Cavens

‘On a wild winter night, we received a warm welcome by owner/host/chef/tout-rond-bon-oeuf Angus Fordyce and his wife,’ writes a regular Guide reader in 2016. More

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Cavens
Kirkbean
by Dumfries
Kirkbean
Dumfries and Galloway
DG2 8AA
Scotland
01387 880234
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Hotel information

Bedrooms

6. 1 on ground floor.

Open

Mar–Nov, exclusive use by groups at New Year.

Facilities

2 sitting rooms, dining room, meeting facilities, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), 10-acre grounds, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

light classical all day in one sitting room, dining room.

Children

all ages welcomed (cots provided).

Dogs

allowed by arrangement, not in public rooms or unattended in bedrooms.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] per room D,B&B £200–£300 (a choice of any 3 courses from the à la carte dinner menu), 1-night bookings refused Easter, bank holidays.

Other information

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘On a wild winter night, we received a warm welcome from owner/host/chef Angus Fordyce and his wife,’ writes a regular Guide reader in 2016. ‘Cavens is a winning example of the small “hands-on” country hotel genre, epitomised by Angus’s willingness to drive out to rescue us from a flooded car incident.’ Automobile adventuring aside, the Fordyce family’s 18th-century manor house has a ‘restful’ atmosphere and ‘friendly, smiling’ staff. Admirers like the traditional decor and the sitting rooms filled with books, antiques, oil paintings, a grand piano. Bedrooms overlook the gardens and surrounding countryside; pick an ‘Estate’ room for extra space in which to luxuriate. At dinner, Angus Fordyce’s market menu might include warm fennel salad; Galloway beef, red wine marmalade. Bon vivants might enjoy a digestif and home-made petits fours by the log fire. Ask to see the small private wine cellar – the host is pleased to conduct a tour. Breakfasts are ‘particularly good, with plenty of choice’. The extensive grounds, including a new kitchen garden, offer ample space to roam. (Dick Pugh, and others)

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Cavens
Kirkbean
by Dumfries
Kirkbean
Dumfries and Galloway
DG2 8AA

Guest comments

'A warm welcome on a wild winter night by owner/host/chef Angus Fordyce and his wife. A gem of the small country "hands on" hotel genre, epitomised by his willingness to drive out to rescue us from a flooded car incident! ' - Dick Pugh - February, 2016
'When we arrived, a member of staff immediately appeared to welcome us and help with our luggage. Our large bedroom had a big bed (lovely bedlinen) and plenty of storage space; we also had a large sun room, with a wall of windows, a big sofa to lounge on and look at the view, and an antique desk. The bathroom was well equipped and with a large bath. Pleasing touches included heavy floor-length curtains which matched the bedhead and the cushions. The atmosphere was restful; the staff were smiling; service was exemplary. The (quiet) background music in the lounge seemed unnecessary. We enjoyed afternoon tea on the terrace. Breakfasts were particularly good, with plenty of choice and well-presented cooked dishes. Dinners were well served although not particularly memorable. ' - M H - July, 2013
'Delightful. Angus runs a very good ship. The room was immaculate and comfortable. The peaceful location is perfect for a relaxing stay. Dinner was well cooked with efficient service and an excellent wine list. At £25 we thought the dinner fixed menu excellent value. The wine list was well thought out and was, like the meal, fairly priced. Breakfast was spot on. We love strong good coffee and Angus made it to our liking. Poached eggs and black pudding were the best we have eaten. Angus gives great advice on local treasures. There is a great beach within minutes of Cavens. ' - Austin Lynch - October, 2012
'Very well decorated and maintained. I had a large bedroom on the ground floor, with a cavernous bathroom, very well equipped. Nice public rooms. Excellent dinner and cheerful service. ' - David Craig - September, 2012

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