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. 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, walls adorned with portraits of the Oswald family, the original owners. A painting of Mrs Oswald and a highly 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.