Autumn is the season where Mother Nature digs out her paint brushes, looks at the trees and lets her imagination run wild.
If you want to see the autumnal art show at its best then today’s Big Deal with the Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa in Peebles, is your front row invite to the gallery.
Located between Cardrona and Glentress forests, the four star Macdonald Cardrona Hotel is perfectly positioned for viewing the Scottish autumn.
Just 40 minutes outside Edinburgh and 90 minutes from Glasgow, it is also an easy to reach spot for anyone looking for a convenient getaway.
Today’s Big Deal comes in two tiers. Option one is valid seven days a week and is for two people to relax with an overnight stay in a classic twin or double room.
The offer includes a three course dinner from the table d’hote menu in the award-winning Renwicks Restaurant and a full Scottish breakfast in the morning. Supplements apply to some dishes from the grill section.
Option two is for guests to add to their stay with a round of golf on the hotel’s magnificent Championship course or a 30 minute treatment in the hotel’s luxurious spa.
There may be availability to upgrade to an Executive room for a supplement of £30 per night payable direct to hotel.
Benefiting from views of the surrounding hills, the classic bedrooms feature rich, soft furnishings, comfortable beds, blackout curtains and luxury en-suite bathrooms with separate showers.
The proud holders of an AA Rosette, Renwicks Restaurant is an airy and inviting space, featuring panoramic views of the golf course and the Border hills. The chefs use only the finest Scottish beef, lamb, pork and wild white fish and, where possible, also source local, organic suppliers for the vegetables and dairy products.
As well as a full Scottish breakfast, guests will enjoy a three course dinner in Renwicks.
The menu changes regularly but typical starters might be the smoked haddock from John Ross Jr of Aberdeen with a pannacotta, lemon and caper dressing while popular main courses include the braised shoulder of Highland lamb, roast root vegetables and garlic mash.
Championship golf course
For many people, a round on the resort’s Cardrona Championship golf course will be a highlight of their stay and it’s available with option two of today’s Big Deal.
Designed by former Ryder Cup player Dave Thomas in 2001, the Par 72 parkland and woodland course prompted Sandy Lyle to comment that: ‘The Cardrona course will excite, challenge and thrill. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed’.
Indulge in a spa treatment
The Spa at Macdonald Cardrona Hotel is the perfect place to unwind and features an eighteen metre pool as well as a state of the art Technogym.
As part of the option two deal, guests can indulge in a 30 minute spa treatment from the wide range on offer.
Whatever treatment you choose, the expert staff will ensure that your time in the spa is as relaxing as possible.
See & do
Other available activities at the hotel’s activity centre include rock-climbing, abseiling, quad biking, archery or off-road driving. Alternatively, the mountain biking in the nearby Glentress Forest is superb.
The Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa has plenty of enthusiastic reviews on TripAdvisor. This is what a recent guest had to say:
‘Excellent weekend at this hotel for my birthday. Even though the hotel was full the staff could not do enough for you and were always very friendly. Got upgrade from standard room to executive because we had been there before. Food was great and well presented.’
Take a break
Whether you want to see the forests blaze into their autumn colours, relax with a round of golf or simply escape the city for a night, today’s Big Deal is your passport to chilling out.