all year except Christmas, New Year.
library, lounge, dining room, hall, free Wi-Fi, 2-acre garden (formal gardens, vegetable plot, orchard), unsuitable for disabled.
not under 12.
 per room B&B single £90–£100, double £100–£125. Set dinner £35. 1-night bookings sometimes refused in high season.
Good Hotel Guide Review
Just outside the fishing port of Kirkcudbright, this ‘interesting and charming’ guest house inspires acclaim: ‘I can’t decide if it is idiosyncratic, characterful, tasteful or cosmopolitan – probably all four,’ writes an admirer. The Victorian mansion is as bookish and arty as one might expect from Jennifer and Laurence Bristow-Smith, the former an artist, the latter a writer and retired diplomat. Explore the ‘well-thumbed’ library, whose chimney breast is wallpapered with pages from an old dictionary; admire the artefacts from the hosts’ extensive travels; when the weather demands it, get cosy by the log fire in the sitting room. Large gardens invite further investigation. Bedrooms are named after Victorian political figures; Curzon has ‘every comfort’, plus ‘spectacular views’. The ‘very good’ dinners (strictly bring-your-own-bottle) are served communally in ‘a dining room to die for’. ‘Guests are invited to say what they do or cannot eat, and we build a menu based on that,’ the hosts say. Breakfast is ‘very good, with home-made conserves and lots of fruit’; hot dishes are cooked to order. (DW, and others)