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Craigadam luxury Hotel in Dumfries and Galloway

  • Seven Luxury En-Suite Bedrooms.
  • Award-Winning Game Cooking
  • Billiards Room and Honesty Bar
  • Comfortable Drawing Room with Log Fire
  • Formal Dining Room
  • Excellent Wedding Venue
  • Good for All-Weather Holidays
  • The perfect Dumfries Hotel

Craigadam Country House Hotel Dumfries Hotel nestlles in its own Estate grounds close to the Galloway National Park, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright and Dalbeattie. Craigadam provides a picturesque setting and elegant venue for your break whether it is hotel in Dumfries or a Dumfries bed and breakfast or a shooting or fishing break or for exclusive weddings.

Within easy access of the A75, Craigadam is the finest of Dumfries Hotels, it appeals to couples and guests throughout the country, who require something a little special with a lot of style and comfort.

Whether accommodating small events for a handful of people or formal functions including weddings for up to 180 guests, every event is tailor-made for each individual couple.

The oak-panelled Dining Room has a large table that is well built, the better to carry the weight of the good food and drink that it bears at formal dinners and the frequent events held at Craigadam Dumfries Hotel. The Dining Room does have a great deal of charm of its own, and plays a great part in bed and breakfast in Dumfries for the walls and furnishings carry the pictures and mementos of generations who have lived and farmed there. On occasion, the room has been cleared for dancing, the fine wooden parquet floor perfect as a ballroom for wedding couples and occasional ceilidhs.

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Winners of the MacAllan 'Taste of Scotland' Award :

Craigadam Dumfries Hotels won the MacAllan Taste of Scotland Award. Celia Pickup's success is a sound testimonial to the continuing excellence of her cooking and presentation.

Celia Pickup has developed game cooking at Craigadam into a true 'Taste of Scotland'. The meals are sumptuous, the desserts not for the calorie-conscious all in the setting of the wood-panelled dining room
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Alastair Sawday says " Craigadam is a 1703 house set in 700 acres, where pheasants strut proudly up the drive. The farmhouse becomes a 'country house' inside: a sitting room with three vast sofas and numerous chairs, a dining table that seats 26, seven rooms in the stables, three more in the house, a billiard room and an honesty bar. Delightful, energetic Celia pulls it all together and creates a house-party feel. The food and wines are fabulous and the lamb, venison, partridge and duck come from the family's organic farm. Retire to a themed bedroom, a deep soak and a comfortable bed."

guardian review
guardian review click here to see full guardian review of Craigadam,
No.8 in Britains top 10 B&B's

8. Craigadam, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

Beautiful views and themed rooms in Scotland

Set on a farm, this elegant country house offers gracious living and a relaxed environment. The very large bedrooms (most set around a courtyard) are strikingly individual in style, with great attention to detail and comfort. The billiard room has a comprehensive honesty bar, and the panelled dining room, with magnificent 15-seater table, is the setting for excellent meals. Sporting access to 25,000 acres makes this a great place for fishing and outdoor breaks.

Click here to read Scotland on Sunday's review of Craigadam

CRAIGADAM has an enormous number of things to recommend it as a dining destination. There's the warm welcome of owners Richard and Celia Pickup, plus the fact that the majority of the food is organically grown by Richard and sold through their farm shop. Perhaps you might be lured by the fact that the price tag is by no means exorbitant, or by award-winning chef Celia's posh farmhouse comfort food. Or maybe you'll just like the traditional oak-panelled dining room, with its family paintings, views over the Dumfriesshire countryside

It's communal dining, with one huge mahogany table seating up to 20 people, just one sitting and no menu. If the setting was a bit grander than most houses, it was nevertheless a bit like going around to friends for dinner, with drinks and chat in front of the roaring log fire in the drawing room beforehand, and another hour and a half of convivial blether over the food. The only other place where I've come across this eating format is Alta, the self-consciously fusty ski-only resort in Utah, which successfully uses it as a ploy to get its stiff-lipped skiers to build bonds which ensure they come back year after year.

The downside is the possibility that you might find yourself seated next to someone fantastically boring or irritating. That wasn't my fate, though: as well as two friends who lived locally and had joined me for the evening, the other guests were: a fisherman and his wife, a Canadian over from Vancouver for some rough shooting, a couple just using Craigadam as a base for exploring the area and two Aussies from Brisbane who were tracing their ancestry through nearby churches. All were decent company, all had a tale or two of their day to tell. (Celia's comment - this is always the case, people often worry that they may sit next to someone dreadful, but find the opposite, that conversation is good and they share the most amazing experiences)

Just 20 minutes west of Dumfries, Craigadam is a classic Dumfriesshire farmhouse: square, Georgian and obviously put up during the period when money from Hong Kong and the Far East flooded into south-west Scotland. The grounds have a sweeping, Capability Brown style to them, with fields studded with Highland cows and hedgerows infested with partridge. Behind the house is a working farm and 20,000 acres of shooting and stalking, which at this time of year guarantees guests.

The farm and shooting have a huge influence on what appears on the plate in the evenings. As well as running the hotel and shoot, the Pickups have diversified into selling organic game and lamb, and have installed a smokery. The result is that virtually everything that's eaten comes from the farm and the shoot. This, in turn, means that the sort of dishes you're likely to be presented with include pheasant, partridge, pigeon, woodcock, venison, duck, rabbit and lamb, with pates and terrines a favourite. It is, in short, a genuine old-fashioned country house shooting hotel

We started off with four huge chunks each of hot-smoked salmon off the nearby Solway Firth, which got Walter the fisherman all worked up ahead of his trip to the river Nith the next day.The huge portrait in the dining room of Celia as a child out shooting with her father shows that she is no novice when it comes to working with game and lamb. She grew up at Craigadam and has been cooking its produce since she was in her teens, a fact which became obvious when a main of lamb shank arrived. This is one of the easiest dishes to cook, but the quality of the meat stood out, while the sauce was nicely understated and the vegetables perfectly al dente. This wasn't flashy fine dining, just a sensible portion of decent comfort food to resuscitate guests who've been sightseeing, fishing or on the hills all day.

We rounded off with that old farmhouse favourite of bread and butter pudding with a twist. Not only does Celia fry the bread in butter in old-school and dangerously calorific style, but rather than just using raisins or even soaking them in brandy, they're left overnight in a pot of rum. With either cream or proper home-made custard, the end result is a gloriously decadent and alcoholic version of my favourite pudding.

If the portion sizes had been very sensible, and the wine very good (you choose your own bottle from a small but impressive and surprisingly inexpensive selection), we were nevertheless too keen on sinking into the sofas in the drawing room with coffee and some dainty petit fours to contemplate the usual Craigadam post-dinner ritual of an hour in the snooker room, which is also the site of a substantial whisky bar and an honesty box. Safe to say I'll leave that pleasure until the next time - because the one thing that's for sure is that there will be a next time.

Richard Bath of Scotland on Sunday recently stayed at Craigadam, he was reviewing another establishment and was going to include Craigadam as an alternative but was so impressed with Craigadam that he changed his article to make it all about Celia and Richards magnificent establishment.

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