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Blackaddie Country House Hotel

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Blackaddie Road, Sanquhar DG4 6JJ Scotland
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Relaxed comfortable award-winning 4 star restaurant with rooms in beautiful surroundings with fantastic food and friendly staff on the banks of the river Nith in Dumfries and Galloway. Close to Drumlanrig Castle Dumfries House and Crawick Multiverse. Fishing available. On the Southern Upland Way in beautiful walking and cycling country. Next door to a swimming pool with golf course less than 1/2 mile away. Only 45 miles from Glasgow
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ScotlandSam wrote a review Sep 2021
scotland5 contributions13 helpful votes
Went to the Blackaddie for dinner as we had read good reviews. Staff didn't really give us a good welcome. We chose our food and since no one offered us any drinks I had to ask for a drinks menu. Choice was limited and therefore chose soft drinks. The food was very good, except for a single carrot that looked overcooked and very old on top of our fish which was unnecessary. I had to ask for lights for the rest rooms to be switched on as I was plunged into darkness as I went in. The switch was behind the bar. Overall the food was good but the whole decor is very dated and the decor in the restrooms was so old. Let's the whole experience down sadly. I wouldn't ever return.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Arch124 wrote a review Sep 2021
Falkirk, United Kingdom287 contributions128 helpful votes
We were rather dubious after reading some of the reviews on the hotel, but we were pleasantly surprised. We had a warm welcome from Paulo and our room was spacious, spotlessly clean, the bathroom had a large walk in shower and jacuzzi style bath. Robes, slippers bottled water, fresh fruit and a pod coffee maker were also in the room.The hotel has had a facelift and we think that the new owners are doing a very good job. We were on the Gourmet 2 night deal, first night was 4 course and the second was the 6 course taster menu. I have to say that the food was excellent on both nights, Paul the chef has to be mentioned especially for his outstanding onion ice cream. The only sight hitch was service at dinner slipped slightly on our 2nd night but in no way did it affect how we felt about our stay Breakfast was delicious on both mornings, with a very varied choice on the menu, I especially enjoyed the lovely sausage and freshly mae omeletes. We would/will definitely return to the Blackaddie.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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JonathanC wrote a review Sep 2021
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The review by CharlotteCheshire of August 2021 is accurate and worth reading. We had previously stayed at the hotel and recalled our previous visit as enjoyable, and looked forward to 2 nights at Blackaddie House to provide a spot of luxury at the end of a Scottish holiday. We were disappointed from the very start by the treatment that we received upon our arrival. When we entered the hotel, a gentleman in the bar area made some remark and moved behind the bar, leaving us in uncertainty as to what we were supposed to do next. However, when I ventured into the bar, I discovered that this was where we were to check in. No welcome. No personal introduction. No customary exchange of civilities. No spontaneous offer of help with luggage. Finally, when the man saw my wife struggling with luggage, he did offer help and carried one case up. My wife and I discussed amongst ourselves the discourteous introduction, and who it was that we had seen. We thought he was Italian. The folder in our room still identified Ian and Jane McAndrew as proprietors, so we assumed initially that the man was a manager looking after the hotel in the McAndrews' absence. As our stay progressed, it dawned on us that we had in fact been met by the new owner of the hotel and I confirmed this by reading the TripAdvisor entry of August 2021 by Charlotte Cheshire. There was no ownership information displayed in the hotel. Who does own the hotel? By searching the Scottish land register and Companies House, I established during our stay that: • the Hotel was bought by James Vito Ltd (registered in Warwickshire) for £587,000 • the Directors of James Vito Ltd are Paolo Recina, indeed an Italian national, and Anna Trippon. The latter appears to live in Droitwich. It is easy to establish that Paolo previously had connections with an Italian restaurant in Droitwich and with a hotel-and-restaurant in Birmingham. I thought that you would like to know that. Throughout our stay, we found it no pleasure to deal with Paolo and another male staff member. Their lack of graciousness and their brusqueness detracted from our experience. It is usual in a small owner-managed hotel like this to chat pleasantly with the owner, which of course gives the owner the benefit of a good personal relationship with the customer by which to establish repeat business; we had no such experience at Blackaddie. But, our room and bed were comfortable, spacious and spotlessly clean, indeed the hotel seemed very clean throughout. The hotel building was presumably a country house when first built and it is a very pleasant building. The television worked but the wifi didn't: Paolo subsequently explained that he was in the process of getting this defect sorted out. The quality of the food was mixed but even the good dishes weren't outstanding to our way of thinking. Unfortunately, there were some low points, especially poached eggs with undercooked whites that were translucent and gelatinous. The dinners consisted of 4 courses with a choice of main course and pudding, but with no choice of starter and an intermediate course between the starter and the main course. On our second night, the intermediate course was roast onion ice cream sprinkled with onion ash! Such food may win prizes for pretentiousness and be fawned over by fancy chefs wearing the