About us

Glenholme Country House is the home of Laurence and Jennifer Bristow-Smith.

Jennifer studied Fine Art in Scotland and Finland. She was a practising artist and exhibition curator in Norway for twenty years before moving to Morocco, where she renovated and redesigned traditional houses in Marrakech. Hers is the choice of colour and fabric, the sense of balance and proportion and the eye for detail that has created the interiors at Glenholme. Laurence spent twenty-five years working for the Diplomatic Service. He, too, has also lived in Morocco, as well as China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Norway and Italy, retiring in 2011 from the post of Consul General in Milan. He is the cook and his long experience of Europe and Asia is reflected in the unique variety of dishes on offer on Glenholme’s evening menus.

Coming to settle in Kirkcudbright after many years of travelling, we have tried to make Glenholme the kind of place where we ourselves would like to stay. We enjoy the traditional comforts of cotton sheets, warm towels, a log fire, fresh flowers, a generous library and a well-served dinner. We like the modern world, too, but not when it is intrusive, so we have avoided having screens everywhere – in fact, we don’t have television at all – but all rooms do have wireless internet access and internet radios with mp3 player connections.

Naturally enough, given our long experience of living abroad, we welcome foreign guests. Between us we speak French, Italian, Norwegian and Chinese.