13
Oct

Dunglass Estate crowned Scotland’s Best Small Venue at the Scottish Event Awards

Photo courtesy of Murray McMillan Photography.

We can hardly contain our excitement here at Hickory, the exclusive managers of Dunglass Estate weddings and events. We’re absolutely thrilled to announce that Dunglass Estate has been awarded the coveted title of Small Venue of the Year at the Scottish Event Awards 2016.

The Drum Scottish Event Awards are the only awards dedicated to recognising and rewarding the very best of Scotland’s events industry. The panel of judges comprised some of the most talented and experienced Events and Hospitality people in the industry. It is a huge honour to win this award and be recognised for such an impressive accolade.

The judges described the venue as a beautiful and traditional historic estate with a wow factor.

The win at the Scottish Event Awards comes on the back of a series of award successes for Hickory. We have been shortlisted for eight industry awards, including The Drum’s Content Marketing Awards for our Botanical Gin Bar at the Royal Highland Show and Best Event Caterer at The Caterer’s Foodservice Catey Awards in London – both of which are UK national awards.

We have also received a commendation in the second category we were shortlisted for at the Scottish Event Awards, The Green Award. As a Gold member of Green Tourism, the world’s largest sustainable certification programme, Hickory prides itself on its commitment to sustainability in all aspects of the business.

Our award success for Dunglass Estate is a huge reflection of the beauty and impact of the estate, and also the hard work and dedication of the Hickory team who deliver excellent service and delicious food time after time.

Find out more about the award-winning Dunglass Estate – Scotland’s Best Small Venue of the Year 2016.

30
Sep

The Beauty of Intimate Weddings – Why Bigger Isn’t Always Better

When it comes to planning your wedding, fewer people can mean a more personal celebration. You’ve got more time to spend with your wedding party, your guests can really get to know one another and you can pay attention to those finer details that make your wedding truly memorable.

Here’s five reasons why an intimate wedding might be right for you.

Keep to a smaller budget

Deciding to have a smaller, intimate celebration can work wonders on your wedding budget. Maybe you’d rather put the money towards building your future, such as a down payment for your first house together, a once in a lifetime honeymoon or simply have more to spend on those finer wedding details.

A licence to splurge

Some couples like to have a small guest list, not because their budget is small, but because it allows them to splash out on other things. This could be a five-piece jazz band in the foyer of Dunglass House or it could be splashing out on the wedding dress of your dreams.

Treat your guests well

Personalised details are more manageable when there’s less people to think about. Your guests can truly relax and enjoy every moment of your nuptials without getting caught up in the chaos. There are so many ways you can add that extra wow factor and an added bonus is that you get to cut down on the thank you cards.

Think gourmet

Just because you’re saving money elsewhere doesn’t mean you can’t splurge on your special day. Why not treat your guests to an indulgent wedding breakfast served with the finest wines.

How does a five-course East Lothian tasting menu sound? Or maybe you want to incorporate some family favourites to your menu – whatever you fancy Hickory, our award-winning caterer, can create a truly gourmet experience for you and your guests.

Quality time with the ones you love

Ultimately getting married is not only the joining of two people but the coming together and merging of friends and family. With a smaller guest list, you’ll have more time to spend with those closest to you and your guests will have more time to get to know one another.

How many times have you been to a wedding where you’ve hardly spoken to the bride or groom? Create memories that you’ll cherish with your loved ones and take your time to really catch up with your guests.

Feeling pretty convinced? We don’t blame you! If keeping your wedding special means just inviting your close family and friends, our charming Intimate Wedding Package may be the perfect choice for you.

For a maximum of 22 guests, you and your guests can stay in all three of our luxurious properties on Dunglass Estate: Dunglass House, Laundry Cottage and Stable Cottage.

If you’d like to know more or to book a consultation, please get in touch with us.

 

 

 

 

28
Jul

5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Wedding Venue

It’s your big day, and you want everything to be perfect. You want your guests to be comfortable, happy and well fed, you want everything to look fabulous, and you want the proceedings to run like clockwork. One of the most important decisions you’ll make is where to hold your special event. We’re here with a helping hand, so take a look at our guide to choosing the perfect venue:

Originality

You want your wedding venue to stand out, and to be memorable for you and all your guests. Many couples want their venue to have a sense of history and character, which makes for a great talking point. This also gives your wedding a great sense of atmosphere, as well as unique and beautiful photographs. Our 15th century gothic church, with its ruined entrance, is the perfect example of a unique venue.

