Glenapp Castle ~ Press Reviews
Robb Report Luxury Resorts (Summer 2007)
While helping General Dwight Eisenhower plan the D-Day invasion in 1944, Winston Churchill stayed at Glenapp Castle in Ayrshire, Scotland. The leaders selected this stretch on the country’s southwest coast because it was similar to the beaches in Normandy where the operation would unfold.
Today, the Ayrshire coast and countryside remain much as they were in Churchill’s time, and Glenapp Castle is once again fit for discerning clientele.
Graham and Fay Cowan, who lived at Glenapp after Fay’s parents acquired the property in 1994, spent six years renovating the castle before opening it as a resort in 2000. Decades of neglect and haphazard remodels had left the 19th-century Victorian manse in a depressing state, but the Cowans employed 25 workers to rebuild the interiors to their original splendor.
The couple, meanwhile, spent much of their time at Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips de Pury & Co. purchasing antiques by the lot. “Whatever it was we figured we needed it,” recalls Graham. “There were 74 rooms we had to fill.”
The Cowans, who still manage the resort, did not employ a designer – which may come as a surprise to guests who stay in one of Glenapp’s exquisitely furnished accommodations. The rooms and suites overlook either the castle’s 30-acre gardens or the Ayrshire coastline and Irish Sea.