SWD Visits: Dumfries Arms Hotel, Cumnock [review]
Rachel Lawler heads to Burns Country to experience the contemporary elegance of a venue steeped in Scottish history.
As we arrive at this contemporary boutique hotel, I’m struck by the thought that, at first glance, you would never know the rich 300-year history the Dumfries Arms Hotel holds.
Situated in the ancient burgh of Cumnock, the hotel once counted actual Robert Burns as a regular in the hotel bar. Fast forward to present day and the venue is decadence at its finest. Walking through the pretty courtyard, with its water feature and chic outdoor tables, I enter into the light-filled reception area which has an iconic sweeping staircase and high ceilings. It was practically made for photos (what a way to show off a long train!)
With 26 elegant bedrooms, each with its own look, we are shown to the Lennox Suite, the jewel of the hotel and a real haven for a happy couple.
The relaxing lounge is the perfect spot for getting ready with your bridesmaids, especially with the double doors leading out to your very own Juliet balcony. The main bedroom itself is even more magnificent with a four-poster bed and plush furnishings “ I could seriously get used to living in luxury!
After relaxing in my room, I head back down the grand staircase and into the stylish function suite, which can be used for both your ceremony and the wedding breakfast itself. The venue’s dedicated wedding co-ordinator tells me the room can be quickly turned around, with a partition opening to reveal even more of the sophisticated ballroom.
I’m impressed with the flexibility in the room’s size too; the function suite can cater for small and intimate weddings, or a celebration of up to 250 guests to dance the night away, all with the peace of mind that yours will be the only wedding happening on the day.
The grand room’s extensive marble bar catches my eye as it shines under the mood lighting, which can be set to your chosen colour scheme to create the right ambience.
Making my way back through the reception, I step into the main bar, a snug little hideaway with plenty of plush seating to let you enjoy a wee dram or, in my case, one of the hotel’s famous cocktails.
After a quick change, it’s time to head to dinner and the hotel’s restaurant ticks all the boxes. I sit at one of the sumptuous booths, a great spot to enjoy an intimate family dinner the night before the big day.
Set in 2,000 acres, the stunning estate and 18th century Dumfries House is only a short distance from the hotel and can be used as a picturesque backdrop for your wedding pictures.
The Lennox Suite’s finishing touch “ the gorgeous marble bathroom has a full-size jacuzzi bath and its own TV. Perfect for some pre-wedding relaxation!