Kirroughtree House

César award in 2003

In 'breathtaking' countryside in the Galloway national park, this imposing bow-windowed mansion (built in 1791, with Victorian additions) is managed by Jim Stirling for the small McMillan group. 'A superb country house', it has many fans who appreciate the 'friendly and attentive' service which reaches to the car park where guests are greeted. The 'relaxing and beautiful' public rooms are decorated in grand baronial style, with oak-panelled walls, opulent drapes in the lounge. In the high-ceilinged dining room, meals feel 'like a special occasion'. Chef Matt McWhir uses local produce in his daily-changing menus, which might include puff pastry case filled with wild mushrooms in a garlic and tarragon cream sauce; fillet of pork, grain mustard-mashed potatoes, sage cream sauce. Dietary preferences are accommodated - and remembered. Bedrooms, which have a traditional decor, are spacious (each has a sitting area); they are supplied with fresh fruit, biscuits and a decanter of sherry. A 'well-furnished' second-floor room had 'marvellous views and a great bath'. A disabled guest praised the 'wonderful kindness' of the cleaners. (MK, and others)
  • A beautiful building in stunning grounds amid breathtaking countryside. The main hall and drawing room are wonderfully cosy. Jim Sterling has created a jolly atmosphere: he ensures the pleasure of one's stay. Service is by friendly yet unobtrusive staff. Our bedrooms on the ground floor were the largest we've ever had in a hotel, both equally comfortable. The deluxe turret room has spectacular views. We left our dog in the bedroom during meals, knowing that the cleaning staff would be kind to her. The dining rooms are splendid and the food is exquisite. Luxurious cosseting in fine surroundings; prices that beat most others hotels for value.

    Fiona Lorimer, 29/12/2011

  • The overwhelming feature of this hotel was the friendliness of all the staff. The welcome was warm. Our suite had a spacious, comfy sitting room (the old mansion library). The bedroom also comfy, was less spacious. In the bathroom everything worked. Grand, but not overwhelming public rooms: wonderful views. Service excellent at all times. The dining rooms were agreably busy. Meals were taken at a pleasant speed. The high ceilings allowed us to hear each other. The menus were good, with a choice of each three new dishes each night.

    Alec Frank, 02/11/2011

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Contact Details

Kirroughtree House

NEWTON STEWART Dumfries and Galloway Scotland DG8 6AN

Telephone

01671 402141

Further Information

Bedrooms

17.

Open

Feb-2 Jan.

Facilities

lift, 2 lounges, 2 dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, 8-acre grounds (gardens, tennis, croquet, pitch and putt).

Background music

none.

Children

not under 10.

Dogs

allowed in lower ground-floor bedrooms only, not in public rooms.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2013] per person B&B £75-£131, D,B&B £95-£164. Set dinner £35. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.