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Trigony House Hotel in Dumfries: Layla Flaherty Reviews

Every so often an email pops in our inbox inviting us to visit a pet friendly hotel with our dog and we all want to go, but of course, we all can’t. Some time ago we realised settling arguments with a game of ‘rock, paper, scissors’ was out of the question – we are adults after all and besides, we all know who cheats at that game.

So, we decided the fairest way for us to handle situations like these is to invite someone else to visit for us.

Recently, we were invited to stay at Trigony House Hotel in Scotland. Nestled in the countryside, it looked like the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of normal life, so we invited Layla Flaherty to take a break from city life in Liverpool and visit for us.

Here’s how she got on.

When K9 Magazine invited me to visit Trigony House Hotel for a much-needed weekend away with my partner and Yorkshire Terrier, Buttons, I leapt at the chance.

The 5-star hotel is nestled in the Scottish countryside and it has certainly kept its character.

It’s extremely homely and surrounded by spectacular scenery. It’s a combination of luxury and rustic, with a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere, friendly local staff and great cuisine.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by the family and staff, all exceptionally friendly, warm and very welcoming. Roxy the Golden Retriever even greeted us with a warm wag of the tail and we – including Buttons - were instantly invited in to the guest lounge for food and drinks.

Except for the restaurant, every corner of the hotel is dog friendly making it very welcoming to pet owners. It was nice to feel that Buttons was as welcome as we were.

The bar served up classic tasty homely dishes and over the course of our stay, I came to greatly appreciate the Scottish flair for comfort food. Everything on the menu is homemade by the owners of the house, sourced locally and cooked the same day.

The bar has a huge open lit fire where guests can relax in the warmth and mingle with other guests whilst their dogs can roam around freely. The mood in the bar area was relaxed and the ambience friendly.

Our room was very traditional, as you would expect for a country style house. Large and spacious, it overlooked beautifully maintained gardens and my favourite part of the house - the hot tub and outdoor spa area, which again created the perfect environment to relax and unwind.

The attention to detail runs right through the hotel and even into the bathroom with luxury toiletries adding the finishing touches. Local seaweed shampoo and conditioners were left in our room, which again added to our experience. I loved trying these amazing locally made organic and natural products and I certainly would look at buying again.

The next day we were treated to breakfast and the homemade bread was to die for, worthy of 5 stars on its own. I have never tasted bread like it – totally irresistible and I admit I asked for seconds and thirds.


Devilled Haggis on Brioche Toast with free range poached egg

After breakfast, we decided to explore, and we were spoiled for choice with things to do and places to see, as well as lots of beautiful country walks that would suit the most experienced explorers right down to first-timers. Even though we had only been there for a matter of hours, I felt myself falling in love with this place.

If you’re looking for an ultra-modern place to stay, then this might not be the place for you. Trigony House Hotel offers classic comforts where you can relax and switch off from the hustle and bustle of life. The hotel has a very unique and personalised, yet cosy experience with one aim in mind – relaxation.

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Personally, I feel the experience is suitable for all age groups and dog owners as well as non-dog owners, there is something for everyone.

In the evenings, we loved to use the hot tub and spa area after a long day out walking. The hot tub operates via an open log fire, which I had never seen before and it just added to the magical experience.

The nights were dark and cold but being outdoors and under the moonlight star gazing, it was just beautiful.

Of course, the staff braved the cold to regularly check if we needed anything whilst relaxing in the tub, they really went above and beyond during our stay.

They have a great selection of vintage whiskeys and every imaginable gin from around the world and their kindness and hospitality meant we were offered some to try. In truth, we are red wine drinkers, but of course, we had to try out a few of the gins – it would have been rude not to. Trigony House Hotel added their own unique twists and they tasted delicious. I must admit I was very nearly converted.

Our second evening meal again didn't disappoint. The selection on the menu made our decision almost impossible to try to choose! The staff really were incredibly attentive regularly checked if we were hungry or wanted any nibbly bits or even a cup of tea.

When the time came to leave, we were all a bit sad to be leaving such a tranquil and peaceful setting, knowing that we were returning home to the fast pace of city life. But it made us realise that Trigony House Hotel is going to be a permanent place to visit each year.

Some people think that staying in a dog friendly accommodation means that you compromise on relaxation, so you can holiday with your best friend [I so disagree!], and it is definitely not the case at Trigony House Hotel. If you are looking for a getaway where both you and your pet can relax, unwind and enjoy, with good food and friendly local staff, then this is the place for you.

Thanks to Adam and his family at Trigony House Hotel for inviting K9 Magazine to stay. To find out more about visiting with your own dog, visit www.trigonyhotel.co.uk or telephone 01848 331211.

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