We booked a family room for 3 nights for £255 B&B this was excellent value for 4 of us and ideal with two adjoining rooms, a large double with sofa for sitting and relaxing and a twin with shared bathroom, tvs in both - cheaper than a holiday cottage and no washing up!. The staff were lovely, very friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable about the local area.
If you are used to soulless modern facilities this is not a modern hotel-chain type establishment which has it's pluses and minuses! The breakfast is full english - or rather scottish as it included haggis ( but there is no continental option and the coffee is instant) there is also an option to take a packed lunch instead - great if you want an early start. The staff are locals with a wealth of local knowledge and the other guests friendly - this is the kind of hotel where a single person could eat in the bar/restaurant and not feel odd. However the hotel is looking rather dated in decor, if I was to get picky - the mattresses at the cheap end and the grout round the bath peeling, but at these room prices this was acceptable!
We ate in one night the food was good but quite expensive I thought for a family bar meal (mains £11-13 ish, puds £5) and the restaurant while fine for breakfasts and grabbing a quick meal early evening has the atmosphere if a tea rooms/cafe than hotel restaurant (no table cloths for example). The beer garden looked nice out the back of the hotel but is not easily accessed from the bar.
There are plenty of places to eat in the town - there are two takaways,(at least) plus many restaurants including a cantonese/chinese, an indian/pizza and a very nice small italian
down my the bridge over the river where we ate one night - this was take your own wine which is helpful with costs. Here the food was lovely and so was the atmosphere, and the prices very reasoanable (meal for 4 with 2 of us having puds and soft drinks just over £50). There is also a Sainsburys and Aldi and a Co-Op for lunch time picnics.
There is plenty to do near Newton Stewart - we went mountain biking Kiroktree and Glentool - the former was expecially good but the latter the route we wnated to do was half closed. There are lovely coastal beaches with rocky shores/pools, sand and shells depending on where you go. There are historic castles and a trip to the mull of galloway to see the sea birds. We saw Ospreys at Threve castle on the way home. Although a long drive out to Newton Stewart - it was worth it fro the relaxed atmosphere, the friendly welcome for tourists, the outdoor activities and the lack of crowds.
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