Kirroughtree House

César award in 2003

In February 2014, the ownership of this country hotel transferred from the McMillan group to a privately owned company, which promised a 'seamless change, with management and staff remaining in place'. Readers have often praised the long-serving manager, Jim Stirling, who 'creates a jolly atmosphere with the warmth of his personality'. The bow-windowed part-Georgian, part-Victorian mansion stands in 'superb' gardens in 'wild, breathtaking countryside' within Galloway forest park. Arriving guests appreciate being met in the car park by a porter and given afternoon tea with silver service in one of the elegant public rooms. The baronial-style hall and drawing room have rich oak panelling, opulent drapes; the restaurant is a high-ceilinged room with picture windows. Chef Matt McWhir sources ingredients from within Dumfries and Galloway for his daily-changing menus, which might include Scottish salmon, herb-mashed potatoes, white wine and dill sauce. Each of the traditionally decorated bedrooms has a separate sitting area, a decanter of sherry, fruit, biscuits, a 'well-lit dressing table'. Guests in a wheelchair speak highly of the service. More reports, please.
  • An exceptional country house with standards of service of which most hotels can only dream. As they were not busy I was upgraded – always a sign of a good hotel. My bedroom was extremely comfortable. There was an evening turn down, and it was cleaned while I had breakfast. The food at both dinner and breakfast was of a very high standard. Altogether a good experience.

    John R E Borron, 04/11/2014

  • The new owners undertook to maintain its style and standards. We can assure you that this undertaking has been fulfilled and Jim Stirling is fully in control. Efficient and friendly staff, all locals, are still doing a great job.

    D. Morrell, 22/10/2014

  • 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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Kirroughtree House

NEWTON STEWART Dumfries and Galloway Scotland DG8 6AN


01671 402141

Further Information




14 Feb-2 Jan.


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

Background music



not under 10.


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

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


[2014] per person B&B £68-£100, D,B&B £88-£135. Set dinner £35. 1-night bookings refused Christmas/New Year.