As Christmas rolls around we all know someone who is hard to buy for.
They may be lovable, likable and generally all round nice people and yet remain stubbornly hard-to-buy-for.
Happily help is at hand.
If you are struggling with a hard-to-buy-for, give them the gift of time out with today’s Big Deal on a getaway break to Strathblane Country House.
Within easy reach of the Central Belt, this charming hotel offers a warm welcome; beautiful scenery and a sense of tranquillity – perfect for a refreshing getaway.
Built in 1874 as a family home, Strathblane Country House Hotel retains its traditional character while offering comfortable, elegant surroundings and warm hospitality.
Available seven days a week, the Big Deal is for two people to enjoy an overnight stay in a deluxe king-size room.
As well as a £20 per person allocation for dinner, the offer includes a full cooked breakfast.
Each of the individually styled, ensuite bedrooms has its own unique character and includes features such as free WiFi, Freeview channels and hot drinks facilities.
Depending on availability, guests may have the option to upgrade to a superior room for an additional £30.
From the fresh fish, which is delivered daily, to the Aberdeen Angus beef, the hotel restaurant uses only the freshest Scottish produce.
As well as a full cooked breakfast, the deal includes a £20 per person allowance for dinner.
In order to ensure all dishes are fresh and seasonal, the menu changes on a daily basis.
Typical starters may include ham hock and chive terrine with a cider shot and crusty bread or the trio of mushroom risotto, haggis and black pudding bon-bons with peppercorn, whisky and white wine dipping sauces.
Popular main courses include the traditional game pie with venison, pigeon, duck and beef or the seared fillet of sea bream on a bed of dauphinoise potato with asparagus and a chilli dip.
Some dishes, such as steak, may be available for a supplement.
Although only half an hour from Glasgow and Stirling, Strathblane Country House Hotel is surrounded by some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery. The Campsie Fells, Dumgoyne and Ben Lomond are all within easy striking distance.
While not part of the Big Deal, guests can book a falconry session at the bird of prey centre in the hotel grounds.
Whether you want a hands-on session or simply to watch these magnificent birds swooping from the sky, Strathblane Country House Hotel can hook you up with a feathered friend.
Alternatively, simply relax with a book and perhaps a dram in the hotel’s Fireside Lounge.
Under new management since earlier this year, Strathblane Country House has plenty of new friends on TripAdvisor. We’ve edited this recent review for length:
‘Top class romantic country getaway. My husband and I stayed here last weekend and I can not speak highly enough of the hotel and its staff. Our room was so spacious, and decorated in a classic Scottish style. We found the room to be clean and very cosy…’
‘Nothing was too much trouble for the staff and we felt very welcome. Karen and Connor were especially friendly. The food was lovely, and we enjoyed our dining experience with both dinner and breakfast…The hotel is also set in beautiful grounds, which were lovely to wake up to in the morning. Would recommend this hotel for a stay… Looking forward to returning!’
Christmas gift idea
With vouchers valid until the end of March 2015, this Big Deal would make a splendid Christmas present or a great pre-Christmas escape.
A winter getaway to a cosy hotel will always raise a smile – especially when it’s conveniently easy to get to.