Piersland House Hotel, Craigend Road, Troon, Ayrshire KA10 6HD
RATING: Food 2.5; Atmosphere 3; Service 4; Drinks 3.5; Toilets (not used); Website 4
Piersland was built in 1899 by Scottish architect William Leiper as the home of Sir Alexander Walker, the grandson of Johnnie Walker, founder of the Kilmarnock-based Scottish whisky firm.
It became a hotel over 30 years ago and is set in well-manicured, landscaped gardens and, since then, Piersland has generated a sound reputation for functions and dining.
There are 37 individually designed bedrooms and, away from the main building, set in the grounds overlooking the golf course, are country-style lodges. They were absolutely ideal for us. The key allowed access whenever. They were also very liveable and quiet with car park outside the front door and a decent bath. The plug was a nuisance but, otherwise, the well-appointed room was sizeable, the king-sized bed comfortable.
We used it as our base for the weekend and it proved ideal. If you are a golf fan, Royal Troon, home of The Open next summer (2016) is yards away, and there are several testing golf courses within minutes.
Little things mean a lot, particularly when the brochure claims that coming to Piersland allows guests to “experience one of Scotland’s hidden treasures”.
It doesn’t quite live up to that. Breakfast was in the main hotel. The furnishings are a tad tired and the room itself needs an upgrade as it is showing signs of age. They didn’t have soya milk (the attentive staff would have bought it in if I’d been staying a second night) and the bacon and sausage (main ingredients of an average or great breakfast) were a disappointment, but, overall, staying at Piersland was an enjoyable experience.