Short winter days and long nights are a great time to put a little romance back into your life.
At this time of year there is little more romantic than the starkly beautiful Scottish scenery, especially when it’s viewed from the comfort of a graceful Georgian country house hotel.
Today’s Big Deal offers a tempting invitation to rural Dumfriesshire and the unrivalled attractions of the Hetland Hall Hotel, set in eighteen acres of tranquil, private parkland, a perfect place to escape the city.
Hetland Hall offers views of two countries for the price of one, with vistas extending over the Solway Firth to the Lakeland peaks.
The Big Deal Option One is for a one night stay for two people in an Executive room with breakfast, a two course dinner and late check out.
Option two is for two nights stay in an Executive room with breakfast, a two course dinner on the first night and late check out.
Executive rooms at Hetland Hall combine elements of contemporary and traditional décor. All rooms are ensuite, with free WiFi internet and flat screen television with digital satellite channels.
The hotel’s Copper Beech Restaurant offers a relaxed ambiance for dinner. Choose two courses from a table d’hôte menu that highlights local produce and contemporary culinary techniques.
Homemade Carrot & Lemongrass Soup, served with a crusty roll
King Prawns in a Thai Style Tempura Batter served with sweet chilli sauce
Warm Black Pudding & Chorizo served with mixed leaves and drizzled with French Vinaigrette
Cherry Tomato & Basil Bruschetta, topped with melted Buffalo Mozzarella
Spiced Venison Cumberland Sausages, served on a bed of mashed potatoes finished with a red onion gravy & baby red onion rings
Pork Fillet wrapped in Parma ham, served with crushed herb new potatoes & Savoy cabbage finished with brandy & peppercorn sauce
Roast Mediterranean Vegetable Ratatouille, in a rich tomato & herb sauce served with Timbale of rice and salad garnish
Smoked Salmon & Pea Risotto, flavoured with Parmesan and herbs, served with crusty bread & dressed leaves
Profiteroles drizzled with chocolate sauce
Vanilla Cheesecake served with a berry coulis & Chantilly cream
Double Chocolate Marshmallow Ice Cream, served with an ice cream wafer
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 the barnacle geese that winter at the Wetlands Centre to the historic Burns trail in nearby Dumfries and around.
The Hetland Hall Hotel has numerous admirers on TripAdvisor. Recent visitors left the following reviews:
‘We like character and friendliness, and to us this was delivered in bucketloads. The staff were friendly from the word go and couldn’t have been more helpful.’
‘If you like old fashioned, beautiful houses, this is the place to stay, original features, good food and great countryside.’
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 would make a thoughtful festive gift for a much-needed winter escape.