We’re delighted to have finally opened our doors to guests on the 15th July!  We could, of course, have opened two weeks prior to this according to Scottish Government guidelines however we had been living in Tanar View ourselves while we got our own kitchen finished so it suited us to wait.  In addition, we implemented a full days deep clean and sanitise of the property to ensure that it was sparkling and as clean as possible for our first guests.

The wonderful tradesmen that worked on our decking have done a totally brilliant job and we are over the moon with the end result.  Those that have been before won’t believe the transformation!  We now have two large and totally private decks with a hot tub and firepit so you can enjoy amazing views in your own space.  Obviously Neil and I have tested it out with a glass of fizz and we approve!

The next project is some changes to the interiors.  I’ve been shopping (always a dangerous thing) with my lovely interior stylist friend Gillian (www.gillianalexanderinteriorstylist.com) and we’ve picked some things to give our wee apartment a makeover.  I’m just waiting for curtain material to arrive and then we’ll be ready to go!

It almost feels like normal even though this pandemic has meant it is anything but.  In Scotland, face masks are mandatory in shops and public spaces and I know England will follow suit soon (can’t understand what their delay is?).  However we now have restaurants and cafes able to open their inside spaces in addition to their outdoor ones which is great news.  All of our local establishments have really pulled out all of the stops to welcome diners back and make it a great experience.  A special shout out to our local pub, The Boat  www.theboatinnaboyne.co.uk who have been amazing since the start of this strange period from offering local veggie boxes to fish and chip takeaways to creating a wonderful outside dining space with ‘pods for two’.

Of course, I pray for the day when ‘real’ normality will be back – when we can enjoy the hustle and bustle of coffee shops, sit close to each other in crowded concert halls and hug and kiss our friends when we see them.  It’ll come…. In the meantime, take a look at our availability and come and enjoy the peace and tranquility of Royal Deeside.