We always make our halfway stop in Manchester whenever we travel between London and Scotland and when we do, we often stay at the Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa. The hotel is part of the Macdonalds chain of luxury hotels and as such has very spacious rooms, several homely offerrings and ensuite bathrooms. It is only just a few minutes walk from Piccadilly train station and a few more walking from the bus station. The hotel has different styles of rooms but the executive rooms which is what we stay in as they are spacious enough for a family of 4 have amazing views overlooking the mancunian highway and of the city.
The other floors have other rooms with views such as the panoramic room and their classic rooms.
I have family in Manchester but the draw for us is the complimentary package which gives access to the hotels thermal suite which has a sensation shower, both an infra red sauna and a hot rock sauna, the scented steam room and an ice igloo at no added cost to the regular room booking price.
I love the many hidden surprises Scotland has to offer when it comes to historical sites that have been preserved and also serve as a serene location to visit. Although many people flock to Eastern countries in search of calmness I love Scotland for its suprising locations such as the Hill of Tarvit estate in the Fife area of Scotland(often called the kingdom of Fife).
It is a beautiful estate on the site a site that goes back to the iron ages, it is believed to have been around since 200 BC and AD 200, and rebuilt at least twice in that period. The estate is spread over 279 acres of woodlands with a well maintained a 20th-century Edwardian mansion that is now owned by the National Trust.
For a small fee, visitors can go inside the house to see the original design and accumulation of furnishings from different generations that were once owned by the Sharp family. The state of art collection includes porcelain, paintings, furniture and antiques. You also get a glimpse of life “below-stairs”for the servants that were employed by the estate
|When I am in Scotland, we often drive up on Sundays to have picnics in the grounds which is free to access.There is a small tearoom and a nice shop selling made in Scotland items on the site. Kids would love going on a day out and trying the several Edwardian style games Hill of Tarvit has on offers during its opening season. On offer are the chance to play Crockett, billiards and other parlor games once you step back to early 1900’s.
The estate has a 40 acres garden and an original golf course in the original 9-hole hickory club. Hill of Tarvit is situated up on a hill with extensive views, it is a mile and a half south of Cupar which is a medium size town with train connections to Edinburgh, London and the rest of Scotland.
Cupar, Fife, KY15 5PB. Telephone : 0844 493 2185 Email : HillofTarvit@nts.org.uk