We had our wedding reception at the Gables twenty years ago, and my husband surprised me by booking a mini-break to celebrate our Anniversary. We had so many special memories of the hotel and we were slightly cautious as it had been extended since our original visit, but we needn't have worried; we enjoyed our stay even more this time!
The rooms are nicely decorated, comfortable and extremely clean. We ate in the restaurant on a couple of evenings and the food was delicious - the best meals we have eaten in a long while (& we eat out a fair bit!). Breakfast was also excellent and very pleasant as you could look out over the garden from the breakfast room.
The thing that really makes The Gables though is without doubt the staff - polite, friendly and courteous somehow doesn't cover it.
Our waitress at our first evening meal and for breakfast was friendly and enthusiastic - we asked whether she was covering the restaurant on our final evening and she said she wasn't, as she had time off. We said 'enjoy your day, it must be nice to have time off' and she said that she would have a nice time, but she actually really enjoyed her job too. It was wonderful to be served by people who actually wanted to be there!
On our last evening, we were wandering around near reception trying to work out where we had had our own reception (it all seems to have changed a bit!). The lady on reception looked puzzled and we explained what we were doing. She seemed delighted that we'd held our celebrations here 20 years ago and got up and joined in with our conversation. She then took us and showed us some of the newer areas of the hotel. We went to bed that evening feeling rather spoiled - not something that happens in most hotels!
I can't rate The Gables highly enough - we had a wonderful time and can't wait to return!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Gables is an independent, family owned hotel in the heart of Gretna. This beautiful, grade-II listed Property is steeped in history and has become one of the leading wedding venue hotels in Gretna.From the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, you are assured of a warm, friendly atmosphere where nothing is too much trouble.The Hotels restaurant has earned a reputation for fine, traditional Scottish food, offering the ideal setting to enjoy a relaxing meal with friends and family, boasting a full & varied A La Carte menu complemented by a carefully selected wine list. For those who prefer a less formal setting, our cosy lounge bar offers delicious home cooked bar meals including many traditional favourites. Offering Free Wi-Fi and ample free onsite parking, The Gables Hotel is conveniently situated only a mile from the M(A)74, M6 & A75 giving easy access to Glasgow, Dumfries & Carlisle. Perfect for exploring the colourful heritage of Gretna Green and designer shopping at The Gretna Gateway Outlet village is just minutes away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gables Hotel Gretna Green