In April of the year 2000, a very unique and exciting event took place in the sleepy Scottish fishing village of Ballantrae in Ayrshire. For the first time, after many years of neglect, followed by a painstaking restoration project, Glenapp Castle, a vast and spectacular Victorian mansion set high above the village overlooking the Irish Sea and the island of Ailsa Craig opened its doors as an exclusive luxury hotel.
The castle has been the home of the Cowan family since 1994. For six years their full time occupation was the restoration and conversion of the castle and its thirty acres of magnificent gardens. The work complete, Glenapp has been restored to its rightful glory. Within the castle there are graceful lounges and elegant dining rooms as well as 17 individually furnished and decorated bedrooms and suites and seemingly endless oak panelled hallways and corridors. All are handsomely furnished with personally chosen antiques and fine oil paintings, and individually decorated to the highest standard in traditional style. The two 'Master Rooms' are palatial in size, with highly ornate cornice-work. There are two suites, which in addition to the bedroom area have an interconnecting sitting room.
All of the castle's rooms are bright and sunny thanks to the tall and elegant Victorian windows and all rooms have luxurious traditionally appointed en suite facilities, as well as colour television, video recorder and compact disc player. Each bedroom and bathroom has a direct dial telephone. Many bedrooms have coal and log effect gas fires, and all rooms have superb views of the gardens or the coastline, or both in many cases.
The castle is open to individual guests as an exclusive luxury retreat from April through to January (excluding Christmas) each year and is available throughout the year for exclusive use reservations.