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 reviews

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

'Lived up to all expectations. Very hospitable treatment by Angus Fordyce. Large bedroom with space to sit and enjoy the view. Good food and charming service. ' - Brian Knox - August, 2016
'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
'Delightful. Angus runs a 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; excellent value. Breakfast was spot on. Angus gives great advice on local treasures. There is a great beach within minutes of Cavens. ' - Austin Lynch - October, 2012

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