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Friars Carse

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Why We Love It

  • This historic property is set amid "the gentle hills and lush valleys of Dumfries and Galloway," close to "some of southern Scotland's finest attractions" (Lonely Planet)
  • The hotel is part of a 45-acre estate beside the River Nith and has its own private fishing beat
  • Poet Robert Burns lived on a nearby farm and was a regular visitor

Enjoyed This
(15 Member Ratings)
"The History and the setting"
02. Nov 2018
Wetherby, United Kingdom

Map & Directions

Parking is free. Dumfries railway station is less than 20 minutes' drive away. Glasgow airport is 90 minutes' drive from the hotel.

Rooms & Rates

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Set in 45 acres of tranquil parkland and woodland, Friars Carse is a country estate within the grounds of what was originally a 13th-century friary. The poet Robert Burns spent much of his short but eventful life in the vicinity of Friars Carse -- even engraving lines with his diamond-point pen on the summer-house windows. The stencil is now on display at Ellisland Farm Museum, which is a short walk away.

The hotel is on the banks of the River Nith, and offers seasonal angling opportunities exclusively for hotel guests (supplements apply). There is also tackle storage, a drying room and freezing facilities on site.

From the hotel, Sandyhills Beach is a 40 minutes' drive away, while Sweetheart Abbey is 20 minutes' drive. The ruins of Dundrennan Abbey -- where Mary, Queen of Scots spent her final night in Scotland -- and the moated triangular Caerlaverock Castle are both less than 50 minutes'drive.

The Whistle Restaurant uses seasonal produce and offers an extensive wine list. Rooms have free Wi-Fi, and many have views across the well-maintained lawns.



  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • 100% smoke-free


  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Safe in reception

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Internet access
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub (in some rooms)


  • Complimentary parking
  • Off-street parking


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Wheelchair accessible


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Extra guests charges apply as follows: £10 per child, per night for children aged 13 and under. There are no extra beds for older children or adults. Infant's cot available on request for children aged 3 and under. Extra beds/cots must be requested upon booking. Please use the Special Requests field to request an extra bed/cot. Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel. See room descriptions for information about room occupancy levels. Please use the Special Request field on the checkout page to request an infant's cot/crib or an extra bed and confirm the age of the third guest.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request, in a limited number of rooms: £10 per pet, per night. Please enquire directly with the hotel before booking.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm AET

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

Enjoyed This
(15 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Classic Hotels Limited (t/a Friars Carse Hotel) over the past 15 months.
4.1 Ambiance
4.4 Location
4.2 Rooms
4.4 Quality of Service
4.4 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The History and the setting
Other Comments
Need to pay more attention to the cleanliness of rooms dust on TV and glasses had someone else's toothpaste still in one. Also bread at breakfast had mold on it.....very off putting. Not worth the price paid. View from window overlooked staff entrance and was quite noisy at times. This asside we enjoyed the break away. Shame as has potentail to be a brilliant place to stay. A little more cleaning and attention to detail is needed.
Helen 02. Nov 2018 Wetherby, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The room we were given was excellent.
Other Comments
The dinner and dining scene was very disappointing. Didn't help that the dining room is so dismal and outdated.
Rosalind 01. Nov 2018 Oban, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
After the initial mix up with my booking the hotel arranged for us to stay in one of the cottages. This was lovely, very home from home.
Other Comments
The hotel needs to be more up to date with the Travelzoo booking process. It was very disappointing that the rooms we booked were not available. I was also advised that the cottage had two double bedrooms, it was actually a double and a twin, which again was not what I initially booked. The restaurant staff were very helpful. Maybe the restaurant could have some ambient background music.
Zoe 26. Oct 2018 Stranraer, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The room was beautiful and had a gorgeous views over the grounds
Emily 23. Oct 2018 Chester le Street, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The staff ,food and location
Phyllis 08. Dec 2017 Chorley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Relaxing atmosphere.
John 04. Dec 2017 Troon, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Relaxed atmosphere
Other Comments
I called in advance to enquire about vegetarian dinner options. The lady I spoke to could not have been more helpful and passed our preferences on to the chef. We enjoyed a lovely meal.
Janet 27. Nov 2017 Chester, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The helpfulness of staff; the food; the atmosphere and the beautiful view
Other Comments
Best hotel experience ever!
Bernadett 24. Nov 2017 Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The location and the staff were fantastic.
Anne 18. Nov 2017 Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

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