Heugh Road · Portpatrick · Wigtownshire · Dumfries & Galloway · Scotland · DG9 8TDCheck Availability & Booking 01776 810 270
We were delighted to see a new review of our B&B in the recently published Slow Guide to Dumfries & Galloway,
“Rickwood House Hotel, Heugh Road, Portpatrick. There are six spacious, bright. well-decorated rooms at Rickwood House which is also the family home of Maggie & Fred Findlay , who moved here in 2000 having lived for many years slightly further north in Glasgow(Milngavie) . They are a friendly and welcoming couple who have put in a lot of time to create a warm and comfortable B&B / small hotel experience which has earned 4 stars from Visit Scotland. Attention to detail is obvious throughout, from Maggie`s collection of Highland Stoneware to carefully chosen colour schemes.
Breakfast is served in the dining room and from here and the guest lounge conservatory there are views across the town and out to sea. Bedrooms at the front share these views while those at the side look out onto the garden. All rooms have flat screen TVs and are en-suite with well appointed facilities. A combination of biomass boiler and solar panels ensure plentiful heat and hot water.
The house itself is Edwardian, built in 1902, by the Orr-Ewing family (who are still owners of the nearby Dunskey Estate) for their factor , and was owned by the estate up until 1950s. Maggie can tell the tale of its full history and is also a mine of information about the local area, from places to visit to restaurants for all occasions. Dogs are welcome, Breakfast is included (try the Kiwi Special) and packed lunches and evening meals (five nights a week) are available by request. There`s also an ongoing supply of Maggie`s excellent shortbread (recipe available) for which donations are invited for Save the Children. (Guests to Rickwood have raised several hundred pounds a year through their shortbread consumption) There are even spare rucksacks and walking accessories to hand in case you`ve forgotten your own.
(Since this article was written, Rickwood has installed a brand new Villeroy & Boch 4 person outdoor hot tub as another of their ongoing improvements to help you get the most out of your holiday.