The final series of Downton Abbey is upon us.
Will the Crawleys survive the 20th century in the manner to which their ancestors were accustomed or will they have to swap the county pile for council housing?
You can ponder this, and other great questions of our age, over a delightful afternoon tea in the Downton-like setting of the Dalmahoy Marriott Hotel & Country Club.
Set in a thousand acres of beautiful parkland, the Dalmahoy is a breathtaking hotel and golf resort located just outside of Edinburgh.
Dating to the early 18th century, the A-listed main building is a baronial manor and it retains many gorgeous period features.
Sitting alongside the original architecture are all the modern facilities expected of a 21st century hotel. Not least of these is the splendid Dalmahoy Leisure Club.
Available from 2pm to 5pm Sunday to Thursday, today’s Big Deal is for two people to enjoy afternoon tea in the Douglas Lounge or Cocktail Bar at the Dalmahoy.
The offer also includes two day passes to the leisure club.
As well as specialist teas and coffees, afternoon tea includes a selection of tasty finger sandwiches, warm scones and the pastry chef’s cakes.
Option two adds a glass of Champagne to your afternoon tea treat – a glass of fizz often gives the gossip some extra sparkle.
Steam room and sauna
The leisure club features an airy pool with views to the grounds, whirlpool, sauna and steam room. A few laps of the pool followed by a recuperative steam could be just the ticket to sharpen the appetite for afternoon tea.
If you must, there is also a gym with a great range of cardiovascular equipment and free weights.
TripAdvisor has lots of glowing reviews from happy guests. The word ‘beautiful’ crops up frequently:
‘What a beautiful place!!! The hotel and grounds were absolutely fabulous. The hotel was impeccably kept and the grounds were absolutely stunning.’
‘The Marriott Dalmahoy is a beautiful hotel.’
‘The grounds are breathtakingly beautiful.’
Vouchers are valid until the end of March 2016. This means you could use this offer to spoil yourself or as a rather elegant Christmas present.
A relaxing couple of hours by the pool, followed by a delicious afternoon tea. It is hard to imagine a better way to brighten up the early months of the new year.