Wed 7 May 14
Balbirnie House lifts Scotland's top annual wedding award, for the 8th time in 10 years!!!
'Authenticity and originality with accumulated history has now resulted in a truly distinctive and quite unique country house hotel'
Set against the competitive backdrop of the many wonderful hotels and wedding venues across Scotland, Fife's Balbirnie House has once again taken the top wedding award in the country - The 2014 Scottish Wedding Hotel of the year.
Following general public and previous client nominations, a panel of industry judges then decided on numerous regional winners, and the final result was then announced on 27th April in Edinburgh, at a glittering sold-to-capacity awards ceremony, which was attended by over 500 hotel industry guests.
So, what is it that makes Balbirnie House stand out from other properties? The perspective from Nicholas Russell, Balbirnie's managing director with 21 years of experience running the hotel under personal supervision and private ownership: 'A combination of many factors. First and foremost we have a tremendous team. Externally Balbirnie has a truly stunning location and magnificent grounds, and internally we have a blend of lived in country vintage and contemperary chic, which is proving simply irresistible to the brides and grooms of tomorrow. Balbirnie now has a jaw-dropping accumulated history of special events which have taken place here. We are particuarly focussed on offering truly wonderful and accessible packaged pricing, with really great value,albeit with a great proportion of our brides coming from London and overseas, we still see many occasions that do not have a particular restricted budget. Additionally, in the last 12 months we have done more than we have ever done, to remain ahead of the curve'.
There is a consideration now that having been the recipent of the award for Scotland's top wedding venue so many times, that a line has perhaps now been crossed. Nicholas considers 'As part of this year's judging process, the judges themselves suggested that Balbirnie House is Scotland's most iconic wedding venue. We were so very humbled to recieve that comment, and the accumulated awards would now perhaps suggest that view is indeed correct'.
Nicholas continued 'With our brigade now comprising of 110 indivuals, Balbirnie House is without doubt one of the UK's most celebrated and talked about destination privately owned hotels. Over recent years we've struck a really great balance between on-going innovation and classic design introductions, with great personal and friendly modern service, and quite outstanding food and beverage offerings. In terms of weddings, with some 170 large weddings now taking place each year, it is so special to see so many clients who are all individually such an important part of this accumulating history with every occastion at Balbirnie being so unique and special in context, choosing to have a wedding at Balbirnie has gradually become more and more symbolic of a moment in one's life that is full of hope and love. Memories are clearly made of this. There are derivatives in the marketplace, but there is only one Balbirnie House.