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Cavens - Hotel in Dumfries & Galloway

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Kirkbean, Dumfries, DG2 8AA, Dumfries & Galloway
Scotland, United Kingdom

Jane & Angus Fordyce

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+44 (0)1387 880234 (landline)

A small country house that packs a punch - roaring fires, busts and oils, beautiful rooms, sweeping gardens - the Solway Firth is close

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This small patch of heaven is a delight. You leave the world behind you, take the road south from Dumfries, and soon you’re rolling through stunning country with hardly a soul in sight. Sunlight plays in the trees, ridges run down to lush fields, then suddenly you turn a corner and the Solway Firth is sparkling before your eyes. All you need now is somewhere wonderful to stay, somewhere small and beautiful, with kind owners on hand to usher you though to a chic sitting room before pouring you a gin and tonic, dishing up some wonderful food and showing you to your delightful quarters. Which is exactly what you find at Cavens, a small country house, where Jane and Angus look after guests in style. Two sitting rooms have open fires, period art and lots of books, then doors onto a garden where only birdsong will disturb you. As for the rooms, three are huge, one has the feel of a library, all have smart fabrics, super beds and garden views. Finally, dinner, an absolute delight, perhaps scallops with lime and Vermouth, venison with a port jus, a thin apple tart. Gardens, beaches and golf wait. Perfect.

Limited mobility
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible without steps.
Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
Wireless internet access available.
Pets welcome
Please let the owner know if you want to bring pets.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Bikes available
On the premises to hire or borrow.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.

Local points of interest from Jane & Angus Fordyce:

Local points of interest from
Jane & Angus Fordyce:

  • Dumfries House is just nearby with its walled gardens and enjoy Threave Gardens with guided walks and tours all year round.
  • Practice your back swing at Southerness Golf course, just a 5 minute drive away.
  • There is no shortage of historic buildings, including 17th century Drumlanrig Castle, 13th century Sweetheart Abbey
  • Take a ramble along the stunning Solway Coastal Path for spectacular views over the Firth and enjoy the hidden treasures of Kippford and Rockcliffe.
  • There are fantastic opportunities for nature lovers, with over 30 different species of birds in our garden alone, and nearby reserves such as RSPB Mersehead and WWT Caerlaverock, which also boasts a triangular medieval castle.
  • Loch Arthur Creamery and Farm Shop is part of the Camp Hill Trust. Some of their award winning cheeses can be sampled on our cheese board, and a visit for lunch at their café should not be missed!
Points of interest

Guest feedback
"Cavens is a joy. Relaxed luxury. Gorgeous rooms. Ours was huge with wonderful view across gracious lawns. The warmth and kindness of Angus and Jane is second to none. Delicious food. Within easy reach of wonderful bird watching places. Could not recommend it more highly. "

Caroline - near Ripon, Yorkshire, United Kingdom

February 2016

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  • 4 Doubles
  • , 1 Twin
Price:(i) £200 to£300 per night

Price includes dinner for 2.

Booking info:


Lunch from £6. Afternoon tea 'on the house.' 3-course à la carte dinner included in the price; non-residents £35.




Kirkbean, Dumfries, DG2 8AA, Dumfries & Galloway

Hotel 4 Double rooms
Price includes dinner for 2
Price: (i) £ 200 to £ 300 per night
Hotel 1 Twin room
Price includes dinner for 2
Price: (i) £ 200 to £ 300 per night

Jane & Angus Fordyce

Visit website Check availability

+44 (0)1387 880234 (landline)