The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Sunday, 18 November 2007

Costley & Costley Hoteliers open Frognal House
following £2M restoration

FOLLOWING a lavish £2 million restoration, Frognal House, a magnificent 20th century mansion house surrounded by 32 acres of gardens and mature woodland close to Troon on the Ayrshire coast, has opened its doors, presenting an exceptional location for an exclusive corporate event or private celebration.

Offering superb hospitality for the most discerning guests, Frognal House is the latest addition to the portfolio of Costley & Costley Hoteliers, and marks the company’s most ambitious and rewarding venture to date.

Surrounded by immaculate gardens and grounds amidst a glorious natural setting, dinner at Frognal comprises a six-course menu prepared by Executive Chef, Andrew Costley, youngest son of proprietor and Master Chef Bill Costley, who at Lochgreen House has led his team to receive the prestigious AA 3 Rosettes Award for several years running.

Bill Costley said: “Restoring Frognal House has been a real labour of love, though the process of transformation from a derelict children’s home into a beautiful country house hotel and restaurant has been an incredibly rewarding experience. Catering for the very top end of the market, Frognal assumes the position as the flagship establishment for our expanding portfolio of hotels and inns.”

Now home to an excellent original art and furniture collection, Frognal’s minstrel’s gallery and imposing marble fireplaces have been carefully restored or replaced by a team of local craftsmen. A beautiful crystal chandelier hanging down through the minstrel’s gallery dominates the entrance hall whilst traditional furnishings and fabrics reflect the character of the house in every way to create a tranquil, relaxing environment for guests.

As with all Costley & Costley hotels and inns, Frognal House is located within minutes of some of the world’s premier championship golf courses at Royal Troon and Turnberry, as well as a first class yachting marina at Troon.

Other Costley & Costley establishments include: Lochgreen House; Darley House; Highgrove House; Brig o’Doon House; Alloway Inn; Cochrane Inn; Doonbrae House and Afton House. New properties scheduled to open next year include Costley’s Wine Bar and Gallery in Ayr and Souter Johnnie’s Inn and House of Burns in Kirkoswald.

Costley & Costley Hoteliers was established in 1987 when chef Bill Costley realised his ambition to buy a hotel of his own. Today, Costley & Costley Hoteliers has a turnover of £8.9 million and employs 500 staff, making it one of the largest employers in Ayrshire.

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