Knockinaam Lodge

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. More

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Knockinaam Lodge
Dumfries And Galloway
01776 810471

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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.

Background music

'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.

Credit cards

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.

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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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Special offers

Gourmet Weekend Special Offer - 23rd & 24th November 2018

Another popular Gourmet Weekend, why not join for a weekend of fine food and drink. Your weekend will start with a tutored wine tasting on the Friday night followed by dinner with wines to accompany each course. After breakfast on the Saturday there will be a few hours to explore the area before a cookery demonstration from Tony and his team from the kitchen at Knockinaam in the afternoon. Their demonstration will be centred around Chocolate and Cheese. Another gourmet dinner will follow that evening with wines to accompany each course. Rates from £370 per person for the two nights inclusive of dinner with wines each evening, breakfast each morning, tutored wine tasting and cookery demonstration. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.

Good Hotel Guide 2019Guide 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.

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Knockinaam Lodge
Dumfries And Galloway

Guest comments

'Stayed here for work a few years ago and have been longing for a reason to travel so far to return - so did for my honeymoon. We booked a two-night midweek dinner, bed and breakfast, and it was perfect. Tranquil setting, cosy log fire, big bed and superb food, coupled with great customer service in providing a non-menu dessert for my wife who didn't like the menu items ' - Ian Shaw - October, 2016
'David and the entire team could not have done any more to make our wedding the most special day to remember. The attention to detail, professionalism and friendliness of everyone there made it a wonderful experience. ' - Helen Helmers - September, 2015
'Lovely setting, so secluded. Immaculate gardens with play area and potager. Food very elegant in tiny portions on tasting manu. Not keen on the small attic room, but Pond, much larger, with huge bathroom was fine apart from poor bedside lights. Excellent staff and good breakfasts. ' - CR - August, 2011

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