Glenholme Country House

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. More

Contact details

Glenholme Country House
Tongland Road
Kirkcudbright
Dumfries and Galloway
DG6 4UU
Scotland
01557 339422
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Hotel information

Bedrooms

4.

Open

all year except Christmas, New Year.

Facilities

library, lounge, dining room, hall, free Wi-Fi, 2-acre garden (formal gardens, vegetable plot, orchard), unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

not under 12.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] 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)

Map

Glenholme Country House
Tongland Road
Kirkcudbright
Dumfries and Galloway
DG6 4UU

Guest comments

'My wife and I were very impressed with our short stay. There are only four bedrooms, each named after a distinguished Foreign Secretary. Ours was the Curzon Room, complete with memorabilia of him. Overlooking the gardens, it had a lovely view of the hills beyond, and every comfort. The sitting room/library has a huge number of books on modern history, a fascinating collection well-thumbed by our diplomat owner. The dining room has furniture to die for. Our hosts were very welcoming and helpful without being intrusive, and are fine cooks and waiters. The luxury of being able to bring one’s own wine and have it looked after before a meal is heaven. ' - David Waddington - September, 2014
'In an elevated position, well back from the road on the northern approach to Kirkcudbright, this deceptively large house has been turned into an interesting and very comfortable country guest house. There was a very relaxed view on arrival times, and we were asked if there was anything we did not like for dinner. I am uncertain whether this house (and it's owner) is idiosyncratic, characterful, tasteful or cosmopolitan ... Probably all four, in a most interesting and charming way. We were greeted warmly, and offered tea and biscuits) in the library. The Curzon room had a spectacular view across countryside, and was comfortable and quiet. Dinner was artistically presented, with interestingly shaped plates, food very good without being exceptional. Breakfast was very good. A relaxed and comfortable stay. ! ' - - July, 2013

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