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What’s Included

Charming Borders hotel

Beautiful location in Burns country

Two course dinner

Glass of Prosecco

Available Sunday to Thursday

The Scottish countryside comes into its own in spring. With the trees in bud and lambs in the fields, it can be a magical place for a romantic getaway. Especially when you are staying somewhere special.

With that in mind, today’s Big Deal whisks you off to the elegant and historic Friars Carse Hotel near Dumfries for a comfortable and classy overnight stay in beautiful surroundings. It has inspired poetry in the past. No pressure to write a sonnet; just enjoy your stay.

With vouchers valid well into summer, it’s the ideal chance to book that break for the Borders.

Historic hotel

With its origins in a 13th-century friary, Friars Carse was the home of the Riddell family who regularly hosted a lively local bard called Burns, despite his penchant for rowdy behaviour. The house was remodelled in Victorian times and became a hotel in 1938. It’s an imposing and classically-elegant building, set in a woodland estate close to the river Nith, ideal for a romantic break.

Under two hours from Glasgow or Edinburgh, Friars Carse combines historic character and atmosphere with all the contemporary comforts of a country house hotel.

Overnight break

Available Sunday to Thursday, the Big Deal is for a couple to enjoy an overnight stay in a standard double or twin room at Friars Carse. As well as a full Scottish breakfast, guests will also enjoy a two course dinner from the main restaurant menu and a glass of Prosecco each.

Friars Carse’s 21 ensuite bedrooms are individually styled and many have views over the surrounding fields, gardens or down to the river. This is a historic building so rooms vary in size and layout, giving each a unique character. All guest rooms have WiFi.

Dining in style

We don’t recommend you emulate Burns’ notorious drinking contest in the dining room at Friars Carse, but the Whistle Restaurant is nevertheless the perfect location for a memorable evening.

The offer includes a two course dinner chosen from a menu that uses fresh, locally-sourced produce. Expect seasonal Scottish fare with a nod to the hotel’s rich heritage.

See & do

If you want to pursue the Burns theme, there are plenty of local associations with the poet in the vicinity, including a Burns Trail, an easy walk taking in the Hermitage, within the hotel grounds, and nearby Ellisland Farm where he wrote works including Tam o’Shanter and Auld Lang Syne.

Swapping stanzas for salmon, anglers may want to take advantage of the Friars Carse lengthy fishing beat on the Nith, accessed by paths direct from the hotel, with numerous spots to go after salmon and trout.

Happy guests

Previous visitors have been generous with their praise for Friars Carse, with recent TripAdvisor reviews including the following, edited for length:

‘From the minute you arrive you are made so welcome by staff that care about you being there and they are genuinely interested in you having a relaxing break,
The rooms are very clean and well-presented and decorated and furnished to a very high standard.’

‘The surroundings are perfect and idyllic for walks (and fishing if you wish). Our food was to die for, never tasted such well-prepared, cooked and served food. Our twin room and all facilities were immaculate, clean and warm.’

Ideal gift idea

A short break in Dumfriesshire is a treat any time of the year, but spring and early summer show the countryside at its finest. Today’s Big Deal stay at Friars Carse would be the perfect way to spring a surprise for a birthday or anniversary, offering a romantic atmosphere and some great local cuisine.

What other 5pm bookers like about this deal...

It looks a delightful location and offers good value.

Pat R.

Beautiful hotel, excellent price

Jean F.

Great value for money at excellent hotels

Helen C.

From £69.00
Usually £146
Discount 52%
Saving £77.00

Important Information

Vouchers are valid from 01.04.16 until 31.07.16.

Bookings must be made by 30.06.16 at latest or risk forfeit of voucher.

Available Sunday to Thursday.

The Big Deal is for an overnight stay for 2 people in a standard double or twin room, full Scottish breakfast, 2 course dinner from main restaurant menu + glass of Prosecco each.

Dinner is served 6.30-8.30pm.

Advanced booking required.

Once reservation has been made, bookings are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Check-in from 3pm, check-out by 11am.

Multiple voucher purchases permitted and may be used for consecutive nights.

Vouchers cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Children welcome. Under-14s stay free. Pay for meals as taken.

All upgrades and supplements to be discussed with hotel and paid directly to hotel.

Pets welcome at £10 per night. Max 1 per room.

Printed vouchers must be presented on arrival.

Discount based on rack rate.

Subject to availability and allocation. The beginning and end of validity period is often busiest. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Images used for illustrative purposes only.

Please refer to our Ts&Cs for full information.


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