Trigony House Hotel stands in the heart of the Dumfries and Galloway countryside in the South West of Scotland. Mr ESLT and I had the pleasure of staying at Trigony House Hotel the weekend before last, as we took a mini road trip through Scotland. Having read that the hotel has won many awards including – Best Country House Hotel, Best Restaurant & Best Breakfast in the South of Scotland at The Scottish Hotel awards, we were very excited for our stay and ready for a relaxing break away from it all. The History of the Trigony Country House Hotel goes back a long way, at least to the 18th Century when it was the shooting & fishing lodge for Closeburn Castle. It is therefore a country house hotel with a real pedigree.
Even though we visited in November it was a clear crisp winter’s day and as we drove up the long drive and Trigony House Hotel came into view, we already knew we were going to feel right at home.
Check in & Bedroom
We couldn’t have received a warmer reception which made us feel extremely welcome straight away. Check in was swift and easy and even though we arrived before the official check in time of 3pm, our room was ready. We were shown to our room which was a superior room and HUGE. It was furnished in keeping with the rest of the hotel – rustic and traditional, yet very charming and homely. The room offered amazing views of the surrounding countryside from three sides. Our room had a lovely and comfortable super king sized bed, seating area, tv with built in DVD player (perfect has we always travel with a boxset should we get a bit of down time), tea and coffee making facilities with what looked like homemade biscuits (yum!) and complimentary bottled water.
The en suite bathroom was again HUGE and came complete with bath and shower, which I love, as it means two people can get ready at the same time. The bathroom also had lovely smelling toiletries, they again looked to be homemade and locally sourced. They could be bought from reception at the end of your stay to take home as a memento of your time at Trigony House Hotel.
Even though there was a chill in the air and a frost on the ground, we had to get out and explore the grounds and surrounding countryside. Winter coats buttoned up tightly, we headed out and walked around the hotel and it’s gardens. We noticed some building work going on at the back of the property which I have since found out is going to be part of the hotel’s Garden Spa which is due to open any time now, with outdoor hot tub being installed spring 2017. I guess that’s a good enough reason for us to return soon. We headed out of the hotel’s grounds and wandered down the neighbouring country lane, however as we started to lose light, we headed back to the hotel to get warm.
Once back inside we headed straight to the lounge where the open fire was roaring. The perfect place to sit with a paper or book or even just watch the world go by and relax. We grabbed a seat and warmed ourselves up, as the mouth-watering smells from kitchen wafted down the hall and into the lounge. Whatever was being prepared for the evening meal that night smelt absolutely divine. With our stomachs rumbling we headed back up to our room for a quick nap (sometimes doing nothing is very tiring!), shower and change of clothes before heading down for a drink (or two) and for dinner.
Bar and Pre Dinner Drinks
We headed back down to the bar area and grabbed the table closest to the open fire in the room. Our table wasn’t booked until 8 so we decided to grab a couple of glasses of wine before being seated. The waiter was rushed off his feet so it took quite a while to be served but it didn’t matter as we were enjoying the ambience and our conversation. The only off putting factor was a rude fellow customer watching his iPad with the volume turned up high!
The award winning hotel restaurant caters for residents and non residents alike. In 2015 for the fifth year running Trigony House Hotel were awarded gold medals for their rustic cuisine at the Scottish Hotel Awards. All ingredients used are sourced locally from Dumfriesshire and slightly further afield but they always try to source their ingredients within Scotland and the highlands depending on the season. All the produce they source are free range & organic whenever possible and many of their suppliers are also small family businesses who care about the produce they farm and sell. From Summer through to Autumn a small walled garden on within the grounds supplies the hotel with fresh vegetables, herbs and fruit. The menu consisted of five or six different dishes per course, all of which sounded delicious, so much so, deciding what to order was a tough choice. Although we couldn’t have been happier with our choices as we left clean plates all round. The portion sizes were perfect for us although I must admit we did need to have a retire early to bed at the end of our meal.
- Twice baked leek, rosemary & Cairnsmore ewes cheese soufflé
- Duck liver parfait, toasted brioche, red onion balsamic chutney
- Thyme roast breast of chicken, pancetta, parmesan and salsify sauce
- Fresh fillet of seabass, saffron and crab white wine sauce
- Home Made Ice Creams; Malted Chocolate, Raspberry Meringue, Salted Caramel Vanilla
- Chocolate Fondant Walnut Pudding, Clotted Cream
After a fantastic night’s sleep, we showered and packed our bags before heading down to the dining room for breakfast. Still full from the night before I had good intentions of just having a small bowl of cereal or fruit from the breakfast buffet table, however when I saw the option of a full Scottish breakfast in the menu – I couldn’t say no. Complete with haggis, which Mr ESLT absolutely loved, the breakfast was amazing, possibly one of the best I have ever had at a hotel and really set us up for our onward journey planned that day. It was also nice to see the view of the grounds from the windows which we couldn’t see the previous evening as it had been too dark.
Things To Do In The Area
There is a wide range of fun and exciting activities that you can partake in whilst on your stay at Trigony Hotel. From walking the idyllic paths and tracks to Drumlanrig Castle to enjoying a spot of fishing in the calm lakes and lochs of the Dumfries and Galloway countryside. In fact there is something for all the family in the surrounding area:
- Horse riding
- Falconry Experience
- Classic and Vintage Car Hire
- Off Road Driving
- Walking in Dumfries & Galloway
- Fishing and Shooting
- Cycling in Dumfries and Galloway
We absolutely loved our stay at this hidden gem of a hotel. We really felt relaxed and chilled out by the time we left. Living and working in a city we sometimes forget how beautiful the countryside is, so by visiting Trigony House Hotel it gave us the opportunity to get back to nature and forget about the trials and tribulations of the real world for 24 hours. It’s also important to mention that if you have a furry friend, they are more than welcome at Trigony House Hotel with a welcome box with gourmet dog treats provided to every pooch, dog sitting available on request, free dog beds, towels and bowls provided on request, free sausage for breakfast (for those that are allowed) and not forgetting the resident pooch Roxy. A perfect countryside break in the perfect setting with perfect food what more could you ask for?
- We were hosted by Trigony House Hotel on a DBB basis in exchange for honest review.