Long periods of time spent sitting at home can lead to sofas and trouser seats melding together to make sousers.
Obviously, women end up with the skirt/sofa hybrid known as the skofa, a most unflattering garment.
Avoid ill-fated forays into accidental fashion design with today’s Big Deal on a stay for two in the magnificent Hetland House Hotel.
Set in eighteen acres of tranquil, private parkland, Hetland Hall Hotel is a graceful Georgian country house hotel – the perfect place to escape the city.
It really is a gorgeous setting and even offers views of two countries for the price of one, with vistas extending over the Solway Firth to the Lakeland peaks.
Available until the end of September, the Big Deal option one is for a one night stay for two people in a classic double or twin room with breakfast.
Options two and three are the same but include a two course dinner from the chef’s selected menu on day of arrival.
Rooms at Hetland Hall combine elements of contemporary and traditional décor. All rooms are ensuite, with free WiFi internet, hot drinks trays and flat screen television with digital satellite channels.
The deal is available Sunday to Thursday.
The hotel’s Copper Beech Restaurant offers a relaxed ambiance for dinner.
Options two and three allow guests to choose two courses from a chef’s selected menu that highlights local produce and contemporary culinary techniques.
Popular starters might be the king prawns in a Thai-style tempura batter or the cherry tomato and basil bruschetta, topped with melted buffalo mozzarella.
Among the main courses, options like the spiced venison Cumberland sausages, served on a bed of mashed potatoes, have many fans as do choices like the smoked salmon & pea risotto, flavoured with Parmesan and herbs.
Relax and explore
It may be tempting to linger in one of Hetland Hall’s elegant Georgian lounges over a coffee or cocktail. Certainly the comfortable sofas and log fires are difficult to resist.
The local region has plenty to offer though, from the grandeur of Caerlaverock Castle and a nearby Red Kite trail to the historic Burns trail in and around Dumfries.
The Hetland Hall Hotel has numerous admirers on TripAdvisor. Recent visitors left the following reviews:
‘A nice relaxing break. Received voucher for two night break at this hotel and thoroughly enjoyed our weekend. Staff are excellent and can’t do enough for you and no complaints about standard or portion size of the food. Thought enjoyed sitting in the lounge enjoying a drink or two in front of the roaring fire. Some parts of hotel needing a lick of paint…’
‘Very comfortable room in this well placed hotel. Stands in its own gardens which are nicely kept and has easy access to Dumfries and surrounding Scottish Border area. Staff are very helpful and friendly. Food of a good standard and plenty of it.’
The idyllic south-west
Your days of running away to Gretna Green may be behind you (or maybe not…) but don’t let that stop you heading off for a romantic break in that general direction.
Dumfriesshire is an ideal destination for a relaxed getaway and today’s Big Deal stay at the Hetland Hall Hotel is a great way to explore the region this summer.