Here is our story form when we stayed, ate and relaxed in one of the most amazing 5 star hotels in Scoltland.
Along with some reasons why should you spoil yourself to from time to time and why should you visit this 5 star hotel set in 30 acres of tranquil Aberdeenshire countryside, next to the calm waters of River Dee?
Set in 30 acres of tranquil Aberdeenshire countryside, next to the calm waters of River Dee, Mercure Aberdeen Ardoe House Hotel and Spa is the perfect backdrop for a relaxing weekend.
This beautiful 4-star 19th-century mansion house will help you forget about busy day-to-day life and will treat you like a most important guest in the hotel.
Last weekend, we had the opportunity to stay in this property to take part in an event called Mercure Masterclass and stay overnight in one of the nice rooms. We’ve been amazed from the beginning when we crossed the gate to the hotel.
When we arrived the magnificent 4-star mansion house was bathed in the golden sunlight. As we entered the building the aura of calm and timeless Scottish elegance could be felt throughout the hotel. #MercureMASTERCLASS
The main reason we’ve visited Mercure Ardoe House was to take part in a Mercure Masterclass. The event celebrating excellent local food and extraordinary cooking skills. We also had a chance to meet a bunch of lovely bloggers - John, Claire.
We had a chance to sample some of the best local food and get inspiration and insight from Blair’s Restaurant’s most talented chefs - Richard Yearnshire, Alan Clark and Daniel Grant.
They let us in on a couple of secrets how to make a sumptuous three-course meal, from opening the scallops and preparing meat, and salt backing vegetables up to decorating the plates.
All our senses were severely tested in this 2 hour show.
We are by no means skilled in the kitchen and it was exciting to learn about things like opening amazing scallops from Isle of Skye. Seems pretty easy, but unfortunately is as easy as it seems.
Well, it’s quite straightforward to simply cut the scallop in half but that's not what it’s all about. Other surprise was salt baking the vegetables.
Never heard about it before, it’s basically covering your veggies in salt and sticking it into the oven, and they will end up gentle and evenly cooked and you cannot taste any of the salt afterwards. Amazing.
One last weird thing worth mentioning is that we learned how to make a beetroot Jelly! Yes, it’s oddly satisfying and make sure to give it a try if you ever come across this weird creature.By the end we were seriously hungry although we could taste bits of meals as we went along, it wasn’t quite cutting it and we still had to wait an hour for dinner.
But our the time finally came. We’ve been seated in a high-ceiling Draw Room with a fireplace and offered some of the best house wine.
And then came our long-awaited dishes.Scallops and pork belly in beetroot flavours
Lion and braised shoulder of venison, onion tart tatin, salt baked vegetables, blackberry and sloe gin jus
Cranachan souffle and whisky sorbet
All of them were as delicious as they look like on the photos, full of wonderful flavours and textures, melting-in-the-mouth. The combination of flavours showed imagination and skill of chefs.
Ardoe House is just 3 miles outside the Aberdeen and it have 120 traditionally decorated, well-sized bedrooms.
There are three options to choose from Classic Double, Privilege and Feature Double Room. Including reduced mobility rooms and family rooms. You can also pamper yourself at Ardoe Spa with luxurious spa treatments, an indoor heated pool, or a fitness room and fully equipped gym.
As we said, this hotel will help you forget about busy day-to-day life, and we highly recommend you treat yourself.
Want to say a big thank you to Mercure Hotels to give us a chance to take a part in #MercureMasterclass event. We really enjoy it!
Disclosure: This is a commissioned post for Mercure Hotels. We ate and stayed as guests of Mercure Aberdeen Ardoe House Hotel and Spa. All views expressed are our own