History

“From the moment you arrive you are made to feel special. Its home from home without the stress and worry. On offer is so much more than a clean and cosy place to relax in. They listen to anything you wish to share with them. It’s a wonderful peaceful atmosphere to relax in, with good shared company. Nearby are interesting places to visit as Kiloran is centrally located. It should be called The Sanctuary.” Jessie

“I’d like to thank you all very much for all your help and kindness. It has been really great to have somewhere safe and comfortable to stay when you are on your own.” Janet

“Over the past year I have been ill due to stress after losing my sister for whom I had cared for nearly 50 years. Someone suggested Kiloran. I was truly amazed on arriving to be greeted like an old friend. It was just like home from home except you did just what you felt you wanted to do. London has so many quiet parks with beautiful flowers and seats, and I began to relax and enjoy each day. Kiloran is a corner of paradise, and you come home refreshed and ready to face the world.” Lilian

“The bedrooms are equipped with everything you could possibly need – they are quiet, peaceful and serene. If you want to talk about what it is to be a carer, there is always someone around, or if you just want to have a laugh, you can do that too. Go out, stop in, it’s up to you – there is no pressure. On of my favourite memories is of watching the musicians in Leicester Square. I also went on a boat trip to Richmond and Kew, and another to Greenwich. I am usually pushing a wheelchair, so it felt like a real break for me.” Rob

“I would just like to express my appreciation and thanks to Kiloran for the wonderful way I was looked after, and the care I was shown from the minute I walked through the door. I felt very welcomed and accepted. I was provided with a beautiful big room with ensuite bathroom, all my meals were beautifully cooked, and with lots of nourishment I felt alive again. My whole personality changed whilst I was there because I had no stress at all. I was given very clear instructions on how to get around London in the quickest, cheapest and easiest way. Kiloran is the best place for anyone, never mind the carers!” Margaret

“I first heard about Kiloran at my Carers meeting. I watched the video and thought how nice it would be to have an normal “husband and wife” time together without any interruptions. Once we had secured respite for our son, it was easy to book into Kiloran. This was 2000, and we have been back every year since. I must admit to having “butterflies”, but as soon as the door was opened, any doubts I had vanished and we soon succumbed to hot buttered teacakes and doughnuts. We are made so welcome, nobody stands on ceremony, and the house atmosphere is just so relaxing. We enjoy London – the museums for my husband, and people-watching for me. We go for a theatre matinee also. I am so appreciative of the real home cooking savoured at Kiloran – a mouth watering experience. Kiloran is a wonderful peaceful break for us – it is the chance once more just to have quality time for each other.” Arthur

“On April 7th I set off on my much awaited break to Kiloran in London. I must admit that I was nervous as I had never been away on my own before. When I arrived at Kiloran, a large cup of tea was waiting for me. I was shown my room which was lovely and bright with its own bathroom and TV, and tea/coffee making facilities, and there was a lovely big window looking over the street. Round the back there was a lovely little garden. It was so nice and peaceful. The meals were freshly cooked. I visited Madame Tussauds, the Sherlock Holmes Museum , and Westminster Abbey. I had an absolutely lovely time there. I didn’t want to come home – like all good things it came to an end but it made me realise that there is life outside my own four walls. It was good to get away for a break”. Kate

“Respite – what does that mean to me? It is no cooking, no dishes, no ironing, no washing to do, no bathing, drying, dressing – all that goes with caring for the one you care for. Caring is that awful feeling of tension that is within you, that they might fall and hurt themselves and you cannot stop them. So for me, respite meant a complete change after 10 years. Kiloran was a magic word, a house any carer could go to relax where no one asked you to do anything, other than sleep, eat and do only what you wanted. To read, to sit in the garden, to wander round the shops, or go to the theatre. All in the comfort of home from home, where your brain could stop turning over with worry and for a short time you were free to be yourself”. Joana

“Kate, Ralph and Sue who run Kiloran provide a friendly and informal atmosphere where carers can spend time doing what they want: shopping, visiting the sights, museums or theatres or taking it easy in the quiet of your own room. The chance to explore London can be refreshing and exciting. From the moment I arrived it was like being with old friends. Everything possible is geared for your privacy and comfort”.Prince

“…may I also add that for myself the feelings of elation after a day out around London, shopping or sightseeing or going to a show or the cinema – such freedom and fun – special time – so exhausting and hard on the feet – but oh! The joy of being normal and carefree for a short time…”Calvin