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on October 2, 2008






A house built for Queen Victoria to stay in – but which she only used as a rain shelter – is to be sold.

The cottage, on the shores of Loch Katrine, was constructed in 1859 for the royal opening of Glasgow’s water supply scheme.

Protocol stated that a house be built rather than using mobile accommodation.

However, its windows were shattered by a 21-gun salute during the opening. Instead, the Queen used the property as a shelter from the rain.

The C-listed building was later used by Glasgow councillors for holiday accommodation, and by Scottish Water for staff accommodation.

Current owner Scottish Water said offers over £325,000 were being sought for the cottage, near Stronachlachar in Stirlingshire, which has now been converted into three separate homes.

The firm’s asset management director Geoff Aitkenhead said the Queen Victoria link would make it more attractive to potential buyers.

"Scottish Water has decided that the house is surplus to our requirements and, as with any asset that we decide to sell, it is being offered on the open market," he said.

"All proceeds from the sale of the property will go back into the business."




As well as being in love with Scotland Queen Victoria also liked visiting Ireland.


Outside, the property is surrounded by extensive grounds and a range of traditional outbuildings, including a cart shed, former laundry house, stores and generator shed. The property also includes A-listed railings along the perimeter of the land near the loch shore.


This was also the setting for Sir Walter Scott’s Lady of the Lake




The Lady of the Lakes house has been put up for sale today for a massive £325,000.  Sir Walter Scott took his idea of the Lady of the Lake from Queen Victoria’s visit to Loch Katrine in 1859.  She visited the Lake for the Royal Opening of Glasgow’s Water Supply Scheme and Protocol stated that the Queen must stay in a solid house rather than a moveable one.  Although the Queen loved Scotland very much she was never actually able to stay in the house built for her as all the windows were shattered during a 21 gun salute, instead the house was used as a rain shelter on the open day.  The lovely property has been split into three separate cottages and around the grounds there is a range of traditional outbuildings including a cart shed, laundry building and some A listed railings along the perimeter of the Loch’s shore.

Since the Queens visit the house has been used by Glaswegian Councilors as a holiday home.  Now the water company has decided to sell the home and put the profits back into the company enabling them to improve the infrastructure of the water system in Scotland.


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