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Issue 42 - The height of luxury

Scotland Magazine Issue 42
December 2008


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The height of luxury

Scotland Magazine stays the night at Hotel du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens.

In a tree lined terrace in Glasgow’s trendy West End is the city’s finest hotel. Ahotel for anyone who has every felt they were born to live a life of luxury.

Hotel du Vin at One Devonshire Garden is a five star venue offering 49 bedrooms and suites, bistro, treatment room and an enviable reputation for service and style. So much so, that it attracts more than its fair share of celebrity clientele: Kylie Minogue, Lionel Ritchie, Whitney Houston and Princess Anne have all stayed here.

It has a slightly unique construction from the fact that it is actually a terrace of five Victorian townhouses knocked together. The interior is long and warren-like, each house retaining its original features and something of its layout. You will, therefore, find five identical sets of stairs with a dramatic stained glass window at the top of each, as well as five front doors.

Of course, I entered through the wrong door and was scooped up by a member of staff. Ensconced in a comfy chair in front of a log fire, your heavy bags are discretely removed and a silver quaich of Highland Park malt whisky is presented to relieve the stress of travel.

All the rooms at One Devonshire are named after a well known Champagne house, and I was in the unfortunately titled Schoss Gobelsburg room. A big print of the same Champagne hangs above the bed, I imagine to reflect the same sense of luxury, but to me it smacked a little of sponsorship.

But as grievances go this one is minor, and here is where they end.

The room is decorated in a chic palette of black, burgundy, white and grey. The high ceilings give an overwhelming sense of space. Curtains as thick as tree trunks border a big bay window and a black velvet sofa. The rest of the room is filled with the most elegant furniture, an elegant four poster bed taking centre stage.

The bathroom is equally well furnished with a serious monsoon shower, a free standing roll top bath and a small flatscreen television. If there is anything more decadent than watching TV in the bath, I’d love to know what it is.

And each room has all the gadgetry you’d expect, and some you wouldn’t: CD, DVD, flatscreen satellite television, complimentary WiFi, hairdryer, umbrella, ironing board, trouser press, golf putter and putt return and kitchen sink (alright, maybe not the last one).

Executive chef Paul Tamburrini runs the atmospheric oak-pannelled bistro and cooks classic and modern dishes with a Scottish influence, using only the freshest seasonal ingredients from small, local producers.

For dinner: the sweetest butter roasted hand-dived scallops, followed by Buccleuch Estate lamb, textured onions, goat’s cheese emulsion and potato terrine. The slightly fussy presentation on a rectangular piece of slate is surpassed by the quality of the ingredients and the skill of the chefs. You’d be hard pushed to find a finer piece of lamb.

The main was trumped, however, by the cheese selection, wheeled to your table on a great clattering trolley, groaning under the weight of 30 or 40 British and continental cheeses. Goat, sheep, cow, hard, soft, blue, white, young or so ripe it’s walking out the door – it’s all there. A dozen or so different varieties end up on your plate, accompanied by homemade biscuits and pear chutney. It truly is a cheese revelation.

Thankfully, One Devonshire Gardens puts just as much emphasis on your liquid refreshment as your dinner. There are a staggering 500 bins of wine in the cellar (your friendly sommelier will even take you down and show you) and some 300 whiskies to choose from in the dedicated Whisky Snug.

This is a hotel specifically designed to amaze and delight you. Toswaddle you up in sumptuousness. And if it’s good enough for Kylie, it’s certainly good enough for me.

Information One Devonshire Gardens, Glasgow G12 0UX Tel: +44 (0)141 339 2001 Tariff: Single rooms from £145, suites up to £950

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