Glenholme Country House

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway
Bed & Breakfast

Wander at will through the garden noticing Jennifer’s clever artistic touches. And eat in; Laurence cooks beautifully with home-grown veg


4 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


Jennifer and Laurence thoroughly spoil you in their 1890 house of local stone. Bedrooms are large and light with antique quilts, vintage fabrics and happy views. Sink into a comfortable chair in the library with its open fire and thousands of books, discover old photographs from the Raj, and objects from all over the world. Eat in if you can: Laurence cooks with flair and the vegetables come from a garden you can take your time exploring. In Victorian times it boasted a tennis court, greenhouses, vegetable gardens and swathes of rhododendrons. Jennifer with her artistic eye has softened things hugely; wander at will through the many different areas. By the house, stone steps dotted with Erigeron karvinskianus lead down to deep herbaceous borders filled with blowsy cottage garden favourites in pinks, soft purples and whites: aquilegia, astrantia, campanula, oriental poppies, alliums for structure and roses for scent. Rest by the pond and have a think, then walk through the woodland and listen to the resident rooks with their poignant call, or watch the many other birds in and around the garden. Lovely.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
One-night bookings accepted, but guests asked to take dinner as well if possible.
Dinner, 3 courses, £40.


Nightly price
from £120
Singles £110.
3 Doubles
From £120
1 Twin
From £135


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Jennifer & Laurence Bristow-Smith

  • Drive up into the Galloway hills and find the huge abandoned viaduct over Big Water of Fleet. Or walk along the cliffs at Balcary Bay.
  • Sit in the garden with a glass of wine and a book in the summer, or by the open fire in the library with a cup of tea in winter
  • Excellent specialist plant nurseries (one right next door to us!) and walled gardens throughout the area for garden lovers
  • Lots of bookshops in nearby Wigtown and a wide range of galleries and interesting specialist shops in Kirkcudbright itself
  • There are walks from the front gate, and there are uncrowded beaches and golf courses just a short drive away. there is horse riding, fishing, birdwatching and many other things to do.
  • Why not pop into The Masonic Arms in Kirkcudbright for a decent pint? Then have dinner at Glenholme. We use local specialities, such as amazing black pudding, scallops, game. And we have home-grown raspberries and vegetables.


Jennifer & Laurence Bristow-Smith

Laurence and Jennifer Bristow-Smith have running B&B in Glenholme Country House, and self-catering in The Rookery, for many years. Jennifer trained as an artist and runs an online business selling antique fabrics and haberdashery. Laurence was formerly a British diplomat and is now the chef; he’s also a writer with published books on music, art and 20th-century history. They have lived around the world and between them speak French, Italian, Norwegian and Chinese.