Meet the team

We know you will enjoy your time at Glenapp and would like to introduce a few of the people who will make your stay so memorable.

John Orr

General Manager

In 1995 I joined McMillan Hotels and spent seven wonderful years at the Cally Palace Hotel, Gatehouse of Fleet where I met and married Tanya who was the Head Receptionist. 

In 2002 I was honoured to be offered a role as Castle Manager of the prestigious Glenapp Castle, Relais & Châteaux. Both of our children have been born since we have been at Glenapp and they have never called anywhere else home.  Now that they are getting older they appreciate the beautiful estate and the wonderful freedom it offers. The castle welcomes guests from all over the world and many look upon Glenapp as their second home. In 2015, with the change of ownership at the castle, I was appointed Hotel General Manager and later a Director.

This year we hosted the Relais Châteaux UK Spring Congress which was attended by the cream of the UK’s and Ireland’s hoteliers. This event was a great success and a career highlight. The last twelve months have been the most exciting yet with many new projects completed and the planning of others for 2017.  Many of the hotel staff have been working at Glenapp for many years and I am pleased that we have kept the team together through the change of ownership. I am as excited today as I was back in 2002 when I first saw this beautiful castle.

David Alexander

Executive Chef

My role as Executive Chef at Glenapp Castle since May 2016 has been to build upon the very high standards that have been set in the hotel’s kitchen. I oversee the creation of our daily changing menus while working hard to source the very best local produce.

I chose Glenapp after a conversation with Paul Szkiler (the owner) about the future plans for the hotel. It is turning out to be an exciting time at the hotel and I would not want to miss the opportunity to help those plans become reality.

As a chef I began straight from school working for a family owned hotel chain in Dumfries and Galloway.  After 13 years I left their employment and began working in a small Michelin Starred restaurant in South West Scotland and remained there for 13 years before moving to Glenapp.

When not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and dogs. Golf is my way of unwinding (my enthusiasm exceed my skills).

Annemarie Mitchel

Head Gardener

I am responsible for the care of the grounds at Glenapp, having initially taken on the challenge of restoring these beautiful gardens back in 1995.

I originally studied at Barony College, Dumfries, and Elmwood College in Fife and obtained an HNC in horticulture and an NC in Amenity Supervision. I am a member of the professional gardeners guild and a member of Scotland’s gardens scheme.

Previously I have held posts of the Craftswoman gardener at Logan Botanical Gardens, Instructor at National Trust for Scotland’s School of Horticulture. 

After having my daughter Kirsten I started up my own design maintenance and consultancy business which brought me back to Glenapp.

My hobbies include hill walking, playing guitar, and being active in the local community.


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Explore the many aspects of Glenapp Castle's past over the last 150 years


Relais & Chateaux

Glenapp Castle is a member of an exclusive collection of the finest hotels and gourmet restaurants across the world


The Gardens

Beautiful, secluded and peaceful gardens designed by the world renowned Gertrude Jekyll