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Four-star Dumfries country house with a choice between a plush hotel room and a self-catering lodge

Just outside the pretty market town of Dumfries, framed by well-tended, landscaped gardens and surrounded, beyond, by ruggedly Scottish countryside, the Cavens County Hotel is a great base for fresh air, long walks and even longer stints of eating. With three Red Stars from the AA, three Gold Stars from VisitScotland and a place in the Good Hotel Guide 2012, this place comes with glowing references.

With the look of a traditional country home, there's a cosy living room where you can play the piano or curl up by a roaring fire. Bedrooms all have views of the estate and you can also book yourself a lodge, which are self-catering with their own private gardens. Cavens Restaurant is run by the owner, an expert chef and food enthusiast, simply known as Angus (how very Scottish). He uses local produce to create a simple menu of perfectly balanced dishes, presented beautifully.

You have a choice of offers with this one - either a flexible stay in a Country room with breakfast, two nights in an Estate room with breakfast and a three-course dinner from the Market menu on the first evening of your stay, or seven nights in a self-catering Luxury Lodge (for up to eight people) with a delicious group dinner on the second or third night of your stay.

Excellent for
Food Country Activities Scenery Family

We like

  • The personal homely touches throughout, including a piano in the living room, for guests to play
  • The view out across the grounds from your bedroom window
  • The hearty, locally sourced Scottish menu created by Angus, the owner
  • Stay in the eight-person self-catering Lodge for a week of good old bonding time with your nearest and dearest

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  • To find out more about this hotel, please visit their website
  • To read guest reviews, please go to TripAdvisor.co.uk
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