Move, shake and make merry

The Gle­nea­gles Ho­tel, Auchter­arder, Perthshire

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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)

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