Just returned from a 3 day trip at the Urr Valley which was a half-board deal. On entering the hotel it was like stepping back in time, quirky and quaint - exactly what we wanted, not everyone wants clinical and contempory. I must say prior to our stay we read a great many Trip Advisor reviews and we came very close to cancelling our booking. I am so pleased we chose not to! We have had a marvellous, quiet, restful break which is exactly what we wanted. Yes, the hotel is in great need of an upgrade and some TLC as it very tired, however we were very pleased on arrival to find the public areas smelt fresh and recently polished, not musty and dirty as some people had written! Our room was huge (room 4) and although it had an eclectic assortment of furniture we personally found it quirky and charming. The bed was very comfortable with a brand new mattress and the views from our windows were lovely, we had 3 really good nights sleep. The bathroom did not have a shower but that was my fault as I did not specify this when I booked. We were told the bathroom refits are all starting next week and they certainly do need it, but again, the bathroom was clean with good quality towels and complimentary toiletries. As this is a very old building there are stairs to virtually every area so not very good for wheelchair access. The food at breakfast and dinner was good and hearty and the portion sizes were HUGE! with plenty of choice. They were very short staffed whilst we were there but the staff worked very hard and were always pleasant and cheery. The grounds are beautiful and steeped in history and we had some lovely after dinner walks. I did find some of the comments on Trip Advisor were downright cruel and unnecessary. At the present time, the Urr Valley is very much in need of the planned refurbishment, but go with an open mind and if it is peace and quiet you want you will not find a better place and with the present deals they are offering you will not find anything better value for money, however, if you like 5* luxury, don't book a hotel offering budget deals then moan about it later!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Urr Valley Country House Hotel is a long established hotel set in 14 acres of mature woodland and gardens. With its stunning views across the Galloway countryside, it is an ideal location for short breaks, longer holidays, weddings and conferences. Sporting groups and coach parties are welcome.Within walking distance of one of the region’s most attractive towns, the hotel makes an ideal base for touring the attractions of Dumfries and Galloway and we welcome walkers and cyclists throughout the year.Within a short drive to the beautiful and lonely wilds of the Glenkens, this has long been a forgotten part of Scotland and is therefore relatively unspoiled with a wide variety of fantastic wildlife and spectacular landscape ranging from the mountains and moorland; woodland and forest; burns, rivers, to lochs and farmland.We have a large conference hall and a small conference suite for hire.We are licensed to hold weddings on site, either in the main hall or in the gardens.Whatever the reason for your visit to Scotland, our friendly and professional staff will ensure that your every need is catered for. Enjoy luxury in the heart of Galloway at affordable prices. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Urr Valley Hotel
- The Urr Valley Hotel Castle Douglas, Scotland