Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway
+44 (0)1387 880234
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£250 - £450
per night

A splendid supper à la carte (three courses) is included here, together with beautiful rooms and sweeping gardens. The Solway Firth is close


5 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

£250 - £450 per night

The Experience

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.


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming



Nightly price
from £250
Singles £140-£200. Extra bed/sofabed available £40 per person per night.
4 Doubles
From £250
1 Twin
From £350


Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
By 11am
Other details
3-course dinner included in room rate. Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Full 3-course dinner included in room rate.


If you're sick of 'cookie cutter' hotel chains, Cavens is a wonderfully refreshing change. Think traditional British country house as guests of the family rather than generic decor and food. Owners Angus and Jane, supported by a small staff of local young people, couldn't be more welcoming or accommodating. Despite its size, the house feels cosy and friendly with gorgeous bedrooms and spacious, comfortable public areas. Meals are a treat too. Don't expect a vast menu, rather a few things done well - good ingredients and first class cooking. All in all, a real gem for a restful break.

Karen, Glasgow

Outstanding cooking and such comfortable surroundings. We were 4 friends on an annual get together and Cavens was by far the best small hotel we have stayed in, we would all like to visit again.

Rosemary, Peeblesshire

This review really is long overdue! My friend who visited from Austria and I were at a wedding nearby this particular weekend. We attended the evening reception only and had dinner at Cavens hotel. The meal was absolutely incredible, the best steak we had ever had in our lives cooked by Angus. Angus and Jane were very hospitable and even drove us the wedding reception venue. Great people and beautiful hotel.

Donna, Strathaven

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

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The neighbourhood

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!