Trigony House Hotel, Dumfries

Originally the Hunting Lodge for nearby Closeburn Castle, Trigony House Hotel is resplendent in its role of Country House Hotel and home to the Moore family.

It is the welcoming, homely feel within the stately walls, which offer an informal greeting and ambience throughout the stay, presenting a refreshing balance to some rather more formal counterparts and not detracting from the quality, which a property of Trigony’s stature exudes; both in service and amenities.

Our welcome was warm and relaxed and extended to our family member of the four-legged variety; who was also very grateful to be acknowledged and welcomed with the same unfettered passion.

Not necessarily a USP to accept dogs but most definitely one to make dog owners and their beloved pets feel so wanted and catered for – quite possibly the most dog friendly establishment I have encountered to date, providing thoughtful touches such as dog towels, shampoo, outdoor washing facilities, food, bowls, treats, goody bags and maps of the surrounding walks, which can be taken with, or without the resident pooches. Knowing that their hairy friends are more than catered for, makes for relaxed guests who return time and again to sample a special type of relaxed hospitality.

The nature of the animal friendly welcome detracts not one jot from the quality and professionalism surrounding the running of this hotel by the Moore family and their caring staff. Although welcome in the bar, pets are excluded from the main dining area where delicious, freshly prepared cuisine emerges from the kitchen, thanks to the hotel’s resident, award-winning chef.

An unfussy approach is taken with food at Trigony, where typically, organic raw ingredients are sourced to craft individually prepared dishes – very much reflected in the taste. The menu changes with the Seasons and the locally sourced produce available, with accompanying wines chosen with the same unfaltering care. Rigidity is not placed upon meal times, with staff willing and more than happy to accommodate daytime snacks dependent on the days’ plans. Homemade bread was a winner in every respect and accompanying condiments served in pretty, hand-decorated dishes – not a hint of mass commercial production and a fitting nod to the building’s roots in tradition.

One of Trigony’s major strengths is the intimate size – not too large to induce anonymity and indifference but large enough to benefit from the advantages carried by larger hotels. Bedrooms are individually decorated and spacious and light by nature, with wonderful views to the manicured gardens and wilder countryside beyond.

The location in 4 acres of private gardens and woodland amidst the beautiful Dumfriesshire countryside lends itself wonderfully to outdoor activity, of which there is plenty, in the vicinity and roaring log fires welcome you back and offer the unique ambience that is Trigony.