Meet Your Host: Elspeth from Knockinaam House, Portpatrick, Stranraer
What inspired you to offer amazing accommodation?
I wanted to encourage tourists to visit our remote corner of Scotland.
What brought you to Portpatrick?
My family have lived in this area for generations.
What interests you about the accommodation industry?
I wanted to offer quality accommodation at an affordable price, to attract visitors to our sparsely populated area and help the local economy.
What is your favourite thing about your own property?
The abundance of wildlife even in the garden! Situated in three acres of its own grounds, Knockinaam House boasts red deer, roe deer, foxes, hares, rabbits, pheasants, magpies, sparrow hawks and barn owls.
What is your favourite activity to do in Portpatrick?
Walking. Coastal & woodland walks. The Southern Upland Way begins in Portpatrick, just three miles from Knockinaam House. There is also the Mull of Galloway Trail - a coastal path from Mull of Galloway to Stranraer.
What is your favourite local recommendation for guests coming to stay?
Visit Portpatrick, the picturesque fishing village only three miles away boasts a variety of pubs, restaurants and clifftop walks.
How long have you been offering accommodation?
A day in the life – What is a regular day like for you?
There are never two days the same! I have four holiday houses in total so I spend a lot of time washing ironing & cleaning. I also have to make sure all the equipment in the houses are up to scratch. Work on the family farm with my husband Hugh and children, Tara & Alec. We have cattle, cereals and potatoes. Also help my 82-year-old father on his farm. We all have to be able to do everything on farms and houses! Some days you could just not make it up!
What would you say are the top three winning aspects of Knockinaam House?
Tranquil rural setting with amazing views and complete privacy.
Close to the nearest town, only a few minutes’ drive from a variety of restaurants and pubs.
Knockinaam is a modern spacious property with plenty of space inside and out.
If you could change one perception about Scotland what would it be?
Deep fried Mars Bars - they do exist but I have yet to encounter one!!
If I could change one thing about Scotland it would be the weather! less rain would be welcome although 2018 was fine!
Tell us two hidden talents / lesser known facts about yourself that not many folks might know!
In a previous life, I was a Bank Manager. I also have an O Grade in Latin - handy if you bump into an ancient Roman!
If you were a product, what would you be and why?
A potato!!! we grow and sell bags of these! They are so versatile and brilliant at multi-tasking - baking, roasting, boiling, chipping, mashing and making crisps.
If you had to choose one of these Scottish icons, which would it be and why?
Red Deer - they are wild and free, with numbers increasing and are regularly seen in the field at Knockinaam House.
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