Corn­hill Cas­tle

The château-style ho­tel has just been taken over by new own­ers, Manorview, so No.1 checked it out!

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Steeped in his­tory, the beau­ti­ful Corn­hill Cas­tle is the per­fect get­away. ‘Tra­di­tional’ is one word that springs to mind when you en­ter the for­mer Corn­hill House Ho­tel (re­named by its new own­ers, Manorview, who took over the prop­erty in Fe­bru­ary). Af­ter com­ing up the drive­way from the her­itage vil­lage of Coul­ter, just out­side Big­gar, you are greeted by the im­pos­ing château-style build­ing. In­side, the wood-pan­elled foyer leads to a grand stair­case, with the bar, din­ing room, and lounge all lo­cated off the hall­way. Up­stairs was our pe­ri­od­style Ge­or­gian King Room. With its four-poster bed dom­i­nat­ing the room, a twin­kling chan­de­lier hang­ing above, and plush seat­ing area by the win­dow, Room 7 was deca­dent. Down­stairs in the din­ing room, we ate a de­li­cious meal at a win­dow ta­ble over­look­ing the ho­tel’s 10-acre grounds and he­li­pad, with Tinto Hill in the back­ground. The menu was sim­ple, hearty food – noth­ing too fancy – but well-pre­sented and well-cooked. You could choose from a range of tra­di­tional restau­rant favourites for your main in­clud­ing: braised lamb shank, sir­loin steak, chicken Bal­moral, and king prawn lin­guini. We opted for pan fried scal­lops and tem­pura bat­tered chicken to start, fol­lowed by gen­er­ous help­ings of home-baked steak pie un­der a puff pas­try crust, and grilled Scot­tish sal­mon – although the Manorview Sig­na­ture Burger, topped with pulled pork and chorizo, sounded very tempt­ing! To fin­ish, it was dessert heaven as my two favourites ar­rived: hot choco­late fudge cake and sticky tof­fee pud­ding... with an ex­tra por­tion of hot caramel sauce! Af­ter a big meal, it’s al­ways nice to re­lax, and the bar/lounge area is the per­fect chill-out zone. Here, you can slump into its comfy ch­ester­field couches and en­joy a drink, cof­fee or tea in front of its open fire be­fore re­tir­ing for the night. A tra­di­tional French Re­nais­sance pe­riod château build­ing, com­plete with tur­rets, Corn­hill is a pop­u­lar wed­ding venue and it is not hard to see why – the grounds around the cas­tle build­ing, and the pic­turesque land­scape sur­round­ing it, are the per­fect back­drop for wed­ding pho­to­graphs. In­side, the South La­nark­shire ho­tel’s ex­ten­sion is a beau­ti­ful room with a stun­ning view over Tinto Hill and the River Clyde. When we were there, the room was be­ing set up for a wed­ding – one of al­most 70 wed­dings tak­ing place there this year, so far! Its doors open out onto deck­ing and a board­walk leads guests to a bandstand adorned with fairy lights – ideal for al fresco pho­tos dur­ing a sum­mer wed­ding. Next morn­ing, af­ter a full break­fast in the din­ing room, guests of­ten walk around the ho­tel grounds, and that’s what we did, be­fore mak­ing the 1-hour jour­ney back home from the vil­lage of Coul­ter to Glas­gow.

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