Elizabeth Ann Hughes invites you to come and relax in the atmosphere of a private house party at the much loved Scaurbridge House, Penpont, Thornhill,  a graded,  listed Georgian manse.

Conveniently positioned for Glasgow, Edinburgh, Ayr and Carlisle, Scaurbridge House is just 4 miles from Drumlanrig Castle and 30 from Dumfries House. Fishing, shooting, walking, birdwatching, country pursuits and lots of unspoiled nature are in abundance here or nearby. Let me organise an itinerary or wander at will if you prefer. Whatever you choose, you can be assured of my attention to detail and to your individual requirements. Penpont is the birthplace of Joseph Thomson, the African explorer and the home of word renowned artist Andy Goldsworthy and a mile from the smithy where Kirkpatrick MacMillan invented the first bicycle in 1841.

If art is your pleasure, there are sculptures by Henry Moore, Rodin and Epstein nearby and many interesting local artists offer visits to their studios showing a highly eclectic range of works.

Robert Burns farmed at Ellisland, just 10 miles away and  Greyfriars Church was the scene of the killing of the Red Comyn by Robert the Bruce in the 14th Century.

Elizabeth Ann, an experienced and delightful hostess, specialises in delicious home cooking using top quality local produce in season. Galloway beef and lamb, local game, cheeses and honey. Fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs from her garden when available, are just some of the culinary delights on offer. 


Examples of a Summer Dinner Party Menu

Hot puff pastry cases filled with mushrooms sautéed in butter, Dijon and grainy mustard and served with freshly dressed salad leaves from the garden.

Locally smoked salmon steak baked with fresh garden herbs and butter and served with roasted Mediterranean vegetables and new potatoes from the garden.

Fresh summer fruits from the garden in elderflower champagne on home made meringue and whipped cream with a fresh home made blackcurrant ice cream and perhaps some home made crème de cassis

Coffee or fresh garden mint tisane with home made truffles and tablet


Locally smoked salmon with hand made oatcakes, horseradish sauce and salad leaves freshly picked from the garden

Chicken breast stuffed with local haggis and wrapped in bacon served with a whisky and red onion sauce, dauphinoise potatoes and fresh vegetables

Chocolate truffle roulade with stem ginger and pears poached in Drambuie or home made liqueur

Coffee or herb tisane with home made shortbread


Examples of a Winter Dinner Party Menu

Terrine of wild rabbit with prunes soaked in Armagnac served with hand made oatcakes and an apple and elderberry jelly.

Braised local beef with whisky and onion gravywith parsley and mustard dumplings. 

Steamed lemon butter sponge puddings with a hot lemon cream sauce.

Coffee and liqueurs


Locally smoked breast of duck served with orange and pink pepper corn salad and home made chutney

Roast loin of local pork with baked stuffed apples, Dijon mustard rich gravy sauce, roasted root vegetables such as potatoes, parsnips, carrots, celery and Jerusalem artichokes

Wee clootie dumplings with a butterscotch sauce

Coffee with the other Elizabeth Ann’s tartan chocolates!

Dinner, served in the elegant dining room, costs from 30 pounds per person and is created in the style of a private dinner party. There is no alcohol licence and Elizabeth Ann encourages guests to bring their own drinks to serve before, during and after dinner with beautiful glasses and ice available in the drawing room for guests to make themselves completely at home.