This Spring, the award winning five-star hotel, Glenapp Castle is launching The Endeavour – through the conversion of the Castle’s entire top floor to become a stunning penthouse apartment, arguably the most beautiful in Scotland. The luxurious nature of the penthouse is matched by its stunning and romantic views of Ailsa Craig, the Isle of Arran, the Mull of Kintyre and on a particularly clear day, Ireland. Situated at the very top of the castle, this penthouse really sets a new standard when it comes to refinement and luxury.
Since Glenapp Castle was acquired by social impact investors, Truestone headed by Paul Szkiler in 2015, the plan was always to remodel the top floor of the castle into a unique private apartment for the most discerning of travellers.
Providing more than 4,000 square feet the penthouse does not lack room or rooms. The apartment has been delicately restored and designed using an eclectic mix of traditional furnishings and modern touches which has created something utterly breath-taking. The design utilises this mixture of the old and the new, with an interesting array of works of art and a carefully curated collection of artefacts.
The location of the castle high above the coast together with its maritime history have all made their way into The Endeavour with nautical themes running throughout. Strongest of all the maritime links is that of former resident the First Lord Inchcape, once the Chairman of the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company, better known as P&O. His former snooker room is to become the master bedroom linked to the drawing room by a beautiful spiral staircase. In addition to this there are further nods to local maritime history to the Firth of Clyde and Ailsa Craig all of which are reflected subtly within the interior’s scheme.
The penthouse is made up of four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a lounge/dining room, a beautiful TV snug with seating for 12, sauna, library, a games room, a private lift and a personal treatment room for massages. It has its own kitchen dining room and is able to be offered on an exclusive and private basis with a full butler service and private chef, but also integrating directly into the hotel’s services. Upon booking the suite the option will be immediately available to dine in either the hotel’s main restaurants or in the private dining room of The Endeavour. The entire penthouse apartment floor can be configured for guests featuring either two bedrooms or the whole apartment as a four-bedroom suite. Guests staying in The Endeavour will undoubtedly utilise the rest of the castle’s many attractions, but also have access to the very roof and ramparts of the castle.
Paul Szkiler, Proprietor of Glenapp Castle adds: “Naming the penthouse apartment ‘The Endeavour’ has much historical significance beyond the word and its meaning. We took inspiration from arguably the first international traveller and pioneer, James Cook, who commanded the British Navy research vessel, The Endeavour, whilst closer to home, one of our most famous previous residents Elsie MacKay, the brave daughter of the First Lord Inchcape, embarked upon her famous East to West transatlantic crossing in her biplane with the very same name ‘The Endeavour’.
“We believe The Endeavour penthouse apartment provides a world class destination in both its unique setting and surroundings and in providing a standard of service from a bygone era.”