Saturday, 23 November 2013

Weekend Adventures: Marriott Dalmahoy

This particular weekend adventure saw us having a girly weekend away at the Dalmahoy Country Club and Hotel (courtesy of Marriott), just outside of Edinburgh.  Marriott have launched a new campaign to #travelbrilliantly and with our goal of having a super relaxing lux weekend we managed it with style!

The hotel is only about 20 minutes drive from the centre of town but as you drive up you get a real sense of space and quiet with a generous helping of rolling lawns and leafy scenery.  As it was once a baronial manor, it has a very grand and impressive entrance to reception and the surroundings of the hotel are just beautiful.  We were lucky enough to have a crisp autumnal day to explore the grounds and take in the stunning scenery.  With two golf courses on site (including the Championship East Course, spanning over 7,400 yards), the grounds are kept gorgeous and lush.
We were thrilled to be sharing a suite in the baronial side of the hotel.  All the details of the hotel were classic and tasteful; from the grand chandelier by the curved staircase, the claw feet of the free standing bath and the delightful surprise of a telescope by the window - all gorgeous features that we absolutely loved.  
After unpacking and settling in, a celebratory drink was in order and we headed down to the cocktail lounge.  With whisky a specialty of the bar, we tried their whisky tasters - three measures of recommended Scotch whiskies which the girl at the bar explained were of increasing strength.  She explained that adding a few drops of water helps release the oils and flavours of the whisky.  We sampled a honeyish Dalwinnie, a delicate and rich Glenkinchie Edinburgh malt and a rich and smoky Tallisker.
After imbibing our spirits, it was back to the room to relax on our ridiculously plump cushions with snacks, magazines, DVDs and plenty of chat.  We gratefully received a Scottish welcome package when we arrived including treats of Tunnocks Teacake, Irn Bru and thick buttery tablet so it was a good opportunity to tuck into it!

A visit to the Dalmahoy's Pentland Restaurant is a must.  With big windows facing out towards the grounds, the views are spectacular and the food is divine.  We tucked into three courses including a goats cheese and heirloom tomato salad, savoury pea pannacotta, luscious rich roast lamb with spiced beetroot and barley and a raspberry risotto with milk sorbet.  Utterly full of food and wine, the suite becomes our haven of relaxation where we can watch the skies and stars from the couch.

The Dalmahoy Hotel is a perfect escape - it's beautiful setting was just right for a girly weekend and it would work just as well for a romantic break or a golfing weekend getaway.  It's traditional but with modern touches and is a super comfortable place to stay.

Room prices at the Dalmahoy start at £88 per night or £178 for a weekend stay including a 3-course dinner  and breakfast for two. Our stay was complimentary, for review purposes.

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