One of the forthcoming big events here at the Green Hotel Golf & Leisure Resort is our amazing Shop at the Green Winter Sale. Most UK retailers hold January Sales which seem to start earlier and earlier, in some cases even before Christmas. Never one to run with the crowd, we like to be different and hold our sale in February.
This year, the sale is being held in the Green Hotel’s Loch Leven suite on Thursday 21st February between 9.30am and 6pm. Whilst the main sale itself takes place in the Loch Leven suite, sale items will also be on sale in the Shop itself near the front of the hotel.
Massive reductions will be available on Sale Day on Ladies designer clothing, bags, scarves, jewellery, Gents’ clothing, golf items and a wide range of gifts.
If you are unable to make the Sale Day itself, come in between now and the 21st and get 20% off all clothing purchases.
The other excitement is that, from the 22nd February onwards, the Shop at the Green will be showing its new Spring & Summer collections – something we all look forward to seeing!
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A number of guests have asked about the mural which is painted on the wall of the central arched recess in Basil’s, our fine dining restaurant on the Resort.
In early 2010, we decided to create a visual centrepiece for the restaurant and decided that we should commission a mural or ‘trompe l’oeil’ . We approached artist Jonathan Humphrey and were hugely saddened to hear that he was extremely ill and not expected to live long. However, far from backing down, Jonathan offered to undertake the project as a way of keeping him occupied giving his final days a sense of purpose. Fellow artist and a dear friend of his, Jane Frere, offered to work with him on the mural and to take over when required.
Jonathan agreed with us that the mural he would create in the central archway in Basil’s would be a trompe l’oeil depicting the famous Hugel cellars in Riquewihr, Alsace. The Hugel family have been producing Alsace wine there since 1639.
Almost all of the Hugel cellars are situated below well-preserved XVIth century buildings in the centre of Riquewihr which still form the heart of the family business. The cellars contain oak casks more than one century old, including some really big one, the most famous of which is the SAINTE CATERINE, dated 1715, which is featured in the Guinness Book of Records.
With the help of Jane Frere, Jonathan set out to sketch out on the wall in Basil’s the outline of the cellar and its perspective as the view disappears out into the distance. However, with the outline completed but before painting could start, Jonathan’s condition deteriorated sharply and he sadly passed away. Although it must have been very difficult for her, Jane bravely carried on to complete what Jonathan had started, seeing it as her memorial to him.
Not only did Jane paint during the day when the restaurant was quiet but she continued into the evening, much to the delight of guests dining at nearby tables who were fascinated by both the project and the story behind it.
Jane added a number of poignant final touches to the mural. When Jonathan had been alive, his trademark in paintings had been a small mouse hidden somewhere in the scene. Jane duly painted a mouse onto the top of one of the smaller barrels in the cellar looking up and marvelling at the sheer size of the giant Sainte Caterine barrel. Then, as a personal tribute to her great friend, in the very far distance where an open door at the end of the cellar appears to open out into the sunshine, she painted in Jonathan as a small figure overlooking the vineyard and the Alsace countryside.
We thought we would try to dispel the post Festive Season Blues with a couple of fun meal promotions running throughout January and February in 2 of our food outlets within the Resort, Jock’s Bar and Monty’s Pizzeria.
Jock’s Bar is our very popular ‘gastro pub’ at the Green Hotel. It takes it name from the soldiers of The Black Watch, the elite Scottish Regiment whose reputation is worldwide. Famous for wearing the Red Hackle (feather) in its bonnet, The Black Watch historically recruited locally in this part of Scotland and many generations of the Montgomery Family, who own the Resort, served with the Regiment. The walls of Jock’s Bar are covered with Black Watch pictures, photographs and memorabilia.
During January & February, if you buy a starter & main course, we will finish off what will be a memorable meal with giving you a FREE dessert. As far as I am concerned, it would be a no-brainer – Jock’s sticky toffee pudding is irresistible!
Meanwhile across the road in The Windlestrae Hotel, our Italian restaurant, Monty’s Pizzeria, is running its own promotion during the first 2 months of 2013. In Monty’s, there is a 2 for 1 promotion which means that if two of you are dining out there, you pay for 1 main course and get the second main course FREE. To make the promotion even more gobsmacking (for want of a better word), children eat FREE as well!! If there is a better value family meal out anywhere, we would like to see it!
Some of you may have noticed that the Green Hotel Golf & Leisure Club website (www.green-hotel.com) is in the middle of a complete revamp and redesign. It should be finalised by mid February, at which point it will provide you with all you need to know about the Resort, including providing the ability to book rooms and golf tee times online 24/7.
As part of the revamp, we have moved the Resort blog here to WordPress which means that all old blog posts have been archived somewhere out there in the ether! Rather than copy them all across onto this blog, we felt it was an opportune moment to start afresh.
The aim with this new blog will to keep you fully up to date with what is going on within the Resort including details of all Special Offers and promotions. The Green Hotel Golf & Leisure Resort has so many facilities on site and activities going on that there should be a fairly constant stream of blog updates.
To start things off, we thought you might be interested to see a copy of the Resort map showing where the hotels and main facilities are and how they relate to each other in terms of location.