We stayed at Old Churches House in Dunblane, just outside Stirling for an overnighter – without children this time – and entered a cosy and delightful little hotel and restaurant, nestled in the tiny Scottish village.
It’s kind of ‘tardis-like’ because you think it’s just the traditional cottage looking part of the hotel; but it stretches the whole length of the street and is directly opposite the beautiful cathedral that is the centre of the little village.
It’s the kind of place that you can anchor yourself for the weekend – and visit lots of places like Stirling Castle, The Wallace Monument, and even shopping but if you just want to chill out and kick back, you can, because the rooms are delightful and cosy.
So after a nice relaxing day – we headed for dinner. The restaurant is modern and bustling and we were given a lovely table in the corner, overlooking the lit cathedral and ordered gin and tonics and then food. The cuisine was delicious; steak, venison, prawns – all cooked to perfection and washed down with a wonderful bottle of wine.
In the morning, we were greeted to a busy breakfast room – filled with families and couples. The atmosphere was relaxed and welcoming. It was great for the families – all passing round babies and feeding toddlers – all the while the waiteresses were keeping calm and in control. The breakfast was yummy – and rounded off a lovely weekend away.
And while we didn’t have the children with us; this is the kind of place that is very child-friendly, so if you are staying over in the area for a wedding or just want a wee change of scenery, this beautiful hotel will wrap its warmth around you like your favourite winter coat. Enjoy this little haven of heaven – it’s a perfect retreat.
A bit about the hotel…
The hotel has been redeveloped from the former Scottish Churches House ecumenical centre at a cost of £250,000, the building has retained its quirky layout and character features. A place where generations of Scottish Christians enjoyed holidays and meetings, the hotel is now welcoming a whole new array of visitors as it looks forward to hosting weddings, Christenings and events as well as looking after guests coming to stay. Following its summer 2013 opening, Old Churches House has already established itself as a popular place to eat. Its new Champagne Afternoon Tea Service, launched last Autumn, has been particularly popular.
“Opening our doors last summer to launch our eleven bedroom hotel and 60 cover restaurant The Dining Room was Phase One for us of what we are calling “sensitive commercial enterprise”,” said Alex McKie of The Fusion Group who has given the former Scottish Churches House its new and exciting lease of life.
To make a hotel booking call 01786 823663 and for a restaurant booking call 01786 825142; further details at www.oldchurcheshouse.com