We could not believe our good fortune when we bought Blair in early 2012. After 900 years in the ownership of one family, Blair had never previously been on the market. We came to see it, as it was very near to where my husband’s family came from in Ayrshire, and simply fell in love with it – just as our visitors do!
Since then, we have completely refurbished the house, but always keen to keep it as a wonderful family home. Having had a background in the luxury hotel industry, with Mandarin Oriental, I wanted to ensure that our guests would have a stay they would never forget – the best beds and Egyptian linens; the highest quality toiletries and towels; a great chef who prepares meals to cater for every taste using locally sourced produce; and service which is seamlessly efficient but always friendly.
We want to create an atmosphere that our guests feel they are in their own home. Blair is a house which wraps itself around you, whether it is a group of eight or 36. It works just as well for house parties, a family celebration of three different generations, for a company away day, dinner, or for a group of friends wanting to do a few rounds at the world-class Championship golf courses on the Ayrshire coast. Blair is only available for Exclusive Use for a small number of nights a year.
From the Spring to Autumn, the gardens look stunning, with the more formal beds around the house, which were replanted this year, to the sweeping lawns which go down to the Italian Garden across the Bombo Burn. For those looking for something a bit more challenging, you are welcome to come and look at the progress we are making on restoring the fabulous 5 acre Walled Garden – and even to lend a hand if the mood takes you!
Our ambition has been to bring together the luxury of a beautiful home, the beauty and tranquillity of the Scottish countryside and the service you would expect from a top class hotel – yet less than half an hour from Glasgow city centre and its International Airports.
Blair is the most special and magical place we know, and we are delighted that our guests seem to think so too.
We look forward to welcoming you!
Charles and Sallie Hendry