Situated close to Grantown on Spey, Tigh na Sgiath Country House Hotel (gaelic for house on the wing/edge) was originally built in 1902 for the MacKenzie family, founders of the MacKinnon MacKenzie shipping line. The house was later sold to Sir Thomas Lipton of the Lipton tea and grocery family and then to Major Scott and Lady Scott Hartley, famous for their jam making and grocery business.
In succession, the families used the house as their country retreat here in the heart of the beautiful Scottish Highlands, taking advantage of the exceptional shooting and fishing in the surrounding area.
Tigh na Sgiath is set in 2.5 acres of mature wooded grounds in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park, there are views of the Cairngorm Mountains and Cromdale hills from the front of the hotel, where breathtaking sunsets and the ever changing vista of the day make it an almost spiritual experience to sit, view and relax in the tranquillity that is Speyside.
The hotel has retained many original features such as the open log fires and the rich wood panelling. Each room has been individually designed to express its own individuality and now offers an exceptional level of comfort and luxury throughout the hotel.
TIGH NA SGIATH COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL
nr Grantown on Spey, Inverness-shire
Spring Breaks From £75 per person, per night, including dinner,
bed and breakfast
The Five Course Dinner menu offers a varied choice making creative use of local produce – the finest local game, lamb and seafood are utilised, the style of cuisine is modern Scottish. The menu incorporates vegetarian/gluten free and vegan dietary requirements. Great emphasis is also placed on the use of fresh organic vegetables, which are cooked imaginatively. To compliment your dining experience, the hotel boasts an alluring range of wines from around the world. Being in the heart of Speyside there is also an extensive malt whisky collection – around 140 different malts are on offer.
Becoming a popular feature at Tigh na Sgiath is the Traditional Afternoon Full Cream Tea. The hotel offers an interesting array of over 30 different types of Tea served up in fine bone China, exquisite selection of sandwiches, traditional scones with clotted cream, a wide variety of home made tarts and cream cakes, biscuits and home made preserves. For those with less of an appetite, half cream teas are available also.
Reservations for Afternoon Tea are essential. The hotel is owned and run personally by Iain and Elaine MacDonald-Coulter, who after many years in the hotel business on the West Coast of Scotland, have made Tigh na Sgiath their home. Warm, unobtrusive and professional service has earned them a fine reputation for their hospitality over the years.
Featured in Country Living's Best Rural Escapes this elegant, Romantic Country House Hotel is set in 2.5 acres of mature wooded grounds and gardens in the heart of Speyside. Excellent Scottish Cuisine using local and organic produce. Seafood and Highland Game feature daily. Vegetarian/gluten free diets catered for. Warm, unobtrusive, professional service. Romantic open log fires, all bedrooms individually appointed with many extras. “Traditional Full Afternoon Cream Teas” – Booking essential. Pets Welcome. Free Wifi.
For further details Tel: 01479 851 345
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.tigh-na-sgiath.co.uk
Resident Proprietors: Iain & ElaineMacDonald-Coulter
The hotel is open from February until the middle of November, then closes for annual refurbishment. Further information on Special Breaks/Offers are available to view on the website www.tigh-na-sgiath.co.uk or by requesting a colour brochure – Tel: 01479 851 345.
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W lc m t This month’s feature on exciting days out, coupled with our cover image of a sun-drenched Brodie Castle, reminds us that spring is in the air. At long last!
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I admit to being a summer person (aren’t we all?) and can’t wait for the dark mornings and evenings to fade away. I often think that the changing of the seasons is more of an event than the actual season itself, with the beautiful colours all around us. But of course the longer days and nicer weather means we can get out and about much more when summer finally does come, whether it is in our own garden (don’t miss our great green-fingered recollections on page 44) or further afield at some of the country’s many attractions. Our guide on page 16 provides plenty of inspiration, with the reopening attractions giving us the chance to appreciate history, recall memories and make a few new ones. If you’re heading out why not take advantage of our great subscription offer on page 23 and claim a free tartan rug and drinks flask to take along on your next day trip or holiday?
Of course, down in London a certain Royal couple will be enjoying their own special spring day when they tie the knot amidst thousands of well-wishers, and we have some lovely stories of similar occasions from the past in this month’s reader memories. Whether you’re having a street party for the event, planning to watch it on television, or will be doing something else to avoid all the fuss, here’s hoping it’s one of many memorable days to enjoy in the warmer months ahead!
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