Blackaddie House: A feast for all the senses

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Blackaddie House
Blackaddie House

Jade Wright travels across Scotland to visit Blackaddie House, part of Scotland’s Hotels of Distinction.

Blackaddie House is deep in foodie country on the beautiful banks of the River Nith sits a country house packed with charm and character. Blackaddie is owned by chef Ian McAndrew and his wife Jane, passionate food and drink lovers who love sharing their hideaway, tucked away in south west Scotland.

It’s a four-star establishment, but for all its luxury the owners are very clear – this is a restaurant with rooms, a place where food is the star attraction. Freshly foraged ingredients travel from garden to plate, with the seasons dictating the menu.

There are two options, the five-course fine dining dinner menu – which changes daily – and a gourmet tasting menu, where Ian’s creativity can really run riot.

A keen gardener too, he grows many of the vegetables in the beautiful kitchen garden, and provenance of supplies is a big part of his cooking. Cloaked in glorious quiet, its six imposing yet cosy rooms are all individually designed with gorgeous fluffy beds, plush soft furnishings and a sense of stepping back in time – with modern creature comforts. There’s a river suite too if you are seeking four-poster luxury.

The TVs are flat screen, there’s fast free Wi-Fi and a selection of DVDs. There’s a real attention to detail at every turn – the mineral water is Scottish and the tea and coffee come with delicious homemade shortbread and traditional tablet.

Of course, breakfast is a celebration of all things Scottish, starting the way in true Caledonian style.

Blackaddie Country House Hotel, Sanquhar, Dumfries and Galloway, DG4 6JJ, Scotland,  01659 50270, www.blackaddiehotel.co.uk