The Gleneagles Hotel is approximately an hours drive from Edinburgh Airport. We hired a car and drove the scenic route to the hotel through the countryside, a lot better than driving on the motorway. I love seeing the snow on the mountain tops.
Check in was pleasant and there was no queue. Our luggage was taken straight from our car and taken to our room. It arrived the same time as we did and we were shown around our room. More importantly we were shown how to use the fire, how I love a fire in a bedroom. The wind was howling outside and I was warm and cosy in my room snuggled in my luxurious bathrobe.
On our first evening we had dinner over in The Dormy Clubhouse. The clubhouse is just under a 10 minute walk from the hotel. We decided to get a lift as it was very cold and didn’t want to ruin my heels!! Good excuse don’t you think.. We started with Whiskey cured smoked salmon with lemon jelly, Heritage potatoes and basil cress. Our main course was 28 day aged Scotch beef, a jumbo prawn with garlic butter and lastly we had a buffet dessert which included Rhubarb-Apple Crumbles, Mini key lime pies, Choux buns – Salt Caramel, Exotic fruit pavlovas and much more. Just in case you wondered, I didn’t eat all the desserts shown below!!!! The food was delicious.
Breakfast was taken the next morning in The Strathearn Restaurant. I loved this restaurant as it felt very homely and we sat by the window and had the morning sun beaming in. I ordered a smoked salmon omelette with a side of mushrooms and my daily peppermint tea.
After breakfast we took a leisurely stroll around the grounds, we saw the golf course, watched the Falcon flying around and even saw a maze in the gardens and then it was time for lunch!!!
As all I seemed to have done is eat and chill by the fire I decided to check out the gym. Nice to see plenty of towels, water, fruit and headphones to borrow too. Great equipment, there was everything I needed and more and I had a good workout.
We were lucky enough to experience a traditional Scottish Dinner in The Gleneagles Suite. It started with the Haggis being brought into the room by the chef. He read a poem and then we toasted the Haggis with Whiskey. We started with Haggis – neeps – tatties – whiskey sauce. I will always try something once, but its the thought of whats in the haggis thats very off putting. But as its a traditional dish of the country I had a taste. After another fine dinner we were escorted into The Ballroom where we were entertained by the lovely Lulu for the evening.
Before we left the next morning I had to have another smoked salmon omelette, delicious. It’s so nice to sit and relax over breakfast, something that rarely happens at home.
We had an Estate room in The Braid House. I really loved this room. A massive bed, a separate shower cubicle and a claw foot bath, perfect. There was even a balcony with a table and chairs (a little cold to be using though) and don’t forget the fire too. Wifi was compliematary and fast even in the bedrooms. To get to the Braid House its a quick walk through the little arcade of shops. (Good excuse to keep popping in the shops) Apparently the US Ryder Cup team will be taking over the Braid House during their stay.
The five million pound refit has just been completed on The Club. I saw the pool on the way to the gym and it looks great especially the loungers with their thick plush cushions. I didn’t get a chance to visit The Spa but definitely next time it will be on the top of my list.
Have you ever stayed at Gleneagles? I can highly recommend this hotel. It’s good for a romantic getaway, a golfing break or even a girlie spa weekend. If you want to check out their prices and availability don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.