I stayed here 8 nights while exploring Dumfries and Galloway, and had chosen Isla Cottage because as a solo traveller I wanted a small, friendly B&B. I was not disappointed! The level of service and hospitality offered by Caroline and Stewart is unmatched in my experience of B&Bs. Caroline would come out to greet me whenever I returned from my days' travels and chat to me in the lounge about what I'd seen and done. She was kind enough to do a load of washing for me during my stay, which was part of a longer tour in the north. My room and bathroom were spacious and equipped with everything for a comfortable, "home from home" stay. The bedding and toiletries were of a high standard. The refreshment tray included filter coffee and a cafetiere; there were always different (local) biscuits and a chocolate every day, and fresh milk in a flask. The pretty china, crystal glasses and starched napkins in the dining room provided a gracious setting for wonderful breakfasts, beautifully cooked and attractively served. The choice of food offered, all of it local, was exceptional, and I must mention in particular Caroline's delicious, light omelettes with cheese/mushrooms/tomato; also the fresh fruit salads and 4 types of homemade preserves! Her thoughtful attention to detail and perfection in what she provides is amazing. The B&B is on a main road, the A75, but the rooms are at the back overlooking a pretty garden and the countryside, so you don't really notice the traffic. It is well placed for touring and visiting local attractions such as Threave Gardens and the Red Kite Trail. Caroline was happy for me to bring in food to eat in the dining room if I didn't want to go out for an evening meal. When I left, Stewart presented me with a wooden bird feeder which he'd made and on which he had engraved my name. Isla Cottage is a truly exceptional B&B and I can't recommend it highly enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Visit Scotland graded 4 star B&B. Isla Cottage is situated in the village of Springholm on the main A75 between Dumfries and Castle Douglas. Bedrooms are upstairs, spacious, comfortable, ensuite with wonderful garden and countryside views. Just a few minutes by car from Castle Douglas, Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbright and Dumfries towns. Springholm village has a pub/restaurant and a shop with other eating places close by. Ideally placed for visiting bird reserves (red kite trail), gardens, walks, golf courses, mountain bike trails and many other visitor attractions which Dumfries & Galloway has to offer. Guests are made welcome on arrival with tea/coffee served in china and a little "something" home made! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Isla Cottage Castle Douglas, Scotland