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Glenapp Castle Hotel, Ballantrae (Ayrshire)
A stay in this 19th Century Scottish Castle includes a Six Course Gourmet Dinner and a Full Scottish Breakfast.
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- 19th century buildings
- Breakfast included
- Free car parking (on site)
- No smoking
- Children welcome
- Historic Property
- Internet access for a charge
- Shared gardens
- Tennis court
- Children's cots
- Children's games
- Children's highchairs
- Woodland walks
- DVD library
- Book library
- CD player
- Luggage storage
Food and Drinks
- Continental breakfast (included)
- English breakfast (included)
- Lunch available (at additional cost)
- Recommended walks
- Beach (a short drive)
- Pub (a short drive)
- Museums (walking distance)
- Historic houses
- Golf course (a short drive)
- Tennis courts (walking distance)
- Recommended restaurants (walking distance)
Experience peace and tranquillity in the luxurious surroundings of this spectacular Scottish Baronial Castle, a member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux Association. The award winning, five star Glenapp Castle, offers internationally renowned standards of quality and service, as well as superb fine dining in its Michelin Star, Four AA Rosettes restaurant. The daily rates at Glenapp Castle include a Six Course Gourmet Dinner in our award winning restaurant and a Full Scottish Breakfast.
Glenapp Castle is available for exclusive use and is the perfect venue for weddings, family celebrations, corporate incentive groups, product launches or residential conferences.
History to the present day
Glenapp Castle was built in 1870 - a strikingly beautiful example of the Scottish baronial style of architecture. Designed by the celebrated architect David Bryce for Mr James Hunter, the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Ayrshire, the castle’s mellow sandstone battlements are topped by soaring turrets and towers, earning Glenapp a rightful place as one of the most romantic castles in Scotland.
The castle was purchased in 1917 by James Lyle Mackay, who later became the 1st Earl of Inchcape. The Inchcape family owned the castle until 1982.
Local hoteliers, the McMillan Family purchased the castle in June 1994, by which time it had, sadly, fallen into a very poor state of repair. Their daughter and son-in-law, Fay and Graham Cowan, made the castle their home and embarked upon a lengthy restoration.
Food and Drinks
Dining in the gracious surroundings of the elegant castle dining room while watching the sun set over Ailsa Craig and the Mull of Kintyre is a truly unique experience. Each evening at dinner, we serve a six course gourmet menu in our Michelin Star, 4 AA Rosette restaurant, expertly prepared by Head Chef Adam Stokes and his team. Our menus change daily and utilise the best fresh and seasonal local ingredients, including fruit, vegetables and herbs from the castle gardens. All of our resident guests have an automatic dinner reservation in our restaurant between 7.00pm and 9.30pm. Afternoon tea in the castle Drawing Room is available between 3.00pm and 5.00pm, by prior reservation.
Enjoy a full Scottish breakfast between 7.45am and 10.45am and choose from a range of locally sourced dishes such as the 'Glenapp Grill' or smoked haddock with poached egg.
Grounds and gardens
The 36 acre grounds at Glenapp Castle are totally secluded and private, and are for the exclusive use of the castle guests. There are many rare and unusual plants and shrubs to be found, including magnificent specimen rhododendrons. Paths wander round the azalea pond, and through established woodland, leading to the wonderful walled garden with its 150 foot Victorian glasshouse. Fresh herbs and fruit from the garden are used every day in the castle kitchen, and freshly cut flowers adorn every room.
For the more energetic, there's an all weather tennis court and croquet lawn.
The castle has free wifi available for all guests.
Glenapp Castle does not have spa facilities on site, but in association with a brand new local seashore spa only five minutes drive away guests can enjoy the facilities. On payment of an entry fee, resident guests may use the luxury facilities of this normally private membership spa. Guests can also enjoy a full range of treatments and massage. The spa is open from 7.00am until 10.00pm seven days of the week. Facilities include a 15 metre Level Deck Pool with disappearing horizon, Aromatic Steam Room, Sauna, and fully equipped Fitness Suite. There is also a Health Bar serving light snacks, meals and refreshments.
There is a wide choice of activities available either at the castle or nearby. Please ask for activities list when making a reservation.
Arrival information and how to find us
Address: Glenapp Castle, Ballantrae Ayrshire, Ayrshire, KA26 0NZ, United Kingdom
Check In: From 1.00pm Check Out: By 11.00am
In order to preserve the peace and privacy of the grounds for guests, Glenapp Castle is not sign-posted from the main A77. Please note that the grounds are accessed via automatic gates so a reservation is essential for both resident and non-resident guests.
Glasgow Prestwick Airport, 1hr drive.
Glasgow International Airport, one and a half hrs, and provides flights to all London Airports. Airport and helicopter transfers are also available, as is car hire.
The nearest railway station is Girvan. Car transfers to and from the station can be arranged.
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