From Dappled Grey’s winter travel wish list, Gleneagles is a luxury 5 star hotel resort set on 850 acres within its own estate in Perthshire, Scotland.
Built in 1924 and opened as “The Riviera of the Highlands,” a golf and grouse shooting vacation at Gleneagles was a fixture on mid-twentieth century European society’s summer travel calendar.
Major renovations and restoration during the 1980’s and 90’s have expanded on the resort’s historic grandeur and elegance. In 2005, Gleneagles was the location for the G8 Summit of world leaders and it will be host to golf’s Ryder Cup in 2014.
Gleneagles historic dedication to the sporting life is legendary. In addition to golf, the resort is home to a world famous shooting school, gundog school, the British School of Falconry, a fishing school, and, of course, an equestrian school.
The 50-acre equestrian center includes two covered/heated arenas, an outdoor school, spectator seating, a lecture room, and two stable yards housing 48 horses. Lessons and clinics are available in the disciplines of dressage, show jumping, cross country, carriage driving, and polo – from beginner to expert. This fall, Gleneagles was host to clinics from horseman Monty Roberts and Scottish polo team member Thom Bell.
Although outdoor sport is perhaps at its height during the summer and fall, we think a country manor Christmas at Gleneagles sounds like a fairytale holiday.
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