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“Lovely Hotel, Dog friendly.” 4 of 5 stars
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Friars Carse Country House Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Friars Carse, Auldgirth, Dumfries DG2 0SA, Scotland   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Auldgirth
North Shields
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“Lovely Hotel, Dog friendly.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Our room was large enough for myself, my wife and our two Labradors, the bed was small but comfy. Food was really nice. There was a lovely part of the stream for our dogs to swim in to the right of the rear hotel entrance. Beware if you are prone to insect bites, although no fault in any way of the hotel the Scottish midgees are ferocious, I was eaten alive even though others in my presence were reasonably untouched.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Billingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

fantastic setting lovely walks along the river nice lawned area at front could do with more seating not enough garden chairs inside great setting again with furniture that gives it that country house look. we were there on a three night groupon deal and booked an extra night. b edroom good could do with a bit of refurbishment but beds comfy and wonderful view from the window.

we had one evening meal with deal and the meal was excellent, but next time we ate in i felt it was poor value for money scotch broth, steak and ale pie and cheese cake £25 could have had better in a local pub so we did not eat there again. breakfasts were very good and very pleasant staff

the dumfries area has a lot to offer and we have been up a number of times over the past three years, may is about the best time for rhodendrons.

would possibly consider staying again

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Durham, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Although our dietary needs were forwarded in advance of our stay, there was only one choice on the menu. We were told the hotel would make anything for us for our evening meal but when we suggested what we would like we were asked to buy the food and they would cook it for us. We were then charged the full price for the evening meal

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014 via mobile

let me first say I read all the reports posted on this web site!
This is a country retreat in a fabulous location.on arrival we were greeted by friendly staff The room we were allocated was the Hawthorne with views overlooking the lawn and river The decor was as befitting a property of this design and age.This is a period property The room was excellent and the water was piping hot.The public rooms some have described as tired and in need of replacement I would describe it as In keeping with the nature of the property style and age The evening meal was excellent food ranging from Pigeon breast ,Smoked Salmon ,and more traditional Roast Beef and an excellent range of deserts.a compliment to the Chef.Breakfast had excellent choice and the full Scottish breakfast would set you up for the day. The only disappointment was the fishing caught nothing not the Hotels managements fault someone a bit higher up the weather was excellent and on the last day saw the red squirrels Will return as soon as the river rises Give this hotel a go you will not be dissapointed

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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scotland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We stayedat the hotel 6 years ago for one night, and were sadly very disapointed with the room we were given then. When we saw a deal come up we decided to give it another try, as the location was so perfect and we just hoped it wouldn't be a repeat of last time - thankfully it wasn't!!

The room we had this time (Oak) was beautiful, and what we expected the first time. It was a great size, with huge windows overlooking the fields to the back of the hotel. The two couches were very comfy, and great for watching the world cup!!

The bad points only two small bad points were the matress was very old and had no padding on top of the springs. It was fine as long as you were on top of the duvet, but by the morning I woke up very sore. The shower was shockingly bad - went from ok to scalding hot, to freezing to scalding hot constantly which was very dangerous. It also majorly lacked any power, and I think it's really time the hotel was upgraded to electric showers before someone is badly burned.

I agree with other reviewers that the hotel badly needs money spent on it, but other than the two small things above we really couldn't find fault. The staff were very welcoming, the rooms spottlessly clean and the food in the resturant was one of the best meals we have had in a hotel!!! We would definetly return to the hotel as it was the most relaxing break away we've had.

Room Tip: The Oak room was fantastic (if you took a blanket (the one provided is made of camel hair I think...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Workington, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

My wife and I have just had an overnight stay at Friars Carse hotel , on a dinner , bed and breakfast basis , which was booked as a special deal through Travelzoo . The overall deal was excellent value ..... a 3 course evening meal complete with £21.00 towards your wine bill and full Scottish breakfast all for £85.00 ! so basically you got your room for nothing .
The hotel itself is set in a stunning location on the banks of the River Nith , with lovely views all around , and is an oasis of peace and tranquillity set so far away from the main A76 that you would never know it was there . Inside the hotel its the usual wooden panelled walls and leather sofas that you would expect in a Scottish country house hotel , here and there it does look in need of some TLC , but don't let that put you off ...., the food is lovely and the staff very attentive . This place could be stunning if a little more attention was paid to the small things ..... but all in all a great value break from Travelzoo , and if you are into salmon fishing its paradise as it has its own beat on the river !!

Room Tip: all rooms are named after trees .... we stayed in " willow " , which had a lovely view of...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Fife
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10 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I had my first visit here last week-end with my husband, friend and dog. We all enjoyed it and would find it hard to find fault. Our room was "Maple" It was large, bright, had a large settee and matching stool and a large coffee table, a comfortable King size bed and the furniture, though not new was of good quality. Breakfast was excellent, plenty choice and dinner was excellent too, rather expensive at £24.99 but well worth it. Best of all was the wonderful walks in the grounds and onto the riverside. There was a mat, bowl and packet of treats waiting for our dog too. We will definitely be returning.

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Address: Friars Carse, Auldgirth, Dumfries DG2 0SA, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Dumfries and Galloway > Dumfries > Auldgirth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Auldgirth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Friars Carse Country House Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 21
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