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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 discountedd  by 15%. Some dates excluded. Two night minimum...
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Three or more nights.
Three or more nights. Stay three or more nights and your entire bill includinf dinner will be discounted by 25% Some date excluded Limited availability! Call 01387 880234  or book online...
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Winter Rates
Winter Rates From now till the end of March  Most dates discounted bu up to 25% giving a Room rate of £210 per night INCLUDING dinner for two! Some dates excluded and some...
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Winter exclusive use
Winter 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 (26th to 28th October 2018)
Wildlife Watching Weekend (26th to 28th October 2018) 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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Wine Weekend Fri & Sat  7th & 8th December
Wine Weekend Fri & Sat 7th & 8th December At Cavens good wine is very important and we take great care in seeking the best for our guest to enjoy. Join us for a weekend filled with fantastic food accompanied...
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New Year at Cavens 2018/19
New Year at Cavens 2018/19 Enjoy exclusive use of the house and gardens. Celebrating Hogmanay in style . Our 5 rooms will accommodate 10 guests. Total rate for three night stay,  All dinners...
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