If your life is a bewildering mix of to-do lists, schedules and unanswered emails right now, then you know what that means, don’t you?
It means that it’s high time you were waited on hand and foot for a change.
And we’re hard pushed to think of a better setting than a romantic Aberdeenshire mansion house with landscaped gardens, swimming pool and spa.
Like, for instance, Mercure Ardoe House Hotel & Spa, which is offering an overnight stay with dinner, breakfast and extra perks for today’s Big Deal.
This deal is for an overnight stay with full Scottish breakfast and a two course a la carte meal at Mercure Ardoe House Hotel & Spa.
An added perk of your stay will be 20% off all Ardoe Spa treatments, so why not treat yourself to a Decléor Aromatherapy Discovery Facial, Citrus Energy Boost Wrap or Indian Head Massage?
Plus the enticely late check-out of 4pm means that you can enjoy a leisurely morning of strolling around the gardens and even some extra swimming pool time.
This offer is based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room and is available until the end of November.
We’re thinking that it would make a lovely surprise for someone…
Romantic manor house hotel
Set in thirty acres of landscaped grounds and gardens, Ardoe House Hotel is a 19th-century country house close to the River Dee. It is also within easy reach of attractions like Deeside Golf Club and Drum Castle’s Jacobean mansion.
Facilities include a swimming pool, fitness centre, spa, Blair’s Restaurant, Soapies brasserie, drawing room lounge, whisky bar, free parking and laundry service.
You will be staying in a room with modern comforts such as WiFi and satellite TV. Rooms also have king size beds, desks and tea/coffee makers. Many have restful views of the landscaped gardens.
Bring your children and pets
If you would like to make this a family trip, you can bring along two children under twelve for free. Breakfast will be included for children but not the evening meal.
Children over twelve are classed as adults and will pay full price.
Two pets are also welcome at a supplementary charge of £10 per pet, per night. Please arrange this directly with the hotel.
Two course evening meal
You will be dining on two courses (a starter and a main) from the à la carte menu, in the hotel’s elegant Blair’s Restaurant.
Menus can change seasonally, but you can expect starters such as haggis bon bons with brown sauce or potted smoked ham hock with rustic bread and mains such as sea trout served with smoked mussels, spinach, pomme anna, sauce vierge or Scotch pork belly with braised bon bon, cauliflower, apple cider.
Note that supplements will apply for some dishes.
Previous guests have praised the Mercure Ardoe House Hotel & Spa on TripAdvisor, including the following, edited for length:
‘Lovely hotel set in a beautiful rural area, rooms are very well appointed and comfortable, staff have gone out of their way to be helpful. Aberdeen is a 10 minute car journey away, free WiFi which is very good and free parking.’
‘Booked the hotel for two nights girlie time away, cannot fault the place at all. Staff were brilliant from check in to check out, we called reception a few times for ice etc and they were more than obliging! Our breakfast and dinner was included both nights and both day/nights the restaurant was fantastic. We requested vegan options which were well catered for, including vegan brownie and ice cream so hats off to the chef! The staff at the spa were also fantastic and nothing was too much for them. The hotel is absolutely beautiful and the Privilege rooms were very clean practical and comfortable. Only downside was having to leave and come home! Would definitely go back!’
‘Fantastic hotel. As part of a coach party we could not believe what a fantastic style hotel we were to spend 2 nights in…reception area just flowed through into lounges…staff very helpful and showed you where to find room and later offered excellent service…’
Relax in landscaped luxury
Today’s Big Deal has everything you need for a romantic Aberdeenshire escape, including a two course dinner, breakfast, super late check-out and even a 20% spa discount.
As well as this you can make the most of the pool, fitness centre and landscaped gardens of a lovely historic hotel. So what are you waiting for? That overnight bag won’t pack itself…