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“Fantastic Homely Feel At The Creebridge”

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Creebridge House Hotel
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Newton Stewart
Certificate of Excellence
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Fantastic Homely Feel At The Creebridge”
Reviewed 5 December 2011

Just spent ~ 2 weeks at the Creebridge while working in the area. Can honestly say I've never stayed at a hotel where the staff have been friendlier or more accomodating! Superb from start to finish - I even felt compelled to buy them a box of chocolates on departure as a small token of gratitude. It was great to come back after work and almost feel at home walking through the door - such was the warm reception from all the staff (and the morning staff at breakfast too!) The hotel itself is homely, comfortable and very relaxed. Ate in the restaurant every night and couldn't complain once - the locals seem to eat here regularly (which is always a good sign) and any functions which were held in the function room at the weekend were always very civilised and didn't disrupt the residents at all.

Altogether a great stay, and a big thank you to Liz, Kenny, Fiona, Lynn and all the staff.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled on business
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Yatton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 November 2011

My wife and I have visited the Creebridge House Hotel at least a couple of times for the last 20 years. We have a static caravan in nearby Creetown, so this review relates purely to the bar and bar meals in the bistro. Very well maintained, with a relaxed bar atmosphere which can get busy at times. This bar seems to be the social hub and 'place to be' in Newton Stewart. Good selection of ales which - unusually for Scotland - includes a revolving list of well kept real ales. Well chosen and varied bar menu, prices are higher than normal but represent good value for the quality - you get what you pay for. Staff training must feature as a high priority for the owners as it shows. All the staff play their part well, but the star is Kenny. He is the head barman and has been there for a good few years now. He makes all his guests feel really special, you end leaving as friends.
The hotel is well situated in a quiet backwater of Newton Stewart, which itself is in a quiet quarter of Scotland which most people bypass as they head North.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Western Ireland, Ireland
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Reviewed 9 November 2011

Travelling from Ireland I stayed in the Creebridge hotel in Newton Stewart on and off for 3 months as a business traveller during the summer/autumn of 2011 for anything up to a month at a time and a number of shorter stays since. As a result it gave me time to get to know the place, staff and locals pretty well rather than just a snapshot over a few days.

Over the years I have travelled with various jobs throughout US and Europe and stayed in a lot of the new hotels with those perfectly clean lines and straight laced staff which are OK for a short stay.

To say the least the Creebridge hotel was a welcome break from that norm. If I had stayed in one of the above hotels I would probably have cracked up before the end of the third week. The Creebridge is an old style original hunting lodge hotel in its own 3 acre oasis of green with tons of architectural character and quirkiness that completely knocks the socks off its clean lined competitors. Each room is completely different with its own personality, furnishings and layout. I should know as over the 3 months at one time or another I think I have stayed in most of them.

Over my time there the Creebridge became a home from home rather than a hotel and the reason was the atmosphere created by the staff, owners and consistent supply of friendly locals.

For this reason I really have to go into some detail on the staff. In no particular order Liz, Lynne, Sophie, Lisa, Laura, Kirstie, Faye, Fiona and the ever present psychotic barman Kenny all headed up by Steve and Sarah. Every evening for dinner the girls would in between busy times come over hang around the table for a bit have a chat about their day, your day and any bit of scandal on the cards. Credit goes to a few in particular: Liz for never being in a bad mood and always bouncing off the walls with energy and enthusiasm. Lynne for being the all round local superhero who apparently can pull pints better than Kenny, do better deserts than the head chef and as a sideline specialises in etiquette classes for table manners...which I am happily ignoring now :-). Sophie for the ever present smile and personality that puts you in a good mood after a bad day at work or any time for that matter and all the rest of the girls who really are just absolute magic at what they do. Steve & Sarah the ever present owners keeping an eye on everything, picking the best staff you could ask for and who know all their customers, regulars and locals - Kevan, Moyra, Peter and Alastair in particular who gave me lifetimes of stories and whom I look forward to getting back to visit again soon.

A special nod goes to Kenny the misunderstood barman and real ruler of the hotel and possibly even Newton Stewart. Possibly had a form of combined alcohol and electroshock therapy at some time which has resulted in an initially highly abusive fast talking crazy person who treats us all with disdain. That is until you learn to ignore the slagging completely as you realise he is the first guy to help you out if stuck, sort you out with hot food if arriving back late and organise with the chef whatever you want off the standard menu offering when you've been there for a while. Even when his nights off on the other side of the bar he still thinks’ he's working.

