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Review of Friars Carse Country House Hotel

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Friars Carse Country House Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Auldgirth
Certificate of Excellence
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Nice but could improve”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2014

We stayed here in March for a three-night voucher offer and very much enjoyed ourselves.
The room was quite small, although had a nice view out over the river. There was only 1 set of towels and the coffee/tea had only been set out for 1 but we mentioned this at reception and additional coffee/tea etc and cup etc were brought up.
We had dinner the first night, however we did not get our bottle of wine with our meal and only when we back to our room did we discover that we should have been given one. We ended up having it in the room, but did think the bar prices were expensive.
Food wise was very good, however there is a general air of panic in the dining room and over the three breakfasts we had. Especially in the morning when tables take forever to be cleared/prepared, orange juice is not refilled and orders were taking up to 45 mins to be produced. No one checked if our meal was ok and fresh toast/tea/coffee wasn't offered.
The setting is lovely, particularly like the free-range guinea fowl outside. Nice place for walking up the river as well. Would return at the price paid, we had a nice relaxing break.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Paisley, United Kingdom
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133 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2014

The hotel is in lovely surroundings by the river. A dog friendly hotel which is a bonus for us - £10 a night to take your pet which seems an average price for hotels that accept dogs. Rooms are nice enough, look like they've been refreshed recently but nothing outstanding about them. Comfortable bed but pathetic water pressure in the shower. Breakfast was fine, dinner a mixed bag. The soup starter was stunning and the dessert was very good, the fish stew was pretty bland and boring, my mum sent hers back which she never does. Overall the main courses weren't great so we ate out the following night. There was nothing wrong with our stay but I would try other places rather than hurry back here.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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New Mills, United Kingdom
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103 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2014

we stopped off here on route to the Isle of Arran. We felt lucky to have found this place-despite a very late check in, the receptionist was very polite and friendly. We managed to have a drink before the bar closed and sat on the lovely comfy sofas in reception/drawing room. Our room was dog friendly and clean although there was an expected amount of wear and tear on the carpets. a lovely doggie welcome pack consisting of bed and bowl with a bag of treats was in our room on arrival which was a lovely surprise. The beds were really comfy.
The surrounding gardens are beautiful and the following morning we managed to have a stroll there. The most pleasant surprise for us was breakfast the next morning in a bright dining room with nice views. Instead of the usual hot plates you would expect in a 3 star hotel the food was prepared fresh to order. the haggis was tremendous! The breakfast staff were attentive and we thoroughly enjoyed our experience.
we would definitely stay her again....

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2014 via mobile

Booked via a group on and it was more than worth the money. Would be happy to go back on a non group on visit.
The food was fantastic and I would recommend the generous cheese board. One of our elements on the main course had ran out and they kindly offered a drink as a substitute...we were fine with this substitute!
The chesterfields in the lounge with the log fire was just what we were after for a rexaling weekend and spent hours there.
One slight critique is that the bathroom door stuck and was very difficult to open, also the grout is looking like it needs to be redone in some areas.
But still very charming place :)

Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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36 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

We booked a Groupon two night stay which was (surprisingly) honoured over the Easter weekend (Sunday and Monday). The hotel is set in a beautiful location and has a lovely ambience. Food and service were excellent and the bar prices reasonable. We wholeheartedly agree with the other positive reviews of this establishment and have no hesitation in also recommending it if you intend visiting this part of Scotland.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2014

Enjoyed a two night Groupon break at this lovely hotel. Views down to the river Nith are stunning from front of the hotel. We arrived early for check in; however staff were very welcoming and provided us with coffee in the beautiful lounge which is wood panelled with an inglenook fireplace which was blazing! There are multiple chesterfield sofas and coffee tables. A very pleasant place to sit. When our room was ready our luggage was taken up to the room by the receptionist. This was a pleasant surprise as it is the first time this has been offered in a hotel in many, many years! The room was comfortable and clean but had no view to the beautiful grounds but this did not bother us! Dinner was excellent, beautifully presented, full of flavour and large portions. Staff were even able to provide gluten free bread! Breakfast was also very good and staff were pleasant obliging. On the second night we had the Lounge Menu, which was also served in the dining room as we had had a meal during the day. This was great value for money and more than we expected.

The only negative was mould growing on the tiles around the shower area of the bath, such a shame as otherwise everything was clean!

Altogether we very much enjoyed our stay which was great value on a Groupon deal and would stay there again!

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Irene B
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Edinburgh
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52 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014 via mobile

Just returned from a 2 night stay here. The house and gardens are stunning. Front of house staff were very friendly and attentive. Check in was quick and a nice welcome. The room had no view, however as we were on a Groupon deal we couldn't complain. The room was adequate, however the bath panel was badly broken and could easily have caused injury.

Food both in the restaurant and from the bar menu was excellent, however service from the kitchen was very slow. This was also the case at breakfast. On our first night there was food on the floor at the side of our table. Unfortunately this was still there when we checked out 2 days later.

Overall there needs to be more attention to detail and a speedier service from the kitchen and this hotel could rate so much better.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Friars Carse Country House Hotel
Address: Friars Carse Friars Carse, Auldgirth, Dumfries DG2 0SA, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Dumfries and Galloway > Dumfries > Auldgirth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge 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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