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Hobbying at Hogmanay

Would you like to do something a little bit different for Hogmanay?

If you enjoy a craft or art, we invite you to spend the most relaxing 5 nights with us, making use of our wonderful craft and art rooms at your leisure. You’ll stay in our 18th century quaint and quirky home, with beautiful period features, comfortable en-suite accommodation and delicious home-made food.

Come along to Gartmore House and bring your hobby with you – whether that’s your paint brushes, knitting needles, sewing machine or even walking boots.
You will be able to enjoy the peace and quiet of the house and grounds and in your own time, working on your own art or craft project at your leisure, whilst making new friends with fellow crafters and amateur artists.

Over the course of your stay, we will organise an optional visit to local historic attractions, giving you the chance to take in the mountains, lochs and glens of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, as well as fascinating historic sights.  And if it’s too much of a struggle to tear yourself away from the roaring, open fire in the lounge, that’s absolutely fine – just relax and enjoy the stunning views over to Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument or dabble away at a crossword or jigsaw puzzle.

And on the evening of the 31st December, marking the close of a busy year for most and looking forward to the year ahead, we have a couple of options for you. Perhaps you’d prefer a quiet, cosy night with a special Hogmanay meal before retiring by the fire – or maybe you’re looking for a livelier way to see in the New Year, in which case you can choose to attend our local ceilidh in the village of Gartmore, bringing in the bells with a traditional village feel.

We want to take the stress out of travel, especially over the festive period, so to make your journey go smoothly we offer a complimentary scheduled pick up and drop off service from Stirling train station, which has excellent rail links with Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Our holidays are suited to individuals and couples alike, so for a low key, get-away-from-it-all New Year you need look no further! 

Dates and prices 2020

Tuesday 29th December – Sunday 3rd January – £780 per person (5 nights) – BOOK ONLINE

Dates and prices 2021

Wednesday 29th December – Monday 3rd January – £820 per person (5 nights) – BOOK ONLINE

Dates and prices 2022

Thursday 29th December – Tuesday 3rd January – £950 per person (5 nights) – CALL TO BOOK

How to book

Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact our team.

Payment, Terms & Conditions
A £100 per person deposit is required to secure your booking. Full payment is due 6 weeks prior to arrival. For craft & activity breaks booked within 6 weeks of course start date, full payment is required at the time of booking. Craft & activity breaks are subject to availability and subject to change.

What’s included?

This ‘Hobbying at Hogmanay’ holiday is based at Gartmore House; all rooms are en-suite with tea and coffee making facilities and many have wonderful views over Flanders Moss Nature Reserve, towards Stirling.

Your holiday includes full board, with all meals freshly prepared by our chefs. You will have full use of our craft/art rooms to use at your leisure. We will also offer a couple of demos from our in-house tutors during your stay, to give you an insight to a possible new craft! Please note however that this holiday (unlike our usual craft & activity breaks) is un-tutored. 

Other optional activities will include the local village Hogmanay ceilidh, musical evening entertainment and an offsite trip to one of our local historic attractions.

All scheduled onsite entertainment and off site trips are included. 

Complimentary transfers from/to Stirling train station are available on the arrival and departure days (pick-up from the station at 15:30 on 29th December and departing Gartmore House at 10:00 on 3rd January).


Arrival Day: 29th December 
15:30 We offer an optional complimentary pick-up from Stirling train station and transfer to
Gartmore House
16:00 Arrive late afternoon to afternoon tea in the lounge
18:00 Welcome in the lounge and meet your fellow guests
18:30 Dinner
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

30th December – 2nd January
Enjoy a full Scottish breakfast, mid-morning and mid-afternoon tea/coffee and homebaking, lunch
and dinner each day of your stay.

You’ll have the run of the House to use for your crafts and arts, working on your own projects at
leisure, whilst mixing with your fellow guests.

Example daily itinerary:
08:00 – 09:30 Breakfast
11:00 Tea/coffee and home-baking
13:00 Lunch
15:30 Tea/coffee and home-baking
18:30 Dinner
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge
Throughout the day, you will have full use of the art and crafts rooms to use at your own leisure. Unlike our usual craft & activity breaks, this holiday is un-tutored. 

Departure Day: 3rd January 
08:00 – 09:30 Breakfast
10:00 Check out
10:00 Optional transfer leaves the House for Stirling train station; (approx. arrival 10:30-10:45)

On/Off site trips during your stay (dates will be confirmed nearer the time);

  • We will invite a couple of our local in-house tutors to do demo’s where you can get a flavour of a new craft or pick up some tips (if this is already your hobby).
  • An evening with our local musician, for some musical evening entertainment.
  • An off-site trip to one of our local historic attractions (destination will be confirmed nearer the time).
  • The option of joining locals in the village of Gartmore for the Hogmanay ceilidh and bringing in the bells.
  • Or feel free to explore Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park independently or enjoy a walk in the grounds.

Our team is here to help with any queries that you may have about the course or your stay at Gartmore House. You may also like to take a look at our FAQs blog post to see if we answer any of your queries there. Don’t forget that our team are happy to assist with any questions – please feel free to get in touch.

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