Good Hotel Guide Review
Guests feel ‘very cared for’ at Jane and Angus Fordyce’s Georgian country house, which stands in mature grounds close to the empty beaches of the Solway coast. ‘It is a genuine oasis of tranquillity.’ Public rooms are filled with antiques, portraits, clocks, ornaments … all the trappings of an elegant but lived-in private home. ‘We had a lovely stay in this fabulous hotel,’ wrote readers who had probably the grandest room, Criffel. Light-filled Oswald room has toile de Jouy wallpaper and a separate sitting room. Both of these rooms have a sofa that converts to a bed for a child. If you would like direct garden access, go for ground-floor Solway, with bath and wet-room shower. All rooms are supplied with locally made biscuits and good china for tea and coffee. Angus’s ‘very tasty’, nightly, no-choice menu (let them know if you have dietary requirements) might include hand-dived scallops, venison, wild Solway salmon or a terrific steak. At breakfast there are local sausages and black pudding, locally smoked fish, organic eggs from Mrs McMyn’s Lohmann browns – or from happy hens at the bottom of the garden. (David Sowden, CA)
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, free cots, sofa beds in some rooms.
allowed by arrangement, not in public rooms or unattended in bedrooms.
D,B&B doubles from £290, singles from £232, family from £425. Dinner £35 for non-residents. 1-night bookings may be refused Easter, bank holidays.