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“Starry-eyed at Kirroughtree House Hotel” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Kirroughtree House Hotel
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Newton Stewart
Certificate of Excellence
Kirriemuir, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Starry-eyed at Kirroughtree House Hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2011

My wife and I have come to know and like this hotel. We were attracted by their advert which offered a star gazing weekend to coincide with our wedding anniversary. Irresistible! The hotel was as comfortable as ever with the usual high quality cooking. The star gazing was provided by Steve Owens, a freelance science communicator and astronomer, who took us to Dark Sky Park, a dedicated area of Galloway Forest. He was inspirational. We learned so much about the stars and came away enthused. The next star gazing break at Kirroughtree is 17-19 February 2012. Don't miss it!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank BobKirrie
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2011

No one could accuse the Kirroughtree of being cutting edge but that is its charm. We stayed recently for 2 nights in Room 11 and while I never noticed a stain on the carpet, I would echo the earlier reviewer's point about the slightly past-it dried flowers. This however was the only negative in an excellent couple of days.

When we first shown to our room I was disappointed but only for a matter of seconds until I realised that there was a separate sitting room which was comforatable and spacious with views across the grounds to the hills beyond. The welcoming sherry and fruit was the icing on the cake.

Dinner on both nights was excellent with good produce well-cooked and nicely presented. They put a copy of that night's menu in your room and we enjoyed making our choice and choosing wine before going downstairs. There were 3 or 4 choices for each course and the standard of cooking and combination of flavours and texture were all top-notch. You can see how they earned their AA rosettes.

Breakfast too was excellent, everyhing was plated - no buffet scrum here!

From start to finish the service was excellent. The secret of any business is great staff and this has been achieved. Friendly without being over-familiar, helpful without being pushy and always with time to assist. It sounds so simple but lots of hotels grander and more expensive than this one fail to make the mark. The hotel was quiet on the first night and much busier on the second but without any adverse impact on service.

It had been 22 years since we had visited Kirroughtree but I'm sure we'll return much quicker next time.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ask_a_local
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
176 reviews
90 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2011

We stayed here while visiting the Wigtown Book Festival and it was an ideal choice. The bedroom was huge and very well furnished. The atmosphere was relaxed and welcoming and the staff couldn't have done more to ensure we enjoyed our stay. Food was excellent both at breakfast and dinner. And the icing on the cake is that they are happy to accept dogs albeit only in a small number of rooms.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank mwfr2016
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Driffield
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2011

A Hotel we have stayed at on many occasions over the past 12 years. It is always an enjoyable and memorable experience

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Nick E
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2011

Just spent two wonderful days here in Newton Stewart staying here at Kirroughtree. It was luxury in a lovely gentle atmosphere.
The breakfasts were good but evening dinner was even better, good food deliciously cooked.
Very comfortable twin beds, good room with a great view.
There was a small decanter of sherry and three pieces of fruit awaiting our arrival, unfortunately these were not replaced the second day!
I will certainly be back to stay next year, very relaxing and lovely to be pampered.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank denisepoole
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Dalbeattie, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
92 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2011

My husband and I live locally, so didn't unfortunately stay at Kirroughtree House, just had Sunday lunch today. The hotel itself and its surroundings are beautiful - just waiting in the lounge in comfy armchairs and huge sofas with family portraits on the walls and wood panelling all around is a pleasure. The staff are all very attentive under manager Jim Stirling whom we had the pleasure of meeting today and all guests are made to feel very special and looked after.

The Sunday lunch menu consisted of two choices for each of three courses plus tea or coffee and is priced at only £18. We tried the tomato soup with basil oil - delicious; hubby had chicken breast and veg while I opted for the grilled salmon, cooked to perfection, on a bed of chive couscous with little cherry tomatoes and courgettes; and desserts were a pannacotta with strawberries in a Drambuie syrup (not overpowering) and a banana parfait with a rum-flavoured creme anglaise - now, it WAS strongly flavoured!! But delicious. Tea and coffee were served back in the lounge from silver pots and an extra pot of boiling water came as standard.

This is not the kind of establishment where you will hear people on loud mobile phone conversations or children running around screaming and shouting - thank goodness! This is our second meal at Kirroughtree and we'll come back for other special occasions. We spent our time in the lounge planning what we'd do with the rooms when we win the lottery and can buy Kirroughtree!! But in the meantime, we'll leave it to others to enjoy as much as we do - we would certainly recommend it wholeheartedly.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank traveller2454
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Warwick, England
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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2011

We stayed here for 3 nights after visiting Edinburgh. It is maintained and run to a very high standard on classic hotel lines, quite a rarity today. Our room was a tad dated but was spotlessly clean, comfortable and well maintained. All staff were extremely helpful and suggested several places to visit in the area which has some superb scenery and interesting towns.
The standard of cuisine was extremely good. Breakfast has an excellent number of choices and it is so pleasant not to have it served buffet style. The quality is maintained at dinner where the chef, who we understand is only 23 years old, presented starters and main courses that were superb and desserts that were good. There are 2 dining rooms and as the hotel was not full, we felt that the atmosphere would have been better if only 1 had been used. However that is our only gripe and we shall definately stay here again when in the area.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Warwicktraveller29
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Property: Kirroughtree House Hotel
Address: Kirroughtree Lodge House Heron Way, Newton Stewart DG8 6AN, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Dumfries and Galloway > Newton Stewart
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Newton Stewart
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Kirroughtree House Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A country house hotel, a former private mansion house dating back to the 1700's, sitting within 8 acres of its own gardens, a golf course adjacent. It is located near to the picturesque town of Newton Stewart built on the banks of the River Cree, and is within walking distance of the Galloway forest and hills. There is not only a variety of walks around the town and through the forest, but great cycling tracks as well. Slightly further away are a number of historical sights and the Machar Peninsular. On the Machar peninsular you will find the Booktown of Wigtown famous for its annual book festival, picturesque ports, a cave that was occupied by an early Christian Missionary to the Area, a bird sanctuary and the furthest south whisky distillery in Scotland. The Mull of Galloway, the most southerly point in Scotland, is not far away with its bird life and views to Ireland and the Isle of Man. If the magical village of Brigadoon was to appear this is where it would be. ... more   less 
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