With its wide sandy beach, pretty white lighthouse and bird-filled wildlife lagoon, Montrose is a little slice of heaven on the east coast between Dundee and Aberdeen.
Yet as it is only a couple of hours drive from Glasgow and Edinburgh, you don’t have to travel too far to bask in all the tranquility.
If you fancy soaking up some Scottish seaside charm, today’s Big Deal on an overnight stay for two at the comfy George Hotel is an excellent option.
The George Hotel in Montrose is a friendly, family-run residence based in a smart sandstone building. The hotel is close to the town centre, train station and beach, plus is handy for various golf courses.
Facilities include a modern restaurant; a warm, inviting lounge with a large selection of beers and malt whiskies, a private walled garden, room service and parking.
With this Big Deal you can escape on an overnight stay for two, staying in an Executive Double room. Breakfast and a two course set menu dinner are included, plus a nice lazy late checkout of noon.
Excluding a few Christmas dates, this offer is available seven days a week until the end of March, giving you plenty of flexibility about when to visit.
Comfy refurbished rooms
The George Hotel has recently refurbished all of its 25 ensuite rooms, creating smart and comfy hideaways for you to lay your head after exploring Montrose and beyond.
Each room has a desk, free WiFi, flat screen TV, tea & coffee making facilities, hairdryer and shaver point. A laundry service is also available. The 24-hour reception means that there is someone on call around-the-clock to answer your calls, plus there is also a night porter.
Dogs are welcome to stay in your room for a supplement of £10 per dog, per night. They will be given a water bowl, special treat and comfy doggy bed. They can also dine by your side in the Bar Lounge, plus they are bound to enjoy the brisk beach walks nearby.
Hearty two course dinner for two
For the past 25 years, the restaurant at the George Hotel has built a reputation for offering generous portions to diners, with locally sourced produce used as much as possible.
You will be dining on two courses (a starter and a main) from the set menu. Individual dishes can change seasonally, but starters may include soup of the day, tomato & mozzarella salad or creamy garlic mushrooms with petite pan.
Mains often include grilled Cajun salmon with lemon mayonnaise, the chicken breast filled with black pudding and served with a light peppercorn sauce, or the quinoa roulade with red onion chutney.
As well as a superb variety of fine wine, quality cask ales on tap and both draught and bottled beers, the hotel also offers a full range of spirits, including several malt whiskies.
With the beach nearby and plenty of local walking routes, Montrose would make an invigorating getaway between now and early spring.
The town has various attractions, including a historic centre, a museum and an art gallery. On the outskirts is a lagoon nature reserve that attracts wildfowl and wading birds. You can catch a better glimpse of them at the Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre, which has tours, binoculars and telescopes.
Or you could head to the town’s sandy beach and stroll through the dunes to the striking white Scurdie Ness lighthouse. Further on are the cliffs of St. Cyrus, a national nature reserve and viewpoint.
The surrounding area also has plenty to please history buffs, such as Montrose Air Station Heritage and castles like Glamis, Ethie and Edzell. Plus if you or your other half is a golf fan, you can try courses like Montrose Golf Links and Royal Montrose Golf Course.
You will also be handy for Dundee and Aberdeen as well, should you fancy a shopping trip.
Recent guests have posted positive reviews for the George Hotel on TripAdvisor. Here is a selection, which particularly praises the good food and friendly staff:
‘A really nice old hotel. The room had everything you need in a hotel room, good size and very clean. What makes this hotel is the friendly staff and great food. The staff are welcoming and friendly and always helpful, and you know the food is going to be good when it’s packed with locals. Enjoyed my stay while on business, and look forward to returning to the George hotel.’
‘Great budget hotel. Stayed here for 2 nights last week. A very good experience, clean bright room, huge comfortable bed, newly refurbished bathroom, helpful pleasant staff and great breakfast. Would definitely recommend.’
Escape to the Angus coast
If you enjoy exhilarating beach walks, Scottish castles and wildlife reserves, an overnight stay in Montrose will have plenty to keep you occupied.
Or if you’d just prefer cosying up together in a hotel lounge bar with a dram or two while the weather is brisk, then a stay at the George would be perfect for that as well.
And if you are looking for a romantic Christmas gift idea, then what could be better than an east coast beach escape with dinner for two included?