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The Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland originally opened in 1924 and quickly established itself as a byword for luxury. Their expansive rambling grounds now include the new village of Glenmor, a hamlet of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom luxury lodges set around their very own village green. Glenmor lodges certainly maintain the Gleneagles Hotel’s approach to quality and style, being sumptuously appointed and large enough to house a gaggle of children while giving mum and dad some space to relax.
We travelled to Glenmor for a four-day family getaway – me, my husband and our two children – as a treat to get out into the countryside and away from our busy city lives. It was wonderful to be able to unwind in the stunning Perthshire countryside, and the children loved exploring the hotel’s estate, which is vast and beautiful, as well as being packed with activities, including a Pitch n Putt, a tennis court and maze and a falconry centre, which my daughter in particular found fascinating. I packed my husband and children off to Laich Loch for a few hours’ exploring while I pampered myself in the hotel’s Spa. Because the estate is so large there really is an endless amount of fun to be had for all the family.
The Glenmor Lodges are exquisite and beautifully appointed; the whole break really had the feel of a luxury country getaway and with all the fresh snow it was certainly a magical place. There were endless snowball fights with the children and we built lots of snowmen across the village green, before going back to the lodge to sit around the open fire and thaw out while toasting marshmallows and playing board games.
The Gleneagles Estate is criss-crossed with jogging and cycling routes, and we walked the long three-mile route after a brilliant lunch at The Dormy restaurant. The route weaves through some amazing countryside and it really felt we were out in the wilderness; I would never have guessed we were still on the estate! It was so peaceful that to me it sums up the perfect winter break in Scotland. We will certainly be returning in the future, and the kids can’t wait to go back and try out the Equestrian School. My husband fancies having shooting lessons, but for me? I’ll just be back in that wonderful Spa before stretching out in front of the log fire with a nice glass of wine.
This article was written for Gleneagles by Anna Smart.