Gleneagles – Elegant new look for famous name
The first phase of redevelopment at the famous Gleneagles Hotel in Auchterarder has been completed, unveiling a new-look Century Bar, the addition of a new bar, Auchterarder 70, and almost 30 luxury bedrooms.
Gleneagles’ main bar – which is famed for housing one of Scotland’s finest collections of old and rare whiskies and has served as the social hub of the hotel for almost 100 years – has relaunched as The Century Bar, having undergone a complete redesign by eminent design house David Collins Studio.
The design team was tasked with creating an elegant and contemporary space that would enhance the guest experience, whilst celebrating Gleneagles’ heritage and Scottish identity.
Restored original panelling, art deco-style lighting and a brighter colour palette better reflect the history of the hotel, while window spaces have been opened up to maximise the views of the Ochil Hills and provide a connection between the interior and exterior of the property.
An atmosphere of warmth and understated elegance has been created through traditional textiles and upholstery, including accent fabrics sourced from Johnstons of Elgin, accessories made by Scottish ceramicists and custom stained glass screens created by Dunblane-based firm Ramoyle Glass.
Simon Rawlings, creative director at David Collins Studio said: “The hotel’s main bar is an important room within the property.
“Its transition to The Century Bar needed a respectful approach; one which references the art deco grandeur, whilst making a charming, light-filled room by day, and a cosy intimate room by night.
“My starting point was to anchor the room with dramatic red columns, and layer into the space Scottish textiles, comfy seats, subtle rich colours, and charming detailing.”
He added: “Our design has resulted in a bar which is wonderful at any time, for any occasion; a bar that feels very Scottish, and extremely Gleneagles.”
The Century Bar’s new look is accompanied by a new food and drinks menu which reflects the country pursuits – such as hunting, shooting and fishing – which established Gleneagles as a key destination on the social calendar in the 1920s.
An additional brand new bar, Auchterarder 70 – named after the hotel’s original telephone number – has been unveiled in the Dormy Clubhouse and is the creation of celebrated designers, Macaulay Sinclair. The atmospheric, 1920s-style space has striking views over the 18th hole of the King’s Course and serves an outstanding range of locally-sourced craft beer and snacks.
Attention to detail – including a 1920s-style oak-panelled bar, chesterfield sofas, vintage furnishings, and a wooden crank wall-mounted telephone from which guests can place table orders – has created a relaxed and fun social hub, ideal for golfers, families, couples and friends alike.
Gleneagles worked with design house Goddard Littlefair to revamp 35 luxury bedrooms and suites and linking corridors. The new designs connect guests to the stories of Gleneagles’ past through antiques and art, but also reflect the highest standards of contemporary luxury, including flooring by Hakwood.
Goddard Littlefair’s Co-founder and Director, Jo Littlefair, said: “Inspiration came from our initial visit to the hotel and from seeing the building for the very first time; taking in its scale, presence and grandeur, as well as its incredible location, with rolling Scottish hills and an amazing palette of natural colours in every direction.
“We wanted the rooms to reflect that sense of emotional uplift via a warm, welcoming and reviving feel, with true five-star luxury communicated via highly individual room treatments, with five different room design concepts and one-off touches in each room, as well as via layering, texture and plenty of visual interest and intrigue, so that guests have a continual sense of discovery and spot something different each time they visit.
“The linking corridors are also sumptuous and feature a special carpet based on an antique Persian pattern and a special herringbone wall covering reaching from the dado rail to the ceiling with soft grey timber panelling below and charcoal grey doors, each of which features a bespoke lantern highlighting the room number.
“The overall look is incredibly rich and interesting, with strong connections to the location. Guests feel connected to the past via the intrigue and interest of antiques and art, but also know they have the highest standards of contemporary luxury wherever they look and whatever they touch.”
Sharan Pasricha, owner of the hotel, said: “We’re delighted to launch all the exceptional new spaces at the hotel, which simultaneously acknowledge our rich heritage whilst marking a new chapter in the Gleneagles story.
“As part of the evolution of the brand, we wanted the designs to reflect all the unique Gleneagles elements – the stunning views, the art deco origins, the country pursuits – which have inspired generations of guests, but we also wanted them to breathe new life into the hotel.”
He added: “The bar launches have also created exciting new dining concepts.
“When Gleneagles first opened its doors in 1924, it was dubbed as the ‘Palace in the Glens’ and our aim is to surpass these glory days.”
Ramoyle Glass Studio
Established in 2005, Ramoyle Glass Studio specialises in designing and making dramatic and original stained glass. The company works closely with clients to achieve their ambitions and has recently opened a new studio, Edinburgh Stained Glass, to further develop their work. They have considerable expertise in the restoration and repair of historic stained glass.
Over the past 11 years, Ramoyle Glass Studio has built up a strong portfolio of projects, covering some of the most prestigious buildings throughout Scotland. Clients include Historic Scotland, Queen
Victoria School Dunblane, Camphill School Blairdrummond, Cairn Lodge Hotel and numerous churches, businesses and private residences.
Most recently, Ramoyle Glass Studio has been involved in a project in Gleneagles Hotel. Ramoyle
Glass Studio was commissioned to design and manufacture six large stained glass panels which were fitted into screen dividers in the bar.
Alan Robinson, Ramoyle Glass Studio, said:
“I am delighted to be associated with a world class hotel like Gleneagles, which is only a few miles from where I live. It was also important to work with a leading design agency, David Collins Studio and learn from their approach.”
“At Ramoyle Glass Studio we pride ourselves in our close working relationship with our customers, as well as our ability to create exciting original designs in glass. We provide a start to finish service, alongside a problem solving approach to challenges that each commission brings.”