9th March 2018
Top 5 Cosy Classics
We know that when it comes to a break away from it all, it’s important to get some quality and calming ‘me’ time. Enjoying nature views, the sounds of waves lapping and treating yourself to some fine-dining, really gives you the R&R you deserve. So, we’ve put together 5 top peaceful places, with traditional charm and high quality customer service to match.
1. Open Arms Hotel, East Lothian ★★★
If you are looking for a hotel with traditional charm in historic surroundings, then treat yourself to a stay at the Open Arms Hotel in Dirleton. The hotel is ideally located close to the coast in East Lothian, nestled between Gullane and North Berwick. There is plenty to see and do nearby, with lots of walking routes, museums, quaint shops and picture perfect castles, such as the 13th century Dirleton Castle, located just opposite the hotel. The Open Arms is just the spot to warm up after an afternoon exploring, with classic furnishings and roaring log fires, the perfect place for a paper and a wee dram. A truly tranquil spot, the hotel comprises 12 bedrooms (most of which overlook the castle), so you can be guaranteed a peaceful retreat with your stay at the Open Arms. Guests can also choose either casual dining in Deveau’s Brasserie, or for a more refined affair, the Library offers an incredibly elegant experience.
2. Fisher’s Hotel, Pitlochry ★★★
The Fisher’s Hotel is an incredibly popular choice for those looking for a peaceful retreat in the heart of the resort town of Pitlochry. Set in an original Victorian building, the hotel benefits from a recent refurbishment, that has seen a fabulous modern upgrade in the bedrooms, but still retains the hotel's original features. The Fisher’s comprises a great choice of public areas, which have plenty of space for guests to relax in. The lounge is open plan with plentiful seating and a roaring fire, the perfect place to enjoy an Afternoon Tea, a cosy cup of hot cocoa or crisp Chardonnay. If you are looking for something a little more lively, then why not enjoy a dram or two in the Coach House? Experience live music every Friday and Saturday night and big screen Sky Sports showing all the top events throughout the week. For a more low-key pub experience, The Snug is just the place and is open from 11am until midnight, and later to residents of the hotel.
3. Fernhill Hotel, Portpatrick ★★★
Surrounded in serene private gardens, the Fernhill in Portpatrick is just the place for a relaxing countryside break. Enjoy breath-taking views across the village, harbour and Irish Sea from its amazing hilltop location. The hotel’s restaurant also benefits from these amazing vistas from dawn until dusk, with boats sailing in and out of harbour in the daytime, and the bright lights lining the village skyline in the evening. The hotel prides itself on a wide variety of fabulously fresh food, so there are plenty of reasons to enjoy these views. Sunday lunches are a top favourite at the hotel, but there are plenty of other delights on offer, such as the 6 course Lobster Sensation or a Sparkling Afternoon Tea. The hotel is peaceful and the rooms are cosy and traditional in style, many of which benefit from seaviews and even balconies in places– the perfect place for an evening glass of wine, watching the world go by.
4. Enterkine House Hotel, Ayrshire ★★★★ 2 AA Rosette
If you are looking for a peaceful country house retreat, then look no further than the four star Enterkine House Hotel. Located in an idyllic setting, the hotel boasts 6 uniquely furnished bedrooms, making for a calming and quiet retreat. The public areas are elegantly designed and are the perfect place to relax and unwind. The hotel offers fine dining in the Browne’s restaurant, which is a formal but relaxed environment, and benefits from panoramic views of the 300-acre woodland estate. With 2 AA Rosettes, it’s a delight to work your way through each course at your leisure, whilst taking in these incredible views. Afternoon Tea is particularly special at this hotel, with the home-baked cakes and pastries, fresh scones and delicate finger sandwiches, just delicious! Each room is beautifully designed, spacious and extremely luxurious. To make your break extra special, you can even arrange beauty treatments to indulge yourself in the comfort of your hotel room.
5. The Craiglynne Hotel , Grantown-on-Spey ★★★
Head to the Highlands for a hotel with real ‘chill appeal’ at the Craiglynne Hotel in Grantown-on-Spey. Based on the edge of the town, it’s the perfect place to roam around the town visiting the unique shops and cafes, or head into the nearby woodland to uncover the nature and wildlife Scotland is known for. Expect a warm welcome from the friendly staff and a traditional charm, which will make you feel a world away from the stresses of everyday life. From the hotel, you can enjoy incredible views of the Cromdale Hills and the Cairngorms, which are especially spectacular dusted in snow. Traditional in style, the hotel is truly charming with log fires, chandeliers, bay windows and touches of tartan throughout. Guests can dine in the Speyside restaurant, which boasts crisp linen tablecloths and extravagant tableware to make your experience extra elegant.