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Hotel Gleneagles, Perthshire, Scotland

Location: Gleneagles, the 'Palace in the Glens', lies in the heart of Scotland, but the resort is only a one hour motorway drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow as well as less than an hours drive to St. Andrews with its famous Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews Old Course - the home of golf that sets the international golf rules. This means, in Gleneagles you can choose to enjoy the freedom of one of the least crowded countries in western Europe or the cultural attractions of two of Scotland's great historic cities. Gleneagles hosted the G8 summit of world leaders in July 2005. The Gleneagles Hotel is a Five Red Star golf resort set in 850 acres of stunning scenery in Perthshire, Scotland. Luxurious and impeccable though it is, you will find that the Gleneagles Hotel has a refreshingly relaxed manner, unstarchy and unstiff that is mirrored by the friendly courtesy of all the staff. In addition, getting out and about to tour Scotland could not be easier with the hotel's own Chauffeur tours.

History: The Gleneagles Hotelís Grand Opening Gala was on 7 June 1924 but its history commenced 14 years prior to that momentous day. In 1910, Donald Matheson, General Manager of the Caledonian Railway Company, was on holiday in Strathearn. His railway line ran through the valley and, as it was the era of  'Grand Hotels'  he was so  impressed by the surrounding countryside that he conjured up the vision of a large country house hotel, built in the style of a palace which would provide leisure in the form of golf to the travelling public. An investment programme in excess of £58 million has shaped a luxury destination for the 21st century. Quality of service and attention to detail make it the resort of choice in a recent survey of hospitality industry professionals. Gleneagles celebrated its 80th anniversary in June 2004.

Rooms and Suites: The Gleneagles Hotel was designed in the style of a French chateau and Capability Brown, the celebrated 18th century landscape gardener, inspired the landscaping. Today, the hotel has 269 bedrooms including 16 suites. Braid House, a new accommodation wing, opened at a cost of £10 million in December 2002. This wing houses 59 luxurious bedrooms, many of which have balconies. In addition, there are four state-of-the-art meeting rooms. Gleneagles has 500-600 employees, a ratio of more than one staff per guest, who ensure that the resort maintains its world class reputation for excellence. From your first wholehearted Scottish welcome you will be looked after warmly by the staff and the services offered.

Restaurants and Bars: Gleneagles has an international reputation for the excellence and variety of the dishes prepared in the kitchens, which benefit from the finest, freshest produce available from Scotland's larder and from specialist suppliers around the world. The Strathearn Restaurant has been selected as one of the world's ten Great Hotel Restaurants. The innovative Wine Tasting room is where discerning diners can taste wines that will complement their meal. The Bar is designed to capture the atmosphere of a great ocean liner. In May 2001, Michelin award winning chef, Andrew Fairlie, opened his own restaurant, located within the hotel, offering guests and gourmands alike the delights of French influenced cuisine. 

Sport and Spa: The courses were the inspiration of two of the world's most famous golfers, James Braid, five times winner of The Open, who designed the King's and Queen's, and Jack Nicklaus, Golfer of the Century, who designed The PGA Centenary Course (formerly named the Monarchís). For those who are addicted to the game of golf, the Gleneagles Hotel offers the chance to play on the world's finest golf courses with its three championship golf courses in Scotland. As well as the challenge of the King's, the secluded charms of the Queen's, or the  nine  hole Wee Course, there is the exceptional PGA Centenary Course, venue of the 40th Ryder Cup matches in 2014. This is golf in Scotland at its best.  Gleneagles means golf - but it also means so much more. There are walks, horse riding, shooting, fishing, falconry, off-road driving, tennis, croquet, mountain biking - all with expert help and tuition. For more gentler indoor pursuits try The Spa or a quiet swim in one of the two pools. 

Address Details:
The Gleneagles Hotel

Tel.: +44-1764-662231
Fax: +44-1764-662134 
e-mail: resort.sales@gleneagles.com
website: www.gleneagles.com

Room Rates (in British pounds):
High Season: May to October / Low Season: November to April
Classic Rooms: £ 355 / £ 296
Souvereign Rooms: £ 435 / £ 322
Estate Rooms: £ 500 / £ 380
Estate Suites: £ 830 / £ 629
The Wisky Suite: £ 1,015 / £ 780
The Royal lochnagar Suite: £ 1,800 / £ 1,654
(All rates are per room for two people sharing (Children below 5 free and 6-14 years: £ 45) per night in pounds, and include Scottish breakfast, service and all taxes)

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