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Issue 91 - Premium Choice

Scotland Magazine Issue 91
February 2017


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Reviewing a selection of Scotland's best hotels.

No holiday in Scotland is complete without experiencing the comfortable surroundings, delicious food and warm hospitality for which the country is famous. Whether you're searching for urban luxury, an island retreat, exquisite cuisine, some trout or salmon fishing, a few rounds of golf or even your own castle, the Scottish Hotel Awards team will point you in the right direction.

Boclair House Hotel
Glasgow, G61 2TQ

Boclair House is a stunning period mansion built in 1890 by the benevolent Buchanan sisters to house members of the family clan who had fallen onto hard times. In 2016, Manorview Hotels carefully and sympathetically transformed it from a council administrative headquarters into a spectacular boutique hotel and wedding venue. In doing so they have created something very special.

Guests are greeted with an awe-inspiring, sweeping approach to the main entrance and this first impression is only the beginning of an irrepressible feeling of travelling back to the days when Boclair House was at the height if its pomp.

The hotel comprises of 12 suites named after a Scottish island and inside the rooms guests are provided with every luxury: sumptuous oversized beds and period furniture are complimented by unique, impressive chandeliers that create a real centrepiece to the wonderful design.

The bar and restaurant area are designed with dark wood panelling and rich fabrics; these touches all add to a sense of grandeur. The dinner experience is a continuation of this high standard and a very fine menu is executed superbly by the kitchen team. This fantastic new hotel is sure to become a great asset to the local community.

SHA — Boutique and Romantic Hotel of the Year 2017 (Glasgow & Clyde)
+44 (0) 1419 424 278

Dumfries Arms Hotel
Cumnock, KA18 1BY Situated in the centre of the East Ayrshire town of Cumnock, just off the A76, the Dumfries Arms Hotel is a contemporary, stylish boutique hotel that has a rich 300-year history.

Over the years, the hotel has played host to many colourful characters. These include Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns, who spent many a night at the old hotel bar, and Sir Walter Scott, the poet and novelist.

A truly elegant period property, it has been renovated to its full glory with tasteful and contemporary décor. There are 28 bedrooms of different styles; all are spacious, have been individually designed and furnished to a high four-star standard, and have all the modern amenities you would expect.

The hotel's restaurant offers informal dining and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The standard of food is very good. The bar area has a wide range of malt whiskies and is an excellent location for friends and family to meet and catch up. Recently opened at the front of the hotel is the stylish Bar 54. During the day it offers a wide range of snacks and coffees, while come the evening it serves a great range of cocktails, wines and beers.

Nearby attractions include the Robert Burns Birthplace and Museum, Culzean Castle and there are many famous golf courses within an easy travelling distance.

SHA – Boutique, Events and Romantic Hotel of the Year 2017 (South West)
+44 (0) 1290 429 230

Dryburgh Abbey Hotel
St Boswells, TD6 0RQ

The Dryburgh Abbey Hotel has the most amazing location adjacent to the historic Dryburgh Abbey, burial place of Sir Walter Scott, and is literally only yards away from the banks of the majestic River Tweed. Fittingly, the hotel caters for sporting parties and can offer fly fishing tuition. There is a drying room, rod and gun storage facilities, and they welcome well-behaved dogs. This mid 19th Century Baronial Mansion is a most relaxing venue for a quiet break, business meeting or sporting break, yet only an hour from Edinburgh and Newcastle. The hotel is small enough to deliver a very personal style of service, but large enough to host small conferences or weddings for up to 120 guests.

The hotel’s 38 bedrooms offer a good mix of styles from river-view deluxe rooms and suites to standard rooms, some with ground floor access. What’s more, there is also a swimming pool and sauna for guests to use, making it an ideal location for a family retreat.

The hotel has two restaurants: a relaxed ground-floor bistro and the more opulent Tweed Restaurant on the first floor. The menus reflect the ingredients that can be sourced locally and many of the herbs and vegetables come from the hotel’s gardens.

SHA – Country House, Family, Pet Friendly and Wedding Hotel of the Year 2017
(The Borders)
+44 (0) 1835 822 261

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