A glass act for Ayrshire hotel

Glenapp Castle to unveil private dining and events spaces

A Victorian glasshouse and the estate’s former potting shed have been transformed into new private dining and events spaces at Ayrshire’s Glenapp Castle hotel.

Launching next month, the adjoining Azalea Glasshouse & Bothy Restaurant, in the centre of the castle’s walled garden, can be used separately for private dining and smaller events, or combined to seat up to 100 guests for weddings and larger eventsThe Azalea Glasshouse, which was originally built in the late 1800s, comprises five dining spaces: The Fruit Room, which features fig and peach trees; The Vine Room, which contains 100 year old vines which still produce grapes; The Pond Room, which features a small goldfish pond, The Atrium, which is said to be “full of colour and unique plants”; and The May Stock Room, which takes its name from a previous owner and is described as a “light, spacious and welcoming” space.

The Bothy Restaurant, meanwhile, features 25ft high ceilings, flagstone floors and a wood-burning stove; bi-fold glass doors lead to outdoor seating.

Jill Chalmers, managing director of Glenapp Castle, said the development, which was the vision of Paul Szkiler, who bought the 21-bedroom Relais & Chateaux hotel near Girvan in 2015, “combine all the horticultural aspects of Glenapp Castle with dining”.

“We are so excited to launch The Azalea Glasshouse & Bothy Restaurant and we are confident that it will transform our already flourishing business and take it to the next level,” she said.

“Whilst we are extremely proud of our fine dining at the hotel, we recognise that beautifully fresh ingredients and a local cuisine of a less formal nature is also very attractive to our guests.

“With its breathtaking position, surrounded by nature, wildlife and plant life, and the option to dine under the stars, there is no doubt that The Azalea Glasshouse & Bothy Restaurant offers our guests, and the local community, a unique and tranquil dining experience in the heart of the estate.”

The launch of the new spaces come after Glenapp Castle unveiled penthouse suite, The Endeavour, which has four bedrooms and its own kitchen and private dining room for up to 16 guests.