I take a visit to Tinto House Hotel and get to know South Lanarkshire just a little bit better.
The borders are beautiful – there’s no doubt about that; with family hailing from the North East of England, the area’s always reminded me of a little piece of home – picture perfect and reminiscent of England’s green and pleasant land. But, when I first moved to Scotland, they were to me…well, never quite Scotland; too quant, too rounded and never quite wild enough.
Fortunately, a recent visit to the land I formally considered too quaint was enough to change my mind; with an overnight stay at the Tinto House hotel in South Lanarkshire allowing me two days exploring the area. Nestled just under an hour outside both Glasgow and Edinburgh, the gorgeous abode is an easy-to-reach countryside retreat – ideal for escaping city woes for a short break or stay.
Tinto House and grounds
Nestled within five acres of stunning gardens and overlooking some of the most picturesque South Lanarkshire scenes, Tinto House is a glimmer back to the glamorous early 1900s when it was built (1914); with period features, incredible slices of history and a tasteful decor that combines modern and traditional in perfect fusion.
It’s this combination that gives the residence its most notable harm; particularly a breathtaking stained glass window at the staircase and old public telephone booth at reception, making for a Poirot-esque vibe that takes visitors straight back to a bygone era.
Stepping outside the front door, the gardens of Tinto House are a vision of calming perfection. With five acres of glowing-green grass and winding streams (complete with bursts of yellow daffodils when I visited), I can almost imagine long-hazy summer days spent sprawled out on the lawn with a glass of something fizzy in hand – taking in nothing but the stillness of the surrounding grounds (and the occasional train passing by on the nearby network).
Rooms and Food at Tinto House
Plush, comfortable and with a great selection of extras, Tinto House’s rooms are just the ticket after a long day exploring the area; with beds you’ll want to lay in all day and carpet that comforts even the most-tired of feet.
Meanwhile food, with a wide selection of pub classics and restaurant favourites is just the ticket after extensive exploring – boasting a fantastic bar with a good selection of drinks and food to warm even the most frozen hill-walkers boots.
Things to do around Tinto House
Perhaps surprisingly, seeing as it’s practically on my doorstop, I’d never really explored South Lanarkshire until my one-night stay – but I’ll certainly be back soon. Hillwalking is available in abundance and, in spite of my previous ignorance to the area, they’re neither quaint nor solely picturesque – beautiful to look at, but incredible to explore.
However, if the weather isn’t quite up to scratch for a long walk (despite how tempting a pub meal after might be), there’s fortunately a huge selection of activities not too far away. New Lanark‘s a name I’d heard once or twice, but never quite known properly; a UNESCO Wold Heritage Site, the village was founded in 1786 where cotton mills and residence were established.
After 180 years of working in one capacity or another, the area fell into a state of disrepair before the New Lanark Conservation Trust was founded in 1974. Today it’s a centre exploring the history of the area and its previous art – with the majority of buildings restored and fascinating tours throughout the day.
And, if history takes your fancy, just a trip down a long and windy (almost treacherous) single-track road lies Craigneathan Castle; a gorgeous Historic Environment Scotland project overlooking one of Scotland’s most dramatic gorges.
Tinto House and the surrounding area is less than an hour away from Glasgow, but it feels like a completely different world. Where do you recommend around South Lanarkshire? Let me know on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.