For those who immersed in the HBO series Succession, which recently completed its second season, it would have been hard to miss marveling at the Gleneagles resort that played one of the many drippingly luxurious backdrops to the family’s feuding adventures. Scotland, in fact, has played a big part in the show all through, starting with the first episode of Succession, when it came to light that Waystar Royco CEO Logan Roy was born in Dundee.
But last month the country was placed in the spotlight as a magnet for magnates and a cauldron of intrigue as each member of the cast would get some special time getting thrown under the bus.
But for the rest of us mere mortals, Gleneagles in in the Ochil Hills in the heart of Scotland, would be seen as nothing less than a breathtaking countryside estate offering authentically Scottish experience. Since the Roaring Twenties, guests have arrived at the 850-acre estate in style via Gleneagles’ own train station. Now under the ownership of Ennismore, great care has been taken restoring the manse to its rightful place as possibly the most-coveted luxury escape in Scotland.
The resort brings 232 guestrooms and suites, now enhanced with added detailing, fabrics and craftsmanship, over a wide range of suite categories. It lays out an extensive menu of leisure activities and sports, including championship golf and some 20 other outdoor activities from falconry to shooting to archery. Adventure areas are available for junior guests ages 2-15, as well.
The new design provides plenty of spaces foe mixing, mingling, relaxing and enjoying the dramatic views of the Perthshire countryside in an environment that feels more akin to a home or a private club than a hotel. With a range of food and beverage venues on property, including dining commanded by Michelin-starred Andrew Fairlie, Gleneagles offers elevated dining as well as Clubhouse bites always completed by the dramatic scenery. Afternoon tea is served in the refurbished Glendevon Room, and cocktails at the newly opened American Bar. Also onsite: a beauty salon, Golfer’s Clubhouse, and children’s crèche have all been recently unveiled, creating a property that is the right getaway for a day of golf, weekend escape or extended retreat.
The hotel is home to Ochil House, a six-room, private meeting and events space attached to the main estate. In addition to dedicated meeting spaces, the private spread offers a kitchen pantry, drawing room, study and comfortable spaces often found at private members clubs.
The overarching ambition of the new design concepts at the retreat was to inspire, rouse ideas and stimulate conversation – encouraging guests to look around, explore and discuss, rather than sit at a table in a blank conference room. Additionally, each room is carefully outfitted with the latest technology.
From a relaxed kitchen space to a grand drawing room, Ochil House features a variety of unique spaces for entertaining across 4,000 square feet. In addition to meetings and conferences, the space is available to book exclusively for bespoke events, with outdoor breakout lawns. Individual rooms can also be booked privately for business meetings and social events. Room rates start at $264.