My partner and I returned yesterday from a superb three day stay at this ancient historic hotel. Our first impressions going up the tree lined avenue with trees hundreds of years old, was that it reminded one of approaching a stately home, and this is what this house once was.
The reception staff were very friendly and showed us to our room which was spotlessly clean, bed comfortable and we got fresh towels every day. There was also ample tea, sugar, coffee milk etc. and toiletries were replenished every day. (more than we ever got in the Hilton or Marriott)
This hotel has been recently taken over by new management and due to its age is in need of repair to the outside roof, but inside it is spotlessly clean, new carpets throughout and new bathroom suits and showers installed. Due to its age it is built on different levels with winding corridors but these add to its charm. Management told us much of its history which goes back over 400years.
The young chef was brilliant and the food was superb cooking some mouth watering meals. The waitress was very efficient but the only drawback we felt was that extra staff is needed, as it is busy at meal times and too much for one waitress.
This hotel is set in a rural area with cattle farms near by so one must be prepared for the conditions which these will create. And the most effective and hygienic way to control flying pests is with flypaper - albeit - these may look unsightly. Perhaps changing them more often would help but flypaper does the job excellently.
Overall we found it excellent value for money, the staff were friendly and helpful, food delicious and a good supply of spirits reasonably priced. There had been a party in a few days earlier who depleted the beer and they were waiting on a fresh delivery but bottled cider and lager was available.
We would definitely stay at this beautiful quaint castle like hotel again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Urr Valley Country House Hotel is a long established hotel set in 14 acres of mature woodland and gardens. With its stunning views across the Galloway countryside, it is an ideal location for short breaks, longer holidays, weddings and conferences. Sporting groups and coach parties are welcome.Within walking distance of one of the region’s most attractive towns, the hotel makes an ideal base for touring the attractions of Dumfries and Galloway and we welcome walkers and cyclists throughout the year.Within a short drive to the beautiful and lonely wilds of the Glenkens, this has long been a forgotten part of Scotland and is therefore relatively unspoiled with a wide variety of fantastic wildlife and spectacular landscape ranging from the mountains and moorland; woodland and forest; burns, rivers, to lochs and farmland.We have a large conference hall and a small conference suite for hire.We are licensed to hold weddings on site, either in the main hall or in the gardens.Whatever the reason for your visit to Scotland, our friendly and professional staff will ensure that your every need is catered for. Enjoy luxury in the heart of Galloway at affordable prices. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Urr Valley Hotel
- The Urr Valley Hotel Castle Douglas, Scotland