Glenholme Country House

At this ‘idiosyncratic, tasteful’ Victorian guest house, the wood-panelled hall is alive with straw hats, vintage children’s books and tall urns of dried flowers – a story in the making. More

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Glenholme Country House
Tongland Road
Dumfries and Galloway
01557 339 422

Hotel information




all year except Christmas, New Year.


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

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not under 12.


not allowed.

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MasterCard, Visa.


per room B&B single £100–£110, double £120–£135, D,B&B double £200–£215. 3-course menu £40, a la carte £40. 1-night bookings must be fore D,B&B.

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘A wonderful gem of a place,’ report delighted readers in 2018 after visiting this Victorian guest house surrounded by ‘beautiful gardens’. Owned by artist Jennifer Bristow-Smith and husband, Laurence, a writer and former diplomat, it has an ‘idiosyncratic, tasteful’ style that includes a wood-panelled hall alive with straw hats, vintage children’s books and tall urns of dried flowers. In the book-lined library, comfy chairs, an open fire and old photographs from the time of the Raj, along with objets de curiosité from around the world, reflect the hosts’ former globetrotting lives. Each bedroom has a political namesake. Nicolson has a large colonial four-poster bed, an antique Durham quilt; Lansdowne, hand-painted vintage bedheads, a chandelier. All have fluffy towels, luxury toiletries and views. The kitchen garden, alongside spells in Morocco, Asia and Italy, provides inspiration for Laurence Bristow-Smith’s ‘superb dinners’, perhaps filo-wrapped salmon, asparagus, Polish-style mushrooms, followed by chocolate fondant and raspberries. Ask for ‘a bit of everything’ at breakfast. ‘We would recommend anyone to come here – and Kircudbright has a lot more to see than you might think.’ (Anne Davies)

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Glenholme Country House
Tongland Road
Dumfries and Galloway

Guest comments

'Excellent boutique guest house. Lawrence is the perfect host and makes an excellent breakfast. Our room was well appointed and spotless. A very enjoyable two-night stay ' - Ted Holloway - September, 2018
'A gem of a place, rooms are lovely, the gardens is beautiful and Laurence, the owner, cooks superb breakfasts and dinners in the evening. It really is wonderful. Kirkcudbright is definitely worth spending a day wandering round. ' - Anne Davies - June, 2018
'My wife and I were very impressed with our short stay. 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 book, 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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