Killochan Castle revived as a luxury retreat

Killochan Castle, a former estate in Scotland, is set to open this summer as a luxury retreat for up to 44 people.

The Grade A listed building sits on 143 acres of private countryside around an hour from Glasgow and two hours from Edinburgh.

The interiors were designed and furnished by Royal Warrant Holder Mikhail Pietranek, who spearheaded Highgrove’s renovation.

A suit of armor stands guard near the Gothic entrance hall leading to the original stone spiral staircase and the paneled great hall. A two-metre-high crystal chandelier adorns the room, showcasing a ceiling mural depicting the Battle of Flodden, while above the original fireplace rests the crest of the owner’s family, The Cathcarts of Carleton.

It also has a keep, a clock tower and an ancient battlement above the main entrance, once used to drop boiling oil, hot sand or stones on unwanted guests.

The estate is crossed by Girvan water and is close to the seaside villages of Girvan and Troon on the Firth of Clyde. An upper pasture, currently home to local sheep, is home to Barron’s Stone of Killochan, an ancient site where the Cathcarts held court.

The chandelier in the great hall

The estate includes the castle, the gatehouse, the bridge cottage and the Killochan cottage, as well as a forest, cycle paths and walking paths.

More recent additions include a roof terrace at the top of the castle, as well as a fire pit and outdoor seating, with further plans to add a gym, games room, tennis court and a covered pavilion.

With 22 rooms, the site is marketed as a private venue for weddings, team building trips, golf, fishing and hunting getaways and as a film location.

On-site amenities include concierge and butler services, a private chef, and housekeeping.

Except for a 70-year hiatus, Killochan Castle has been in the Cathcart family since the 14th century. Rip Cathcart – a real estate developer and entrepreneur in the United States – and his wife Millie, bought the estate in 2021.

Millie Cathcart commented: “Rip has had a little pencil drawing of the castle since he was little, and it’s always been on the wall in our house – we never imagined it would be ours and we could to share. .”

The castle was previously owned by Michael Knighton, a property developer who allegedly plotted to buy Manchester United FC from within it.

Other previous owners include German Princess Viola von Hohenzollern, who sold the castle to an unnamed Saudi tycoon.

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