A purely in­dul­gent af­ter­noon at Gle­nea­gles

Since 1924 Gle­nea­gles has en­joyed the en­vi­able rep­u­ta­tion of be­ing the place in Scot­land to come for Af­ter­noon Tea

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There’s noth­ing quite like the build-up to Christ­mas. Long dark nights, dec­o­rat­ing the tree, plan­ning the feast, shop­ping and of course the so­cial whirl is fun – but let’s be hon­est, it can also be ex­haust­ing. So why not carve out some time for your­self this year, to en­joy one of the most time­less rit­u­als around: Af­ter­noon Tea at Gle­nea­gles.

Gle­nea­gles is beau­ti­ful all year round, but there’s a spe­cial, sim­ple, stark beauty to the es­tate in win­ter. So grab a chum, wrap up warm and take one of the walk­ing and cycling trails that criss-cross the mag­nif­i­cent 850 acre es­tate. Within mo­ments you’ll be trans­ported to a win­ter wonderland, with plenty of wildlife to spot and the un­adorned beauty of the hills to help you feel re­con­nected and re­ju­ve­nated.

Once the cob­webs have been well and truly blown away head back to the sanc­tu­ary of the ho­tel and t he beau­ti­ful Glen­de­von Room, one of many new and re­fur­bished spa­ces. The bright, open lounge oozes so­phis­ti­ca­tion with fan­tas­tic views over the gar­dens to­wards the Ochil Hills. In De­cem­ber, fairy lights glint against fine china and sil­ver­ware and t he ser­vice is al­ways re­laxed – af­ter all, Af­ter­noon Tea has been taken here since 1924, so there’s no need to rush.

Be­gin with your choice of fine and rare teas from Newby of Lon­don, in­clud­ing the ex­clu­sive Glen­de­von Blend. En­joy a mouth-wa­ter­ing se­lec­tion of fin­ger sand­wiches, freshly baked warm scones with a sea­sonal blue­berry and whisky pre­serve, then tickle your taste­buds with a se­lec­tion of del­i­cate pas­tries, all made by hand in the Gle­nea­gles kitchen. Add a glass of cham­pagne for a truly in­dul­gent treat – a de­li­cious ac­com­pa­ni­ment to a melt-in-the­mouth cas­sis mac­aron. Then re­turn to real life, re­stored, re­fo­cused and ready to take on that turkey, af­ter the per­fect end to an idyl­lic af­ter­noon. The Gle­nea­gles Af­ter­noon Tea also makes a very spe­cial Christ­mas gift. Vouch­ers can be pur­chased at Gle­nea­gles.com, Veg­e­tar­ian and gluten­free op­tions are also avail­able. Reser­va­tions are avail­able by call­ing 01764 694270.

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