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Blackaddie Country House Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Blackaddie Road, Sanquhar DG4 6JJ, Scotland   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Sanquhar
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Warminster, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“A culinary oasis”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

My wife and I have stayed at the Blackaddie House Hotel on our way to and from the Highlands since the day Ian and Jane took over, the first visit entirely by chance. We have watched it develop, room by room, into one of the most comfortable small hotels we know. The building is elegant without being fussy and is set within modest gardens on the left bank of the River Nith - and angler's heaven - but the real delight, and a complete surprise to us on our second visit (once Ian had taken over the kitchen), is the food: we had never eaten Michelin type food before, but immediately realised what the fuss is all about, on the first taste. We have eaten at many similar places since, but consider Blackaddie and chef Ian McAndrew to be the best.

Room Tip: Ian and Jane are working their way through the rooms, refurbishing them as and when they have the mo...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

A beautiful and grand house in a wonderful setting. We received a very warm welcome from Jane. Our room was very spacious with a window seat to enjoy the view... and the bathroom!! I couldn't wait to get in the Jacuzzi tub!

The food was exquisite. The best I've ever had! You only need to look on the website to see the plethora of awards the chef has won.

We took our dog with us (a labrador). There was plenty of room for him to run around in the front garden. The only recommendation I would make is to provide an outside bin as there are no dog poop bins on site! We walked down to the nearest one, which was about a 5 minute walk, but didn't mind too much as its a beautiful countryside walk.

I would wholeheartedly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a slice of luxury.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

My wife and I stayed here for 2 nights in September on our way back to Edinburgh from a holiday in Wigtownshire.

It is a great base for visiting the highly recommended Dumfries House and even little Sanquhar has something to offer with an interesting history told via a very good small museum. The nearby lead mining museum at Wanlockhead is also excellent. Drumlanrig and lots of other attractions are also close by. In 2014 the Crawick Artland (by Charles Jencks) is due to open near Sanquhar which will be a very big attraction for the area.

We were in one of the unrestored rooms as none of the better rooms were available. It was perfectly reasonable but functional only. If we had stayed in this room and eaten at the local pub then we definitely would not go back to Blackaddie House and I wouldn't be writing this review.

However............

1 The renovated rooms are in a different league altogether and look superb. Get one of these if you can.

2 Even if I had slept in a tent in the garden I would be looking forward to another visit because the food is extraordinarily good.

I have had the good fortune recently to eat in a string of Michelin starred restaurants including Knockinaam Lodge 3 days before, Edinburgh's collection of high flyers and the newly crowned best restaurant in the UK - L'Enclume, in Cumbria (according to The Good Food Guide).

I can honestly say that Blackaddie House has been the most enjoyable of the lot. I would urge everyone to go for the fine dining option. It may seem crazy in these austere days but at £52 it is an absolute bargain. How it has not yet got a Michelin star is beyond my understanding.

There are a few rough edges to the hotel but personally I prefer it that way! I have never found tip toeing around a so called perfect establishment very relaxing.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

I've reviewed Blackaddie before but I've been back time and time again and never been disappointed. Last night was another amazing dinner - I really can't recommend this establishment highly enough to anyone who appreciates fine dining. The welcome is genuine and warm and every dish is presented like a work of art. Chef Ian McAndrew's menu consists of only two choices per course - testament to the use of fresh produce and a menu designed on a daily basis. It also means that I get to try something new on every visit. Yesterday included my favourite fennel ice cream dusted with fennel pollen between the starter and main, but surpassed it with desert of blackcurrant parfait and pistachio ice cream. Absolute heaven....

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

I have just returned from a two night stay at Blackaddie Country House for a romantic break with my husband. Not only is the scenery on the drive to the house amazing, the grounds are beautiful. We had a very friendly welcome and we got an upgraded room. The room was perfect, huge bed and jacuzzi bath with a lovely view of the gardens. We had the a la carte menu the first night and the reduced bistro menu on the second night. The food on both evenings was amazing. We could not fault any of the courses we were served, every course had a distinctive combination of flavours and was worth every penny and more. The service we had from our lovely waitress on both evenings was great, she was very friendly and kept us felt well looked after. Breakfast on both days we were there was served in a smaller dining room with a beautiful view of the river. Great menu for breakfast and yet again the food was amazing. We enjoyed every aspect of our weekend away at Blackaddie and will definately be going there again.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

We stayed at the Blackaddie House Hotel for one night on Friday 30th August. We were upgraded as the hotel was quiet, a very nice touch. The reception area was cozy and pleasant, and the greeting very friendly. Our room was beautiful, we were in the Partridge room, which has a large luxury double bed, leather sofa, flat screen TV and a luxury bathroom complete with walk-in shower and jacuzzi bath. Arran aromatics toiletries and large fluffy white towels completed the luxury feel.

The hospitality tray was very inviting, with the usual tea, coffee etc but also a small tin containing the most delicious home-made shortbread and some Scottish tablet.

After relaxing for a while, we went down to the bar for a drink and to look at the menu. We decided to go for the fine dining experience-listed as a four course meal but with a few little surprises which made it more like 7!

The food was, quite simply, out of this world. From the carefully crafted amuses bouches of goats cheese milkshake and black pudding bonbon with our drinks, to the mackerel appetiser, the amazing assiete of lamb for main to the cheeseboard with its array of cheeses and candied walnuts, it was a triumph. And I haven't even mentioned the salad with a tarragon and olive oil ice cream, and the starter of beef with girolles.

We relaxed afterwards in the library sitting room, again a cozy and welcoming area, with a glass of Armagnac, a single malt from the Isle of Jura, tea and coffee and a tray of petits fours; chocolate truffle, pistachio meringue and a citrusy sweet which was quite delicious.

After an excellent nights sleep in this quiet and tranquil area, we were seen on our way with the mighty full Scottish breakfast. Suffice to say we didn't need any lunch!

On checking out, I asked if I could buy some of the shortbread that had been in our room, but I was told, no, you must take some as a gift. Lovely.

Amazing place, people and atmosphere. We will certainly be back.

Room Tip: We liked the Partridge room very much
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Newcastle
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

With the bathroom having a makeover we had to be out of our house for four days!
Booking somewhere during the bank holiday week proved to be difficult but we eventually managed to find a self-catering “Lodge” attached to the Blackaddie Hotel in Sanquhar.
A bit more than we were expecting to pay but decided that at £150 per night per room it must be good and that you get what you pay for. We didn’t!
The alarm bells started to ring as we approached the hotel via an industrial estate. They rang even louder as we were shown the lodge past a row of old council dust bins held down with building bricks. The patio, accessed by a sliding French requiring a degree in mechanical engineering to open, consisted of commercial grade gravel and bordered from the river by a rough metal fence which looked like a “Bob a Job” assembly. Outside seating was in the form of dirty bench/table that had seen much better days.
OK, had we paid around £60 - 70 we would have probably thought it was alright for the price and been prepared to overlook the black mould around the sink and bath, the cheap lino, the bathroom light not working and the general tired ambience of the place.
Attached to a posh hotel that charges £50 for dinner we expected the accommodation to fit with the hotels fancy website. A classic example of not getting what you pay for. Pay the deposit online and take your chances!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Blackaddie Country House Hotel

Address: Blackaddie Road, Sanquhar DG4 6JJ, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Dumfries and Galloway > Sanquhar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Sanquhar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Blackaddie Country House Hotel 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Relaxed comfortable award-winning country house hotel in beautiful surroundings with fantastic food and friendly staff on the banks of the river Nith in Dumfries and Galloway. ... more   less 
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