We can almost see the appeal of hiking up a snow-covered mountain on a crisp winter’s day.
It is just that given the choice, we would prefer to float around a heated pool after a delicious afternoon tea, with a bottle of Prosecco to to indulge in.
Ideally, we would finish with a night cap in front of a log fire before retiring early to our luxurious bedroom.
We always like to get a good eight hours in before tackling a full Scottish in the morning.
If the pool/afternoon tea/luxurious bedroom combo appeals more than the hill walk/blisters/march then today’s Big Deal on an overnight stay at Macdonald Houstoun House Hotel has your name all over it it.
Or indeed the name of your other half.
The offer is for a cosy winter getaway for two. Valid until the end of March, it would make a very romantic gift.
Set in 22 acres of beautiful woodlands, just west of Edinburgh, Macdonald Houstoun House is an elegant country hotel and retreat.
Once visited by Mary Queen of Scots, the historic building has the classic grace of a 16th century Tower House at its heart.
The hotel’s Vaulted Bar is particularly appealing at this time of year. Comprising three connected rooms, they are all kept toasty with large open fireplaces.
Seven days a week
This Big Deal is for an overnight stay for two in a Classic double or twin room with full Scottish breakfast, bottle of Prosecco on arrival and afternoon tea.
Individually decorated, the Classic bedrooms at Macdonald Houstoun House are extremely comfortable with traditional furnishings and unlimited, free WiFi.
All guests have full use of the hotel’s well-equipped Vital Health Club and Spa, including the pool.
The deal is valid seven days a week, with a £15 per room supplement for Saturday night stays.
Handmade afternoon tea
A perfect way to pass the time is by sitting down to enjoy an afternoon tea whipped up by the kitchen team.
This will include finger sandwiches, assorted fresh fine pastries, mouth-watering cakes, and fluffy scones with Devonshire clotted cream and strawberry preserve.
You can also choose between a selection of teas or coffee – sounds absolutely divine, doesn’t it?
All guests are welcome to use the facilities in the hotel’s Vital Health Club and Spa. As well as the sauna, steam room and fully-equipped Technogym, there is the warm pool which overlooks the surrounding woodlands.
Macdonald Houstoun House has plenty of recommendations on TripAdvisor. These are excerpts from recent reviews:
‘A taste of luxury in a beautiful setting… Set in the countryside with a large, well laid-out and stunning garden. This was a very pleasant one night stay and would have liked to have stayed for a few more.’
‘Lovely stay. I stayed here recently for three nights… The room was lovely and the bed was honestly one of the best I’ve ever slept in… Dinner in the restaurant and bar were great and breakfast was a brilliant way to start the day. Also enjoyed the gym facilities. Thank you for a great stay!!’
‘The grounds and buildings are really beautiful. A fantastic piece of Scottish architecture with the bonus that it is a superb hotel… the pool was just what was needed after a long day… followed by a simple but excellent dinner in the vaulted pub and a sound night’s rest in a very comfortable room.’
Perfect gift idea
Macdonald Houstoun House is just two minutes from the M8 and very convenient for Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling.
As we have mentioned, this offer would be ideal for a romantic getaway.
An overnight stay in a tranquil woodland setting can seem very attractive after an action-packed festive period with the in-laws.