Back in the 18th century, Robert Burns was a regular visitor to Friars Carse Hotel or Glenriddell, as it was then known.
Set in its own woodland estate, stretching to the banks of the River Nith, it is an inspirational location for composing a spot of poetry or simply enjoying a tranquil, rural getaway.
Get poetical with today’s Big Deal on a two night mini-break for two at Friars Carse Hotel at Auldgirth, just six miles north of Dumfries.
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.
With today’s offer valid until the end of March 2016, it could be used as a pre-Christmas getaway and it would also make a fabulous Christmas present.
Under a two hour drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow, Friars Carse Hotel is also very conveniently located for a short break.
Available seven days a week, the offer is for two people to enjoy a two night stay in a double or twin room at Friars Carse Hotel.
As well as a full Scottish breakfast, the offer includes a two course table d’hôte dinner on one night plus a chilled bottle of Prosecco in your room on arrival.
Individually styled rooms
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 Stop now has a reputation for great food which uses the best local and seasonal ingredients.
On TripAdvisor, Friars Carse Hotel has an impressive combined score of 4/5. This is an edited version of a long and enthusiastic recent review:
‘Perfect Borders stopover… The hotel when it appears when driving up the drive is spectacular. Our welcome from the staff and assorted guinea fowl scattered about outside was excellent… room was neat, clean and comfortable with views over the parkland.
The grounds were beautiful and walking alongside the river Nith chatting to the fly fishermen was lovely. Dinner was excellent… Had a fantastic night’s sleep in such quiet surroundings. Breakfast was marvellous… The uniqueness of this historic hotel is the links with Robert Burns… His farm, just a short walk through woods and fields or along river, is definitely worth a visit…’
Christmas gift idea
As we mentioned, with validity stretching to the end of March 2016, this Big Deal would make a marvellous Christmas present.
Who would not want to find a Borders mini-break in their stocking on Christmas morning?