Knockinaam Lodge

Portpatrick, Dumfries and Galloway

A 'wonderful country house hotel in a peaceful location by the sea' this former Victorian hunting lodge comes with panelled walls, log fires, period furniture, the obligatory stag's head, a dazzling array of malt whiskies, and views across the water to Northern Ireland. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

A ‘wonderful country house hotel in a peaceful location by the sea’, this former Victorian hunting lodge comes with panelled walls, log fires, period furniture, the obligatory stag’s head, a dazzling array of malt whiskies, and views across the water to Northern Ireland. It is said that Churchill and Eisenhower met here to plan the D-Day landings (a claim also made by Glenapp Castle, see Ballantrae). True or not, Churchill did stay as a guest of the Orr-Ewing family, and you can book his room, with its sleigh bed and the concrete soaking tub in which the great man would rehearse his speeches as he wallowed. Other rooms may have a lounge area, a half-tester, and either sea view or garden views. Chef Tony Pierce cooks a daily-changing five-course dinner, using local and home-grown ingredients in dishes such as slow-roast Gressingham duck, salt-baked celeriac, sweet-and-sour red cabbage, thyme jus. ‘The food and wine were excellent and imaginative.’ Readers praise owners Sian and David Ibbotson and their ‘professional staff’ who ‘do all they can to ensure that all guests enjoy their stay’. (William Reid, PF, and others)

Hotel details

Address

Portpatrick
Dumfries and Galloway
DG9 9AD
Scotland

Telephone

01776 810471

Bedrooms

12. 2 in self-catering lodge overlooking beach.

Open

all year.

Facilities

2 lounges, bar, restaurant, in-room TV (Freeview), wedding facilities, 20-acre grounds (garden, beach), public areas wheelchair accessible.

Background music

in restaurant in evening.

Children

all ages welcomed, extra bed £55 including high tea, no under-12s in dining room.

Dogs

max. 1 allowed in some bedrooms (£30 per stay), in grounds, not in public rooms.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

D,B&B doubles from £350, singles from £195. Set lunch £40 (Sun £35). 1-night bookings refused certain weekends, Christmas, New Year.

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Comments about Knockinaam Lodge

Covid rules scrupulously observed. Food and wine as excellent and imaginative as ever .Owner showed us his improved fruit and vegetable areas, including new asparagus bed. The hotel has also built a new area by the seashore for dining al fresco and has had the paths and parking resurfaced - Sir William Reid - May 2021
Wonderful country house hotel in peaceful location by the sea. A stiff walk from Portpatrick along the sea cliffs brings you to Knockinaam with its own private bay and beach on the Irish Sea. Very comfortable and spacious house, gardens and rooms from Churchillian levels of luxury to simpler garden or upper rooms. Polished service and fine restaurant serving fixed interesting menu. A very enjoyable stay. - Peter Foster - August 2019
We spent three days over Hogmany and had a terrific time. The owners and their staff do all they can to ensure that all guests enjoyed their stay. The evening taster menu was delicate, well judged and beautifully executed. Afternoon scones the finest I have tasted and our bedroom was extremely comfortable and roomy. A very special place. - Deborah Loveluck - January 2019

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Last updated: December 30, 2019