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Trigony House Hotel
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Trigony House Hotel,
Dumfries And Galloway,
01848 331211

The pet-friendly hotel with Hobnob the cat 

We eventually had to tear ourselves away from this hotel; Mr Bite, me and our cat Hobnob had such a lovely time we didn’t want to leave. 

Rolling countryside and a welcome to furry friends would be enough to rest on your laurels but Trigony delivers so much more. A Scandic hot tub and sauna in the sylvan gardens, art, a walled organic patch, a compost heap and jars for candles make a magical outdoor setting. We also noted the owners have an electric car so there is a charging point next to the pet washing room. 

Indoors there are complimentary Purina sachets for Hobnob and all dogs get a sausage in the morning. Other cats and parrots have visited too!

A tempting back bar has a selection of gins and a local ale Criffel from Sulwath brewery keeps Mr B happy the whole weekend. I drink WeissBurgunder on the first night. Some wines come in half bottles and a Coravin system means you can sample to your heart’s content. 

Food is classic and rustic and local suppliers and organic ingredients are used where possible. The only real disappointment comes with a starter of mushroom and Parmesan soufflé. The texture was puddingy; Mr Bite fares better with thyme, leek and tattie soup despite liberal seasoning. Rustic homemade bread steamed as it was pulled apart and thickly spread with butter. It would taste just as good toasted and eaten with chunky marmalade the next morning. 

For main course Mr Bite has roast saddle of durisdeer mutton with celeriac and rosemary hash and a caramelised black olive jus. I didn’t get a taste and his plate was scraped, enough said. I had fresh whole Megrim sole with lemongrass, ginger and coriander butter. The herbs were quite mild and the veg was just okay with the sugar snaps having most flavour. The fish of course was superb. A good chocolate fondant followed for Br B and I had a simple but good plate of cheese with grapes and excellent Stag seaweed biscuits. It is worth noting the several good vegetarian/vegan menu options. 

I awarded breakfast 10/10 the next morning. Eggs (and yogurt) were local and organic and came freshly scrambled with smoked salmon for me. Br Bite chose his all time favourite breakfast; kedgeree. Coffee, like everything else was fresh and delicious. In fact breakfast was so good it was a deal breaker and we booked in for another night. It also fuelled us for an atmospheric pre-hurricane Ophelia walk through country tracks to the village of Thornhill via the Covenanter’s Graveyard where stones crumble in memoriam to ‘the killing times of 1688.  

Wifi, history, rest and relaxation, spa and gardens, pet-friendly, nice staff, good drinks, food and country walks; Trigony really does tick all the boxes for a short or long break. (S. Wilson) 


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