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A Brief History of Cavens Country House

Cavens is a beautifully restored Georgian country house in the village of Kirkbean (the name refers to the situation of the parish church at the foot of a mountain, in Gaelic). The property was built in 1752 by the Oswald family, although there are also remains of much earlier habitation on the site. In addition to the house, the Oswalds also cultivated the surrounding land and elegant grounds you see today, which include ancient Florence Court Yews and Giant Rhododendrons.

 Sir Richard Oswald (1705-1784) was a wealthy merchant in the Georgian era of imperial trade. A powerful and influential family, friends included Benjamin Franklin. Because of his political connections and direct experience of living in America, Oswald was also selected as a negotiator towards the end of the American War of Independence, representing Britain during talks that were concluded by the Treaty of Paris in 1783.

You will see a variety of other portraits and artefacts around Cavens on your visit. Poet Robbie Burns was another notable visitor at the house, but was less flattering towards the family in his “Ode sacred to the memory of Mrs Oswald”. You can see her portrait and read the poem in the Oswald Room.

Two or more nights.
Two or more nights. Enjoy a relaxing break at Cavens, stay for two or more nights and your entire bill (including dinner) will be discounted by up to 20%. Some dates excluded. A two night minimum...
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FOUR NIGHT SPECIAL
FOUR NIGHT SPECIAL Stay four nights or more and your ENTIRE bill is reduced by up to 30%. on certain dates Click 'book online' to see availability and rates, and to book. And remember this...
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Exclusive use
Exclusive use Planning a truly special break with family and friends? Enjoy Cavens Country House all to yourselves as we indulge you with the best of food and hospitality. With our new...
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Wildlife Watching Weekend  1st & 2nd November
Wildlife Watching Weekend 1st & 2nd November Join wildlife artist and expert John Threlfall for an unrivalled experience on the Solway coast. Enjoy first class food and hospitality alongside an intimate look at the ...
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Summer Offer, 20% off rates!
Summer Offer, 20% off rates! This June & July  on many nights we are offering a fantastic 20% off rates . This is available on selected nights only, Please enter your dates to find rates. ...
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Wine Dinner Sat 7th December 2019
Wine Dinner Sat 7th December 2019 At Cavens good wine is very important and we take great care in seeking the best for our guest to enjoy. Join us for an evening of fantastic food accompanied by...
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New Year at Cavens 2019/2020
New Year at Cavens 2019/2020 Enjoy exclusive use of the house and gardens. Celebrating Hogmanay in style . Our 5 rooms will accommodate 10 guests. All dinner and breakfasts included , £7000 ...
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