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Macdonald Houston House Hotel


Last month we spent my birthday weekend at the Macdonald Houston House near Edinburgh. The main building is an impressive 16th century Tower House and the hotel is equipped with a spa, a 2 AA rosette restaurant and a very cosy bar. Although slightly dated, our room was massive, spotlessly clean, with an extremely comfy bed. I was also pleased to find that the room was snug and warm as I really feel the cold, so am a little wary of old buildings!

After checking in, we had a quick explore of the hotel and gardens before I headed off to the spa for a facial. I really do love a facial and as I don’t have them often it was a real treat. The waiting room was lovely and relaxing with scented candles and bubbly spa music and the facial itself was amazing. My therapist was lovely and put me at ease – I am usually a little nervous at the start of a facial as it is a bit weird having someone prodding your face! Within ten minutes I was more relaxed than I had been for months and I think I even drifted off for a while!

With my skin all preened and feeling very soft, we headed to the bar for our dinner. The bar is in a snug room with the thickest walls you’ve ever seen and a roaring log fire to keep it toasty. We both ordered a burger and a glass of wine and continued relaxing. The food was fantastic and just what we needed after the drive down to Edinburgh and the strenuous (!) facial!

Next morning, after the excitement of opening birthday presents was over, we had a hearty breakfast in the restaurant before catching the train into Edinburgh. The train station was just a fifteen minute walk away with regular, direct trains into the city. All day we were looking forward to that evenings dinner! We hadn’t remembered to book the Jeremy Wares restaurant in the hotel in advance so we ended up having to eat incredibly early, I think around quarter to 6, as that was the only slot available when we checked in! There was no way we were going to miss the chance of eating in the 2 AA rosette restaurant – we would have taken any time slot they gave us! The meal was totally worth hurrying back from town. The service was impeccable and food was delicious. Everything was cooked to perfection and we really enjoyed the whole experience.

We’d definitely love to visit the hotel again. It was such a relaxing weekend and we both managed to completely switch off which was nice as we had been so busy for what felt like months beforehand!


Instagram Round Up #20

1 & 2. Recent manicures
3. Ghost The Musical (amazing!)
4. Out for cocktails…..
5. Banoffee cupcakes
6. A stormy walk at Aberdeen Beach
7. Me and my sisters all dressed up for St David’s Day when we were little
8. Afternoon Tea with Mum and sisters
9. Berry and Balsamic Chocolate Mousse
10. Another Homemade Afternoon Tea!
11. Stonehaven
12 & 13. Dunnottar Castle
14 & 15. A sunny Scottish wedding
16. Falls of Feugh
17 & 18. Old Aberdeen
19. Seal watching in Newburgh
20. Calton Hill, Edinburgh
21, 22 & 23. Edinburgh Castle
24. More cocktails….


Instagram Round Up #19

1. Went to see The Lion King in Edinburgh.
2. The Falkirk Wheel.
3. Edinburgh Christmas Market.
4, 5 & 6. Better late than never – Christmas photos!
7 to 12. Skiing for New Year in Montgenevre.


Instagram Round Up #4

1. Snuggly microwaveable slippers.
2. Giant panda at Edinburgh Aiport.
3. So many OPI polishes at the airport!
4. Nails Inc Nail Jewellery.
5. Bridesmaids flowers at my friend’s wedding.
6. My cat Midnight.
7. Lovely autumn colours.
8. Gorgeous new Zing Organics candle.
9. Finished my Cath Kidston rose hand cream
10. … and rediscovered Sranrom hand cream.
11. Started snowing while I was in work!
12. Snow settled in the evening.
13. Impressive waves at Stonehaven!
14. Surfers who must have been freezing seeing at the day before it was snowing!
15. Cute harbour at Stonehaven.
16. My first ever deep fried Mars bar!



Body Collection Nail Art Stickers

I’m in Glasgow at the moment staying with some of Nick’s family but thought I’d quickly show you how I’ve done my nails this week.

I’ve used No 7 Stay Perfect in Stand Back which is a nice bright blue and also put some Body Collection stickers on the top.  The stickers cost only £1.29 and include a few different patterns.  In case the photos aren’t very clear, I’ve got some little white flowers and green butterflies on.  The stickers stay put really well if you use a top coat over them.  What do you think?

Not sure when I’ll have time to blog next.  We’re going to The Fringe in Edinburgh on Monday which should be good.  We wanted to see Fascinating Aida…..

…. But they’ve sold out so we are going to see some other comedy performances.  I’ll update you in a few days!

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