The Village Inn, Kirtlebridge

Exterior of The Village Inn, Kirtlebridge

What’s The Village Inn like?

This former pub, just over the border in Scotland, is a warm and welcoming guest house run by owner Alison and her Border Terrier, Bee. It is approximately a 15-minute drive from Lockerbie and 25 minutes from Carlisle.

How dog-friendly is The Village Inn?

Good. No special provisions are provided for dogs but they are guaranteed lots of fuss and are welcome throughout the property. Visiting pets will also have access to the enclosed garden at the side of the guest house. There is an additional charge of £7.50 per dog per stay.

Bedroom at The Village Inn, Kirtlebridge

Tell me more about The Village Inn

There are six rooms available, ranging from doubles to family rooms. We stayed in No.1, on the first floor, which was simply furnished with a comfy double bed and a separate single. The spacious room, which was decorated in neutral shades with pops of purple, was lovely and light, thanks to dual aspect windows. There were also two tub chairs, a mini fridge and complimentary tea, coffee, hot chocolate, water and Tunnock’s tea cakes.

Everything was spotlessly clean and there was lots of storage. The en-suite shower room also came complete with complimentary toiletries, which were very welcome. All guests are invited to enjoy the lounge downstairs, where you can relax in front of the wood burner, play board games, watch TV or listen to music. The in-house bar is also open to residents and has a well-priced selection of drinks.

Scottish breakfast at The Village Inn, Kirtlebridge

What’s the food like at The Village Inn?

A huge, home-cooked Scottish breakfast is included in the room rate and is definitely worth getting out of bed for. Alison is happy to cater for all dietary requirements and our delicious vegetarian version, pictured above, came with veggie sausages and veggie haggis. There was also a selection of cereal and fruit to enjoy.

When we visited, evening meals were not available at the B&B but guests were welcome to bring their own food and dine in the lounge. While there are no pubs or takeaways within walking distance of the B&B, you’ll find plenty within a 10-minute drive. I recommend visiting The Maltings Coffee Shop at the nearby Annandale Distillery – it does a mean afternoon tea!

Are there resident dogs at The Village Inn?

Yes, as mentioned earlier, Border Terrier Bee lives at the B&B – and he is often joined by his good pal, Border Collie Best.

Castle Loch

Where are the best dog walks near The Village Inn?

Kirtlebridge, where the B&B is located, is a very quiet village that you can walk around in just a few minutes. While that’s fine for a quick pee break, dog owners will probably want to travel a bit further afield for a proper walk – and fortunately, there are lots of great places nearby. Eskrigg Nature Reserve, just outside Lockerbie, welcomes dogs on leads and has a whole host of woodland walks to enjoy. If you’re lucky, you might even spot some red squirrels.

Another great place to visit is Castle Loch, pictured above, where you can follow a great three-mile circular trail. On the way, you’ll be able to take in the ruins of Lochmaben Castle, which dates back to the 14th Century. Or check out the Paws 2 Run dog park, just outside Eastriggs. This 2.5-acre secure field is a great place to let your pets run free and test out the agility equipment. Visitors have exclusive use of the dog park, which must be booked in advance.

Guest lounge at The Village Inn, Kirtlebridge

What I loved about The Village Inn

The excellent value for money, the friendly service, the doggy cuddles

How to book The Village Inn

Overnight stays start from £78 per night, including breakfast. For more information or to book, call 01461 500221 or visit The Village Inn website.

Garden at The Village Inn, Kirtlebridge

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