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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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, and 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

Three Night Break with Belfast Day Trip Special Offer

Stay for three nights throughout July or August and enjoy a day trip to Belfast with a visit to the zoo, the Titanic exhibition or the Game of Thrones tour. Prices start from £900 based on double occupancy inclusive of Dinner on two nights, Breakfast each morning and your chosen activity with ferry crossing to Belfast (ferry departs Cairnryan at 11.30am and returns at 9.45pm). * trips are only available on certain dates with Stena Line so if there is one that you would really like to try please call the hotel for availability. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.

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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
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Guest comments

'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, 2031
'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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Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide