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Glenapp Castle
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Reviewed 29 June 2013

This was my first visit to the hotel and hopefully not my last. I've been aware of the hotels reputation for fine dining for a while so was eager to try it out. In one word amazing. The combination of fine ingredients, superb cooking in a charming environment was in abundance. With speaking with the staff who informed me the chef has only been there since the beginning of the year was hard to believe, the confidence and maturity in the dishes was a pure delight to experience.

The grounds and hotel are beautiful and it's clear the owners passion for it shows throughout. The staff also make you feel so welcome a true home from home experience

Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
Thank Lancfoodie
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Reviewed 25 June 2013

We had two nights at Glenapp on the recommendation of a friend . Very attractive setting and nice large rooms .
We had dinner in the Michelin star restaurant ( no prices on Menu for dinner ) . Dinner was pleasant but certainly not outstanding. Staff helpful ,breakfast pleasant .
Everything was extra.Free overnight shoe cleaning that did not happen,Tea delivered to the rooms extra charge , After dinner drinks twice the price of the Hotel Du Vin in Glasgow.
We had a French waiter straight out of Tv comedy show which was most amusing
A lot of show but no substance .
Disappointing to say the least

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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4  Thank Louise R
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Reviewed 16 June 2013

We've been going to Glenapp Castle for 7 years. We've stayed as a
couple, as part of a large group and we stay regularly as a family.
Our experience is always the same. Faultless.

I'm not going to write a long review here because it doesn't need it.
In fact, this is the first review I've ever written for
anywhere.....and I'm pretty well travelled.

Glenapp Castle is a magical escapism. The accommodation is classic and
spotless. The service and attention to detail is beyond exceptional.
The food is outstanding. Over the years, I have never become bored
with staying here. Every visit is different. Each meal is incredible.
Each stay becomes more special than the last.

Individual needs are catered for. This is truly an individual 5 star
retreat. I use the word retreat. It's another world as soon as you
disappear behind the gates. It's not a "resort". If you want a flashy
big resort style 5 star hotel....this isn't for you. This is 5 star indulgence for
those who prefer quality over quantity.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank Lynne P
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Reviewed 12 June 2013

I arranged a night here for my husband's 40th Birthday and I cannot rate this whole experience highly enough. I am a fussy traveller and expect high standards so for Glenapp to impress is no small undertaking! Everything was perfect from the moment we arrived. The entrance is signposted but very minimal so as to keep a private, secluded feel. The drive to the castle is impressive and you are spoilt from the moment you step out of your car. We were shown to our suite with a private turret for entrance/exit. The bathroom was an incredible size with a claw foot bath (a personal favourite) and the most luxurious Penhaligon toiletries. We had a birthday cake delivered to the suite and the 2 members of staff sang happy birthday to my husband!
We went down to dinner at the time arranged and found a birthday card from Mr and Mrs Cowan (owners of this beautiful retreat) on our table. The food was out of this world; tied with the staff's knowledge of food and wine it was a pure delight! The chef even piped a happy 40th message on my husband's plate.
Every little touch made this break wonderful. The staff are amazing, housekeeping are incredibly fast at tidying up, closing the numerous curtains etc. This is well worth every penny and we will most definitely be returning at some point! Many thanks to all involved in making our break so special!

Room Tip: The Earl of Inchcape suite is a must as it has panoramic views of the magnificent gardens.
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Tracy M
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Reviewed 30 May 2013

The entrance gate is very low key with minimal signage which really does stop tourists simply wandering around and spoiling the private atmosphere for the guests; a very good idea and once you are at the end of the mile or so long drive you really do feel as if you’re on your own estate.

I was welcomed at the door and signed the old fashioned guestbook with a fountain pen (a very nice touch) and the staff helped carry my cases to my room. I was staying in Knockdolian which has a handy entrance of its own just off of the car park (as well as the internal one). The room itself was large, and furnished very comfortably with some antique pieces of furniture as well as lots of soft furnishings and an old brass four poster bed. The bathroom was also a very good size and in a similar period style. It really suited the setting perfectly. My only gripe would be not having a blackout lined curtain on one of the small slit windows when all of the other curtains were fully lined (this omission more or less renders all that effort and thoughtfulness defunct). There was a silk flower arrangement in the room; flowers should always be fresh. There was also an orchid that had finished flowering – the orchids in guests’ rooms should always be in bloom. I must stress that these are petty points, but for the prices charged, attention to detail is key. The most offensive items, however, were two ornaments by Lladro – utterly tasteless, not in keeping and should be removed (or destroyed!!). All this said, it was a wonderfully cosy room and the gas fireplace in the seating area added to the warm atmosphere.

The grounds of the castle are worth a mention in their own right. Magnificent mature rhododendron plants were plentiful throughout, and there were formal areas, “natural” areas, a large pond, and a walled garden. They were well maintained, and like the rest of the property had a real charm to them. The castle itself is atop a hill and has marvellous views out to the sea and islands beyond.

A late cream tea (spontaneous on my part rather than by prior arrangement) was a little disappointing as the tea wasn’t loose leaf and the scones had been microwaved to warm them and were nothing special. No tragedy, but at this level, every aspect should be close to perfection.

The six course dinner menu was awaited with much anticipation on my part, and I was not disappointed. They were very flexible with swapping out courses to suit my likes and dislikes perfectly, which was very much appreciated. The dishes were beautifully presented and well conceived, certainly worthy of its 1 star (albeit under a different head chef) status. They even had a cheese menu comprising a couple of dozen Scottish cheeses, which was a delight both to eat and to have such a wide selection to choose from. The service whilst formal and slick wasn’t stiff or starchy and all of the staff were very charming and friendly. It really was a most enjoyable dinner.

Breakfast was on a far lower level when compared to the previous night’s dinner. It felt terribly English (in the worst sense of the word) and old fashioned. The portions for the cooked breakfast were small (although they were more than happy to provide another teaspoon sized portion of mushrooms…) and the choice very traditional. The quality was good, although the vienoisserie tasted reheated from frozen rather than homemade. For this price point, breakfast should be something considerably more memorable. All of the other guests seemed to be enjoying it, so perhaps part of this is down to personal taste too.

Glenapp is a delightful place to spend a night or two and indulge in a fine dinner in country house surroundings with an almost house party atmosphere. With a little more attention to the finer details, Glenapp would really be a perfect example of its type.

Room Tip: It is worth taking the time to read about the features of each room so that you can choose one that suits.
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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