THE Balmoral, a Rocco Forte hotel in Scotland, has launched a new cashmere butler service for its top suite. Upgraded as part of a multimillion-pound hotel refurbishment, the Scone & Crombie is already one of the largest and most coveted suites in Scotland (rates starting at £4,000 ($5,084) per night including breakfast). Now guests can have the finest cashmere delivered to their room or choose to enjoy a private shopping experience with their very own cashmere butler from Hawico Scotland.
One of Scotland’s leading cashmere experts with over two decades experience, Derek Umpherston is the store manager at Hawico’s flagship Edinburgh store and also the hotel’s new dedicated cashmere butler. Working with The Balmoral, he has curated a collection of cashmere gifts – produced in Hawico’s mills in the Scottish Borders town of Hawick – that can be couriered to the suite. The ultimate armchair shopping experience, now beautifully packaged accessories including cashmere wraps, hats and gloves in a range of hues can be delivered directly to the suite.
In addition, Derek has created a bespoke cashmere ‘paint box’ exclusively for the suite showcasing 25 shades from the current season.
With a rich manufacturing heritage, the Scottish Borders has a global reputation for producing quality textiles including tartan, tweed as well as cashmere. Guests looking to learn about cashmere production can book a place on The Balmorals Tartan and Cashmere Trail that takes them on a guided private tour of the country’s finest mills to meet the local craftspeople behind the label.
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