Last night myself, my gorgeous wife and a few other bloggers were guests of the Glasgow luxury hotel, Hotel du Vin. The night had been organised by Hotel du Vin Glasgow's sales manager, Nan Li, who was keen to meet up with local bloggers with the hope of raising more awareness to the charms of the wonderfully converted nineteenth century terrace of five townhouses on Devonshire Gardens in the West End of Glasgow.
If I was staying in the hotel as a guest, I think I'd feel comfiest in here. In fact as we were moving on, Nicola was almost locked in as she was downstairs taking photographs - although this may have been a ploy to spend the night in luxury.
The Secret Garden is an overgrown, yet manicured outside seating area where guests can relax with a glass of champagne or enjoy a cigarette or cigar away from the bar and lounge areas. The focal point of the garden is the wooden roofed bothy fitted with a fire and plenty of comfy chairs, allowing guests to sit outside in comfort until the wee small hours, if they wish to do so. The bothy in the secret garden was definitely a place where I could unwind with a glass of bubbly, maybe I could get one built at my new home?
We came back inside from the chilled Glasgow night and Nan Li took us down to the well stocked wine cellar. the cellar was as I imagined it to be, with dusty vintage wine bottles stack from floor to ceiling and wooden champagne crates piled high. As well as the obvious storage of wine, the cellar is also used for as the setting for wine tasting event, when up to 12 people can come downstairs to sample, learn more about and enjoy some of the wines in stock.
As we climbed out of the cool wine cellar, we had reached the end of our tour of this beautiful establishment. The evening was an eye opener for me in the sense that I had assumed that Hotel du Vin would not be the type of place that myself and Nicola could relax. From the moment we walked in the front door, until the time that we left, we both felt comfortable and a little in awe of the charm and beauty inside this boutique hotel.
In addition to the accommodation side of the business, the food at Hotel du Vin is held in high regard. The bistro was recently awarded 3 AA rosettes, and caters for guest and visitors alike. The hotel also run various events including chef demonstrations alongside some of their high end suppliers, and wine matching meal nights. Check out the website for more information on what's happening at Hotel du Vin Glasgow.
On behalf of myself and Nicola, I would like to thank Nan Li and the staff at Hotel Du Vin for giving up their time to show us round the hotel and making us feel so welcome. The night has certainly given me some food for thought and I can't wait to get back to One Devonshire Garden and enjoy the experience as a fully fledged guest, although as my fortieth birthday is only nine weeks away, I better get my finger out!
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