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“Really good natural cooking and a big, homely feel”
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Hillcrest House
Ranked #1 of 7 Wigtown B&B and Inns
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Edinburgh
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“Really good natural cooking and a big, homely feel”
Reviewed 6 July 2009

We've stayed a couple of times in Hillcrest House and happily recommend it to friends. It's on the edge of Wigtown, Scotland's National Book Town... about 5 - 10 minutes' pleasant walk to the main square of the village (sorry, town - county town, actually!).

Owners Deborah and Andrew are genial and cheerful and have, over the three years we have been visiting, gradually enhanced their property. It's a big old red stone house with large windows looking over fields to Wigtown Bay (ospreys here spring - early autumn). It's not posh but is well looked-after and has a slightly quirky, charming appeal... it's not a run-of-the-mill, sometimes rather suffocating B&B... rather, this is a substantial hoose and offers guests privacy and space. We've met some cosmopolitan people here so it's a more unusual kind of place.

There's a big lounge with sofas and armchairs (free wi-fi); next to this is the dining room where real home cooking of some quality (award-winning) is served. Local lamb and beef are truly delicious and there's often organic stuff on the menu, too. A short but inviting wine list adds a dash of sophistication. It's laid back and maybe this helps the digestion? Anyway - the food's great - 'it's real food' - and that includes breakfast which has local ingredients galore. Members of a regional slow food movement, 'Savour The Flavours' (of Galloway).

Rooms (5 or 6 I think) range from a freshly decorated, roomy ground-level double we stayed in last year - comfortable - to an excellent family room on the upper level with great views and bunk beds. We last stayed in our favourite room, Moray, this summer and are going back again in August. It is actually verging on the luxurious and has a big bay window with a sofa set in it - just sit back and relax and enjoy the country views. Immaculate fresh bathroom with unusual, organic toiletries (lovely stuff).

There is so much to see and do in Galloway and the owners here have plenty of info. The also well some local pictures. It's a great base - also Wigtown itself of course is fascinating with its many book businesses and little shops. Whithorn, an historic centre of Scotland, is just a few miles away. There is fantastic walking. Also don't miss the Bladnoch Distillery, a 15-minute walk from the house - the whisky is outstanding.

Lovely place, really, with warm-hearted hosts and a convivial atmosphere.

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Reviewed 26 May 2009

My wife and I enjoyed a short stay in Hillcrest House while visiting Wigtown. The hotel is spotlessly clean, our bedroom was large, well-furnished, with an excellent view, and with a large, modern bathroom. The service was first class, and the food - for both breakfast and evening meal - was excellent. The hotel is well-located; its out of - but only a few minutes walk away from - the town centre (and all the book-shops), and only 10 mins walk from the harbour and park. Off-street parking is provided, and Wigtown is an ideal base for visiting Newton Stewart and other towns and villages in this attractive area. We would recommend Hillcrest House and will return there.

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Property: Hillcrest House
Address: Hillcrest Maidland Place, Wigtown DG8 9EU, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Dumfries and Galloway > Wigtown
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Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #1 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Wigtown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Hillcrest House 4*
Number of rooms: 6
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Spacious Victorian villa set on the edge of Scotland's Booktown. Short stroll from the centre of town with lovely open views over farmland to the sea. Excellent value B&B accommodation, with award-winning evening meals available. ... more   less 
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