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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Scottish Venues with Great Gardens

The annual Scottish Snowdrop Festival (4 February – 18 March 2012) is a fantastic excuse to get out and visit Scotland’s gardens and parks. Properties taking part in this year’s festival include majestic castles, classic country estates, walled gardens and urban retreats.

Away from the stress of the office, the fresh air and dramatic landscapes of the Scottish countryside can help delegates to think differently and get creative. From teambuilding and exclusive dinners to conferences and board meetings, we have venues to suit every occasion. Here is our pick of Scotland’s top venues with great gardens – all of which are open for the festival.



Hill of Tarvit, Cupar

Designed by Robert Lorimer, Hill of Tarvit is an impressive 20th century mansionhouse built by Frederick Bower Sharp to house his world famous collection of paintings and furniture.
The focal point of this house is the Great Hall. The room, decorated with 16th century Flemish tapestries and warm oak panelling, adds a sense of occasion to dinners for 50 or drinks receptions for up to 100 guests. In the summer, the French windows can be opened onto the sunny terrace for uninterrupted views across the pastoral Howe of Fife.
The Dining room is ideally suited for entertaining and makes a particularly attractive venue for dinners for 20 guests. Outside, the manicured lawns and beautiful gardens are the perfect location for a marquee event.

Hill of Tarvit works in partnership with Heritage Portfolio on corporate hospitality and events. For more information visit


Blair Castle, Perthshire

Set in the heart of Highland Perthshire, Blair Castle has over 740 years of history. The ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl, this stunning white castle is home to Europe’s only remaining private army - the Atholl Highlanders. Visitors can take the 30-room castle tour at any time of year, where a treasure trove of armoury and artefacts owned by previous occupants can be found.

With its quintessentially Highland character, Blair Castle’s magnificent Victorian Ballroom, built by the 7th Duke of Atholl, brings colour and tradition to any special occasion. Available throughout the year, the ballroom is a striking setting for dinners for up to 220 and more formal arrangements can be made for larger events, when the Ballroom can accommodate up to 400 people in theatre-style seating.

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 Cringletie House, Peebles

Cringletie House is a luxurious and intimate Scottish Borders country house hotel just outside Peebles and 30 minutes south of Edinburgh International Airport. With its experienced events team and excellent conference facilities, the house is an inspirational environment for team building, away days and corporate functions.
The Sutherland Restaurant, which can accommodate dinners of up to 60 people, boasts views out across the lawns and rolling countryside, while the cosy library is ideal for smaller board meetings and presentations.

The house is also available for exclusive use bookings, a popular option with corporate clients thanks to the seclusion and privacy which this affords.
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