Crisp mornings; cold, clear skies and a light dusting of snow on the hills can all make Perthshire seem like a winter wonderland.
Make the most of it with today’s Big Deal on a four night, midweek break in the brilliant self-catering cottages at the Atholl Palace Hotel near Pitlochry.
Located in the centre of Scotland, Pitlochry is a fantastic base from which to explore Perthshire.
The Atholl Palace lodges offer genuine home away from home levels of comfort – perfect after a day in the hills or you could just relax in your lodge and enjoy the tranquillity of the Atholl Palace grounds.
With vouchers valid until the 24th of March, this offer would make a great Christmas gift for all the family.
Alternatively, it could be used for a break with friends at the beginning of 2014.
Option one is available from the Monday of each week and the deal is for up to six people to spend a four night, midweek break in a luxurious, three bedroom lodge.
Option two is for a three night weekend break for six people starting on the Friday of each week.
High spec fittings
The Atholl Palace holiday homes are dotted around the 48 acre estate. Taking pride of place among them are a selection of eye-catching, three bedroom lodges, all of which have their own unique charms.
The modern lodges, such as the Garry Lodge, are spacious, luxurious and equipped with flat screen TVs, WiFi and MP3 stations.
They all have balconies, decking or large picture windows which make the most of the stunning Highland scenery, not to mention views of local wildlife such as the deer which come to graze on the lawns at dusk and dawn.
By contrast, the Gate Lodge is a gothic fairytale of a building, decorated in the traditional style of a Victorian shooting lodge.
In the sitting room, the red leather Chesterfields gather around the wood burning stove, while the windows are set into one of the romantic circular towers.
Each of the three ensuite bedrooms has its own character and one even has a four poster bed.
Three course dinner
The self catering facilities in the cottages are ideal for home cooks but, if you want a night or two away from the stove, the offer includes a discount on table d’hote dinners in The Verandah Restaurant at the Atholl Palace Hotel.
Normally £28.50 for a three course table d’hote dinner with coffee, thanks to this offer you can enjoy a three course set dinner in the restaurant for £20 per person.
The kitchen specialises in game and fish from Scotland’s larder. The menus change regularly but typical choices might include starters such as the cured crayfish tails with egg and a lime and cracked pepper dressing.
Typical main course choices could include honey and rosemary baked ham with a bramble, juniper and mint jus; Savoy cabbage, spicy Aberdeenshire black pudding and a tattie skillet.
During your stay, you can enjoy full use of the hotel’s leisure facilities including indoor heated swimming pools, a sauna, Jacuzzi, gym and snooker table. The hotel’s beautiful formal gardens are always a popular spot for a stroll – perfect for a winter break.