We drove up the long twisting drive through the ancient woodlands, the moment we saw Trigony House we knew we were going to be right at home. Being an old shooting lodge the hotel oozed charm, with beautiful brick detailing, a striking entrance and the biggest windows it was picture perfect.
I had heard so much about The Trigony House Hotel, it is said to be one of the United Kingdom’s most pet friendly hotels! Something that I look for in a hotel of course! We couldn’t wait to experience it for ourselves!
We were greeted with the warmest of welcomes, Alfie was given lots of attention before we were taken for tea in the lounge – which was much needed after our long drive up from Bristol! The lounge had a fabulous Country feel, with cosy leather sofas and some statement antique pieces… It was perfect for a little country spaniel. Alfie made himself at home on the rug, whilst we enjoyed a cup of tea or two [let’s face it, probably three!]
We were soon shown to our room, instantly drawn in by the huge window… Which gave us spectacular views of the perfectly kept garden and rolling countryside, we couldn’t have asked for better!
The room was large, a beautiful shade of purple, keeping with the country feel with the cosy cushions and antique pieces. It was a wonderful base for us to explore the area, and we were well equipped with the essentials. A tea caddy with home-baked Scottish Shortbread [winner!], TV and some lovely bath products. As always Alfie made himself at home on the big bed, the gorgeous faux fur throw was obviously far too tempting!
For your Pooch
Now, four-legged friends at Trigony House are well catered for, receiving a welcome box on arrival. The box contained some poo bags – Which are always a welcome addition! A Lily’s Kitchen snack bar, perfect for when you are on the go.. A Bonio, which Alfie paraded around the room like it was his prized possession through out our stay and then my favourite, a map of local walks. This was a really nice touch as we could just get out and explore without having to spend time researching local walks.
Dining at Trigony House Hotel
After a little afternoon stroll we all took a seat in the bar and had a drink before dinner. We were very much looking forward to dinner [as always]. Their menu is ever changing, the chef changes one dish nearly every day to make the most of the fresh local ingredients. As it was the first night of our holiday we decided to go for all three courses! To start I had a slice of the cheese and asparagus tart with artichoke salad – unusual for me to have a vegetarian dish but I’m glad I did! James went for scallops and black pudding, he says its delicious…I took his word for it!
The starters we so lovely we had high expectations for the mains, and oh boy, did they deliver! I had a roasted chicken breast with a parmesan, pancetta and lovage sauce. It was possibly one of the tastiest chicken dishes I have ever had on our travels. James went for rabbit with pappardelle pasta and a tomato broth – I tried a little bit as I have never had rabbit before…I think next time I might have to have the whole thing to myself… Delicious!
I’m never one to say no to dessert. I was feeling brave so I went for a panna cotta – it was gooseberry flavours with a raspberry sauce. I had never had anything like it before, and was pleasantly surprised. James went the safer option of crème brûlée – you can’t go wrong with that!
For the humans
Now, there is a very special treat in store for the humans… Trigony House Hotel is also a spa! The Garden Spa is tucked away at the back of the hotel with the most gorgeous views over the Dumfries countryside. There is a secluded treatment room with an outdoor wood fired Swedish hot tub. I was kindly treated to a complimentary manicure. So I left the boys drinking tea whilst I went off for a bit of much needed “me time”. I will admit I am not the most girly. So I was slightly embarrassed to show off my half chewed battered nails [I am a county girl after all!]. After some TLC my nails were left looking fabulous!
Something I really loved about the hotel was the fact that they had all these extra activities available, so you could book into the spa, arrange pony trekking, hire a vintage car and even arrange for a falconry experience. The hotel really goes above and beyond to make your stay a memorable one.
We came down for breakfast after a good nights rest and found our table all laid out with breakfast essentials. Something I really liked was that we could dine with Alfie. He is the biggest wimp so leaving him in the room while we eat is just not an option. Lets face it he would probably bark the place down, then sulk for the rest of the trip!
We helped ourselves to a few things from the breakfast buffet and ordered the full Scottish breakfast off the menu. Alfie was offered a sausage for breakfast – we didn’t even have to ask. I love it when we stay somewhere that loves having the dog there as much as it does its guests.
So, I didn’t know how a Scottish breakfast would differ from an English breakfast, but [of course] it comes with haggis. I must admit it wasn’t to my tastes, but James loved it. Their fresh homemade bread was a totally winner for me. The second morning I just had toast by the bucketful, so so good! It goes without saying Alf loved his sausage!!!
We had such a wonderful two nights at The Trigony House Hotel, it was the perfect start to our adventure! A huge thank you to the team for inv9iting us along and making our stay as stress free as possible.
If you are looking for a taste of Scotland, then look no further! I can guarantee you and your four-legged friend will not be disappointed.
Emma & Alfie xox