Good Hotel Guide Review
Jane and Angus Fordyce demonstrate ‘a rare combination of relaxed professionalism and high standards’, says a visitor to their Georgian country house built in 1753. It stands in extensive grounds near the Solway coast, Criffel hill a solitary backdrop. ‘We were made to feel very much at home.’ Fires burn in public rooms filled with period furniture. A Zoffany painting of Mrs Oswald, the first owner, and an irreverent ode to her by Robert Burns are displayed in Oswald Room, with a light-filled sitting room with a sofa bed. Spacious, dual-aspect Criffel has a super-king-size bed, a seating area, a bath and separate shower. Large ground-floor Solway has a comfy sofa, garden access, a bath and walk-in shower. All rooms are well furnished and have fine china and locally made biscuits. Angus cooks a short three-course dinner of local meat and fish. ‘The food was first class; we both particularly enjoyed the perfectly cooked rib-eye steak.’ Breakfast offers local sausages and locally smoked salmon. (Colin Arthur, F and DT)
Dumfries and Galloway
6. 1 on ground floor.
Mar–Nov, exclusive use by groups at New Year.
2 sitting rooms, dining room, wine cellar, meeting facilities, in-room TV (Freeview), 10-acre grounds.
light classical all day in 1 sitting room, dining room.
all ages welcomed.
allowed by arrangement, not in public rooms or unattended in bedrooms.
per room D,B&B single £232, double £290–£350, family £370–£390. Dinner £35 for non-residents. 1-night bookings may be refused Easter, bank holidays.
10% discount voucher
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.
This hotel accepts room upgrade vouchers which entitle readers to a space available room upgrade. The voucher must be presented at check-in and is entirely at the hotelier’s discretion.