained its unique and charming character as a recognised and much loved family holiday home. Over the years, Lagafater has played host to walking, cycling, swimming, bird-watching, fly-fishing and shooting parties, not to mention over a century of birthdays, anniversaries and other celebrations.
The beating heart of both the kitchen and the entire house is the original three-oven Esse range. The kitchen also benefits from a large traditional larder, expansive work surfaces, a good capacity fridge, two chest freezers and an 8ft kitchen table that copes well with informal family meals and children's dinners.
With notoriously comfortable armchairs nestling in the old bay windows and sofas surrounding the woodburning stove, the drawing room provides the perfect place to relax with a book, a quiet game of cards or gather for an aperitif. An extensive collection of board games & jigsaw puzzles are suitable for all ages as is a Steinway Concert Grand piano for zealous musicians.
Sleeping sixteen comfortably, the Lodge features four double, four single and two twin bedrooms. In addition, two sets of connecting doors make the accommodation ideal for families. Modern mattresses and hypoallergenic pillows, along with traditional and electric blankets all combine for a refreshing night's sleep in the original brass bedsteads. All bedrooms (bar No. 3) contain a washbasin, and the downstairs 'Cook's Bedroom' is ideal for ease, early risers or the designated cook.
The dining room seats parties of six to sixteen in a comfort and style that contrasts with the often frantic atmosphere in the kitchen. Appropriately elegant glassware and silver tableware adorn the table while family portraits and antique ornaments line the walls, lulling guests into the atmosphere of a bygone era.
Wood panelling, authentic decor and luxuriously extra-large claw-footed baths feature in the three traditional bathrooms, conveniently flanked by two separate shower rooms.
Historically, grouse shooting parties would have suited and booted in a dedicated room towards the back of the house, complete with wash basin and adjoining WC. Although guns are no longer stored here, the panelled gunroom, wash basin and WC remain dedicated to wet weather gear.
Kitchen table seating 10+
Full central heating
Dishwasher & washing machine
Light daily housekeeping
Outdoor seating area with BBQ
Dining table seating 16
Steinway Model C Concert Grand Piano
Table tennis & small pool table
Utility room for washing and drying clothes
3 x Doubles
1 x Four-Poster
2 x Twins
1 x 'Cook's Single' (downstairs)
3 x Singles
Lagafater (Gaelic: ‘long hollow’) originally formed part of the ancient lands of the Earl of Cassillis, and passed variously through the hands of the Dalrymple Hamilton, Stewart and de la Poer Beresford families prior to the second half of the nineteenth century. At this point, the estate was united with the neighbouring farm of Dalnigap by William White Millar, before being sold to the noted Victorian industrialist, Cedric Randall Boult.
Probably incorporating an older building, the present house was enlarged to accommodated parties shooting on the extensive grouse moors, or fishing the Main Water of Luce. After the death of Cedric in 1949 Lagafater passed to his daughter Olive as his son (Sir Adrian Boult) was musically preoccupied. Upon the death of Olive in 1980, it passed to Sir Nicholas Spicer Bt, Cedric's step-great-grandson. It remains the much loved project of both Sir Nicholas and his two sons.