CHRIST­MAS STAY

SF’s subscriber­s en­joy a city break and make a start on their Christ­mas shop­ping

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No. 10, Glas­gow Re­viewed by Rose­mary Gar­ner from Tay­val­lich

It’s a real plea­sure to ar­rive at a ho­tel with easy, am­ple park­ing and so close to a city cen­tre. No 10 is there­fore the ideal lo­ca­tion for a short break or for a lux­u­ri­ous Christ­mas shop­ping trip, the bonus be­ing that No 10 is only a twominute walk to the sta­tion for a 10-minute train ride into Glas­gow city cen­tre and its ex­cel­lent choice of shops, from all of the usual sus­pects to some re­ally charm­ing lit­tle bou­tiques.

The ho­tel has been con­verted from two dou­ble fronted Vic­to­rian houses and one is an an­nexe for the ex­ec­u­tive bed­rooms which are spa­cious with high, beau­ti­ful ceil­ings. Our ex­ec­u­tive room had a very com­fort­able king size bed over­look­ing Queen’s Park, which was per­fect for our stroll in the au­tumn sun­shine.

The bath­room was ele­gant, equally spa­cious and in­cluded lots of fluffy tow­els, toi­letries and bathrobes. We de­cided to en­joy a pre-din­ner drink in the bar be­fore we sam­pled the menu in the small but cosy restau­rant.

The menu is var­ied with lots to choose from. Our main cour­ses were sir­loin steak with a pep­per­corn sauce and seafood lin­guini. The flavours were ex­cel­lent. We commented on how well the wine was chilled and re­mained so through­out the meal. And the ser­vice in the restau­rant? That was ex­cel­lent too as it was through­out the ho­tel.

Next morn­ing we lin­gered over break­fast as it is served un­til 10am. We helped our­selves to the buf­fet which in­cluded some lovely fruit sal­ads, then made our se­lec­tion from the ex­ten­sive full Scot­tish which was de­li­cious. Fi­nally , for a Christ­mas break there is a lot go­ing on at No 10 over the fes­tive sea­son. Through­out De­cem­ber they are of­fer­ing fine din­ing for lunch (in­clud­ing Christ­mas Day and din­ner. As well as Hog­manay they are also host­ing a num­ber of party nights, which will be ideal for a get-to­gether with friends, fam­ily or fel­low Christ­mas shop­pers!

Prices from £90 per room B&B

The Dun­stane Houses, Ed­in­burgh Re­viewed by Mr & Mrs Barnes from Bath­gate

The Dun­stane Houses are a short walk from Hay­mar­ket sta­tion. We were warmly wel­comed by Caro­line, who of­fered a ‘wee dram’ on our ar­rival.

We could tell by the decor this was some­thing spe­cial. The ho­tel has un­der­gone ex­ten­sive up­grad­ing re­cently in all 17 bed­rooms and suites as well as the pub­lic ar­eas. There is a comfy lounge ad­join­ing the bar, which also acts as the restau­rant. Two houses dat­ing back to 1850 make up this unique ho­tel, the Dun­stane House and Hamp­ton House. Both houses are rich in his­tory and it is nice to see them pre­served.

We stayed in the Dun­stane Suite, which was beau­ti­fully ap­pointed. The bed­room with sit­ting area had am­ple ameni­ties in­clud­ing robes and slip­pers, a Nespresso cof­fee ma­chine and a fine se­lec­tion of teas. The large bath­room had a good ar­ray of qual­ity toi­letries, with the fo­cal point of the room a large cop­per bath lo­cated in the bay win­dow.

One of the many good things about the ho­tel is that you do not step straight into the hus­tle and bus­tle as you would in a city cen­tre ho­tel, yet it is only min­utes from the main shop­ping ar­eas and Christ­mas at­trac­tions; and there is a bus stop right out­side.

The Ba’Bar is a whisky lover’s dream with some vin­tage and very rare sin­gle malts; in to­tal, I counted 70. Gin lovers are not over­looked as the se­lec­tion runs to 21. The din­ner menu is Or­ca­dian-themed, a nod to the owner’s roots, and there is plenty of choice, both in terms of starters and mains. Sweets are also worth leav­ing room for. Both con­ti­nen­tal and cooked break­fasts are on of­fer and served till 11am. Af­ter­noon tea, although not sam­pled, looked sump­tu­ous.

When con­sid­er­ing a night for two away for Christ­mas shop­ping, or even a fes­tive break, this ho­tel ticks all the boxes.

Prices from £154 per night B&B

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