Heading north to family on Clyde Coast I took the scenic route and per-booked a room at Rivendel through an online booking agent. I picked it purely on Rating and Price and wasn't sure what to expect.
Due to traffic on the way north it was after 9pm when I pulled into the drive and first impressions were very positive with a well lit and beautiful frontage which was well signposted and easy to find.
A quick call to the owner as planned and he talked me through the safety deposit box for key issue and apologised as all the staff had finished for the evening. I should say he had offered to meet me at the B&B but as it turned out it there was no need.
What a room! Room 1 at the front with Four Poster Bed, absolutely spotless and immaculate. Crisp linen and fluffy towels with selection of teas, coffee and biscuits sealed the deal.
I headed out for a couple of drams with some friends and having left my car at the other side of town returned by local taxi.
After a sound sleep I was greeted by the cheery breakfast staff in the beautiful wood-panelled dining room. A full Scottish breakfast followed with lashings of hot toast and filter coffee and fruit juices. Then the best bit as Bruce, the owner, turned up and after a quick chat about his need to extend the business by building more rooms to keep up with demand, he offered, no insisted, on driving me across town to collect my car to help me get on the road north.
Rivendel is well deserving of its awards and accolades and I look forward to returning to sample the warm welcome of the staff and Bruce and the home comforts of his fine establishment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A very warm welcome and comfortable stay is guaranteed at this striking Charles Rennie Macintosh inspired Arts and Crafts Mansion situated in mature, award winning grounds close to Dumfries town centre. All bedrooms are en-suite and furnished to the highest standards. Drying facilities and secure storage is available for cyclists, golfers and walkers. We have free Wi-Fi connection and multi channel digital television in all of our bedrooms. We also have a large secure car park. We are easy to locate and an ideal base for touring the historic and scenic Dumfries and Galloway Region. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rivendell B&B Dumfries, Scotland