For hundreds of years, the monks of Dryburgh Abbey in the Borders were in the habit of living peaceful, tranquil lives.
These days, monks are rather rare around here but the peace and tranquillity are still the order of the day.
Contemplate the good life with today’s Big Deal on a relaxing break at Dryburgh Abbey Hotel.
Just one hour from Edinburgh and Newcastle, the St Boswells destination is on the banks of the River Tweed, next to the ruins of the abbey.
The four star hotel is the perfect spot for anyone keen to get away from it all while still enjoying levels of comfort which would make an otherwise observant monk cast off his cowl.
With vouchers valid until the end of March 2016, this offer is ideal for a winter into spring break.
Country house hotel
Nestled in a magnificently wooded private estate, Dryburgh Abbey Hotel is a very special country house hotel.
Dating back to the mid-nineteenth century, the baronial hotel is situated in the heart of the Scottish Borders. Surrounded by great golf courses, fantastic fishing, wonderful walking and some fine mountain biking, Dryburgh Abbey Hotel is a lovely spot in which to recharge the batteries.
Available seven days a week, option one of this Big Deal is for two people to enjoy an overnight stay in an ensuite Abbey Room with a full Scottish breakfast in the morning. The offer also includes a three course dinner.
Option two is for two people to enjoy two consecutive nights in an Abbey room on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. This option is also available seven days a week.
There is free WiFi throughout the hotel.
The kitchen at the Dryburgh Abbey Hotel loves to use fresh, seasonal Borders produce including vegetables and herbs from their walled kitchen garden.
A full Scottish breakfast each morning and a three course dinner is included in the offer. The Abbey Bistro is an informal spot for a menu of well prepared bar food favourites while the river view restaurant has an AA Rosette and serves dinner each evening – guests can choose whether they wish to dine in the bistro or restaurant.
The menus change with the seasons but typical starters might be the pan-fried wood pigeon breast with toasted brioche, red onion chutney and Madeira jus or the beetroot-cured salmon with citrus dressing and sakura.
Popular main courses include the pan-fried sea bass with beetroot risotto, braised baby fennel and herb oil or the roast Sika venison, braised red cabbage, caramelised parsnips, sautéed potatoes and juniper jus.
See & do
The Borders offer fantastic walking, cycling and many sites of historical interest. Country sports are very popular in the surrounding area and the hotel has fishing rights to the River Tweed. Alternatively, guests are welcome to take a gentle stroll around the grounds before retiring to the fireside in the lounge with a good book.
Please note that fishing is seasonal.
Pool and sauna
Those who have spent a long day on the hill or river will appreciate the indoor heated pool and sauna at the Dryburgh Abbey Hotel.
Dryburgh Abbey Hotel has been giving guests happy holidays for many a year. Taken from TripAdvisor, this is what a couple of recent visitors thought of their time at the hotel:
‘We have spent many holidays at Dryburgh Abbey Hotel, but this is our first time celebrating New Year. Everything was just perfect. We will be back to celebrate again in 2016. The staff couldn’t have been more helpful, our suite of rooms very comfortable, and the food was as always excellent.’
‘We have just returned today from this fabulous hotel. A memorable stay with old-fashioned service – nothing too much trouble. From the moment we walked in we, and our dog, were greeted with true hospitality. Our room was a large one with a huge, comfy bed. We were there for four nights and enjoyed every single moment. Liz, the manager, really does know how to run such an establishment, and this knowledge and participatory management style filters down to each and every staff member. On top of this, delicious home-cooked food… We can’t wait to go back.’
Easy to reach from the Central Belt, Dryburgh Abbey Hotel is ideal for a convenient mini-break.
If you know someone who would like to be whisked away for a country house break in the Borders then make them happy with this Big Deal from Dryburgh Abbey Hotel.