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Of course Rome and Cabo had been on a ‘holiday’ before. But in truth that merely involved being dropped off at my parents while my fiancée Stephanie and I jetted off. Being energetic spaniel-cocker crosses means we had to make sure there were lots of activities for them.
Luckily, Piperdam Golf and Leisure Resort ticked all the right boxes. The four-star self-catering lodges are situated just a 15-minute drive from Dundee, but it feels much more secluded. Piperdam has an abundance of woodland and hillwalks, while also being handily placed just over an hour’s drive from Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
With a long weekend stay organised at one of their dogfriendly log cabins we set off on our first ‘family’ holiday, if you could call it that. Each plot has a feel of privacy with the surrounding trees almost shielding cabins from one another. Our two-bedroom job certainly impressed inside and out, with the wooden exterior giving a feel that we had somehow escaped over to the continent.
A wooden walkway, about eight metres in length, led up to the front door to give an added air of seclusion from the surrounding abodes.
On the inside it had a very homely feel, comprising of a large living room/kitchen complete with a dining table, a sizeable twin room and double bedroom. The double room came with ensuite and shower, while there was also a separate bathroom with bath.
We were hoping that the weather would stay kind otherwise the dogs might have found themselves in the bath.
The best feature was without doubt the outside balcony, which emerged among the trees to give the effect that we had discovered our very own tree-house. The balcony, which contained its own outside dining table and chairs, was perfect for moments of peace and serenity.
However, with two spaniels demanding an immediate walk after their long journey, that would have to wait.
The walk provided us a perfect opportunity to see what else was on offer at the resort. After a two-minute stroll we emerged from the woodland pathway beside the large golf driving range.
The resort also contains a top-class 18-hole golf course and a three-par nine-hole course for those who don’t want to spend their whole day hacking away in frustration (or maybe that’s just me). However, we weren’t prepared to risk our two dogs, who like to think of our garden as their digging sanctuary, out on the well-maintained greens.
Instead we continued our walk on past the resort’s stunning 40-acre loch, which offers the opportunity for prime fly fishing for brown and rainbow trout.
Piperdam also offers a range of outside activities including quad biking, air rifle, body zorbing, archery, fencing and tennis among others.
But with the sun beating down and the boys struggling in the heat we thought we would head towards our cabin.
The cool balcony, which was shielded from the sun’s rays, proved a welcome relief for all four of us. Leaving the boys to relax after a busy day, I nipped out to go get us something for dinner.
With Dundee so close, a quick drive to a nearby supermarket to pick up a pizza was no hassle at all. It also allowed us to test out the fully equipped kitchen that came with an oven, dishwasher and washing machine.
While we had packed more than enough for three nights, it was comforting to know that we had all the amenities on hand should we need them.
The following day, much to the delight of two wagging tails, we took in more of the beautiful surrounding countryside. On the way back we had the opportunity to have a closer look at some of the other lodges we had by-passed looking for our own cabin on our first arrival. Some of them, particularly the Vegas Executive Lodge which rooms up to12 people, were genuinely breathtaking.
With the dogs looking for another nap, we thought we would try out the on-site Piperdam Leisure Club. The club includes a fully-equipped fitness centre, in addition to a 20-metre swimming pool, steam room and sauna, which was perfect for unwinding after a day of being out and about.
On our final day we decided to take advantage of Piperdam’s convenient location to go and visit some friends in Edinburgh. The dogs were dropped off with my mum and dad, who just happened to be on the way, before being picked back up again on the way back. As a thank you for looking after two highly-strung spaniels in hot weather, we took my parents to Piperdam’s Room with a View restaurant and bar.
It is aptly named as you sit overlooking the stunning loch – and the food matched up to the scenery. The restaurant prides itself on traditional Scottish cuisine, although the curry I stubbornly plumped for was delicious. I’m sure I know of two individuals who would love another break at Piperdam – and this time I’m not talking about the dogs.