The history behind Lochgreen House Hotel

Lochgreen House was built in 1905 for the Morton family who were (and still are) key players in Ayrshire’s textile industry. Whilst little is known about the Morton family’s time at Lochgreen, much is documented about later proprietors Captain David Fowler McIntyre and of course, our own Bill & Cath Costley. Although operating within entirely different fields, both are credited as greatly influencing their own respective industries in Ayrshire.

The McIntyre Family

In 1950, Lochgreen was purchased by aviation pioneer, David McIntyre. He was eager to move his family from inland Cushats, near Coylton, which was once the dower house of Sundrum Castle, to be nearer his workplace of Prestwick Airport and the amenities and activities to be found in Troon – as is now, the wonderful nearly golf courses, bustling town & beaches were quite a draw!

The “Prestwick Pioneer”

Now fondly remembered as the “Prestwick Pioneer”, David McIntyre is often cited as one of the unsung heroes of Scottish Aviation. Not only did he establish an RAF training centre during the Second World War, thereafter developing the base with Douglas Douglas-Hamilton to become Prestwick Airport & situate their aircraft company, Scottish Aviation, he (co-piloted by Douglas Hamilton) was also the first man to fly over Everest (1933).

The Costley Family

Lochgreen House stayed in the hands of the McIntyre family until hot off the heels of transforming nearby Highgrove House into a hotel, Bill & Cath Costley bought the property in 1989. As a boy, Bill delivered bread to Lochgreen in disbelief a single family could live in a house of such size and grandeur. As an adult, he was equally amazed to be able to afford to buy it!

Accreditation & Awards

Over the years the Costley family has invested millions over the years in the development of the house, grounds and facilities to maintain its status as one of Scotland’s finest five-star hotels, spas & restaurants.

Almost immediately after launch in the early 90s, the hotel achieved 5* by the Scottish Tourist Board (now VisitScotland) and the restaurant (now Bisque) achieved 3AA red rosettes.

Bill & Cath Costley are held in great respect by their peers within the business community and hospitality industry. A Master Chef at 21 years old, Bill also has a great passion and knowledge in art and is a keen artist himself.

His outstanding contribution to the hospitality industry has been recognised by the honorary Doctorate bestowed upon him from the University of West of Scotland in June 2019. Adding this to the list of accolades to his name including a Lifetime Achievement award from the Scottish Licence Trade Association and the Gordon & MacPhail Award for Success in Business at the Scottish Bar and Pub Awards in 2017.

Following in his father’s footsteps, Executive Head Chef Andrew Costley also has a passion for cooking, his menus are modern and reflect the sophisticated tastes of discerning diners.

Andrew and wife Dawn are visionary Directors with the Company and have forged enduring relationships with guests and suppliers.

Our Future

Investment in Lochgreen is ongoing and currently at full pelt. The top floor of the hotel was transformed into a spa in 2018, whilst in 2019 our main restaurant was refitted and rebranded into a more relaxed dining space ‘Bisque’ – albeit with the same level of quality precision cooking. The next round of developments at Lochgreen has begun with the opening of our new Orangery restaurant to support the trend of indoor/outdoor dining and increase the number of guests our event suite can welcome. There are also further exciting renovation projects in the pipeline including a swimming pool to extend our spa offering.

Stay at Lochgreen

Choose from one of our 32 incredibly spacious rooms & suites boasting king-size beds, large ensuites, impressive interiors, first-rate concierge & some of Ayrshire’s most spectacular coastal views.

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Dine at Lochgreen

Visit our award-winning 3*AA Red Rosette restaurant Bisque for imaginative, yet refined Franco-Scottish cuisine, or opt for a more relaxed affair in our Lounge, Brodick & Orangery Restaurants.

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Unwind at Lochgreen

Escape to Lochgreen’s Spa for absolute relaxation of mind, body and soul. Take time to recharge with our range of treatments delivered with expertise by our highly trained therapists.

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