Luxury country hotel awarded four stars during its 20th anniversary


A luxurious country hotel has been awarded four stars from Visit Scotland during its 20th anniversary.

Cavens Country House, near Kirkbean in Dumfries and Galloway, was founded by the Fordyce family in 1999.

The hotel previously held the Three Star Gold Award for the past ten years before it was awarded the Four Star Gold Award as part Visit scotland’s Quality Assurance Awards.

Cavens Country House is the second Four Star Gold venue in Dumfries and Galloway. The other is Knockinaam Lodge, near Portpatrick.

Angus and Jane Fodyce pictured with their Visit Scotland Quality Assurance Award
Angus and Jane Fodyce pictured with their Visit Scotland Quality Assurance Award

The £200 a night hotel will hosting a number of events thoughout the year to help celebrate its twentieth anniversary.

The events include a Wine and Wildlife Weekends led by local experts and a celebration dining experiences as well.

The hotel has also been shortlisted for the CIS Excellence Awards in The Independent Hotel of the Year Award category.

Owner, Angus Fordyce said: “We are delighted to have been awarded our fourth star in the Visit Scotland Quality Assurance Awards.

“We have held our three stars for ten years and to receive our next star from this prestigious body is great.

“The award comes as we celebrate our twentieth anniversary which is an incredible milestone.

“We wouldn’t have been able to do it without the continued support from our guests and team at Cavens so a huge thank you to them.

“We have an exciting year filled with events to celebrate the anniversary and we look forward to welcome returning and new guests to Cavens.”

The entrance to the luxury hotel in Dumfries and Galloway
The entrance to the luxury hotel in Dumfries and Galloway

VisitScotland Regional Leadership Director, Paula Ward, said: “Congratulations to Cavens Country House on receiving this well-deserved accolade.

“The award is a welcome boost to the business and to the region, becoming the second Four Star Gold hotel in the region.

“Our Quality Assurance scheme is about more than just the ‘stars’ on the door – it’s about the entire visitor experience, about investing in your business, driving-up quality and creating jobs.

“Delivering a quality experience that meets, and exceeds, visitor expectations is crucial in making Scotland a must-visit, must-return destination.”

Visit Scotland has developed the Quality Assurance Scheme over 30 years, which are world leading and provide a trusted, independent and impartial source of information for tourists

Based in an 18th century Georgian house just 12 miles from Dumfries, guests can enjoy the Cavens House experience for themselves by booking online. 

For more information, visit Cavens’s website:

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