On approaching Cringletie House over the winding single track road up hill, an air of serenity, tranquility and peace descends upon the guests. There is almost an urge to get out of the car and walk the final 100 meters, if only for the slope of the drive! As soon as the building comes into sight guests are invariably struck by its beauty. This pretty, pale pink sandstone building with the large original, astragal led sash windows exhumes the character of the typical Scottish Baronial mansion with its romantic turrets.
The House was designed and built by famous Scottish architect David Bryce in 1861 as a shooting lodge for the Wolfe Murray family, replacing an older house that was erected in 1661. Fortunately, the characteristic wall plaques were preserved and adorn the current House together with a number of new plaques which are so typical for Bryce’s buildings.
Cringletie House still breathes that same “welcome home” feeling that is so characteristic of a Scottish family mansion. The House sits in some 28 acres of grounds and woodlands. Paths through the grounds give pleasure to walk so that one can take in the peacefulness in surroundings that have never seen the need for tranquillisers. One may even come across a few 350 years old trees, amongst which a brilliant ash, sycamores and linden. Alternatively, in the evening, if one is very quiet and patient, perhaps the badgers will show up!
The walled garden is something very special. It dates back to 1661 when the first Cringletie House was built. At the time it provided fruits, vegetables, flowers etc for the inhabitants of the House. Nowadays, we still grow our own vegetables and herbs, soft and hard fruits, potatoes and flowers but on a slightly smaller scale. Flower beds have been planted with scented lavender and roses. There is a games area to occupy young and old with pétanque, chess and draughts.
A country house hotel, whatever beautifully and elegantly appointed, whatever good the Chef, would be nothing without polite, yet friendly members of staff who are there to look after the guests in every way possible. From the moment the guests are met at their cars on arrival through to their departure, the essence of attentive and professional but unobtrusive service is always paramount.
Cringletie’s 12 bedrooms and 1 suite are all individually decorated with high quality materials such as fabrics and wall papers by e.g. Zoffany and Osborne & Little and paints from Farrow & Ball. These many choices have resulted in an atmosphere of welcome, warmth and comfort. Our public rooms have maintained original features such as sash windows and marble fireplaces with roaring log fires in the winter.