Glenholme Country House

There’s an array of panama hats in the wide, panelled hall, and a neat stack of antique steamer trunks; there are Victorian club chairs and framed photographs from the days of the Raj. More

Contact details

Glenholme Country House
Tongland Road
Kirkcudbright
Dumfries and Galloway
DG6 4UU
Scotland
01557 339422

Hotel information

Bedrooms

4

Open

all year except Christmas, New Year.

Facilities

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

Background music

none.

Children

not under 12.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

Credit and debit cards accepted.

Prices

per room B&B single £100–£110, double £120–£135. Three-course menu £40. 1-night bookings only on DB&B rates.

Good Hotel Guide Review

There’s an array of panama hats in the wide, panelled hall, and a neat stack of antique steamer trunks; there are Victorian club chairs and framed photographs from the days of the Raj. Here is a guest house as ‘idiosyncratic and characterful’ as its owners, Laurence Bristow-Smith, an author and retired diplomat, and his artist wife, Jennifer. Guests receive a ‘warm greeting’ before being shown to one of four rooms, each named after a political figure. Balfour has an antique four-poster bed and a chandelier. Curzon, with ‘spectacular views’ of gardens and water meadows, is decked out in vintage fabrics and an eclectic mix of period furniture. There is no TV in the rooms, but the house has a fine library with ‘a fascinating collection of well-thumbed books’ – and there’s always conversation to be had. At dinner, the host’s cooking owes much to the kitchen garden and sojourns abroad, from China to Milan via Morocco. Try feta-stuffed peppers or Chinese dumplings one evening; monkfish, squid-ink risotto, asparagus spears another. All is ‘very comfortable and relaxed’. Reach the town, a small fishing port, via a walk along the banks of the River Dee. More reports, please.

Map

Glenholme Country House
Tongland Road
Kirkcudbright
Dumfries and Galloway
DG6 4UU

Guest comments

'My wife and I were very impressed with our short stay. There are only four bedrooms, each named after a distinguished Foreign Secretary. 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 books on modern history, 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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