At this time of year there’s an urge to, if not get away from it all, at least get away from most of it.
An escape to a rural idyll is the ideal way to combat the winter blues. Scotland’s fabulous scenery becomes all the more attractive when city skies are relentlessly grey and oppressive.
Today’s Big Deal offers the alluring prospect of escape, in the form of a two-night break in Perthshire, enjoying the charm and hospitality of the Bridge of Cally Hotel near Blairgowrie.
A two-night getaway gives you the chance to relax, enjoy a stroll in the scenic countryside and return to the warmth of a log burning stove and a decent selection of malts in the bar.
The Bridge of Cally Hotel is just 30 minutes drive from Perth or Dundee, nestling in the foothills near Glenshee, at the gateway to the Highlands. For lovers of the outdoors, it’s an ideal base for walking, skiing or mountain biking.
Available Wednesday to Sunday, this Big Deal is for two people to enjoy a two-night stay in a standard double or twin room with full Scottish breakfast. As an introduction to the hotel’s relaxed hospitality, guests are welcomed with tea and scones.
Upgrades to a superior double or twin room are available at a supplement of £20 per room per night.
Although the offer dates do not cover the festive period, there is the option to book a stay over Hogmanay, for a supplementary payment of £50, and enjoy an inspiring Perthshire start to 2016.
The contemporary décor twin or double en suite rooms combine city comforts in the tranquil setting of a rustic retreat. Amenities include flat screen TVs, luxury Inspired Scotland toiletries and tea and coffee-making facilities.
Superior rooms are slightly larger, with attractive views over the hills.
The deal includes a full Scottish breakfast to set you up for a day’s exploring. The hotel restaurant is also renowned for its locally sourced and home-cooked meals, served in the relaxed conservatory with a real log fire.
The chef’s winter menu has a strong Scottish accent, with hearty and inventive dishes including cullen skink, ham hock terrine, haggis and black pudding tower and darne of salmon. The restaurant also offers traditional pub classics and a selection of gourmet burgers.
Out and about
The Bridge of Cally Hotel is situated on the Cateran Trail, and makes a handy base for enthusiastic walkers and mountain-bikers. If conditions are conducive for skiing, the Glenshee slopes are just 20 minutes away.
There are a variety of outdoors pursuits options in the vicinity, including golf and fishing. A drop of rain is no cause for lamentation though, as it provides the perfect excuse to linger by the hotel’s log burning stove and cast an eye over the extensive selection of single malts and real ales.
The tranquil market town of Blairgowrie, with small shops, restaurants and pubs, is just six miles away.
The Bridge of Cally Hotel has attracted plenty of positive feedback on TripAdvisor, including these recent reviews:
‘The location of the hotel is lovely. There is a wee riverside walk round the hotel which is quite easy going and enjoyable. The welcome from the staff was very friendly. Log fire burning, food delicious, room very clean and comfortable. Will be returning.’
‘Staff are excellent and so welcoming. Great choice of fresh food. Perfect for a relaxing break in an area of outstanding beauty.’
Perthshire in winter has a majestic beauty that makes it an ideal destination for a short getaway from the city.
This Big Deal to the Bridge of Cally Hotel near Blairgowrie would make a welcome pre-Christmas respite from hectic seasonal preparations or a great Christmas gift, offering the prospect of a romantic mini-break in the new year.