Where: Troon, Ayrshire, Scotland
What it costs: $388 per night (includes breakfast and dinner)
What’s inside: With 32 beautifully appointed rooms and a country house/garden setting, the award-winning Lochgreen House Hotel is Troon’s top lodging option. Each suite features an oak headboard and floral wallpaper on the bedside wall, a sitting area with a table that’s bracketed by matching wing chairs and a rich wood wardrobe that abuts a mirrored vanity. The two double beds can be pushed together to make a queen/king setup; either way, a Victorian-style, half tester (canopy) overhangs. Three handsome picture windows are accented by a box valence and traditional pinch-pleat drapes. The en suite bathroom sparkles with a pedestal porcelain sink, dark marble floor, footed tub, walk-in shower, bidet and a towel-warmer rack.
What else you get: Stroll down the wide path in the hotel’s backyard and there sits Royal Troon. From any number of windows at the hotel, you can take in the classic links, the Irish Sea and the Isle of Arran jutting out from the water. Within five miles, tee it up at Prestwick, the quirk-filled venue for the first dozen Open Championships, Kilmarnock Barassie and Dundonald Links, a modern gem by Kyle Phillips. For more Open-oriented fun, the recently redesigned Trump Turnberry is a 40-minute drive to the south. Back at the hotel, enjoy superb dining at Tapestry, awarded three Red AA Rosettes, afternoon tea in the Drawing Room and a wee dram of Scotland’s finest whiskies in the Malt Room. Nearby attractions include Culzean Castle, walking the Ayrshire Coastal Path and the Smuggler’s Trail and horseback riding at the Ayrshire Equitation Centre and Morris Equestrian Centre.
For other budgets: Single House Deluxe rooms start at $239 per night, which includes breakfast.
Book it: 011 44 1292 313 343, lochgreenhouse.com