Balbirnie House is an award-winning country house hotel between Edinburgh and St Andrews. The Grade A listed Georgian mansion was built in 1777 and is a popular venue for weddings. The house is located within 400 acres of parkland as well as some lovely gardens of their own which you can see from the view from our room below.
It was a beautiful day when I arrived with my friend at Balbirnie House and we were surprised and amused by the news that we would be staying in the luxurious bridal suite complete with roll top bath!
We both had a bit of a chuckle, my friend has never been married, and even though I am, this was far larger than my own bridal suite. We started as we meant to go on and shared the welcome chocolates with each other – who says romance is dead!
The room was stunning with the biggest bed you can actually buy – no need to argue about encroaching on each others space here.
We were going to go for a walk, but instead I decided to practise my new hypnotherapy skills (I had just qualified as a hypnotherapist) and see if I could change my friend’s mind about gin – a drink she has always hated!
Downstairs the public areas were just as nice with plenty of space to relax and have a drink – and, seeing as we needed to test the hypnotherapy, there was no better excuse than to head to the bar for a gin.
One gin and a gin cocktail ordered, we admire the lovely artwork of Balbirnie in the bar until our drinks arrived. With a bit of trepidation my friend took her first sip of Hendricks….and….she liked it! Success!
After our drinks we joined the head chef at chef’s table for a journey through the Balbirnie menu – more to come on that in my next post – and after a long night of eating and drinking, we eventually flopped into the mahussive bed for a very peaceful sleep indeed.
Morning came far too quickly, and neither of us were keen to move from the bed. So much so, we both wondered if it might be worth Sam getting married just so we could spend another night here!
We enjoyed a full breakfast in the dining room and pondered how we had never heard of Balbirnie before.
Despite it coming to light on our return that several friends of friends had been married here, I still think it remains a bit of a hidden gem. I’d highly recommend a special night away at Balbirnie, whether it’s a stop off to a trip up north, or a romantic getaway, it’s a lovely place to unwind and relax for an evening.
Find out more about Balbirnie here.