Reset and Renew at Macdonald Hotels
By Richard Jones
Are you in need of a winter pick-me-up? Macdonald Hotels & Resorts has just the ticket – up to 30 per cent off overnight stays at locations across Scotland.
Whether it be countryside locations with roaring open fires or bustling city-centre shopping destinations, each of the group’s 34 UK hotels has its own unique charm.
There are exceptional spa and leisure facilities, a number of world-class golf courses, award-wining food and drink, and guests will find everything they need to relax and reflect as they look towards what will hopefully be a better year ahead.
Macdonald Hotels’ ‘Reset and Renew’ offer is available until March 31 at these five stunning properties.
Macdonald Crutherland House Hotel & Spa, East Kilbride
Sitting in 37 acres of unspoiled countryside, Crutherland House is the perfect venue for some down-time.
The stunning manor house, originally built in 1705 as a manor for Lady Dowager of Torrance Castle, offers a mix of contemporary and stylish accommodation, within a relaxed and cosy countryside setting. Boasting an exceptional four-star spa, guests can pamper themselves with a luxurious treatment, take a leisurely swim in the pool or enjoy quiet reflection in the relaxation room. For those looking for a different type of personal care, Crutherland House is just a 20-minute drive from Glasgow’s famous shopping mile.
An overnight stay at the Macdonald Crutherland House Hotel & Spa starts from £79.
Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa, Aberfoyle
Located in the heart of the iconic Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, Forest Hills is the ultimate place to disconnect and recoup after a busy festive season. Surrounded by rolling hills and wild forests and with views overlooking the stunning Loch Ard, guests are spoiled for choice with outdoor activities and miles of great walks, bike trails and water sports. And what’s more, the serene resort is dog-friendly, meaning man’s best friend can also experience all its wonders. If you’re a whisky drinker, Forest Hills boasts three distilleries on its doorstep – McQueen Gin, Deanston Whisky and Glengoyne.
An overnight stay at the Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa starts from £90.
Macdonald Cardrona Hotel Golf & Spa, Peebles
Perfect for those who seeking adventure, the Cardrona lays on the foot of the Glentress Forest, home to some of the world’s best mountain biking trails, and the hotel has plenty of sheds to store equipment. For those looking for something a little less fast-paced, Glentress also boasts a number of beautiful walking routes, all of which enjoy views of the stunning Tweed Valley. While you’re staying at Cardrona, why not try a round of golf or take advantage of the fishing rights and try to catch some Scottish Salmon along the River Tweed? Nearby Peebles is also great for exploring, with plenty of independent local shops, cafes, galleries and festivals throughout the year.
An overnight stay at the Macdonald Cardona Hotel Golf & Spa starts from £89.
Macdonald Pittodrie House, Inverurie
With its turrets and spiral staircases, Pittodrie House (top picture) is one of the finest hotels in the Aberdeen area. Set within 2,400 acres of its own ancient grounds, it offers breathtaking scenery and fine facilities, meaning it’s a popular choice for family holidays, business and weddings. The Orangery function room has stunning views of the beautiful grounds and the Bennachie Mountain, providing couples with the most romantic of venues in Aberdeenshire. It is also perfect for country adventures, and once you’ve finished exploring, visit the fantastic two AA Rosette-rated Mither Tap Restaurant to sample its ever-changing menu containing fine seasonal ingredients, and impressive wine list.
An overnight stay at Macdonald Pittodrie House starts from £107.
Macdonald Houstoun House, West Lothian
If you like your history, then head to this picturesque 16th-century tower house near Livingston which was once visited by Mary Queen of Scots. Although Houstoun House is just 14 miles from Edinburgh, it is in a secluded spot and guests can roam the 22-acres of surrounding woodlands in peace or enjoy a round of golf at the nearby Uphall Golf Course. As well as posing for pictures in the beautiful walled gardens, you can dine on award-winning traditional cuisine at the Tower Restaurant or host a Champagne reception in one of several elegant event suites or gardens. In the cellar, the cosy Vaulted Bar is the perfect spot for a drink or afternoon tea.
An overnight stay at Macdonald Houstoun House starts from £94.
For more information on these and other properties in the Macdonald Hotels & Resorts group, visit macdonaldhotels.co.uk