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“Faulty towers” 1 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
Ayrshire
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Faulty towers”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2006

We are getting married on the 11th August at Crichton, Dumfries and we booked the whole of the Friars Carse hotel for ourselves and guests to stay in the night of the wedding - 16 double rooms, 3 singles, a family room and a twin room. They had a wedding on the next day but we were assured that the night before they just needed the bridal suite. In late June we were told that we could only have 10 doubles and 2 single rooms but they could accommodate 3 couples in cottages. Two weeks before the wedding we were told we couldn't get the cottages but the rest of the guests could be accommodated in another hotel over 5 miles away. Now today one week to the wedding we received a phonecall telling us our whole wedding party was being moved to another hotel in Dumfries as our rooms are being given to the wedding party for the wedding the next day. Not only that but the hotel doesn't have enough double rooms so couples are to be accommodated in twin or single rooms and there is no room for the bride and grooms two toddler children as none of the rooms are big enough for cots.

Would you trust this hotel with your wedding or party or even short break - don't think so.

Stayed August 2006
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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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doncaster uk
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2006

I am writing this after our stay there on the 30th July.
we had 2 rooms as there was 4 of us we arrived at about 5.30pm on the last stage of our motorcycle tour.
We had read the report about the bad road poor room condition and state of the snooker table ,but were not ready for what we found .
The road is in a good state with no pot holes and is nothing like a lane.
The rooms are in a decent state and are clean and tidy with good beds.
The staff were very pleasant and helpful.
The food was of a decent quality and believe me I know something about food, having eaten with Gordon Ramsey and George Blanc
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The snooker table was in a decent state of repair and quite playable although if you do play and you have a car ,take your own cue as they only have short cues but they all have tips.
The grounds are very pretty and an ideal place for a wedding.
We wanted for nothing and would be pleased to return
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  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Perth, United Kingdom
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2006

Stayed for a 'Summer Madness' weekend break at the end of April. Yes it is an old building and the paint is chipped here and there but we got a brilliant deal on DBB which included a £21 drinks allowance each night! Although the room was a bit tired it was clean enough and adequate. I found the meals very good indeed with good helpings of well prepared food. Breakfasts were cracking, hot and cold buffet style. The grounds are wonderful with the river only a stone throw away. As country hotels go I love this type, old enough to be special but unpretentious and friendly. It certainly has character by the basket full and is well worth staying at.

  • Stayed April 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2006

Went to Dumfries for an under 11 footbal tournment, May 18th, to 21st. Had a ball,great food, lovley staff and the hotel was taken over by a wedding party of 160 guests, to whitch we were invited to by Kenny the bar man, he said we had no choice as the wedding was taking over the hotel. Great experance, the people in this part of Scotland only know how to be welcoming and frindley.

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Kirkcaldy
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2006

If you want my advice, don't go there.

The rooms are a bit tired and in need of decoration. The restaurant serves those 'posh' meals; you know the type; small portions at very high prices.

Getting to the hotel is a nightmare as the half-mile or so of dirt track that passes for a road is in serious need of repair with deep potholes and flooding when it rains.

And there there's the "Panelled Snooker Room"; the main reason we decided to book there. There were six cues but only one had a tip. The chalk (yes, only one piece) was worn almost through to the other side. Two of the cushion rails were loose so the balls just sort of settled against it rather than bounced. There was a large chip out of the cue ball. The rests were falling to pieces.

Oh, and most important of all, they declined to reply to my letter mentioning these points.

  • Stayed April 2006
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Shepperton
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2006

I have recently returned from this hotel and had a lovely stay. Chose it as a venue for my mum's 60th birthday 'weekend away'.
I asked for as nice a room as possible for her and my dad...and their room was beautifully furnished, lovely and warm and had a nice view.
The room my husband and I had was a little tired (though very clean)in terms of decor and a little cold.
The food is excellent and far exceeds the hotel's rating. Gorgeous leek and potato soup, braised steak with perfect vegetables and raspberry cranachan to die for!

House wine (red) is a very nice Merlot. Service is excellent, all staff are very friendly.

Beautiful grounds with a real 'away from it all feel' Cosy reception area with real fires and wood panelling.

I would not hesitate in recommending this hotel to anyone, especially if the plan is to upgrade/modernise the decor in all bedrooms.

  • Stayed February 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2005

This hotel is fantastic. The beautiful oak panelling and leather settees added to the character. The food was excellent and the staff friendly. We were upgraded to the bridal suite which was superb. The only complaint is that the drinks are very expensive. We cannot wait to return again

  • Stayed October 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Friars Carse, Auldgirth, Dumfries DG2 0SA, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Dumfries and Galloway > Dumfries > Auldgirth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant 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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