As romantic invitations go, ‘Fancy running away to Gretna Green with me?’ remains a classic. Especially when followed by irresistible sweet nothings along the lines of… ‘for a relaxing mini-break with dinner, within strolling distance of the outlet shopping village.’
Truly, civilisation has come on leaps and bounds since the era when a Gretna break meant tipping the local blacksmith for a basic wedding package and staying one step ahead of an irate mob of pursuing relatives.
Today’s Big Deal keeps the romance and takes the stress out of a Gretna break, with an idyllic getaway in the Gables Hotel, offering the finest Scottish hospitality. Did we mention the shopping?
The Gables Hotel is an inviting, family-run detached property, unsurprisingly popular as a wedding destination. The graceful Edwardian building enjoys elegant grounds with extensive lawns and attractive floral borders. The atmosphere is laid-back and friendly, encouraging return visits.
Available seven days a week, the Big Deal option one is for a one-night stay for two people in a standard double or twin room with breakfast and a two-course dinner.
Option two is for a two-night stay in a standard double or twin room with breakfast both mornings and a two-course dinner on one of the nights.
Bedrooms at the Gables are comfortably furnished in a traditional style, with en suite bathrooms.
To make your stay extra-special, there is the option to upgrade to one of the feature rooms at the Gables, for an additional charge.
There is a £15 supplement for Friday & Saturday night stays.
The spacious Gables restaurant serves traditional Scottish cuisine with a distinctive contemporary twist. Dishes change to reflect the availability of seasonal produce.
The Big Deal includes a two-course meal on the first night. Typical dishes might include starters such as chicken liver parfait or twice-baked cheese soufflé and mains such as pan-roasted Scottish salmon or roast confit of duck leg with gnocchi, spinach and roast celeriac.
Gretna and around
Gretna Gateway outlet village is just a five-minute stroll from the hotel (although it might take ten minutes to get back, laden with all your bargains). Keen shoppers will find a diverse selection of great deals here from leading brands such as Marks & Spencer, Nike, Clarks and Cadbury.
Shopping aside, the obvious sightseeing highlight is the famous blacksmith’s shop on Gretna Green, where English elopers have been getting married since 1754.
The Gables has accumulated plenty of admiring reviews on TripAdvisor. Recent guests left the following reviews:
‘Really comfortable room, excellent food and wine, lovely and peaceful area. We had a really good time here but what made it special was the staff. I have never been to any hotel any place where the entire staff were so welcoming and friendly.’
‘Superb service, the friendliest staff of any hotel we have stayed at, great food, clean comfortable rooms, BRILLIANT hotel.’
Romance and retail
Whether it’s shopping or the history of hasty matrimony that take your interest, Gretna is a fascinating destination for a mini-break. Today’s Big Deal at the Gables in Gretna offers a great opportunity to enjoy a little quality time with your loved one, your credit card and your shopping bags.