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“Knock me out Knonckinaam!”
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Knockinaam Lodge
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Portpatrick
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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“Knock me out Knonckinaam!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

We came here to round off a week holidaying in the Highlands and it didn't disappoint. The house and grounds are beautiful with great coastal walk from the hotel. Private beach for swimming and fab views to Ireland.
But best of all were the dinners. Last night's highlights were slow cooked beef - essentially Chateaubriand - melt in mouth, asparagus soup with truffle oil, a cleansing palate drink of freshly squeezed red grapes and to finish it off a parfait of strawberries. Heaven!

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Bangor, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2014

We stayed at Knockinaam for a couple of days to celebrate our wedding anniversary and it was a good find. The location is fantastic down by a private beach with a view of Ireland and great cliff walk into Portpatrick. We found it a friendly place and got into conversations with the other guests, particularly in the lounges before dinner. The dinners, which were the attraction for us, were excellent. Everything was beautifully cooked and presented and they accommodated my wheat free diet discreetly and well. I found the portion size fine but I can understand why some reviewers felt they hadn't eaten enough. Breakfasts were lovely too, freshly cooked for everyone - not a buffet. The room was lovely with good quality toiletries, big towels and bathrobes. They changed the towels frequently, more than once a day, and prepared the bed while we were at dinner. This was all aimed at the overall philosophy of making us feel pampered but I must admit I found this level of service intrusive.

Our only real quibble was the wifi. We struggled to get any signal at all in the room and it was only when we came to read the reviews that we found out we could have got it in one of the lounges. As we had just spent a week out of mobile and internet contact this was frustrating as there were people we needed to contact. But overall we were very satisfied.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014 via mobile

I read about Knockinaam in the Guardian last December and booked for our wedding anniversary at the end of June, so I had plenty of time to get my hopes up for a wonderful experience. And it really was! We received a lovely warm welcome (with coffee and shortbread)and were shown the best seats in the gardens to enjoy the fabulous views over Northern Ireland. We walked over to Portpatrick on the signposted cliff walk and I was getting anxious that we'd be late getting back - needn't have worried. Had scrummy bubbles with G&Ts before being seated for dinner, which was perfect. The food was glorious. We had coffee and chocolates with other diners after dinner, and then took a drink down to the shore, where Northern Ireland was all lit up. It was wonderful - you should go!

  • Stayed June 2014
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Heraklion
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2014

admittedly my stays here are not of this year, but reports from reliable colleagues show it to be still of an unbelievably high standard,.
a brief potted history, as a former hunting lodge,secluded,away from prying eyes, it was used by winston churchill, anthony eden et al during ww2 for powpows..later on owned by a member of the pilkington family, it was sympthetically,tastefully transformed into a small country house hotel.set ,just below port patrick, with its own private beach, knockinaam is hidden in forestry, and for the first timer, can be quite tricky to find!!!
obviously fresh scottish ingredients are always available, eg port patrick plaice, lobster etc, etc
always boasting a superb wine cellar and vast selection of single malts,one never felt inclined to wander too far...one suite, named after churchill,boasted the largest bath in the western spiral arm.
this jewel needs no recommendation from the likes of me! but remains a "must see" venue, enjoy!!!!

Room Tip: try it in winter and hope to get snowed in!!!
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
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Lockerbie, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014

we got married here last week. the hotel arranged everything for us. the staff were amazing.
there is no denying that the hotel is pricey - coke £2.75 ! however, the attention to the little things, the attentiveness of the staff. the comradeship between the guests. you will return once you have been. no matter what the cost.
finally, i have to mention the food. each night you are presented with a menu with things on it that you may not like (you can ask for an alternative) but my advise would be to try everything. the food here deserves a whole page to itself. please just believe me when i say if you are a foodie please come here and try the food. you will not be disappointed.
my only criticism is the drive down to the hotel. the driveway needs some attention. since this is the first and last impression of the hotel. it would be good if it were repaired .

Room Tip: the south room was quiet with views of the pond and the sea. we would always ask for this room again...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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David I, Owner at Knockinaam Lodge, responded to this review, 16 July 2014
We're so glad you enjoyed your stay and wedding day with us. A few stormy winters have taken their toll on our drive, however, we have scheduled repair work for the end of this month. It will be all fixed for a return visit to the Lodge.
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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014

Attention to every detail......one of the best places that we have ever stayed in. It is expensive but worth every penny.....we were blessed with perfect weather making afternoon tea by the seashore and after dinner coffee in the same place very memorable. All the staff were superlative....thank you.

Room Tip: Churchill is amazing
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2014

We recently had the pleasure of holding our daughter's wedding reception here and I cannot sing the praises of this fantastic venue loudly enough.
Attention to every minor detail was impeccable and the owners and staff must receive the highest accolades for efficiency, discretion and professionalism.
The food was tasty, plentiful and fully deserving of its high rating especially when prepared and presented to a large number of guests who felt thoroughly spoiled.
The domestic staff were friendly and prepared our rooms wonderfully well, as well as performing their duties without anyone being aware of their presence.
Truly a wonderful weekend experience and one to ensure that we will return as a couple many times in the future.
Thank you all very much indeed.
Worthy of more than 5 stars.

Room Tip: All rooms are excellent
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Knockinaam Lodge
Address: Portpatrick DG9 9AD, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Dumfries and Galloway > Portpatrick
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Portpatrick
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:3 star — Knockinaam Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Knockinaam Lodge is an extended Victorian house set in an idyllic cove with its own pebble beach surrounded by 30 acres of delightful grounds and was the location for a meeting between Churchill and General Eisenhower in World War II. Today, a warm welcome is assured from the proprietors and their committed team, and much emphasis is placed on providing a sophisticated but intimate home-from-home experience. There are just ten individually designed suites and our award wining restaurant provides a daily-changing four-course set menu which showcases the best local produce available. ... more   less 
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