Some holidaymakers like to follow the sun. Others prefer to organise their leisure time around their taste buds.
Today’s Big Deal with the Aston Hotel Dumfries is perfect for those who start planning their breaks with the words ‘What’s the food like there?’
Situated in the picturesque Crichton Estate, one mile from Dumfries centre, the Aston Hotel has fabulous views of Dumfries and Galloway.
The hotel is not far from Castle Douglas, Scotland’s only food town, and the surrounding area is packed with local farm shops and producers’ markets.
Rich natural larder
Dumfries & Galloway has a rich natural larder and an abundance of award-wining artisan producers which make it the perfect destination for food lovers.
Whether you stay for one night or two, this Big Deal is a brilliant way to savour the flavours of the region.
On arrival at the hotel, guests will be able to sample a Taste of Galloway sharing plate for two.
Featuring bite-size tasters of local produce such as smoked fish, Galloway meats, local cheeses and chutneys, the platter will be served with a bottle of Prosecco in one of the hotel’s comfortable bar lounges or the restaurant.
King size beds
The offer is for a one or two consecutive nights stay in a king size double or luxury twin room. A fruit basket and handmade chocolates, made at the Moniave Chocolatiers and the only Scottish Tartan Chocolates in the world, will be waiting in the room for you.
The airy rooms at the Aston Hotel all feature ensuite facilities with power showers; free WiFi; multi-channel TVs and hot drinks facilities. There is ample free parking for guests.
If you like, guests can upgrade to an Executive Suite for an extra £20 per night payable directly to the hotel.
There is a £10 per night supplement payable directly to the hotel for Friday and Saturday night stays.
In the mornings, guests can look forward to a full Scottish or continental buffet breakfast served in the Brasserie which overlooks the 100 acre estate.
There are lots of great restaurants in the surrounding area if you want to eat out but, if you would prefer to eat in the hotel, then the Brasserie serves mouth-watering dishes such as Cullen skink; braised lamb shanks and teriyaki salmon.
See & do in Dumfries
The grounds around the hotel are a highlight, with some 100 acres and tremendous views out towards the coast and mountains.
With over 30 courses in Dumfries and Galloway, golfers are spoiled for choice. There are also plenty of great wild walks and mountain bike trails in Galloway Forest Park and the Forest of Ae. Steeped in history, there are plenty of castles to explore including; Caerlaverock Castle, the strikingly tall Threave Castle and the grand Cardoness Castle. Historians can follow the Robert the Bruce trail and visit Robert Burns’ home.
Plenty of visitors have logged on to TripAdvisor to tell of their experiences of Aston Hotel. We couldn’t put it better than this recent guest:
‘Great hotel. Just had a fabulous weekend at this fantastic hotel and can’t wait to go back. It ticked every box for us. It is set in a lovely peaceful location. The room was clean and comfortable and we didn’t hear any noise from the other rooms. The staff are really friendly and helpful and the food in the restaurant is superb. The breakfast buffet was delicious and set us up for the day. Our package only included an evening meal on the first night but it was so good we immediately booked a table for the following evening.’