Afternoon Tea · Lifestyle · Travel

DALMAHOY HOTEL & COUNTRY CLUB

Last weekend my mum and I had such a wonderful experience at Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club in Edinburgh. For Christmas my auntie had gifted us a Pamper Package for the hotel and for various reasons we waited until July to use it. It was just what I needed following a stressful fourth year of uni and then not having much to look forward to after graduation and grad ball.

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The pamper package included our overnight stay, a 30-minute salon treatment, afternoon tea, use of the leisure facilities, bathrobes and slippers, breakfast in bed, and a late check-out. It was just the perfect way to unwind and have a totally chilled weekend.

We both booked in for back, neck and shoulder massages and luckily there was two beauticians so we were able to get our treatments at the same time. This massage felt amazing. The salon is quite small but it was perfect at giving you that totally relaxed feel. This was only my third massage so it’s still something I find a bit weird but I could feel all the knots in my back and shoulders being worked on until they were no longer there and I came away from the massage feeling incredible. I feel like weekly, or at least monthly, massages should be mandatory! Maybe one day my wage will allow for such luxury…

We were lucky enough to get into our room hours before the actual check-in time so after the massages we headed back to our room for a cup of tea and to get ready for our afternoon tea. Ahhhh… Afternoon tea, one of life’s (and my) greatest pleasures. Okay so, the service wasn’t 10/10 which surprised me for a ‘luxury’ hotel but nonetheless, afternoon tea was wonderful.

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again: I love an afternoon tea where your savouries are more than just sandwiches. So this was fab. We had ham and celery; smoked salmon and cream cheese; and egg mayo finger sandwiches but we also got a black pudding bon-bon and a mini goat’s cheese and red onion tart. The scones were delish and obviously freshly baked, as they should be! There was such a variety of cakes as well. We enjoyed a pistachio macaron, carrot cake, raspberry cake, and banana and walnut loaf cake. It was a truly enjoyable afternoon and the setting for the afternoon tea was lovely and fairly traditionally Scottish which I loved. Writing this post, I’ve been amazed to discover Dalmahoy’s traditional afternoon tea costs just £13.95pp – incredible value for money for such a stunning location!

The grounds of the hotel were beautiful, now I am not a golfer by any stretch of the imagination but enjoying a glass of bubbles outside overlooking the greenery of a golf course was great.

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We enjoyed such a chilled Saturday evening after our massages and afternoon tea. We lazed out in our rooms with complimentary bathrobes and slippers in tow, drinking wine and diving into great books. A lot of the time, I feel you never take advantage of your hotel room, but you use it as a pit stop between busy activities. It was wonderful to just enjoy such a beautiful hotel room and not feel rushed to do anything or be anywhere. As we had use of the leisure facilities, I decided I fancied a dip in the swimming pool at about 8pm. This was bliss. I had considered a wee swim earlier in the day but the pool was so busy. At this time in the evening, I had the pool to myself which was fab. I was also pleasantly surprised when I realised it was a heated swimming pool. There was also a sauna and steam room which stupidly I did not take advantage of! Everything down to the changing facilities were beautiful at Dalmahoy. I have never got ready in such a stunning room to go swimming!

Our room was a great size; we each had a double bed to ourselves, a wee sitting area with armchairs and a coffee table, a dressing table, gorgeous bathroom with bath, and of course there was a kettle and everything you needed for making tea or coffee. I also loved that there was a decent sized fridge and an ice bucket which was great for having chilled vino in the room! Everything about the room was gorgeous and the beds were so so comfy. You know those ones that you never want to leave? That’s what we’re speaking about here.

Breakfast was also just fantastic. I am a huge breakfast person, give me all the sausages, bacon, black pudding, hash browns, tattie scones, pancakes, waffles… anything! I just love a breakfast. And this did not disappoint. We could have had breakfast in bed because of our package but we were both keen to just get ready, head down and help ourselves! It was a breakfast buffet and everything was just cooked to perfection, plus it means I got to stack my plate pretty high!

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I wish I could say this was all I had but… That would be a lie; oops!

I can’t think of a single thing I can fault about Dalmahoy (okay, drinks weren’t cheap but they never are at hotels like this). It was such an amazing gift from my auntie and it really was the perfect way to enjoy a chilled out weekend, spending time with one of my favourite people. There’s so many nice places in Scotland I want to investigate but I would definitely consider returning to Dalmahoy and would recommend it to anyone who fancies a relaxed weekend or a weekend full of golf!

-Shona x

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