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Glenapp Castle
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ballantrae
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 August 2009

WOW! That is what we both said when we pulled up to the gates of Glenapp Castle following our Scottish Castle Wedding
Our Suite was almost as big as our house. The staff were extremely attentive and the dinners in the evening were amazing.
Certainly a stay to remember - Recommended for a special occasion.

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 May 2009

A stay at Glenapp leaves you feeling all is well in the world.From the moment you buzz at the gates you are transported from whatever your "normality" is into a fairy tale world where you are the centre of all that is taking place.
The castle and the grounds are stunning but what makes this place truly special are the owners and the staff.
The food is simply divine.Each time I stay I think the food will never be bettered only to have to revise my opinion on subsequent stays...to date I have never had a better meal than at Glenapp.
This is not the cheapest stay you will ever have but I always feel on departing that I have had value for money.
Wonderful as always

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank readysteadygo123
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Reviewed 9 May 2009

Having decided upon a Scottish castle as a surprise to celebrate my wife’s ‘special’ birthday, I researched many and Glenapp topped the list. So I arrived with high expectations – which were met in every single way. The whole experience was wonderful, for all the reasons listed by other reviewers, and my wife loved it.
The owners obviously had a vision of what they wanted to create when they bought the run down castle - in the fabric of the building and the whole experience. This is lived by every member of staff, even in their absence. It’s plush but not at all stuffy.
We had the joy of being the only people staying on our 1st night (a Monday in March) and the staff got it just right. It also meant we were able to have a tour of all the bedrooms – they vary a lot in size, style, views, etc so choose wisely and I would recommend going for the best you can afford. Also make sure you explore the grounds and the walk beside the stream that runs alongside - beautiful.
The one small fault was the cream tea (scones poor), so if you have afternoon tea go for the homemade biscuits instead.
Relax and enjoy.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank St39
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Reviewed 9 April 2009

OK south Ayrshire may not be on your route , just do it .
Enter the security gates , enjoy the drive ,be greeted at the door .
(Dont miss the hotel web site , excellent in many ways , but read the restoration story , six years slog to first guest night !!)
Our room , Ballantrae ,( and I think the other 16 ) is fabulous in style . Great drapes.
Bathroom fine. OK no separate shower , old CRT TV , bedroom chairs need new springs , and it is below stairs (ground floor ) but lets move on to all the great stuff.
The huge garden is to explore , the sea view to Ailsa Craig rock is fab.
Public rooms are few and will develop with future makeovers but are still full of interest and comfort . The bedrooms are the stars here .
"New " young chef Adam Stokes may well regain a Michelin star , ? in 2010 ? with his splendid six course dinners . These are not large portions . Breakfast was extra fine in quality but few surprises . Pity about the jam and marmalade.
Afternoon tea as described before is not a high point , but the sandwiches were good.
Interesting wine list well served , with suggested wine on the menu often well chosen.
Lets get back to basics , great building and grounds , great people (led by owner Fay Cowan) , great experience .
As a matter of fact I have stayed at several Scottish "castles" this is way the best and not the most expensive by some margin.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 March 2009

We are newcomers to writing reports for trip advisor however we have always used the site previously for hotel accommodation, especially when we have visited countries abroad. Before coming to the Glenapp Castle, the reports we read sounded out of this world and so our expectations were high. My wife and I both agree that this truly is heaven on earth, and we strongly recommend everyone to be pampered this much.
The setting is amazing, with a monstrosity of a building set in very well maintained grounds. A lovely long drive through large trees as you arrive.
The managers (I only caught their names as Jody and John) seemed to always be there, waiting on and making sure our expectations are always met. It was if they showed the same care and attention for the food they were serving, the wine they were pouring and the staff they supervised to the service they offered us as guests – 5 star the whole way. I was the most impressed by the fact that left handed guest’s cutlery and glasses were changed for them – attention to detail taken to the extreme!
The food was delightfully light but very rich – the chefs (Adam Stokes being the head chef) must work hard. In my experience it is very difficult to find such balance with succulent, intricate, individual tastes and locally sourced fresh produce.
All the staff were very friendly and extremely helpful. Nothing was too much bother.
The owners (Faith and Graeme) appeared briefly everyday to make sure that everything was running smoothly, but you could see that the two managers had this running like a slick well oiled machine.
On a whole this was an out of this world experience. The hotel, food, service - everything is very well balanced with subtle gestures being turned into heavenly reality! Well done!

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 December 2008

What an incredible place! The food, the staff, the setting, ahhhhh.

getting to the castle had a wee problem as our satnav took us to the estates wrong gate - note to self, buy a more upmarket satnav!

Met by great staff, welcoming us in, helping us with baggage and settling the tention between my husband and I - Whew!

Diningroom was amazing - great color scheme with comfy chairs.

Food from somewhere else. Adam the chef deserves 20 Michelean stars. (going to give them to him?)

Diningroom manager/manager, (sorry but title seem oblivious at this establishment) Jodie, was well organised, very knowledgable about the food, its preparation, and matched the courses with individual wines by the glass. Very attentive to our last need - perfectionist!

Not sure if they have cleaners - maybe little elves. Never once saw a cleaner but the place was always immaculate!

Breakfast was, good quality bacon, round fresh eggs, freshly prepared home made jam and the mornings papers!

20/10 for everything except the blunt main course knives - sorry guys you get 19/10. tut tut tut!

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 December 2008

The latest of several stays we have had at Glenapp that started with my 40th birthday party 3 years ago.

This hotel is now the standard by which we judge top class accomodation, food and service. What we particularly enjoy is the way Glenapp feels like an escape from our busy everday lives. Their magic trick (which we have yet to work out how they do it) is the incredibly efficeint yet invisible housekeeping service. Bedrooms are miraculously remade, gardens are kept immaculate and yet you never see anyone doing it!

We have now stayed in several (and on my birthday weekend had the opportunity to see the majority) of the 17 rooms. They are all beautifully decorated. Each one has its own individual character and atmosphere. The beds are enormous and very comfortable and we love the big baths.

Dinner is always a highlight of any visit. This time we really enjoyed the canapes, beef and seafood dishes all of which were beautifully presented.

All of the staff are very helpful and friendly and for us this just adds to the impression that we are staying with friends at a Scottish Country House rather than a hotel.

Cant wait to go back again and we wouldnt hesitate recommending Glenapp, from a romantic weekend to a birthday celebration or wedding.

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Glenapp Castle

Address: Ballantrae KA26 0NZ, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Ayrshire > South Ayrshire > Ballantrae
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ballantrae
Price Range: £235 - £378 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Glenapp Castle 5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful Scots Baronial castle set in 36 acres of stunning gardens and woodland overlooking the Ayrshire coastline and out to Ailsa Craig, the Isle of Arran and Mull of Kintyre. The castle is Scotland's highest rated Country House Hotel with 5 AA Red Stars and 4 AA Rosettes, 5 VisitScotland Gold Stars, EatScotland Gold Award and a Michelin Star. ... more   less 
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