Dalmahoy Hotel wedding venue is a truly historic choice for your romantic wedding day.
Dalmahoy Hotel wedding venue is a superb example of a manor house with almost three centuries of history to offer, yet it also comes complete with a wealth of modern amenities and special touches. Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club, Kirknewton, Edinburgh, EH27 8EB is settled in a gorgeous countryside location in West Lothian, only 20 minutes outside Edinburgh. The mere seven miles that stretch between the venue and the heart of Edinburgh make it possible to see Edinburgh Castle over the stunning parkland surrounding the house.
The sprawling parkland gives the effect of being almost in the middle of nowhere. This is a true retreat – easy to access, offering beauty from every angle, yet offering convenience and practicality for wedding guests and the happy couple.
We’ve always appreciated the opportunity to photograph newlyweds at this location, thanks to its charm and appeal. The more you learn about Dalmahoy, the more there is to discover.
Steeped in a generous slice of dramatic history, the manor house you see today dates to the 1720s and was designed by Scottish architect and mason, William Adam. While initially built for the youngest offspring of the Earl of Stair, it passed into the hands of the Douglas family in 1760. Even today, a descendant of the Douglas family owns the glorious Estate.
It is said that none other than Mary Queen of Scots visited Dalmahoy. Two of the Douglas brothers played roles in freeing her from her imprisonment at Loch Leven Castle. Indeed, William Douglas freed her before throwing the keys to Loch Leven Castle into Loch Leven itself. Some years later in the 19th century, the keys were discovered upon draining the loch. Those keys are now on the Dalmahoy Estate – a tangible connection to this dramatic link to the past.
Architect William Adam could hardly have imagined Dalmahoy would later be reinvented as a country club, as it was in 1976. Further redevelopment has occurred in subsequent years, yet always with a considerate eye to the past, and to the history of this stunning baronial manor house. With 215 rooms and suites on-site, 1,000 acres of parkland, two golf courses, and much, much more, this is a beautiful self-contained location. It provides everything you could ever want for a memorable wedding.
This is a stunning suite, and versatile too. It includes a dance floor and numerous partitions that can be moved around to suit your needs, according to the size of your wedding party. As such, smaller parties of 50 or so guests will enjoy a smaller space than parties of up to 250 guests. Yet in each case, the size of the suite will be appropriate for your requirements.
This convenient feature of the suite makes it a popular choice for many couples – as does the private bar included within the suite. The open-plan nature of the room also means all your guests will find it easy to see the top table.
Say your vows inside the beautiful manor house itself by opting to hire the Boardroom. Boasting attractive period features, chandeliers, and amazing views, the Boardroom is the perfect choice for those who want a smaller celebration. A ceremony and wedding breakfast set in this stunning room can accommodate a maximum of 50 guests.
Another beautiful option within the original manor house, the Lothian Room offers further period features to set the tone for an intimate and small celebration. Large windows allow lots of light into the room, accentuating features including the stunning fireplace – the focal point of the Lothian Room. Couples may invite up to 50 guests to join them for their big day in this room.
Many couples are choosing to keep their wedding or civil partnership celebrations to just their closest friends and family members. Dalmahoy makes it possible to enjoy all the beauty and history of this building, without the need to hire a large room. The Castle Room is the ideal setting for such a celebration. A maximum of 16 guests can be accommodated here, as the happy couple say their vows before enjoying a meal with their loved ones.
Dalmahoy Golf Course and Grounds
Dalmahoy Hotel is a popular wedding venue in West Lothian for couples about to get married or enter a civil partnership. However, many golfers travel for miles to test their skills on two championship golf courses set in the grounds of the hotel. The East Course is laid out to exacting championship standards. Meanwhile, the West Course offers a further challenge with a smaller overall layout.
Thanks to the enviable location, golfers would be forgiven for taking their eyes off the ball to soak in some of the glorious views from the fairways. The Forth Bridge, Edinburgh Castle, and much more can be seen from the golf courses and parklands surrounding the historic manor house.
Just as the architecture of the main house is impressive to see, both inside and out, so too is the surrounding parkland. The views guarantee an incredible array of opportunities for taking newlywed photos. Backdrops of the golf course, the lake, the surrounding area, and the views of Edinburgh itself, provide much inspiration for memorable images.
The staff at Dalmahoy are always on hand to provide assistance throughout your day. Newly-wed photos at Dalmahoy can be taken near the lake, offering some of the best views of the manor house. The staff usually provide transport for the newly-weds and photographer, in the form of one of Dalmahoy’s golf buggies. It’s always good fun whizzing along in one of these alternative ‘wedding cars’!
The staircase at the rear of the Dalmahoy is the perfect setting for a group photo of family and friends.
For a truly memorable occasion, consider a Dalmahoy Hotel wedding to make your dreams come true. We’ve had the pleasure of being wedding photographers at Dalmahoy on many occasions. Please do contact us now if you are interested in hiring us
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Real Weddings At Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club
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