Glass discovers the best of British at Knockinaam lodge

KNOCKINAAM Lodge is truly one of Scotland’s hidden gems. Tucked away in the remote South-Eastern corner of Dumfries & Galloway, this beautiful and historic boutique hotel offers the ultimate in traditional luxury.

The lodge has only 10 rooms so the property has a very intimate feel. Rooms are traditionally furnished and boast a phenomenal history. The building was formerly a Victorian hunting lodge and during WWII was the secret meeting place where Churchill and Eisenhower planned the D-day landings. Even today it’s the perfect place for going off-grid as mobile phone service doesn’t reach this idyllic outcrop. The lodge also provided inspiration for John Buchan’s The 39 Steps.

With its own private beach and sea views, there is no better way to start the day than with an invigorating stroll breathing in the fresh Atlantic air followed by breakfast in the elegant dining room. Traditional Scottish fayre is served; haggis and tatties smoked locally caught kippers and freshly made bread with delicious local butter.

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The tiny and unassuming restaurant has been awarded a Michelin star, which is no surprise as the food is nothing short of sensational. Chef Tony Pierce usually decides the evening’s 5-course set menu on the day, depending on what has been caught, harvested or foraged that day.

The restaurant is surrounded by outstanding local dairies, farms and, of course, the sea, so food never has to travel far. The kitchen garden also provides fruit, herbs and vegetables. Children’s dinner is served at 6pm so that they can be put to bed before the adults can enjoy a peaceful, grown-up dinner. The staff even keep baby monitors at reception if requested, to keep an eye on your little ones.

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The surrounding area provides an abundance of activities including botanical gardens, chocolate making, walking, hunting and the unmissable ‘coos and ewes tour’ which provides the chance to get up close to the famous ginger highland cows, followed by a homemade farmhouse cream tea.

For a quintessential taste of Scottish history and the ultimate in British charm, Knockinaam lodge is simply unbeatable.

by Nicola Kavanagh

Starting room rate is £390.00 for dinner, bed & breakfast for 2 persons.