When another Glasgow winter begins to get a little oppressive it might be time to flee for the coast.
That bracing sea air can provide the perfect tonic, even if you have to wrap up to brave the elements.
Today’s Big Deal isn’t asking you to go too far. The Fairfield House Hotel is an elegant seafront hotel in Ayr and the perfect base for a seafront stroll, followed by a cheering glass of Prosecco and a leisurely perusal of a tempting dinner menu.
The four star Fairfield House Hotel enjoys a superb picturesque location on the Ayrshire coast, with panoramic views over the Firth of Clyde to the Isle of Arran.
Sumptuously furnished, the interiors combine traditional Scottish country house touches with all the contemporary facilities of a modern establishment.
Guestrooms have free WiFi, TV, cafetieres, power showers, large baths and luxury toiletries. Guests also have access to the hotel leisure club with a fitness centre, swimming pool, spa bath, sauna and steam room.
Available seven days until the end of December 2017, the Big Deal is for two people to have an overnight stay at Fairfield House in a standard double or twin room, with full Scottish breakfast and three course dinner with a glass of Prosecco each.
Late checkout at noon ensures a leisurely morning and chance for a stroll after breakfast on your departure day.
Dining in style
The welcoming and relaxed Martin’s Bar and Grill enjoys great sea views and is the perfect spot for a memorable dinner.
The head chef uses fresh local and seasonal produce on a menu that offers a fresh take on traditional Scottish favourites.
Guests will dine from a menu that changes daily. The following is a sample menu:
Chefs freshly prepared soup of the day
Terrine of confit chicken, glazed baby onions, sweetcorn puree & toasted rye bread
Roulade of smoked salmon & cream cheese, crisp salad, lemon & chive sauce
Slow roasted loin of pork, braised red cabbage, black pudding fritter, herb mash & apple cider jus
Pan seared sea bass, buttered leeks, sautéed potatoes & Chardonnay cream
Venison & haggis casserole, Almondine potatoes & honey glazed carrot
Apple & wild berry crumble, cinnamon Anglaise
Trio of ice cream
Rich Belgian chocolate tart, Horlicks ice cream & whisky poached raspberries
There will be no allocation towards the brasserie menu available.
Out and about
There is so much to explore in Ayrshire, within easy reach of Fairfield House. Culzean Castle and its grounds is one of the most romantic spots in Scotland, while fans of the national bard will enjoy a visit to the Burns Birthplace Museum.
Weather permitting, golf is an obvious obsession in Ayrshire, but Ayr Racecourse offers alternative sporting thrills particularly during the jumps season.
The Fairfield House Hotel has accumulated plenty of positive feedback on TripAdvisor. The following are recent reviews, edited for length:
‘The staff were so friendly and caring, everyone provided excellent service throughout our whole weekend. We had dinner in the restaurant on the Saturday evening, the food was delicious, a work of art on a plate. The rooms were spacious and elegant. Will definitely be back.’
‘A lovely example of a quality, independent British hotel. The hospitality is superb. Rooms are well provisioned, with good decor and well cleaned. A beautiful location overlooking the sea.’
With availability until the end of December, this Big Deal break at Fairfield House in Ayr would make a welcome seaside break.
It would also be a perfect surprise gift to spring on a loved one, to mark a birthday or anniversary.