Where do I even start with the Food....by far the tastiest, best quality and presentation I have ever had and all prepared by the head chef and his team who I have never actually seen over my time there. They really need to get out of the kitchen and accept the round of applause they well and truly deserve. Additionally a number of times they went above and beyond the call of duty and prepared whatever we wanted to let us take a break from the set menu. Where else would you get that level of serviced and flexibility. Only complaint I have about the hotel is the 2 stone I probably put on because of the fantastic menu. Take a bow lads!

Although the hotel has its unique quirks and squeaks of an older building that I am ignnoring, all of the above far far outweighs any of these minor inconveniences as can be seen from the fact that right up to the last time I stayed there it was fully booked constantly.

Thanks again to all the staff both the ones that were always there to greet you and the ones you never or rarely seen but who worked so hard in the back ground to make the hotel what it is.

Thanks & hope to see you all again :-), Brian.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled on business
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Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 November 2011

We stayed for 6 nights, chose a superior room which was great and well worth paying the small extra charge as it was a lovely room which overlooked the gardens.

The staff were all very friendly and helpful which was lovely, as were the owners, nothing was too much trouble for anybody.

I am vegetarian and the selection on the menu was great, I had about four choices for both starters and main every evening and if there was anything special we needed you only had to ask and they were very accommodating. One warning, starve before you go there as we went dinner, bed and breakfast and found it difficult not to resist as all the food is cooked fresh and served to a very high standard.

Great base for Galloway dark skies, walking and mountain biking.

Brenda and Mick

Room Tip: Room 5 was great
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 October 2011

We had a recommendation of the food quality from the tourist information office.
The 3 nights with dinner included was very good, with positive staff and first class food.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Cambridge
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Reviewed 30 October 2011

We stayed here for two nights. Staff were extremely friendly and efficient. Room was confortable, but needed a bit of upgrading (bathroom door would not close properly, wardrobe a bit rickety). Breakfasts pretty good - I had the full Creebridge Grill but my wife felt the options for continental breakfast weren't particularly good. She would have liked croissants, for example.

Food in the bar extension (restaurant not in use) was good but not exceptional. On the first night I had excellent scallops with black pudding and local lamb shank. Flavour and cooking were excellent but presentation could have been improved. My wife had Galloway steak pie which she really enjoyed. The second night I had rainbow trout which had really good flavour but was served with a bit too much butter and my wife had lasagne which she found not quite so good. Nevertheless, we enjoyed our food.

All in all a pleasant stay in a comfortable and freindly hotel.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Carlisle, England
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Reviewed 23 October 2011

I stayed here overnight while attending the book festival in Wigtown, about 10 minutes away. My single room was actually a small double, and while it could have done with a lick of paint, it was clean and comfortable, with a lovely view across the garden. I didn't have an evening meal here, but the restaurant is obviously very popular with the locals, which is always a good sign! Lots of parking but still not easy to find a space in the evening. Lovely and quiet at night. Breakfast was great and the service was very good. All the staff I encountered were pleasant and helpful. A great place to stay as a solo traveller, I would stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
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Property: Creebridge House Hotel
Address: Minnigaff | Dumfries & Galloway, Newton Stewart DG8 6NP, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Dumfries and Galloway > Newton Stewart
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Newton Stewart
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Creebridge House Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Creebridge House Hotel is a traditional Scottish country house hotel, with 18 ensuite bedrooms, which preserves the peace and tranquility of rural life in elegant surroundings.Your hosts, Stephen, Sarah, Rory,Campbell and the rest of the team look forward to offering you a warm welcome and comfortable stay. The hotel acquired it's name from the nearby River Cree and is situated in 3 acres of garden and woodland, in the village of Minnigaff, at the edge of Kirroughtree forest. The busy market town of Newton Stewart is a mere 2 minutes walk across the Cree Bridge, where you will find a Cinema, Museum, Tourist Information, Leisure Centre with swimming pool, and a range of supermarkets, shops and services. The Hotel has a Scottish Tourist Board 3-star rating, 3 AA stars and one AA Rosette for food. There is central heating throughout, with roaring log fires in all the public rooms in winter and plenty of hot water on tap. The hotel's location makes it central for a wide variety of activities, from walking & cycling through the nearby Galloway Forest Park, to golf and fishing so close you can walk to the nearest hotspots. In fact the first tee at Newton Stewart Golf Club is just 400 yards away. Approximately 30 minutes drive west on the A75 will take you to Cairnryan with it's ferry links to Belfast in Northern Ireland. ... more   less 
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