Thornhill is not exactly the centre of the universe, so other than Drumlanrig Castle and Dumfires, there's not that much to do there. We stayed at the Gillbank for a night and hoped that it would live up to the five star AA rating proudly displayed at the front door.
It is a nice house and kept in good order with spacious bedrooms furnished traditionally and well decorated, although one still gets the impression it is somewhat dated. The big issue for me was the sleep quality as the beds were firm and covered in coarse white sheets with the texture of dry towelling whilst the duvet wasn't much better. The result was that I didn't get the comfortable nights sleep I'd been looking forward to.
Breakfast was of a good standard, particularly the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs which gave a great start to the day.
It's been quite a while since I last stayed in B&Bs, the last time being 20 years ago, when the general standard was variable at best, but generally not of the standards one would expect these days. Gillbank could be much better, with some small changes such as the bed linen and some nice touches such as bathroom toiletries rather than a big bottle of combined soap, body wash and shampoo, which would make it a much more attractive proposition. The rate charged is veering towards that of a good quality hotel, so overall it has reinforced my more negative personal experience of B&Bs all those years ago, with one of two exceptions.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gillbank House is a boutique guesthouse located in the centre of Thornhill and offers luxury en-suite accommodation with private car parking and gardens. Recognised by the 5 AA Diamonds proves the quality and consistency of this establishment.Built in 1895 by the Jenners family from Edinburgh as a holiday home it offers grand rooms with panoramic views of Nithsdale and the Lowther hills in Dumfries and Galloway.The property has king size double and twin rooms with one four poster and two ground floor rooms with one having disabled facilities. The rooms all have Digital LCD flat screen televisions an there is free WIFI access.Thornhill is only 3 miles from Drumlanrig Castle situated on the Buccleuch and Queensberry Estate. The Madonna of the Yarnwinder by Leonardo da Vinci used to be on display at Drumlanrig Castle until it was stolen in 2003.Thornhill is located only one hour drive by car from Glasgow and 1 hour and 20 min from Edinburgh. Ideally located for Golfing, Fishing – Trout and Salmon, Shooting at Drumlanrig Estate, Walking, Hill Walking, cycling, Southern Upland Way, Mountain biking, Weddings, exploring Andy Goldsworthy’s works or simply exploring the area.We can recommend Thornhill Inn’s Restaurant for a quality and comfortable dinner experience. Thornhill Inn is located approx 150 metres from Gillbank, just a short walk round the corner.We look forward to welcoming you. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Gillbank House B&B Thornhill, Scotland