“ Address: 1 St Andrews Drive / Cumbernauld / G68 0EW / North Lanarkshire / Scotland „
The Westerwood Golf and Spa Hotel was to be the destination for the first part of my recent midweek break to Scotland. I have known of the hotel for years, as I used to be based in Glasgow, and indeed a friend got married here. The Westerwood is situated midway between Glasgow and Stirling, and it is also very easy to access the city of Edinburgh itself, all three places offering more to the typical tourist than the images that the "New Town" of Cumbernauld itself conjures up.
The hotel, which is situated in 400 acres of grounds, including its golf course, is easy to find, located just off the main A80 Stirling Road. The surrounding area is largely residential, and fairly quiet, although there is a small Dobbie's Garden centre just down the hill. Parking shouldn't be a problem as there is plenty available to the property.
The hotel has had a massive refurbishment quite recently, and this was certainly evident in the quality of the fixtures and fittings - all had that WOW feeling, despite the hotel having quite a modest exterior. However the real wow came once we got to our room - as we had wonderful views of the golf course and the Campsie Hills beyond. Within five minutes of arrival, and we could really start to relax and unwind. My husband was regretting not bringing those golf clubs after all...
Our deluxe double room was decorated in a contemporary, neutral style, and I think would appeal to many tastes. I particularly liked the double doors from the lobby area to the bedroom itself, giving that additional sense of space and grandeur. Our room had a bay window, which housed a large sofa, again giving plenty of space for relaxation other than the bedroom itself. It had all the usual features of a four star hotel bedroom, but we did have bottled water and bathrobes, which were both nice additional touches.
A friend of mine had visited the hotel for a week last year, and she told me that the bathrooms here were among the best she had ever seen in hotel rooms. Our bathroom was lovely and spacious, with a separate walk in shower as well as a bath, and something I have never experienced before, but a really nice touch nevertheless, was the use of under-floor heating in the bathroom.
The hotel itself has two restaurants, and as we were on a Dinner, Bed and Breakfast package for two nights, we had the opportunity to dine in both. On the first night we dined in the hotel's more formal restaurant, and the six plates polished clean give an indication as to the quality of the food, perhaps some of the best I have experienced in a hotel restaurant. Hubby started with his favourite Cullen Skink soup which I sampled and which was to die for, while I opted for a stuffed Portobello mushroom. I chose a chicken breast stuffed with haggis for my main course, as I don't get to enjoy too much haggis living in England now...! Hubby had a lamb dish, and we finished with cheesecake and cheese and biscuits. Prior to ordering we had a 'bread waiter' who sliced some delicious specialty breads, and these were absolutely gorgeous and very moreish - these were served with different types of balsamic vinegar, and olive oil...If on DBB, then guests can spend £25 which was ample for three courses.
We then retired to the bar with our coffees - always a good excuse for a nightcap.. We found the service was also excellent during the meal, and indeed throughout our stay, and friendly without being too intrusive.
Although we didn't feel like we would eat ever again, we did manage to drag ourselves down for breakfast the following morning....(although we did skip lunch!). Breakfast was a combination of table service and a help yourself buffet, with the hot dishes being cooked to order. I opted for Eggs Benedict, which was available at a £3.50 supplement - however I just adore Eggs Benedict, especially when I don't have to cook it! It was extremely filling, so I didn't indulge in anything else that was available. On our second morning, the hot food was served buffet style, the restaurant being much busier that morning.
We did not get to use the leisure facilities, partly as we forgot to pack any gear, and partly as we have been running around like crazy and would have been too exhausted in any event..! We did take a short stroll along the buggy path among the first couple of holes (before retreating to the 19th..)
On our second night we opted for more informal dining in the club bar. This is on the first floor of the hotel, and so it offers great views over the course. We had indulged in a drink on our arrival on the first day, and had been very impressed with the décor and feel of the bar - hubby felt it was as nice as the club house at Turnberry, which is a pretty impressive accolade. We managed to bag ourselves a great table in a nice alcove which was included a bookcase, so we took the time to look at some of the titles, especially those with a local theme. Food wise, there is plenty available, including steaks, sandwiches, salads and pastas, and I opted for a mushroom stroganoff while hubby chose a steak. I got an additional fix of haggis with a haggis fritter starter, which tasted heavenly.
I did make use of the 2hrs free wifi per night while staying at the hotel, this is available to anyone who is resident, and you simply need to get a voucher from reception to access the internet provider quicly and easily.
And the price for all this indulgence - there is a very affordable offer of £128 price for two nights, with dinner on the first night, for two adults. It's a great spot for easy access to the central belt, being able to visit three major Scottish towns in a 3 day break was a great plus.
Westerwood Golf and Spa Hotel
1 St Andrews Drive
Tel: 01236 457171
The hotel overlooks the Campsie Hills in Lanarkshire.