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Issue 13 - Much Mor for your money

Scotland Magazine Issue 13
March 2004

 

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Much Mor for your money

Fancy a week's holiday at Gleneagles for the rest of your life? The hotel's new seasonal homes offer just that opportunity. Dominic Roskrow reports.

It says much about the world fame of Gleneagles and its reputation for golf that when it announced plans to open 50 seasonal homes the week covering the Ryder Cup – still some years away – sold out almost immediately.

The seasonal home concept – launched last year and still in the construction process – has captured the imagination of people who love Gleneagles and know that they will want to return to it time and time again. But the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be resident on the course during the golfing showdown between America and Europe proved too hard to resist for some fans.

And that presumably means that they forked out the cash for that event and got another 51 weeks holiday thrown in to the deal almost as a bonus.

The term ‘timeshare’ has many connotations, most of them negative, but the new Glenmor development demands that such a tag is reassessed. Gleneagles itself prefers to use the term ‘seasonal ownership’, but effectively you’re buying a timeshare – the right to live in one of the luxury homes for one week at a set time each year, every year for 55 years.

Ignore any negative aspersions that might cast. The homes – the first batch of which are already built and with work continuing apace – are sited close to the hotel at the heart of the stunning leisure complex.

They are the ultimate in luxury. And they give the occupiers the right to holiday at Gleneagles as they would if they had rented a room, but with the added bonus that should you wish to do so, you can close your door, cater for yourself and enjoy all the luxuries of a private home.

And it won’t bankrupt you to do so. At just under £10,000 ($16,000) for an off-season two bedroom house and stretching up to about £45,000 ($75,000) for a four bedroom one, you’re looking at an affordable offer.

The properties at Glenmor are designed to combine the best of modern living within the context of a traditional Scottish luxury hotel location.

They are best enjoyed with a group, with family and friends, and they are arguably as comfortable as holiday accommodation ever gets.

Built on two floors, they are equipped with sumptuous bedrooms, a very modern and stylish kitchen, and living quarters without parallel.

On the lower floor the bedrooms have their own en-suite facilities but they are divided by a large and intimate bathroom with large sunken bath and candles placed along the shelves so that you can relax in total peace and calm.

Upstairs the living area includes a television system linked up to the main hotel, there are views across the moorland and mountains which surround Gleneagles, and there is a large dining area ideal for entertaining during your stay.

And of course you’re sited metres away from one of the finest hotels in the world. These days, though, fine doesn’t mean exclusive, and any thoughts as you approach the imposing façade of the Gleneagles hotel that you’ll feel out of place are quickly dispelled.

It is a friendly place that has worked hard to make itself accessible to a wide range of people, and it caters excellently for children.

Owners of a seasonal residence at Glenmor will enjoy unlimited access for friends and family to the leisure and sports facilities in the hotel’s club during their stay. And there are special preferential rates available for treatments in the spa.

Ownership entitles you to access to all three world class golf courses while elsewhere on the 850 acre estate there are special rates available for the shooting, fishing, and off road driving schools and at the equestrian centre.

All of the facilities here are unsurprisingly world class, and don’t be surprised if you find yourself face to face with a star of screen or sport. The likes of Billy Connolly and Sean Connery are regular visitors.

There’s also a falconry school, and if you’ve never watched a bird of prey appear through the trees and glide 200 metres to land on your arm, then you should: it’s a magical and humbling experience.

Gleneagles has turned itself in recent years in to a complete leisure resort; the sort of place you really could come back to time and time again.

At the end of each day, when you’re tired and happy, you can choose between locking the doors and having a night in in the intimacy of your own home, or indulging yourself in a meal at one of the hotel’s exquisite restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Andrew Fairlie, or in the world-renowned The Strathearn.

It makes for the perfect holiday – truly the very best of Scotland – and provides the perfect way to enjoy one of the world’s greatest holiday and leisure destinations time and time again.