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.
The house has many links with the Bard but, from wildlife watching, fishing and clay pigeon shooting to bike trails and castle visits, the surrounding area has much to offer the visitor.
All of Friars Carse’s 21 ensuite bedrooms are individually styled and most have views over the surrounding farmland or the gardens and river.
Due to the layout of the building, all rooms vary in size and layout giving each a unique character. All the rooms have WiFi.
The scene of a famous drinking competition between Burns and Fergusson of Craigdarroch, the hotel’s Whistle Restaurant now has a reputation for great food which uses the best fresh and local ingredients.
Expect seasonal Scottish fare with a nod to the hotel’s rich heritage.
If you want to pursue the Burns theme, there are plenty of local associations with the poet in the vicinity. These include 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.
Under two hours from Glasgow or Edinburgh, Friars Carse combines historic character and atmosphere with all the contemporary comforts of a country house hotel.
Double, twin and family rooms
Extra beds and cots
Lift to all floors
All rooms en suite with bath and/or shower
WiFi internet access
Direct dial telephone
Remote control colour TV
There will be no cancellation charge if a booking is cancelled before 3pm two days prior to your arrival date. Cancellations made after this time or non-arrivals will result in the first night being charged.
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