Cavens

Built for tobacco merchant Richard Oswald, a British commissioner who helped to negotiate the Treaty of Paris, this mid-18th-century manor house stands in large grounds offering plenty of peace for 21st-century visitors. A recent guest commented on a ‘restful’ atmosphere (rendering low background music ‘unnecessary’). The Fordyce family run their home as a comfortable country hotel. The public areas are unapologetically old-fashioned, with ‘lovely traditional furniture’ – oil paintings, antiques, a grand piano. Most of the bedrooms are large, and have a sofa, books, ‘lovely china’ on the hospitality tray. Bathrooms are modern, ‘well equipped’ and ‘pristine’. Angus Fordyce is the cook, serving a fixed-price market menu and a short à la carte. Typical dishes: pan-fried whole lemon sole; panna cotta. Tables are set with starched white linen and silverware; the meal is ‘well served’ by the ‘smiling’ staff. The choice at breakfast is wide, with ‘well-presented’ cooked dishes. You can play croquet, take tea on the terrace or, on rainy days, by the fire. (MH)
  • Lived up to all the promises. Very hospitable welcome. Large bedroom with a space for us to sit and enjoy the view. A bath for a giant. God food and charming service.

    Brian Knox, 11/09/2016

  • 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, 22/02/2016

  • 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, 08/08/2013

  • 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, 13/12/2012

  • 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, 01/12/2012

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Contact Details

Cavens

by Dumfries KIRKBEAN Dumfries and Galloway Scotland DG2 8AA

Telephone

01387 880234

Discount Vouchers

This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night's stay

Further Information

Bedrooms

6. 1 on ground floor.

Open

Mar--Nov, exclusive use by groups at Christmas/New Year.

Facilities

2 sitting rooms, dining room, meeting facilities, free Wi-Fi, 20-acre grounds, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

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

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

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

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £100--£200. D,B&B £150--£250. Set dinner £25, à la carte £35. 1-night bookings refused Easter, bank holidays.

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