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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
What is a country house hotel?
A country house is a large historic house, hall or mansion, usually set within extensive estate grounds and parkland. The term ‘country house’ can sometimes be referred to as a ‘manor house’. Historically, as part of a feudal estate the local lord would typically own the house and the surrounding land. Many of these country house estates are steeped in history dating back several centuries. Others were built by the nouveau riche with proceeds gained from the much more recent Industrial Revolution. Some of these old country houses have now been converted into luxury hotels, many with 21st century amenities and features.
What amenities and features can I expect?
Usually set in extensive grounds, activities such as archery, cycling, fishing, golf and tennis are common. Many hotels also feature wellness facilities such as swimming pools with leisure spas offering a range of body treatments. In particular, activities to be found at some Scottish country houses may also include falconry, shooting, skiing and even stalking.
Family and Pet Friendly?
As mentioned above, as many of these hotels are set in extensive grounds, and as the name suggests, deep in the country, dog friendly accommodation for walkers is common. Guests need to mention pets when booking as extra charges may be applicable. Whilst children may be welcome in many properties with some even offering babysitting services, others are for the exclusive use of adults. Please check the individual property details for specific information concerning pets and children.
Normally smart casual is the order of the day when enjoying a fine dining experience, so generally no shorts or flip-flops.