On the border of Scotland and England, there is a village.
And in that village, there is a blacksmiths.
And in that blacksmiths, there is an anvil.
And legend has it that if you touch that anvil, you will be lucky in love. And while we’re not at all superstitious (ahem), we reckon it can’t hurt to give it a try, can it?
As you might have guessed by now, that village is Gretna and the blacksmiths is where many an eloping couple secretly wed over the years.
So why not grab some of the anvil’s good fortune for yourself on a getaway to the historic Gretna Hall Hotel with today’s Big Deal?
One or two night B&B stay with dinner
Available seven days a week, this Big Deal from Gretna Hall Hotel has two options.
Option one is for two people to enjoy an overnight stay in a double or twin room with breakfast and dinner included. You can also enjoy the perks of a late check-out at 12pm and tickets to The Gretna Green Story exhibition, which will give you an insight into the village’s colourful history.
Should you fancy lingering longer in one of the world’s love capitals, then option two is the same as above but with an extra night added. Dinner will be on the first evening only.
This Big Deal is available seven days a week until the end of July, with a £20 per person supplement for Friday and Saturday stays.
Escape to a romantic destination
Situated just a mile over the border, the atmospheric Gretna Hall is actually the very first hotel in Scotland. Appropriately for the location, its white exterior even looks a little bit like a wedding cake.
The hotel’s public areas have been recently refurbished, giving it a fresh new look. Its roots actually stretch all the way back to 1710, when it was built as a manor house. In fact, the manor played an important part in forging Gretna’s reputation as a destination for eloping couples. That’s because princes, dukes and lords were all wed there when it operated as a marriage house.
Set in ten acres of landscaped grounds, Gretna Hall is the perfect base from which to explore the Scottish Borders as well as the Lake District.
If shopping is more your thing, then the nearby Gretna Outlet Centre can provide happy hunting.
Relax in a comfy room
Each of the 97 guest rooms at Gretna Hall Hotel are ensuite. A number have recently been refurbished.
Rooms also have free WiFi, a flat screen TV, direct dial telephone, tea/coffee maker, hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. Room service is also available, should you fancy getting cosy and hiding yourselves away.
You also have the option of upgrading to a Junior Suite for a supplement, which you can arrange directly with the hotel when booking.
Sample local produce
This offer includes a £20 per person dining allowance for the Anvil Restaurant and Bar.
The Chef works closely with local producers within the Scottish Borders and Cumbria to create a menu that gives a real taste of the area.
Typical starters might include the twice-baked Auld Reekie Cheese soufflé, the Scotch broth and the potted, slow-cooked beef.
Popular main courses include the steak and haggis pie, the lamb hot pot and the pearl barley & root vegetable risotto. The steaks in the grill section have many fans.
TripAdvisor users have shared enthusiastic reviews about Gretna Hall Hotel, including these recent ones, which we have edited for length:
‘Just back from weekend break at Gretna Hall with friends and family. We have stayed here on a number of occasions and yet again had a fantastic stay. The newly refurbished lounge/bar and dining room are looking fantastic. Love it. The staff here are amazing, friendly and very professional — a huge credit to the hotel!! Cannot wait until our next visit.’
‘We’ve stayed here several times before. Always found great people and a comfortable stay. Just one night this time. The whole place has just been refurbished. Wow! Looks great and as usual we were thoroughly well looked after. Our room was perfect and dinner was spot on. Big thanks to Vikky, Lesley and all the great staff. We’ll be back.’
‘...very impressed with the food, it’s amazing, service is 5 star and the room was beautiful. The staff here are amazing, we were well looked after.’
Tempted to try it out for yourself?
Run away to Gretna
If you fancy an intimate trip to the countryside with your loved one, then where better than legendary lovers escape, Gretna? Especially if your destination is a hotel steeped in the village’s romantic history.
With a choice of one or two nights with breakfast and dinner included, a late check-out and tickets to The Gretna Green Story exhibition, this has all the makings of a very amorous getaway.