After 4 days in Maidens (Wildings & Malin Court), my husband and I travelled south to Portpatrick (in driving rain!). I'd seen an advert for this hotel and it looked so good I had to give it a try. I telephoned the day before to check availability but did not book. On arrival at about 1 o'clock, we were told that a double room was available and it would be ready at 3 o'clock. We declined the offer to view the room and proceded to the bar for a drink and light lunch. The hotel was extensively refurbished about 18 months ago, the decor is very modern and chic. The lunch was fine, and we went to our room at about 2.30. The room was very small, with bathroom but no shower. We returned to reception and were shown a superior room (plus £10 each). This was significantly better, on the lower ground floor with a view over the harbour and an outside door directly onto a terrace and lawn. That's the best of this hotel, location, location, location. The outside of the building is very impressive too. We booked for dinner at 8 o'clock. The weather cleared in the late afternoon, so we ventured down the path and had a quick walk around the village. This made us a bit late for dinner, so I went to the dining room (I just couldn't describe this as a restaurant) and apologised and said we would be a bit late and what time was the latest they served diner - 8.15 was the reply!. The hotel caters for the coach party trade, and although the food is OK, it is very much like a 'canteen'.
The weather the following morning tempted us to stay, and my husband played golf at the nearby Dunskey course. He was very impressed. I strolled around the village that I found to be charming, small and very quiet but the gift shops kept me amused. For lunch we enjoyed drinks and sandwiches at the Harbourside Hotel, watching the world go by. So this was the last of our 3 hotels on the 6 day trip. Not bad, but not the best.
- Also Known As:
- The Portpatrick Hotel Scotland
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Portpatrick is a small fishing village set in a peaceful and unspoilt corner of Southern Scotland. The Portpatrick Hotel is the perfect base from which to explore this delightful area. The Portpatrick Hotel is a spectacular property standing on Galloway’s clifftops in nine acres of grounds, overlooking the village and its secluded harbour. The area is a haven for lovers of sports and the outdoors, with its own tennis court and 9-hole golf course. You’ll also find a variety of wonderful opportunities for birdwatching and fishing. From the hotel you can enjoy day trips to nearby Stranraer, magnificent historical sites and gardens, or even a trip by ferry to Northern Ireland. ... more less
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