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and staff at Newton Stewart's Kirroughtree
House Hotel were celebrating being named Scottish Hotel
of the Year in the Good Hotel Guide Cesar Awards this
prestigious accolade is one of only ten handed out across
the length and breadth of Britain. And, according to director
Douglas McMillan, the award is recognition of a decade of
hard work put in by staff and in particular manager Jim Stirling.
to the Free Press, Mr McMillan said:
are absolutely delighted with this award; it is a great
accolade to have from our guests who have obviously enjoyed
their time with us.
was a surprise to get the award, but, hopefully, it is a
positive report which will bring more visitors to stay.
am very pleased for the staff and in particular manager
Jim Stirling who has been here for almost all of the ten
years we have owned the hotel and also the head chef Rolf
Mueller; everyone has worked very hard for it.
judges were very positive about this area".
select a shortlist of British hotels for the award after studying
reports from visitors to each hotel.
chosen the Kirroughtree House as one of the finalists, a panel
of judges were sent incognito to sample the splendour of the
their stay they dubbed Kirroughtree House as "quite exceptional".
The report concludes:
praise this year for this white Victorian country mansion.
All-round quality, five-star stay, atmospheric old house
with helpful staff well trained by manager Jim Stirling
and a dramatic setting against the Galloway Forest".
Jim Stirling travelled to London this week to accept the award
on behalf of McMillan Hotels.
the Kirroughtree House Hotel Web Site, GO