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Gleneagles, Auchterarder, Scottish Highlands
One of the world's great hotels, Gleneagles has been welcoming glamorous guests to the Highlands since the1920s. Best known as a golfing destination, it has re-invented itself for the 21st century while still celebrating its jazz-age origins. It's earned its five stars, with elegant bedrooms, first-class food (including a Michelin-starred restaurant), a spa, gym and swimming pools, and even somewhere to shop. Then there's the encyclopaedic choice of outdoor pursuits and the superb service. For a 228 room hotel it feels remarkably intimate, as welcoming to children as it is to their parents. This level of luxury doesn't come cheap so you'll need deep pockets to stay here, but it's worth every penny.
How can you not fall for a hotel that has its own train station?
If you're keen on walking, the Trossachs National Park is a 30-minute drive away - or you can just stroll around the hotel's 850 acres of grounds.
By car: around 1 hour 20 mins from Edinburgh, 4 hours 30 mins from York and 7 hours 30 mins from London. There is free parking on-site.
By train: trains run direct to Gleneagles station from Glasgow Queen Street (50 mins), Edinburgh Waverly (1 hour) and London Kings Cross (8 hours). The hotel is a 6-minute drive from the station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Gleneagles is for anyone who wants a touch of real glamour (along with their golf). The plush Century Bar is possibly the only place where you'll find a woman in a cocktail frock sitting next to a man in waders.
Service & Facilities
The falconry school is a real highlight. Flying a hawk on the open hill is a truly unforgettable experience.
- Two Michelin-starred restaurant
- Three alternative restaurants
- Four bars
- Three championship golf courses
- Two swimming pools
- Falconry school
- Tennis court
- Free Wi-Fi
- Free parking
Dogs up to the size of a labrador can stay in any room for £100 per dog, per night. There are also outdoor kennels, from £48 per night.
The detail in the décor is incredible, whether a bowler hat perched on a wardrobe or a conveniently placed pair of binoculars. Estate rooms in Braid House have fireplaces and balconies, but those in the main house have period detail that creates a nice feeling of continuity with the hotel's history.
Country, Manor and Estate rooms, Suites, Family Rooms
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, robes, hair dryer & luxury bath products, TV with complimentary films, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
The American Bar is a clever recreation of a speakeasy where the lights are low, cocktails deliciously deadly and the dames dress to kill. The choice at breakfast is simply mind-boggling.
Restaurant Andrew Fairlie: two Michelin stars. Modern Scotitish fine dining.
The Strathearn: glamourous, classical Franco-Scottish fine dining. Open daily for breakfast and dinner. Three-courses £79.
The Birnam Brasserie, The Dormy Restaurant, The American Bar, The Century Bar, Auchterarder 70, The Blue Bar, The Garden Cafe