The Scottish winter can be a magical time. No really, hear us out. The season may not be at its most appealing when experienced from a rain-lashed city bus stop at the start of another January Monday morning. Viewed from a comfortable hotel room in a beautiful Borders setting though, the Scottish landscape can seem irresistibly romantic.
With that in mind, today’s Big Deal whisks you off to the popular Best Western Dryfesdale Country House Hotel in Lockerbie for a blissful escape from the city.
With vouchers valid until the end of February 2016, this Big Deal offers a great chance to recharge the batteries in an idyllic rustic setting.
Set in acres of magnificent grounds with stunning views of the beautiful Scottish countryside, the four star Dryfesdale Country House Hotel is the perfect location for a romantic getaway.
Under an hour and a quarter from Glasgow and just over 90 minutes from Edinburgh, the Dryfesdale has all the character you would expect of a building which dates back to 1762.
Naturally, it also has all of the comforts and modern features expected of a highly rated, modern country house hotel.
Available seven days
Available seven days a week, option one is for a couple to enjoy an overnight stay in a double or twin room at the Dryfesdale. As well as a full Scottish breakfast in the morning, guests will also enjoy a cream tea and glass of Prosecco when they arrive.
Option two is for a two night stay with cream tea and Prosecco on arrival plus a full Scottish breakfast each morning.
Depending on availability, there may be the option to upgrade the room for £20 per room, per night.
All of the rooms are fully ensuite with superb views of the hotel grounds and surrounding countryside. Guests are welcome to dine in the hotel. The Malt Bar provides an informal and relaxing atmosphere for drinks, bar lunches and suppers.
In the stylish Kirkhill Restaurant, the a la carte menu changes regularly but popular main courses include the rib-eye steak, seared Scottish sea bass and the taste of tapas sharing platter.
See & do around Lockerbie
The beautiful countryside surrounding the Best Western Dryfesdale Hotel offers lots of brilliant sights and activities.
The hotel has its very own nine hole putting green with putters and golf equipment available from reception free of charge. In addition, there are also several eighteen hole golf courses nearby.
From Caerlaverock Castle to Galloway Forest Park, there is no shortage of good walks while adventure lovers will relish the chance to go mountain biking, quad biking or explore nearby Gretna Green.
Previous visitors have loved the Best Western Dryfesdale Hotel. It scores over 4/5 on TripAdvisor and this is what a recent and very chuffed guest had to say after a stay:
‘Absolutely brilliant… From the first instant we arrived, they couldn’t do enough for us. We had a ground floor room because we had a dog. It was huge, but very comfortable, overlooking the lovely grounds. There was every thing we needed. The shower was the best ever!! We were with friends… We all had an enjoyable meal in the restaurant, and the staff were helpful and attentive. There was a wide choice for breakfast… We would highly recommend this hotel and will return in the future.’
Ideal gift idea
A short break in Dumfriesshire is a treat any time of the year. With summer holidays still seeming over the distant horizon, why not enjoy a refreshing winter getaway amidst some of Scotland’s finest scenery?
Today’s Big Deal stay at the charming Best Western Dryfesdale Country House Hotel would also be an excellent option for a surprise romantic mini-break or birthday treat.