Over the course of the last week I’ve had two guys in my bed, neither of whom have been my husband. The joys of juggling the two year old night owl and the eight month old sleep thief and milk monster. So it’s understandable why my my current fantasy is crisp white sheets, a dark room, a long lie, an undisturbed shower, breakfast brought to my room and hot coffee.
My wildest fantasties became a reality just last week and I would give my left arm to be back in our suite at No 15, the award winning luxury boutique B&B in Glasgow’s West End. This beautifully renovated 19th century townhouse has had a new lease of our life injected into it by the creative and talented Lorraine, who after 30 years away from Glasgow working as a dentist in Trinidad, has returned to the city and delved straight into a new career, hitting the road running.
No 15 is just the tonic for exhausted parents, who get one night away each year without their children. A home away from home, which combines luxury with comfort and the interior design wouldn’t look out of place in a homes interiors magazine. Infact I jotted down notes for my forever home.
The house and each room, whether it’s a luxury double or suite has been individually designed, retaining the traditional features and character, such as the intricate cornicing, stunning fireplaces and ceiling to floor windows with wooden shutters, which make this house so appealing.
We stayed in the Charles Rennie MacKintosh room, which has been designed and decorated in keeping with the works of the 19th century artist, architecture and water colourist who is an icon of Glasgow’s style and art scene. As soon as you walk into this spacious room, overlooking Park Circus, you won’t want to leave. Stylish and relaxing, you are immediently able to switch off and unwind. Sumptuous super king sized bed, comfortable L – shaped sofa, dining table and an endless supply of dvd’s and large large walk in shower make for a pretty good over night stay in this welcoming hidden gem, which won’t remain that hidden for much longer I’m sure.
You could easily slip on a bathrobe and not leave the vicinity of your room but with so many great restaurants on your doorstep, including Ox and Finch, The Butcher Shop Bar and Grill, Stravaigan and the Left Bank, it would be a mistake not to take advantage of Glasgow’s great dining scene. And we did just that, by taking a walk down memory lane with an early supper and cocktails at The Left Bank on Gibson Street, where my husband and I had our first “official” date nearly 8 years ago. It didn’t dissapoint. Great food, great staff and a cocktail menu that we would very much like to delve a little further into. So we’ll definitely be back.
With a belly full of food we strolled back in the evening sun to our nest for the night. Having the luxury of not having to do the bath, book and bedtime routine we could watch an entire film without falling asleep 10 minutes into the action. An uninterrupted sleep followed, which is the stuff of dreams. But the cherry on the top was the delicious cooked breakfast pre ordered, which was delivered to your room at a time of your choice. The best bit, there were no dishes to clean and no food to scrape off the floor.
Sleep is most definitely not for the weak. It’s a necessity and No 15 definitely lives up to it’s reputation as the sleep boutique, a must stop destination for anyone who just wants to take some time out and leave with a spring in their step and feel a little more human. A great find if you’re looking for an independent B&B with charm and character that so many bigger hotels lack in spades.