Royal ap­point­ment puts Colin in charge of lodge

Ayrshire Post - - Business -

An Ayr man has been ap­pointed as the new gen­eral man­ager of a his­toric guest house by Prince Charles.

Former Prest­wick Academy pupil Colin Caird will man­age 16 mem­bers of staff and over­see the day- to- day run­ning of Dum­fries House Lodge in East Ayr­shire.

Sit­ting on the edge of 2000 acres of the Dum­fries House es­tate and only a few hun­dred me­tres from Dum­fries House it­self, the lodge is a five- star guest house which of­fers 22 rooms and two self- cater­ing cot­tages.

From July 2017 to July 2018 the lodge wel­comed more than 15,500 guests.

Colin ( 28), who has been gen­eral man­ager at En­terkine House, said: “Work­ing at the Dum­fries House Lodge will be dif­fer­ent to any­thing I’ve ever done be­fore be­cause there’s al­ways so much go­ing on around the es­tate, from wed­dings to events to char­ity train­ing ini­tia­tives to royal vis­its.

“In ad­di­tion to man­ag­ing the lodge I will also be in­volved in de­liv­er­ing the train­ing for The Prince’s Trust’s Get into Hos­pi­tal­ity course, which gives young peo­ple the chance to re­ceive hos­pi­tal­ity train­ing and gain hands- on work ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Dur­ing the course the par­tic­i­pants spend time at the lodge, learn­ing how ev­ery­thing from cater­ing to house­keep­ing works.”

Home to the largest known col­lec­tion of Chip­pen­dale’s early work, Dum­fries House re­mained un­touched for 250 years be­fore it was saved for the na­tion by Prince Charles in 2007.

It now op­er­ates as a tourist at­trac­tion and ed­u­ca­tion hub.

The Prince’s Foun­da­tion is based at the house and has 200 full- time and part- time staff across the house, es­tate and ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing pro­grammes.

New role Former En­terkine boss Colin Caird

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