When you listen to a meditation app, the voice talking to you tells you to imagine a really beautiful, calm place that makes you feel at peace and happy – the DrimSynie Estate is just that place. Standing at the edge of the lawns in the front of the hotel with sprawling lake and hills in full view you wonder if you are a part of a beautiful landscape picture.
The Drimsynie Estate is a really large retreat with its own hotel, private lodges and mobile houses that you can rent or even buy. Its located in Glencole, Scotland and the best way I would recommend is to fly to London and then to Edinburgh and then drive to the estate (drive takes about two hours). On way, you’ll cross Scottish Highlands, some old cottages, broken down churches and will simply love the drive.
The estate is completely hidden by the landscape and the forest and you won’t see it till you reach there. When approaching the drive to the Drimsynie House Hotel (this is where we stayed), you’ll think it’s a castle and not a hotel. It literally is, but with all the fine luxurious amenities of modern day life – just perfect The hotel is sprawling – has rooms, huge 24×7 play area for kids with a cute comic character hanging around the place, a bar, a golf course, pool, jacuzzi and gym. So it dosen’t really matter if you are alone or with family, the hotel has enuff facilities to keep everyone busy.
Rooms in the house hotel are modest but nice, have all basic amenities and bathrooms are okay (we didn’t stay in the plush luxurious ones :P). The bar is well equipped and has wi-fi (most areas of the hotel have wi-fi) and food is great. If you book a room you get complimentary International breakfast which is a must have. Just yum. A room is approx 13,000 per night Indian Rupees FYI.
The best part of the stay is the walk through the estate, so after you’ve freshen up, pack everything in a small backpack and just walk through the large estate. You can walk around the lake or sit on the little bridge by the rivulet that flows through the estate and breathe in the fresh air. You can spend your whole day at the spot and most tourists who stay at the hotel do just that.
I’m sure I haven’t been able to do justice to the place (and also cos I am dying to post this post hence typing in great hurry :)), but hope these pictures will give an idea. So next time you are off to London, you know what not to miss.
(Pic: view of hotel)