Cavens

Merchant Richard Oswald, Cavens’s original owner, helped negotiate the 1783 Treaty of Paris – now this ‘charmingly run’ Georgian manor house attracts modern-day visitors in search of serenity. More

Contact details

Cavens
Kirkbean
Dumfries And Galloway
DG2 8AA
Scotland
01387 880234

Hotel information

Bedrooms

6. 1 on ground floor.

Open

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

Facilities

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

Background music

light classical all day in 1 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 D,B&B £200-£300. 1-night bookings refused Easter, bank holidays.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

Merchant Richard Oswald, Cavens’s original owner, helped negotiate the 1783 Treaty of Paris – now this ‘charmingly run’ Georgian manor house attracts modern-day visitors in search of serenity. Angus Fordyce, the ‘hospitable, hands-on host’, crafts a cosseting, ‘restful’ atmosphere, helped by ‘friendly, smiling staff’. They will pour a tall G&T, allowing you to relax and take in the surroundings. Buffered by acres of landscaped grounds, the ‘lovely’ antiques, log fires, oriental rugs and oil paintings in public spaces ooze country house character, while squashy sofas and books lend the lounge a genteel intimacy. All of the ‘immaculate, comfortable’ bedrooms have views of the garden yews and giant rhododendrons, but the best panorama is found in Oswald with its ‘wall of windows’ (and poem by Rabbie Burns, a previous visitor). Solway has ‘a bath for giants’. Resident guests choose any three courses from Angus Fordyce’s fuss-free, short market menu, perhaps locally smoked salmon; pan-fried hand-dived scallops, lime, vermouth; strawberry trifle with amaretti biscuits. Wine lovers: a tour of the small private cellar is there for the asking. Breakfast (‘particularly good’) is fuel for coastal walks, nearby. (BK)

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Cavens
Kirkbean
Dumfries And Galloway
DG2 8AA

Guest comments

'A rare combination of relaxed professionalism with high standards. Angus and Jane Fordyce made us feel very cared for. The decor is Scottish country house with good paintings and interesting objects. We especially enjoyed the very fresh plaice and the crunchy lemon brulee.The wine list is fairly extensive but there are no halves and few glasses. There is a fine choice of gins, whiskies and particularly brandies. ' - Frances and David Thomas - July, 2018
'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

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