Luxury Scotland kicked off the new year with several new developments at member properties. Offerings range from new construction projects to renovations to the debut of on-site classes that will help make a stay extra-indulgent.
Set to debut in March at Knockinaam Lodge, located on the Dumfries & Galloway coastline which spans 200 miles, Shingle Lodge is a luxury cottage located just steps from the Irish Sea on the hotel’s beautiful grounds. With waves meeting the shoreline just a few meters from the living room of the lodge, the enticing seascapes witnessed through floor-to-ceiling windows invite guests to relax, re-energize and take in the peacefulness of their surroundings. Ideal for families or a romantic getaway, Shingle Lodge features two rooms with king-sized beds (which can be converted to twins), en-suite baths, a log-burning stove, fully equipped kitchen and private terrace. Guests are encouraged to make the short walk to the luxury, small hotel, to experience the award-winning Scottish-based cuisine for which Knockinaam is famous. Shingle Lodge is already proving popular with early bookings already being taken for this coveted, Scottish seaside spot.
Also located along the beautiful Ayrshire coast, Trump Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort, is currently undergoing a multimillion-pound refurbishment to the hotel and its Championship Ailsa golf course. Both are set to reopen on June 1. Each of the hotel’s 103 bedrooms is being lavishly redecorated with hand-carved, rich walnut mahogany and gold-gilded bedframes and canopies inspired by Turnberry’s own tartan, and opulent Italian marble bathrooms. All of the resort’s meeting and dining spaces have been renovated and feature sparkling chandeliers throughout, and the Trump Turnberry clubhouse will now be home to an extended professional shop, upgraded meeting spaces and a new restaurant, The Duel in the Sun. Opening in August 2016, the Donald J. Trump Ballroom, which features floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Irish Sea, will have capacity for up to 500 guests. The renovation of the iconic Ailsa course, home to four Open Championships, including the 1977 Duel in the Sun, is being led by renowned golf architect Martin Ebert.
For travelers interested in learning the distinctly British pursuit of clay pigeon shooting, the newly refurbished Roxburghe Shooting School of Excellence is the ideal teaching ground for anyone from absolute beginners to accomplished shots. The Shooting School, located on the more than 500-acre grounds of the Roxburghe Hotel in Heiton by Kelso, offers a variety of professional coaching sessions for adults and children, as well as game shooting warm-up lessons and gun-fitting services. An hour-long lesson for adults starts at £80; junior lessons start at £55.
Foodies will want to hear more about two upcoming cookery demonstration events at Luxury Scotland member properties, both lead by Chef Albert Roux. For those not familiar, Roux opened London’s La Gavroche, which became the first restaurant in Britain to win a Michelin star. On February 23, Roxburghe Hotel will welcome Chef Roux, along with the Roxburghe’s own head chef Lee Pattie, as they teach some of their favorite cooking techniques while preparing a three-course lunch. Demonstration and lunch, which includes a glass of wine, is £49.50 per person. Greywalls Hotel in Muirfield is offering an overnight package complete with two cooking demonstrations hosted by Chef Roux and his granddaughter (an accomplished chef in her own right), Emily Roux. The festivities start on February 25 with a demonstration by Emily Roux followed by a four-course dinner served with matching wines. On February 26, after breakfast, Emily will lead a pastry demonstration alongside Greywalls’ pastry chef, William Grubb. A three-course lunch with wine will follow. The package, which includes accommodations, meals and demonstrations, starts at £395 per room for a cottage room.