It’s fair to say that not all parents view the school holidays with quite as much glee as their children.
Keep them sweet with today’s Big Deal on a family lunch with leisure club access at the four star Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro.
The promise of a session in the pool is always a useful tool to have when looking at six weeks of school holidays.
Family day out
The impressive Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro sits in ten acres of landscaped grounds and enjoys spectacular views of the Trossachs.
While it feels a long way from the bustle of the cities, it is within an easy 45 minute drive from Glasgow or Edinburgh.
This Big Deal on lunch and a day pass to the leisure club would make a great family day out.
Two course lunch
Available Sunday to Friday, the offer is for two adults and two children, aged ten or under, to enjoy a two course lunch at the hotel.
The hotel prides itself on using the best local produce and features menus inspired by the one and only Nick Nairn.
Children will eat from the children’s or young adults’ menu. The grown-ups can choose from the following dishes:
Soup of the day
Ham hock terrine
Smoked Loch Duart salmon ‘Nick Nairn’ with a wedge of lemon and brown bread
Peppered goat’s cheese on sourdough toast with chilli tomato salsa
Panko-crumbed fillet of Scottish Haddock with fries, lemon and handmade tartare sauce
Nick’s own recipe char-grilled 7oz cheeseburger, made with 100% Scottish rump steak, handcut chips, pickles and Kailyard slaw
Nick’s chargrilled chicken Caesar with Romaine lettuce, sour dough croutons and Parmesan
Summer vegetable risotto
Take it easy by the pool
With this offer, guests are welcome to use leisure facilities such as the 17-metre swimming pool, the gym, steam room, sauna and bubble pool.
A few lengths of the pool followed by a stint in the bubble pool should help work up an appetite for lunch.
Dunblane Hydro has no shortage of fans. Taken from longer reviews, this is what recent guests had to say on TripAdvisor:
‘Love the heated swimming pool’
‘Tasty food, with many Nick Nairn signature dishes, nicely cooked and well presented, served by friendly, polite, staff who seem well trained.’
‘Very impressed and we will definitely be back. Leisure facilities and staff were also very good.’
This Big Deal would be ideal for a family day out. You could even combine it with a visit to local attractions such as the Wallace Monument, Stirling Castle or the Falkirk Wheel.
Are six weeks of school holidays beginning to seem slightly less daunting?