Cavens

‘A winning example of the small “hands-on” country house genre’, the Fordyce family’s 18th-century manor house on the Solway coast is ‘charmingly run’ with old-fashioned joie de vivre. 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, 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 (cots provided).

Dogs

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

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2017] per room D,B&B £200–£300. 1-night bookings refused Easter, bank holidays.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘A winning example of the small “hands-on” country house genre’, the Fordyce family’s 18th-century manor house on the Solway coast is ‘charmingly run’ with old-fashioned joie de vivre. Angus Fordyce, the ‘hospitable host’, is ‘an all-round good egg’, Guide readers say. Fans like the ‘peaceful location’, ‘restful atmosphere’, ‘good food’ and ‘friendly, smiling’ staff. (The traditionally decorated sitting rooms, with paintings, log fires, a grand piano, and books to browse, are also liked.) Overlooking the gardens and countryside, ‘immaculate, comfortable’ bedrooms are individually styled. ‘My large room had space to sit and enjoy the view. In the bathroom: a bath for a giant.’ Angus Fordyce’s frequently changing market menu is praised at dinnertime. Resident guests choose any three courses from the menu, perhaps pan-fried scallops, lime, vermouth; venison haunch steak, redcurrants. Oenophiles, take note: the host is happy to conduct a tour of the small private wine cellar. Wake up to a ‘particularly good’ breakfast, with ‘plenty of choice and well-presented cooked dishes’, then roam the extensive grounds. Further afield, coastal walks are steps away. (DP, Brian Knox)

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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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