I’ve just experienced an afternoon of luxury and tranquility at the Glenapp Castle Hotlel in Scotland.
Driving up a one track road you come to a set of tall black gates where there is a buzzer for reception. Slowly the gates open and you are enveloped in a lush ancient forest full of colour and beauty. Driving up the private road you come to another gated entrance where you are greeted by staff who come and open your car door, welcome you to the castle and guide you through the front door while telling you a little bit about the place and where you will be going. (At this point, instead of just afternoon tea, I was wishing we had booked for an overnight stay!).
We booked for afternoon tea.
The afternoon tea was truly scrumptious, the staff listened carefully and catered for both my husband’s and my dietary requirements. He is on a gluten free diet and I am avoiding certain fats such as butter, we also requested everything to be vegetarian and they catered for all our needs in a very satisfactory way. We sat at first in the grand lounge for coffee then moved into the library for the rest of our afternoon tea. We enjoyed a selection of sandwiches and delicious treats. The staff were very chatty and attentive. The waiter seemed to time his entry to the library just as we were needing a top up of tea. We must have sat for a good 3 hours just enjoying the serenity of the room taking our time to just relax and enjoy the delicious cakes while gazing out of the window at the stunning gardens and forest.
Not only was the afternoon tea delicious but the warmth and friendliness of all of the staff made this one of the most memorable and enjoyable experiences I’ve had in Scotland.
After tea we went for a stroll around the gardens, it was a beautiful sunny day however if it rains the hotel provide rain jackets, wellies and umbrellas and if you’re feeling up for it they also have mountain bikes on site should you wish to go fro a little bike ride around the estate.
Down at the pond they have a peaceful setting of outdoor chess where we sat for almost an hour battling it out on the chess board. It was such a beautiful setting just sitting looking across the pond on a hot spring day. There are many sections to the gardens and places to sit and enjoy the scenery.
All in all, my experience at this luxury award-winning five star hotel in Ayrshire, Scotland, was an excellent one, everything was perfect from the staff the food and the hospitality. I hope to return soon and hopefully have an overnight stay in this intimate and genuine attention to detail castle. The Chateaux has charm and beauty brought together with the warm friendly staff, period furnishings and interiors alongside breath-taking landscaped gardens and forest, the perfect place to escape city life and surround yourself with peace and tranquility.