Eilidh Whiteford


MP Officially Opens Portsoy Spa Venue

Monday, 28 April 2014

Banff & Buchan MP Dr Eilidh Whiteford officially opened Banffshire’s newest spa venue on Saturday at a Georgian country house on the outskirts of Portsoy.

Durn House held a launch event for their Clementina Spa Room at the weekend where guests were entertained with live traditional music.

Durn House has been running very popular occasional “Ladies Days” with pampering treatment and posh Afternoon Tea packages for several months, and is now celebrating opening the Spa Room every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10.00am to 4.00pm, with a variety of relaxing massage and beauty treatments available. Whether or not they are enjoying the use of the Clementina Spa room, visitors are now also able enjoy the elegant period surroundings of Durn House for a lunch or afternoon tea (reservations required).

Commenting, Eilidh Whiteford MP said:

“It’s an honour to have been asked to perform the official opening of the Clementine Spa at Durn House.

“Durn House is a wonderful venue and I am sure the spa will become a tremendous asset to the area as it attracts visitors from near and far. I congratulate owners John and Sandra Scrudis and the team and wish them the very best of success with this new venture.”

Beauty Therapist Lenise Bruce commented

“After relocating back to Aberdeenshire with 7 years spa industry experience, I jumped at the chance to become part of the Durn House team. This is a fantastic opportunity for me to bring my enthusiasm and spa management experience to the local area where I grew up. Having a treatment or a spa day at Durn House is more than just popping in for a facial or a massage. It is a fantastic opportunity to experience the unique surroundings of Durn House whilst escaping our hectic everyday life to take some precious time to relax and unwind.”

Whilst Durn House has been a fixture in Portsoy since the medieval era this is the first time it has been open to the public in this way. The Clementina Spa Room used to be the Butler’s Pantry and retains its splendid original Georgian fireplace. It has been freshly and sympathetically furnished to create an environment which is comfortable and relaxing.

Owner Sandra Scrudis said:

“The Clementina Spa has been so named after Lady Clementina, who was married to Sir William Dunbar of Durn. All of the principal rooms are named after former residents, and we chose Clementina for the Spa as it reminded me of oranges and lemons, which I thought was lovely and fresh for the room. I designed the room to be warm and welcoming, the antithesis of a sterile and clinical treatment room and in keeping with the rest of the house. We are the only accommodation provider in the area to provide these facilities, and by opening the Spa Room we are looking to encourage more visitors to this beautiful coastline, as well as welcoming local residents.”

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