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  • Rosie, Cheshire May 2021

    Idyllic weekend – A beautiful place to stay, inside and out.

    Everything is great quality, from the kettle in our room to the pretty china. Melanie and John were wonderful hosts – they have thought of everything!

    We felt very safe with all the measures they have put in place (hand sanitiser by front door and outside all rooms, masks to be worn in the hallways). Delicious scones with homemade jam on arrival, and great breakfasts using local produce.

    We also had Melanie’s lovely homemade soup and sharing platter one evening – very tasty and more filling than we expected! Our room was enormous with a fabulous view of the garden and the river. Very comfortable bed, and great shower. There’s a small fridge with fresh milk, and a great selection of teas, local chocolate, and a good coffee pod machine. Melanie lent us her bat detector one evening which was brilliant – lots of bats in the late evening around the trees.

    Drumlanrig Castle is well worth a visit for the waymarked walks in its amazing woodland – you can park and do the walks for free.

    Melanie and John are very enthusiastic about the local wildlife and we hope to return soon to see more of it – and of course have more scones!

  • Ryan, Sheffield September 2020

    Amazing place and people!!

    Absolutely beautiful estate with a truly stunning room to match. If you are looking for a place to completely relax and unwind then I cant think of anywhere better to spend a few days. All precautions have been taken in terms of hand sanitiser being freely available and it smelling amazing as well as masks being worn while walking round the house.

    The Breakfast is beautiful and freshly cooked with all local ingredients and is more than enough to keep you going while you explore the stunning surroundings.

    Mel and John are wonderful and couldn’t do enough for us including picking us up from Dumfries train station and making sure we had everything we needed they have made somewhere to be incredibly proud of and so environmentally conscious.

    We will 100% be back if even just for the breakfast

  • Stephanie, Edinburgh September 2020

    The hospitality we received was second to none! Melanie was absolutely lovely going above and beyond with loads of little touches – that’s what really made it special! She had warm scones waiting for us on arrival, she’d popped the kettle on in our room so we could have a cuppa after our journey, there were complimentary chocolates and lovely hand creams throughout the house. We felt very safe staying with all the measures in place and was great that Melanie wore her mask whenever she was passing us.

    The breakfast that Melanie prepared was exceptional – one of the nicest breakfasts I’ve ever had – you could tell the products were high quality and the food was expertly cooked and all nice and fresh and hot rather than having been sitting for ages.

    The room itself was huge with stunning views out of the bay window – absolutely idyllic sitting watching the birds eating from the feeders as well as spotting rabbits and squirrels. The bed was lovely and comfy and perfectly placed to lie down and take in the spectacular view out the window. The bath was another great feature and a great way to relax.

    The trip really was the perfect way to switch off and we were both so sad to leave. We have already started looking into our next stay here!

  • John, London September 2020

    We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend at Nithbank. Melanie and John are superb hosts, nothing is too much trouble. They make you feel at home.

    We stayed in a suite which was beautifully appointed with all the facilities you would wish for.

    We loved the bathroom and selection of toiletries and hand made soaps. The breakfasts are first class, great choice of locally sourced produce and well cooked with lovely presentation.

    Will definitely stay again. We can’t recommend Nithbank high enough.

  • Ingrid, West Yorkshire September 2020

    Let me start with the important reassurance that at Nithbank everything has been done to ensure your health and safety during the pandemic. For example, throughout the house you will find not one but two types of hand sanitiser on small tables, accompanied by pretty vases of fresh flowers. Other information about COVID-related matters is on the website.

    It’s hard to find anything to say about this superb place and its owners that hasn’t already been mentioned by enthusiastic reviewers. From the pre-visit advice through to the bag of sweets for the ongoing journey, Melanie and John ensure that visitors have an exceptional stay, in luxurious and peaceful accommodation, with beautiful views (and many treats!). A few special mentions: of course, the delicious scones, with cream, jam and fresh strawberries on arrival; the stunning outlook from the Chamberlain’s Quarters over the river Nith and beyond; from the other window, the entrancing view of the bird feeders and their happy visitors; the best and softest bathrobes ever; the breakfast cranachan . . . and on and on.

    We congratulate Melanie and John on what they have achieved, and wish them very many happy years as hosts of the best B&B in Scotland.

  • Liz, Houston UK August 2020

    We had the most amazing stay here.

    The location, grounds, decor, rooms, breakfast, welcome and overall attention to detail were all first class. We felt very spoiled, Melanie was so friendly and chatty as were the rest of her lovely family and gave us great recommendations for walks, places to eat and even offered to give us a lift when we were going out for dinner.
    She made the most delicious scones for us each day accompanied by clotted cream and homemade jams.
    It’s a five star award winning b&b and a very worthy winner.
    I can’t recommend this lovely place highly enough, you won’t regret it, in fact you won’t want to leave!

  • Becky, London July 2020

    Real luxury in every finishing touch and an amazing host!
    We loved every single element of our stay here! Melanie (the owner) was just incredibly lovely, helpful and friendly. The room was beautiful and we could have just cosied up in there all weekend. The attention to detail was phenomenal; from the little honeymoon chocolates, the selection of teas, coffee machine, fresh milk, toiletries etc.
    When we arrived we were greeted with warm homemade scones (normal and treacle!) with homemade jams which were delicious. The breakfast was enormous- full scottish fry up plus homemade granola, juices, fresh smoothies etc. It kept us going all day! It was obvious that Melanie did everything with love and loved her role.
    There are also a couple of lovely pubs nearby for dinner. It was incredibly relaxing and we have already recommended it to a number of friends/ family. We would love to come back and stay longer in the future.
    We loved everything – only wished we could have stayed longer! There is nothing that could have improved on our perfect stay.

  • Denise, Jersey July 2020

    We loved staying here!


    The rooms were large airy and beautifully decorated and the breakfasts were exceptional – delicious locally sourced ingredients. Mel and John made us very welcome – probably one of the best places we’ve stayed!


    We’ll definitely go back when we’re back in Scotland.

  • Suresh, London March 2020

    Everything written below is true! It’s difficult to overstate how beautiful a place this is. The views are stunning, the grounds immaculate and tranquil, our bedroom one of the most elegant and charming rooms we’ve ever stayed in (which goes for the venue as a whole), and the service was flawless.


    And if you don’t believe me, just the other week Nithbank was named best B&B in Scotland!


    Then there’s Mel and John, who are two of the kindest and most generous hosts you could ever hope to meet. They’re just lovely and, yes, the myth re tea and scones/cakes on arrival is true!


    There’s no doubt about it – we’ll be returning and soon!

  • Elizabeth, Edinburgh March 2020

    My husband and I stayed at Nithbank Country Estate in The Chamberlain’s Quarters. It was fabulous!!


    The house is stunning and the views over the gardens and river are beautiful.


    The owners Mel and John go to great lengths to make sure you enjoy your stay. For example; warm scones with cream and jam on arrival, chocs from Moniaive, complimentary lifts to and from restaurants in the evening etc.


    Breakfast was delicious – all locally sourced. Leaflets are available on places to visit and things to do in the surrounding area to complement Mel and John’s advice.


    Definitely worth a visit!

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