Knockinaam Lodge

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

Churchill knew this fine country-house hotel - one of the best in Scotland. Stunning interiors and coastal walks wait


10 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4


Lawns run down to the Irish sea, roe deer come to eat the roses, sunsets turn the sky red. This beautiful hunting lodge is one of the loveliest country-house hotels in the land. The food is ambrosial, the panelled bar is home to 150 malts, and you’ll find a level of service you rarely encounter in such far-flung corners of the realm. There’s history, too. Churchill once stayed and you can sleep in his room, then climb into the deepest of baths and read his books. Immaculate interiors abound: gorgeous bedrooms, faultless bathrooms, a morning room where the scent of fresh flowers mingles with wood smoke. You’ll find beautiful art, the daily papers, games and books galore. Outside, cliff walks lead over to Portpatrick, peregrine falcons circle on high, bluebells carpet the hills in spring. When it’s stormy, waves crash all around. There’s golf on the coast at Portpatrick, then Luce Bay for miles of sand. John Buchan knew the house and described it in The Thirty-Nine Steps as the house to which Hannay fled. Remote, beguiling, utterly spoiling – grand old Knockinaam is simply unmissable.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • 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 2pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Lunch, 2-3 courses, from £25. Dinner, 5 courses, included; non-residents £70.


Nightly price
from £300
Singles £190-£330. Dinner, B&B £155-£230 per person.
1 Family room for 4
From £360
4 Doubles
From £300
5 Twin/doubles
From £300


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from David & Sian Ibbotson

  • Knockinaam was built in 1869 as a hunting Lodge for the Hunter-Blair family from Blairquhan Castle, Ayrshire and is built in the style of the dower house on the Blairquhan estate.
  • Winston Churchill stayed here during WW2 to plan the D-Day landings with General Eisenhower.
  • The Mull of Galloway, 40 minutes by car from Knockinaam, is the most Southerly point in Scotland and is even further South than Newcastle!
  • Gardens flourish in our wonderfully temperate climate. The local Logan Botanic Garden, recently awarded a 5 star attraction, has many tropical species in their wonderful garden.