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Friars Carse Wedding Venue, SW Scotland’s premier wedding venue with historical links to Robert Burns, is a Scottish Baronial castle-like hotel alongside the River Nith in beautiful rural Dumfriesshire not far from Gretna Green, M6/M74 routes north and south of the border.

Hidden along a private drive, Friars Carse Country House Hotel offers peace and tranquillity, a perfect location for riverside wedding ceremonies or inside, using the oak-panelled lounge. The fully heated, permanent wedding marquee adjacent to the hotel accommodates 150 guests for a wedding meal and comes with its own bar, toilets, space for band/disco, and features star-cloth lighting for evening receptions.

For more intimate weddings, the Nith Room overlooks the lawn towards the river. Guests may be accommodated in 21 ensuite bedrooms, one of which is the 4-poster Honeymoon Suite with a double-size jacuzzi bath.

Friars Carse Country House Hotel is available for exclusive use at weddings and private house parties, offering traditional Scottish Menus.

  • Scottish Baronial castle-like venue
  • 21 ensuite bedrooms & 2 cottages
  • Exclusive use venue
  • Riverside location
  • Fully heated marquee
  • Licensed for ceremonies
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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Outdoor license

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Private catering allowed
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Marquee available
Dance floor
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities
Outdoor fireworks permitted

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Changing room for wedding guests
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Reviews for Friars Carse Country House Hotel

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Kathleen Sent on 23/11/2017
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The ceremony was stunning in front if the lake...

We had a couple of wonderful days at Friars Carse Country hotel for my son Pauls wedding on Friday 1st September. Staff were brilliant, nothing was too much trouble. The ceremony was stunning in front if the lake and the marquee was so beautiful. Thank you for an unforgettable wedding and photos of him with his gorgeous wife Romana are sensational.
Can't wait to go back
- Kathleen Foreman via Facebook 3rd September 2017
Angela Sent on 23/11/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutley perfect from start to finish...

We chose Friars Carse as our wedding venue for 7th July 2017 and it was absolutely perfect from start to finish. From the planning of the day to the actual wedding celebration everything flowed so well, the staff at the hotel were super and always on hand to deal with our requests and queries to ensure we were at ease on our special day. We had the best day ever and our guests have had so many fab things to say about the venue too. Special thanks to Nick and Xavier for all their help and to both Wedding Planners x
- Angela Dalgleish via Facebook 19th August 2017
Susan Sent on 23/11/2017
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we had a fantastic time...

we had a fantastic time, the staff made my daughters engagement party so special, like we were the only folk in the world. Highly recommended
- Susan Buck via Facebook 21st August 2017
Michaela Sent on 23/11/2017
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Thanks for making my wedding day extra special

Thanks for making my wedding day extra special we had amazing time and yous where all very helpful
- Michaela Lilly-Sue Fleming via Facebook 12th June 2017
Sarah Sent on 23/11/2017
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Friars Carse made our wedding truly unforgettable.

Friars Carse made our wedding truly unforgettable..and saying our wedding vows in front of the lake made that extra special. The staff are fantastic, the wedding breakfast was so tasty. Hopefully we'll go back for our first wedding anniversary. X
- Sarah Jones via Facebook 29th April 2017
Helen Sent on 23/11/2017
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...the staff were so professional and friendly....

I was here for my son's wedding yesterday and loved it. The hotel is beautiful and the staff were so professional and friendly. The wedding food was fantastic, perfectly cooked and quickly served. Thankyou to all involved in making this day so very special.
- Helen Bartlett via Facebook 12th March 2017
Debbie Sent on 20/04/2016
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We just wanted to say a huge thank you

Everyone really looked after us and we can't thank you enough. The staff are amazing! Friendly, welcoming, helpful, pleasant and always professional - a really fantastic team.
Our sincere thanks and best wishes.
Jr. Sent on 26/11/2015
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a stroke of genius

Just to say everything was a huge success. The staff were tremendously efficient in a very friendly way and very flexible. Thanks go to your Chef: many of our guests said the food was delicious. The Whisky tasting was a ‘stroke of genius’! We are truly grateful to all concerned
January 2012
Lizzie Sent on 26/11/2015
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Most memorable day of our lives

Thank you so much for making our dreams come true. We couldn’t have asked for a better setting, better service, better personal touches – you made it the best and ! Over the years Friars Carse has become very special to us and we would like to thank you all for contributing to our special memories.”
May 2012
A Sent on 26/11/2015
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Nothing was too much trouble

Thank you for making my daughter’s wedding day extra special. . The care and service you all provided was second to none.
July 2012
Nathan Sent on 26/11/2015
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most amazing food

Thank you for helping to make our special day so fantastic and thanks to the Chef for the most amazing food!
July 2012
Amanda Sent on 26/11/2015
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All outstanding

I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone at Friars Carse for a most wonderful wedding. The day, location, meal, rooms and service were all outstanding.
July 2012
Anonymous Sent on 26/11/2015
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Thank you

I would just like to and all the staff at Friars Carse for all your hard work to make our wedding day extra special. The food was amazing and the venue so accommodating that my wedding day was everything I had hoped and wished for. I would recommend you to anyone looking to get married as it was a fairy tale location and the service was perfect. Thank you.”
July 2012
Helen Sent on 26/11/2015
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We couldn’t have asked for more.

Thank you for all your hardwork and effort that made our special day go perfectly!
August 2012
S Sent on 26/11/2015
5 out of 5 rating

Sincere thanks

We would like to express our sincere thanks to the staff for making our daughter’s wedding day so special. All the arrangements ran superbly and the wedding breakfast and meal the night before were both excellent. The the staff worked so hard and efficiently.
September 2012
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