Apparently the Thunderbirds Interactive Tracy Island is going to be one of the most sought after Christmas presents this year.
Although not one which will raise a smile on anyone aged twelve or over when the stockings are unpacked.
For a more sophisticated Christmas gift, book in for today’s Big Deal on a two night mini-break at the four star Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa in Peebles.
Just 40 minutes outside Edinburgh and 90 minutes from Glasgow, Macdonald Cardrona Hotel is set in the beautiful Borders countryside and is an easy to reach spot for a convenient getaway.
With a scenic location on the banks of the River Tweed, the hotel offers luxurious contemporary accommodation in timeless natural surroundings.
With vouchers valid until 31st January 2016, this offer would make an elegant Christmas present and could also be used for a pre-Christmas getaway.
The Christmas preparations won’t go away but you can ignore them for two blissful days with today’s Big Deal.
Eighteen metre pool
Today’s Big Deal is available seven days a week and is for two people to stay overnight in a classic double or twin room, on a bed and breakfast basis.
All guests can enjoy using the leisure facilities such as the eighteen metre pool, the sauna, gym and steam room.
The offer includes two spa treatments for each booking. Choose from an Elemis Deep Tissue Back Massage; an Elemis Taster Facial; the Lime and Ginger Salt Glow Exfoliation Treatment; the Pro-Collagen Hand and Nail Treatment or the Sole Delight Grooming for Feet.
In addition, all guests are entitled to a 20% discount on pre-booked, full price spa treatments.
Guests are welcome to pre-book a three course set dinner for £20 per person instead of the usual £25. Supplements apply to some dishes from the grill section.
Golf fans are invited to pre-book a round on the resort’s 72 par Cardrona Championship course for £15 per person.
Additional spa treatments, golf and dinner to be booked when making your room reservation.
There is a £20 per night supplement for Saturday and Sunday night stays.
Benefiting from views of the surrounding hills, the classic bedrooms feature rich, soft furnishings, comfortable beds, blackout curtains and luxury en-suite bathrooms with separate showers.
There is free WiFi throughout the hotel.
The proud holders of an AA Rosette, Renwicks Restaurant is an airy and inviting space, featuring panoramic views of the golf course and the Border hills. The chefs use only the finest Scottish beef, lamb, pork and wild white fish and, where possible, also source local, organic suppliers for the vegetables and dairy products.
The menu changes regularly but typical starters might be the smoked haddock from John Ross Jr of Aberdeen with a pannacotta, lemon and caper dressing.
Popular main courses include the braised shoulder of Highland lamb, roast root vegetables and garlic mash and the slow roasted belly of outdoor reared pork with Stornoway black pudding and apple purée.
See & do
The hotel’s activity centre offers rock-climbing, abseiling, quad biking, archery and off-road driving. Alternatively, the mountain biking in the nearby Glentress Forest is superb.
The Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa has plenty of enthusiastic reviews on TripAdvisor. This is what a recent guest had to say:
‘Amazing. Amazing location, staff very polite, helpful and welcoming. Comfy rooms, nice sized pool. We enjoyed our stay with our two children for a trip to Go Ape as a birthday treat. Kids loved room service at breakfast time. Next time will be just hubby and myself :)’
Take a break
Whether you want to enjoy winter walks in the nearby forests, relax with a round of golf or simply escape the city for a night, today’s Big Deal in the Borders is a perfect winter tonic.
And as we mentioned, with vouchers valid until 31st January, this Big Deal could make someone smile on Christmas morning.