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The Ellangowan Hotel
Ranked #3 of 4 Creetown B&B and Inns
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“popped in for a drink”
Reviewed 5 September 2013

being big wicker man fans, we did our own film tour around the area. this pub was one of our stops. very nice pub and staff. we didn't stay here, just went in for a drink and a look. it was very busy, but we were served quickly. there are lots of wickerman photos everywhere, which was nice to see, inc. more recent of Edward Woodward visiting the pub. god bless his soul.

lovely place in all. it would be worth staying there some time.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Creetown, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

Room is refurbished. Clean. Good bed, tv, wifi ok, lots of space. Village is poor. The bar is a real bar, not for families. Bathroom is old.fashioned. price is reasonable. Very quiet street. Good for a short stay.

Room Tip: We had nr 10 on the front side lots of light.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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warwick
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19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2013

Just returned from a three night stay in the Ellengowan and really enjoyed the experience. Although Creetown is hardly a centre of life and laughs, this is a good base to visit a beautiful area. The double I stayed in was beautifully decorated, well looked after and very clean. The breakfast and dinner were both good value and served with a smile by a very helpful and attentive waitress. I would certainly recommend the Banoffee pie. The staff couldn't do enough for us, and at the price charged it was excellent value. There was a slight issue with payment initially - the computer system does not seem to work well as they failed to take a deposit when I booked - but they were more than happy to sort it for us. We were there as fans of The Wicker Man, but it was much more.

Room Tip: Room 10 was beautiful and spacious, although the double was two singles pushed together.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Washington State
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2013

We stayed here in a family room the first week in July and paid thru expedia. My husband didn't know I had already paid so he gave the staff cash for the room upon checkout. They didn't check to see if the room had been paid for and appeared to be in a rush, only one person seemed to be on hand and was having to serve breakfast (which was late). Realizing the mistake two days later, my husband called and was told the money would be refunded to Visa but that has not been the case. We also have sent two emails and called an additional four times without success. We are told each time the proper person is not there and emails were never returned. Their website is currently down due to non-payment. Not very reassuring!
No wifi in our room. We had to ask the extremely busy staff for the code twice. They had a new waitress on duty and everything was quite disorganized. Wifi was working in the dining room.
I liked that this building was the filming location for the Wickerman scenes and that is why we stayed here. It is a pity we ended up paying double for our room, it wasn't worth it. I hope the management can get their act together.

Room Tip: The floor is very creaky. I don't know if they have second story rooms( we stayed on the third f...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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holland
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128 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2013

First the positives: staff extremely helpful and friendly, Beds: comfy. Quietness: excellent. Nearness to Gem and Rock Museum: very nice. Museum is worth a visit, we were amazed, never seen so many stones and rocks in my life: We slept very well. Breakfast: OK, but rather slow. However, there are a few negatives. Doorknobs almost fell off. The whole place is being done up, but, whilst doing so, the price charged per night is way beyond proportion. For much less we had a perfect room in Carlisle and for just a few pounds more, we had a 4-star elsewhere. WiFi is very,very poor, keeps dropping out.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2013 via mobile

Was attracted to hotel as knew featured in The Wicker Man. Stayed 1 night in a spotlessly clean room. Staff very friendly and helpful and food good. Bar still looks very like the way it was in film. Would stay there again.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Edinburgh
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2013

The Ellangowan Hotel is a lovely destination located on the high street of the quiet Creetown.

Parking isn't mentioned on their site as there are only 4 spaces next to the public bar, but the high street has plenty of unrestricted space within yards of the hotel and there is a car park just across from the bar - within 50 yards.

It appears to be in the midst of upgrading its rooms - restaurant and Four-poster double are finished to a high standard.

We stayed in 2 rooms and appeared to be the only guests on a weekday - so pretty much had personal service.

Enjoyed a lovely evening meal in the restaurant with excellent service from the waitress. Food was very good and appeared to be fresh ingredients, which were promised to be from local sources.

A couple of minor faults in the other room but didn't affect the ability to sleep. Although got quite a shock from the noise of the flush in the ensuite due to a pump used to connect it to the plumbing - not to be used overnight even if there weren't other guests on same floor.

Breakfast was inclusive, but not to the same standard as the evening meal.

The staff are probably the best asset of the hotel and help to make the stay real value for money as this cannot be described as expensive.

Also nice to have seen one of the locations for a scene in the Wicker Man. Can't help wondering if the rooms were used in a scene as well...

Room Tip: Four-poster double is located on first floor and finished to an excellent standard. Twin room and o...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Property: The Ellangowan Hotel
Address: St. John Street, Creetown DG8 7JF, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Dumfries and Galloway > Creetown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Creetown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — The Ellangowan Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
When you've got time to let the world pass you by... give a thought to the Ellangowan Hotel in Creetown. If you want a night or two away without breaking the bank, book a stay at The Ellangowan Hotel. Situated in the picturesque hamlet of Creetown on the beautiful Solway Coast, just off the main A75 Dumfries - Stranraer trunk route. ... more   less 
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