emperor's new clothes but is a big mistake to our point of view. The menu listed the possibility of tea/coffee after dinner, for £5. On neither night of our stay were we offered this but, on the second night, we went into the bar to ask for tea and coffee to be served there for us - which it was. We would have preferred it if normal courtesies had been followed and these drinks had been offered by the staff, but normal courtesies are not as readily available at Blackaddie House Hotel as would be desirable. The breakfast bacon was excellent but not so the sausage, which was poor and I suspect to be factory-made. The hotel is in a beautiful area with a pleasing walk available along the River Nith which flows at the back of the hotel. We visited the splendid gardens of Drumlanrig Castle (the castle itself was closed that day) but were disappointed that there were no spaces available to book at Dumfries House. We also enjoyed seeing the small town of Thornhill, just down the A76. The hotel could be a lovely place to stay. From our experience, it isn't. We paid £720 (including £34.29 VAT) for a dinner, bed and breakfast package for 2 nights, purchased whilst the hotel was under its previous ownership, dinner being priced at £65 per head. We expected excellence in exchange for this much money and we didn't receive it. When we left, I had a chat with Paolo during which I told him of the good and bad points of our stay, including our unhappiness as to the fact that the previous proprietors were still named as the owners. It is to Paolo's credit that, when I inspected the internet 2 days later, I found that the old ownership information had been removed from the hotel website and Facebook page. I hope that he will soon have time to tell the world about himself.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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CheshireCharlotte wrote a review Aug 2021
cheshire72 contributions102 helpful votes
If you are thinking of booking at Blackaddie House Hotel, there are a number of things you should be warned about. First of all, it has just been taken over by new management - but is still being advertised under the auspices of the previous chef-owner, who dominates the hotel publicity (and the main reason we booked) but who is no longer here. However, this place has clearly been over-priced and struggling for some time, and the new owner, having taken up the reigns a week before our arrival, definitely has his work cut out. But the cost simply does not reflect the quality, and for such a steep price tag, you expect far better. When you're served cold plates at breakfast, watery gruel for porridge, warm white wine at dinner (only part of the fridge was working...?) and if you're told the WiFi is fine when it clearly never works, then the expense is unjustifiable. The most astonishing thing (the new owner will surely want to rectify it asap) is the statement in the room literature saying that consuming anything in the bedrooms brought in from elsewhere is "bad manners and unacceptable" and will be charged for "retrospectively". The food at dinner was okay but nothing particularly tasteworthy, and it all seemed a bit stuck in the past. Having said all of the above, Blackaddie could be fine in the right hands, and with good money spending on it: our room was spacious and reasonably well appointed, and there was a large wet room style shower and bathroom complete with jacuzzi bath, showing evidence that some upgrading had been previously expended. The dining room, though old-fashioned, was light and pleasant, and overall, there is plenty of potential for a lovely, fine dining country house more worthy of the price... Perhaps I'll check the reviews in a few months' time!
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Date of stay: August 2021
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patrick wrote a review Aug 2021
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we went assuming a michelin star experience would be had. On arrival no help with cases.They did not have a record of our dinner reservation.At dinner we asked for 2 different white wines by the glass. Both were warm.The owner explained that only half the fridge worked !!!!!!! The food was of good ingredients but the sauces were tastless.When I commented . I was told the michelin chef/owner had sold and had left the week before, but the existing chef had worked for him.Perhaps so, but the food was, at best, ok. Bedside light didnt work.Pillows were hard.Ordered breakfast at 8am. Got there on time and then went looking for someone at 8.10 am as we had seen no one. ASll in all , a shambles .bill for roome , dinner and drinks £410
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US$237 - US$286 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United KingdomScotlandDumfries and GallowaySanquhar
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Blackaddie Country House Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Blackaddie Country House Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum (0.6 km), Clark's Little Ark (0.8 km), and A' The Airts (0.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Blackaddie Country House Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Blackaddie Country House Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Blackaddie Country House Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Blackaddie Country House Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Blackaddie Country House Restaurant, The Oasis Restaurant, and Cafe A' the Airts.
Is Blackaddie Country House Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.9 km away from the centre of Sanquhar.
Are pets allowed at Blackaddie Country House Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Blackaddie Country House Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Polish.
Are there any historical sites close to Blackaddie Country House Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Kirkconnel Old Parish Church (4.4 km).
Does Blackaddie Country House Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.