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Where to be and what to see.

A land­mark 1920s Scot­tish es­tate gets a nose-to-tail makeover.

The trout are bit­ing. The fer­rets are rac­ing. The golf cad­dies are as­sem­bled. And the scones are warm­ing on the scone trol­ley, ready for a splen­did Scot­tish af­ter­noon tea. With 900 staff, from the kilted door­men to the gil­lies, whisky som­me­liers to gun­dog train­ers, The Gle­nea­gles Ho­tel is a hive of ac­tiv­ity. The tempo has quick­ened since En­nis­more, a Lon­don-based in­vest­ment and hos­pi­tal­ity com­pany, bought the 344-hectare coun­try es­tate two years ago and com­pleted a mul­ti­mil­lion­pound re­fur­bish­ment this north­ern sum­mer.

Set in pic­turesque Perthshire, an hour’s drive north-west of Ed­in­burgh, Gle­nea­gles has its own train sta­tion (six hours from Lon­don), Scot­land’s only two-starred restau­rant (An­drew Fair­lie), three championship golf cour­ses, a fal­conry school, an eques­trian arena, and a colour­ful his­tory as a glam­orous seat of coun­try pur­suits. It was la­belled “the eighth won­der of the world” when it opened in 1924 and be­came a fix­ture on the Bri­tish so­ci­ety cal­en­dar and the global golf cir­cuit.

“Gle­nea­gles has been more than a ho­tel for gen­er­a­tions now,” says man­ager Conor O’Leary. “Our job has been to re­spect that legacy and en­sure its appeal and longevity for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.” Plans in­clude the de­vel­op­ment of a lux­ury camp nearby and a line of fine foods.

The ho­tel’s 232 rooms and suites are filled with light and an­tiques; cor­ri­dors, too, are lined with his­tor­i­cal cu­rios, cus­tom lanterns and car­pets wo­ven in old Per­sian pat­terns. The trans­for­ma­tion of public spa­ces by an A-list of Bri­tish de­sign stu­dios in­cludes the re­vival of the ho­tel’s op­u­lent Amer­i­can Bar with Art Deco-in­spired fur­nish­ings and cock­tails, an el­e­gant af­ter­noon-tea sa­lon, The Glen­de­von, over­look­ing cro­quet lawns, the Parisian-style Bir­nam Brasserie and the lobby

Cen­tury Bar, with a cen­tral il­lu­mi­nated cabi­net of old and rare whiskies.

More than 20 out­door pur­suits are avail­able, in­clud­ing coun­try pic­nics via a new ac­qui­si­tion – a 1959 Rolls-Royce Sil­ver Cloud.

From £265 in­clud­ing break­fast. The Gle­nea­gles Ho­tel,

Auchter­arder, Perthshire, Scot­land, gle­nea­

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