all year, speciality weekends at Christmas and New Year.
2 lounges, bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), wedding facilities, 20-acre grounds.
‘easy listening’/classical in restaurant in evening.
all ages welcomed, no under-12s in dining room.
allowed in some bedrooms, grounds, not in public rooms.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
per person D,B&B single £190–£330, double £155–£230. Set dinner £70. 1-night bookings refused certain weekends, Christmas, New Year.
Good Hotel Guide Review
In the lea of the cliffs, overlooking a private beach on the rugged Galloway coast, Sian and David Ibbotson’s Victorian hunting lodge offers a great sense of escape. It is easy to imagine Churchill and Eisenhower bunkered here in 1944, just days before the D-Day landings. In the snug panelled bar, stocked with 120 single malts, you can practically catch a whiff of Havana and imagine Winston puffing away. Churchill room has a huge concrete bath, of the type in which he was known to wallow, rehearsing his speeches for the Commons. Other rooms – some double- or triple-aspect – have sea views, perhaps a tester bed. Each is supplied with bathrobes, Scottish toiletries. Morning tea and coffee are delivered to the door. It is all old-fashioned-romantic, and we hear praise, above all, from newly married and honeymoon couples. ‘Cosy log fire, good bed, superb food.’ ‘Tranquil setting, friendliness, attention to detail.’ Chef Tony Pierce’s modern Scottish cooking is a large part of the appeal. From a dinner menu: roast breast of free-range chicken, wild garlic, parsnip purée, charred tenderstem broccoli, Madeira sauce. ‘Recommended without hesitation.’
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Valentine's/Gourmet Weekend Special Offer
Why not show someone you love them by combining Valentines with a Gourmet Weekend ? On Friday 15th & Saturday 16th February the hotel is holding a “Saltbaking” themed Gourmet weekend. It includes a gourmet dinner with wines to accompany each course, each evening; a tutored wine tasting on the Friday evening to choose your wines; a light-hearted cookery demonstration on Saturday afternoon including “Tony’s infamous” food recognition quiz and traditional Scottish breakfasts. Prices start at £740.00 for two people and go up to £900.00 for the two nights, including Dinners, wines, accommodation, demonstration, breakfast and VAT. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.
Guide Book Vouchers
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 25% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. Each printed copy of the Guide contains six vouchers worth in total about £150.Buy the guide