Back when the Borders was the Scottish equivalent of the Wild West, it wasn’t unusual for Comlongon Castle to have a couple of kidnapped guests in the dungeon.
Their ransom would be paid in sheep or cattle.
These days, visitors to the Dumfries and Galloway hotel enjoy much more comfortable surrounds and most of them prefer to use a credit card to settle their bills rather than livestock.
Sitting in 120 acres of grounds, Comlongon Castle is a beautifully restored, 15th century Scottish castle with a luxurious Edwardian hotel attached.
Boasting a Great Hall, fantastic displays of armour and weapons, open fires and gorgeous landscaped gardens, it is a stunning location for a tranquil getaway.
It is also very conveniently located: only 20 minutes from Carlisle and less than two hours from Edinburgh and Glasgow.
£30 dinner spend
This Big Deal has two options:
Option one is for two people to enjoy an overnight stay in a standard double or twin room with a full Scottish breakfast and a £30 per room dinner spend on the a la carte menu.
Option two is for a two night stay with a full Scottish breakfast each morning and a £30 per room dinner spend on the a la carte menu on the first evening.
Both options are available seven days a week with a £20 per night supplement for Friday and Saturday night stays. Advance booking is necessary for weekend stays, as they are limited.
Medieval meets modern day
Steeped in Scottish Border history, Comlongon Castle has fourteen, luxury, en-suite bedrooms which blend Medieval atmosphere and modern comfort.
All rooms are individually themed and feature tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview TV and ironing facilities. The hotel has free Wi-Fi.
Dining at Comlongon
Comlongon has two elegant, period décor restaurants, with seasonal menus that change daily to reflect the availability of the finest ingredients.
Starters may include haggis bonbons served with a whisky sauce and rocket side salad; wood pigeon breast with wild berry compote; or the creamy garlic mushrooms served on brown toast with a salad garnish.
Typical main courses might be the chicken breast stuffed with award-winning haggis, wrapped in bacon and served with potatoes, seasonal vegetables and an Irn-Bru jus; the poached salmon fillet with potatoes, seasonal vegetables and a creamy white wine and peppercorn sauce; or the mushroom Stroganoff served with boiled rice.
See & do
Located at the end of a mile-long, tree-lined drive, Comlongon Castle is ideal for a quiet, relaxing break. Near the Solway coast and the Galloway and Kielder forest parks, it is also well located for walks, cycle rides and mountain biking.
The nearby Caerlaverock Wetland Centre is a fantastic destination for wildlife lovers.
At the time of writing, Comlongon Castle has over 600 TripAdvisor reviews of which 86% are ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very good’. This is what a couple of recent reviewers had to say. We have edited for length:
‘Amazing place. We had an amazing stay in this hotel… The place is so historical and peaceful. Definitely we will go again!!’
‘Took my breath away. This is my favourite hotel so far this year… You really feel that you have arrived as soon as you enter the driveway and, once inside, the magic just continues. The hotel staff are all friendly and enthusiastic… The sitting room is spectacular… You can pay a visit to the old castle which is a wonderful experience if a little eerie. Not to be missed but take a torch. Room facilities are good… Hotel is spotlessly clean and there is interest and individuality around every corner. We didn’t want to leave and will definitely be back.’
With purchases valid until the end of April, this Comlongon Castle offer would be ideal for a winter or spring getaway.
It would also make a thoughtful gift.