Move, shake and make merry
The Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, Perthshire
FLAPPERS, sophisticates, movers, shakers and merrymakers flocked to enjoy the gilded luxury of Gleneagles when it opened in 1924: they called it the ‘Playground of the Gods’, the ‘Riviera in the Highlands’ and famous dance bands broadcast live from the ballroom.
Most places of great beauty and style that prospered in the 1920s have long ago seen their best days, but not so this glorious 850-acre Perthshire estate. It’s as exquisite as ever, albeit much updated—an enormous redecoration project has been under way for some years now—and the extravagance of its heyday reigns supreme.
The jewels in the Gleneagles crown are its five-star château-esque hotel, with 232 bedrooms, three championship golf courses—the Ryder Cup took place here in 2014—the award-winning ESPA spa, the only restaurant in Scotland to hold two Michelin stars and an impeccable attention to detail that only the finest destinations in the world can boast. AE From £275 per night, based on two people sharing a Classic Room and including breakfast (01764 662231; www.gleneagles.com)