The joy of the festive season. The planning, the shopping, the wrapping, the decorating, the cooking, the cleaning up, and then packing it all away. It takes a long time to get there; quicker than you can say, 'New Year's Resolutions!' it's gone in a flash. Before you know it, you're pushing those boxes of decorations back up to the loft for another year and staring reluctantly into the longest month of the year.
If you're sliding into 2024 feeling like you need a holiday after the holidays, a bit of a pick me up, a change of scene, and a chance to recharge, renew, relax and start the year off with energy and enthusiasm (let's face it – Christmas is exhausting), then get ready to pack your bags and head to Crieff Hydro for the cosiest getaway this winter. Think cosy wooden lodges, snuggling up in front of a roaring fire, gazing at a dark, wintry sky from your steaming hot tub, crisp, cold walks in winter woollies, spa afternoons, delicious winter warmers and time away from the world.
January and February are the ideal months to book a breakaway, whether you're looking for a new year reset, craving for some 'me time', or you're in the mood for a romantic retreat (Shepherd's Hut for two, anyone?), we've got every type of property to give you everything you need for your break this winter.
Pick your property
With 56 unique properties over Crieff Hydro's 900-acre estate, you're guaranteed the perfect pad for your winter escape. Nestle into nature in one of our Cozy Cabins, tucked away under the treetops, full of little touches of Scandi-inspired rustic charm. Stretch out in open-plan interiors, take in those
floor-to-ceiling views of Perthshire in winter, curl up next to the wood burner and relax into your hygge haven.
Fancy something even cosier? Tuck yourself (and your chosen other…) away in our hillside Shepherd's Hut for the ultimate rural winter retreat. Thinking more ‘boutique’ than ‘bijou’? Choose our luxurious Leigh Terrace Apartments for extensive bay window views across the valley (the light is uplifting from these rooms), open-plan living and spa-like bathrooms.
Or, why not get together with family and friends if you didn't manage to over the festive period (or if you can face it again!) and book one of our large luxury Culcrieff Lodges? Situated in Crieff Hydro's private village, high above the Strathearn Valley, you'll enjoy jaw-dropping views, roomy spaces, large living areas to lounge in and interconnecting options – perfect for creating that 'everyone under one roof' memory-making experience.
So, What are the top 8 reasons?
Curl up in a cosy, comfy nook by a crackling fire – woolly socks on, wrapped in a blanket, hot chocolate in one hand, a good book in the other, watching the embers glow. Slow down the pace of life, tuck yourself away and get seriously cosy.
2. Hot tubs
Choose one of our self-catering properties with a hot tub and let your worries melt away as you immerse yourself in the warm bubbles and enjoy the stunning scenery. Expect views to lose yourself in by day and an inky blanket of starry skies at night. With 2024 set to be the best year for seeing the Northern Lights in two decades, you might be lucky enough to see a celestial display as you bubble away.
3. Winter Warmers
We have hundreds of delicious dishes to tempt all tastebuds, served across our five restaurants. Get cosy in our Italian-themed restaurant, Piccolo, for authentic wood burner pizzas, classic Italian pasta dishes and dreamy desserts. Enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea with dinky little sandwiches and bite-size mouth-watering treats in the Winter Garden. Tuck into gastro-pub favourites at The Terrace Bar & Restaurant, and if you fancy something a little fancier, head to The Meikle for pre-dinner cocktails and a little bit of dining decadence with a locally sourced Scottish twist.
And did we mention our full Scottish, hearty, winter-warming breakfasts..?
4. Jack Frost landscapes
Get wrapped up and ready to recharge your batteries with a wintry wander, exploring some of Scotland's most stunning winter landscapes. Marvel at the snow-covered hills, frost-kissed trees, and breathtaking views around our 900-acre estate - a magical setting for the most relaxing retreat.
5. Outdoor activities
Embrace the refreshing chill and get your heart racing with a trip to Action Glen for thrills and adrenaline-pumping adventures. If you're looking for something a bit slower, take a leisurely riding hack around the estate, explore our mountain bike tracks, or hike up The Knock just before sunset for marshmallow skies and dreamy views of the Strathearn.
6. Relax and renew
Pop on your fluffy robe and pad towards our spa for a zen-like experience that'll put a float in your footsteps. Take a dip in our Victorian Baths, lounge by the pool, bubble in our jacuzzi and revive your senses in our steam room and sauna. Choose from our blissfully indulgent range of facials, massages, and health and beauty treatments and emerge refreshed, rested and rejuvenated.
7. Peace and tranquility
Life can feel like a bit of a grind after the festive season, with little to look forward to. Take a trip to Crieff Hydro to boost your energy and vitality in the most tranquil surroundings and return to your day-to-day life, having had the benefit of time to pause and plan appropriately for your year ahead.
8. Stay for less this winter
Your Great Scottish Winter awaits, with 25% off three-night self-catering stays from 3 January - 28 March 2024. This offer is on now, and ends at 23:59 on 31 January 2024, so you can enjoy a wonderful winter getaway without breaking the bank. Click here to find out more.
Start 2024 in the best possible way. Whether you're seeking relaxation, romance, adventure, quality time with loved ones or just a bit of peace, we have the perfect self-catering break for you.
Click here to view our current offers and book your dream winter getaway today.