Before I dash to get on the plane for New York I wanted to share my beautiful Scottish weekend with you – The Model and the Castle.
I was invited to the stunning Glenapp Castle in Ayrshire, Scotland. Travelling up with my favourite interviewer, my daughter Claire, we talked to the other guests over an incredible Afternoon Tea. Delicate sandwiches and scones – now is it jam first, cream second or cream first, jam second? Mini lemon meringue pies and chocolate orange eclairs oh my! With lots of Earl Grey tea in fine bone china cups to name a few Glenapp Afternoon Tea highlights.
Glenapp a baronial castle is a 5 star Country House Retreat that instantly makes everyone relaxed and feel very much at home. The people who came to see me were a delight from a glowing 11 year old ballet dancer with perfect posture, a young woman on a surprise birthday treat to a couple who had been to see me on my visit to Ayrshire last summer and came to find me like long lost friends and other stylish and interesting people. It was a cosy afternoon with the log fires burning and the wind and rain blowing sideways across the windows in good Scottish fashion.
Built in 1870 this fairytale Victorian castle became the home of Earl of Incape the Chairman of P&O. Churchill & Eisenhower discussed the D-Day landings here. Near the fishing and farming village of Ballantrae on the southern tip of the Ayrshire coast the journey from Glasgow was beautiful to travel and we enjoyed stories of whiskey and Robert Burns.
Across the sea the beautiful Ailsa Craig was hidden in thick cloud and I didn’t see it until Sunday morning. Ailsa Craig is famous for it’s granite curling stones exported around the world for top class competitors.
The only time we ventured outside was when proprietors Poppy & Paul Szkiler took us on a fast electric buggy tour to see the grounds including the large walled garden and the new poly tunnels for growing more of their own produce for the kitchen.
I’m excited to see what this passionate couple create with their new Scottish ‘home’. It is already very special and with their love, attention and the caring team they have inherited it will be something truly unique. I’ll just have to go back to see their vision manifested….and maybe eat some more of the chefs delights and sleep late (something I never do) in the comfy beds and clear Scottish air!
Our time ended all too quickly and it was time for the journey back to London to repack for America – more about that next time….
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