We were suitably impressed when we pulled up to this hotel- the building and grounds are lovely and it looked so inviting. There is limited parking in front of the hotel itself, but the big car park is so close it doesn't matter a jot! We were welcomed by a very friendly member of staff who booked us in and directed us to our room (the keys come on a MASSIVE fob!!) , which was on the top floor- we were brave and took the stairs! There is a fairly new looking lift as well, which is clean and runs smoothly.
Our room was a little underwhelming- clean and functional but in need of a bit of updating. The bathroom more so, to be honest. The tiles and bathroom suite would benefit from renewing, but everything worked well and the toiletries provided were very nice. The bedding was clean but the mattress was a bit on the firm side. However, it was comfortable enough and we were happy to stay there. Tea/Coffee facilities were provided, along with freeview T.V and free Wi-Fi.
We had dinner in the hotel restaurant and thoroughly enjoyed it- a lovely 3 course meal for £24.95 is more than reasonable, Choice and service were good- the staff in particular were very efficient and friendly.
Breakfast was also lovely- we opted for the full Scottish on both mornings of our stay. Portions were very generous and the haggis was to die for! I have to say that the choice for the continental option was a little limited though we did go for breakfast towards the end of sitting times.
We also sampled the hotel bar's offerings- if you are a whisky connoisseur you won't be disappointed! Again, service was good and the lounge was pleasant to sit in. On the second night the fire was lit which was lovely.
We also ventured into Creetown (about 50 miles away) for a reminiscent trip to the Gem and Rock Museum- well worth the minimal entrance fee! and stopped for dinner in Dumfries at the India Palm restaurant. The food was amazing, but frankly, we nearly rolled back to the car, we were so full!
It's well worth having a stroll through the hotel grounds. We walked along the bank of the River Nith and thoroughly enjoyed it. The wildlife is abundant and I'm sure the ample fishing spots would be appreciated by any fishing fans.
Our stay was comfortable and very enjoyable, made more so by the excellent service- the staff really are the hotel's biggest asset. We found the facilities to be more than adequate and we would stay again in a shot!
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- Also Known As:
- Friars Carse Country Hotel
- Friars Carse Country Auldgirth
- Friars Carse Country House Hotel Auldgirth, Dumfries And Galloway