Checked that romantic shopping list for Valentine’s Day? Card, tick, chocolates, tick, tasteful jewellery, tick. Oh no, you haven’t gone and forgotten the country house hotel getaway with lavish four-course meal for two? Again?
Happily we are on the case. Today’s Valentines Big Deal has secured an overnight break on February 13 in the idyllic and atmospheric Dryburgh Abbey in the Borders, the perfect setting for a romantic Valentine’s dinner a deux.
Country house splendour
The Dryburgh Abbey hotel in the tranquil village of St. Boswells has a pretty location in a wooded estate on the banks of the River Tweed, next to the ruins of the abbey.
Dating back to the mid-nineteenth century, the baronial hotel is situated in the heart of the Scottish Borders. It’s the perfect spot for a romantic stroll, a thrilling mountain bike ride or just a relaxing break enjoying the excellent hotel facilities
The Big Deal is for two people to enjoy an overnight stay on February 13 in an ensuite Abbey Room with a full Scottish breakfast in the morning. The offer also includes a four course dinner chosen from the Valentine’s menu. Guests have full access to leisure facilities including a swimming pool and sauna.
Food at the Dryburgh Abbey Hotel emphasises fresh, seasonal Borders produce including vegetables and herbs from their walled kitchen garden.
The four-course Valentine’s menu is served in the river view restaurant, the perfect spot for a relaxed, intimate dinner.
Starters include pan-fried wood pigeon breast with bacon lardons, blackberry, rocket and berry dressing, and hot-smoked wild Scottish salmon beetroot-cured salmon with caramelised lemon, saffron mayonnaise, leeks and baby rocket.
After a palate-cleansing berry sorbet, main course options include char-grilled monkfish wrapped in Parma ham with asparagus spears, sauté potatoes and balsamic dressing, and roast Sika venison with baby garden vegetables, sweet potato rosti, parsnip crisps and juniper berry jus.
The dessert menu includes strawberry and cream panna cotta with strawberry lace and strawberry and vanilla ice-cream, and chocolate and Cointreau tart with Chantilly cream.
See & do
The Borders offer endless opportunities for outdoors pursuits, from hiking or cycling to exploring the numerous sites of historical interest in the area. For those guests who want to take it easy, the grounds are very attractive and there is always the promise of a relaxed drink by the fireside in the lounge.
Swimming and sauna
The hotel’s modern leisure facilities are accessible for guests, with the indoor heated pool and sauna offering a great way to enjoy some leisurely exercise and relaxation.
Dryburgh Abbey Hotel has picked up plenty of approving feedback on TripAdvisor. Recent visitors have left the following reviews:
‘We booked this through 5pm and got a fantastic deal for which the hotel offered amazing value for the money paid. The staff were all lovely and certainly enhanced the visit – always helpful and very pleasant without exception.’
‘Lovely staff, beautiful grounds, great size rooms, and gorgeous food. The pool is lovely and warm too. Very comfortable, with several lounges, and a great bar. Would go again no problem!’
A short drive from Edinburgh, the Dryburgh Abbey Hotel is the perfect destination for your romantic getaway.
With this Big Deal offering an overnight stay and a superb four-course dinner, it’s the ideal opportunity to whisk your loved one away for a break to remember.