all year except Christmas, New Year.
library, dining room, free Wi-Fi, 2-acre garden (formal gardens, vegetable plot, orchard), unsuitable for disabled.
not under 12.
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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