Royal appointment puts Colin in charge of lodge
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