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As you sweep up the long tree clad drive you will glimpse the beautiful façade of Glenapp Castle; encapsulating the romance of the Scottish Baronial style with magical towers, turrets, and crenellations. Oak panelled halls lead to the heart of the castle offering stunning views out to sea and the famous volcanic outcrop of Ailsa Craig. Beyond that you can see the Isle of Arran, Holy Island, and, on a clear day, the hills of Northern Ireland. Also available for exclusive use.
Rooms : 17 individually designed rooms with stunning views
Type : Couples, Families, Outdoor Actives, Golfers
Glenapp Castle is one of the finest luxury castle hotels in the United Kingdom and has been a member of Relais & Châteaux since 2001.
Overlooking the Firth of Clyde, out to the iconic Ailsa Craig, the beautiful, secluded, and peaceful gardens of Glenapp Castle offer the perfect location to relax, recharge, and take afternoon tea.
Many visitors to Glenapp don’t even feel the need to venture out of the castle grounds!
There are seventeen guest rooms at Glenapp Castle. All of these rooms are individually designed and lavishly furnished and equipped to the same high standard. Many of the rooms have superb sea views with the ground floor rooms facing the garden and woodlands.
Whether you want to indulge in a luxury afternoon tea, award winning fine dining, or a simple spot of lunch, Glenapp Castle has just the place for you.
Fine dining at Glenapp Castle’s award winning restaurant is a truly unique experience. Whether you choose the six course dining experience or the ‘Taste of Glenapp’ three course menu, we believe you will enjoy the authenticity and flair of the cuisine.
Indulge in a delightful afternoon tea, or enjoy an extended evening dining experience in the gracious surroundings of the castle’s elegant dining rooms.
The restaurant’s six course gourmet menu which includes canapés, coffee, and petits fours allows you to watch the sun set over Ailsa Craig, the Mull of Kintyre, and across the beautiful Ayrshire coastline.
Whatever the occasion or time of day, dining at Glenapp Castle is a culinary experience not to be missed.
Golf is one of the main outdoor sporting activities in the area and there are four championship golf courses in Ayrshire within an hour of the castle: Royal Troon, Prestwick, Western Gailes, and Turnberry.
Around the shores of Ayrshire are many castle ruins and active castle homes. View Culzean Castle and its cliff top dominance 25 minutes north of Glenapp or, deeper into the Hebridean islands, view the iconic castle facing the Isle of Mull, where the movie “Entrapment” was filmed.
Your private chef will be on board & the professional crew will navigate you towards remote islands like Ailsa Craig, coastal castles & distant inns. Enjoy lunch at one of the many famous sea food restaurants, before arriving at an island or beach where you can experience luxury glamping in the wild.
Activities include : Perfume making, Cookery School, Private wine/whisky and Hendrick’s Gin Tastings, Photography & painting courses or Genealogy and Heraldry.
Explore the thirty-six acres of gardens and woodlands which also boast herb, fruit, and flower gardens and a 150 foot Victorian glasshouse, home to peach and fig trees, grape vines and propagation rooms for a variety of plants and flowers. The grounds are bounded on all sides by yet more woodland and open countryside to explore.
Wide range of country sports from shooting, high pheasant and partridge shooting, deer stalking as well as salmon fishing on the River Stinchar, or trout fishing on a nearby loch.
Activities include : all-weather tennis courts, croquet lawn, french boules, fireworks, stargazing, mountain-biking, archery, clay-pigeon shooting, highland games, falconry and horse & carriage rides.
Glenapp has a secure helicopter landing site two minutes from the front door of the castle, with endless unique destinations in a 100 mile radius.
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"When you turn into the majestic gates and meander up the drive, and you are greeted by the splendour of the Castle - you know that you are going to have a very special time!"
Cliff Beach House
A new private house rental, offering some of the most luxurious, contemporary-styled accommodation in Ireland. This modern, architect-designed home is located in scenic Ardmore Bay on the southeast coast, set above rolling Atlantic waters. The striking six-bedroom villa is finished to the highest level, with spectacular floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the Irish skies, village and cliffside views. Designed for groups of friends or multigenerational families looking for an exceptional immersive experience with all modern comforts and facilities.
Sleeps: 12 Bedrooms: 6 King/Twin Ensuite Bathrooms: 2.
Those looking for: A coastal retreat. Serenity, peace, gourmet, wellness, water sports, fishing, sea swimming, spa, culture.
Sheen Falls Lodge
Sheen Falls Lodge, a privately owned 5 star country house is fortunate to be located in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Situated on the Wild Atlantic Way in the bay of Kenmare, there are views of cascading waterfalls, the delightful bay itself and also the magnificent McGillicuddy Reeks, the highest mountain range in Ireland looming in the distant sky.
A Condé Nast Award winner, this five-star Relais & Chateaux hotel is best described as “classic luxury” with all rooms enjoying breath-taking views.
Rooms : 60 spacious bedrooms and suites Type : Couples, Family, Outdoor Active
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