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Friars Carse

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Why We Love It

  • This historic property is 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
(45 Member Ratings)
"The staff ,food and location"
Dec 08, 2017
Chorley, United Kingdom

Map & Directions

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

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 within 50 minutes'drive.

The Whistle Restaurant uses seasonal produce and offers an extensive wine list. It was here that a famous drinking competition between Burns and Fergusson of Craigdarroch took place -- to win the right to be put into verse by Burns.

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

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


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 24 hours

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

Enjoyed This
(45 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Classic Hotels Limited (t/a Friars Carse Hotel) over the past 15 months.
4.4 Ambiance
4.5 Location
4.2 Rooms
4.6 Quality of Service
4.8 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The staff ,food and location
Phyllis Dec 08, 2017 Chorley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Relaxing atmosphere.
John Dec 04, 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 Nov 27, 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 Nov 24, 2017 Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The location and the staff were fantastic.
Anne Nov 18, 2017 Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Comfort of the room
Rosemary Feb 01, 2017 Fraserburgh, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The hotel was very relaxing,
Barrie Jan 20, 2017 Merseyside, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
recently refurbished room with field views
Richard Jan 20, 2017 Carlisle, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The accommodation location and scenery are fantastic. Close to lots of activities and days out options. Friendly staff and comfortable accommodation.
Other Comments
The food at dinner would benefit from a bit more care in terms of ingredients and care of presentation. Frozen chips and what seemed to be 'smash' potato with an excellent steak and kidney pudding took the edge off what could have been a great meal. Also the atmosphere in the dining room would benefit from looking at as its all very quiet and you feel like you have to talk in whispers. It was not a warm and inviting experience which lead us to eat out for 2 of our 3 night stay.
S m Goodsell Jan 19, 2017 Bradford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great location and very helpful staff
Jim Jan 12, 2017 Northallerton, United Kingdom

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