Location

We understand you’re most likely to choose a venue for its visual appeal, however, there are a few other factors to consider. Can your wedding and reception be held in the same place? Is transport convenient for you and your guests? Is there the opportunity for a Plan B if proceedings are affected by the weather? Is there accommodation nearby for guests who have travelled the distance?

Your wedding and reception can be held at Dunglass Estate, in our marquee during the warmer months or a close-knit celebration in the luxurious Dunglass House. We can accommodate 31 guests within a close proximity and help you to organise a bus either locally or into Edinburgh.

Practicality

Your wedding should be a romantic, magical day, but considering a few practical factors will make everything run smoothly. To do this, you need to consider what’s important to you – do you need enough space for a sit down meal for 150? Or is it intimate enough for a small party of 20? Is there a well-stocked bar serving drinks at reasonable prices? Dunglass Estate can accommodate both small celebrations of 22 guests, to larger parties of up to 250 for evening marquee receptions. Have a chat with our Wedding Planner to organise your dream wedding..

Catering

Whether you’re going for a traditional dinner or having a hot finger buffet, getting the best caterer is essential. This will allow you to create a personalised menu that reflects your tastes and prevents the rumbling of stomachs! For example, Hickory can create a bespoke menu, using the best seasonal and local produce around, suited perfectly to your taste and theme.

Value

Value can mean making your money stretch further, or paying that little bit extra for spectacular scenery or a particularly memorable location. Make sure you ask all of the right questions when discussing this with your wedding planner – getting the right answers will give you the chance to make decisions suited to you, your partner and your budget. We’ve a range of wedding offers to suit all tastes and budgets. Have a chat with our talented and experienced Wedding Planners about your big day.

Are you thinking of having a magical Dunglass Estate wedding? Discuss all these options with our Wedding Planner.

Posted by Hickory.

19
Jul

Drinks Receptions at Dunglass Estate

It’s your wedding day so it should be everything you’ve ever dreamt of. Why not make it extra special with some wonderful little surprises for your guests and the bridal party;

A Bride’s Reception

To make sure you capture every second of your fairy tale wedding, get all the bridal party together for some delectable pre-wedding snacks before the ceremony. We can bring you a selection of mini croissants and finger sandwiches, seasonal fruit platters and sweet treats to tantalise your taste buds and relax you before you say “I Do” in the stunning 15th Century Church. It’s the perfect start to the perfect day, living out every girl’s wedding fantasy.

A Groom’s Reception

Have you thought about having a groom’s reception? The groom can welcome both your guests in a classy, stylish way with a delicious pre-wedding drink. This is a great way to start as you mean to go on and share the excitement of the bride’s grand entrance with your guests. We can provide each of your guests with a glass of wine or beer, prior to the ceremony either in the marquee or in the gorgeous grounds of Dunglass Estate.

Signature Cocktails

Whether you choose to have a Bride’s Reception, a Groom’s Reception or both, you could surprise everyone with some delicious signature drinks. If the bride’s favourite tipple is a mojito, why not have one while getting ready for the big day with the rest of the bridal party? If the groom is really into margaritas, serve them to your loved ones too. Your guests will love being pleasantly surprised by these little personal touches.

A DIY Bellini Bar

If your guests love being hands on, then they’ll love a pop up bar during your drinks reception, especially for making their own Bellini. Create your own sparkling beverage with a selection of handmade syrups to choose from (lovingly made by our talented Bar Managers) and fresh fruit garnishes. It sounds delicious, if you ask us.

If you’d like to know more about what we can bring to your big day at Dunglass Estate, please get in touch with us.

(Posted by Hickory)

13
Jul

Fabulous Food for your Wedding Weekend

We associate certain foods with certain occasions, so when we sink our teeth into them, it can bring back memories we hold dear to our hearts. Hickory, the exclusive caterer at Dunglass Estate, have come up with some great foodie features to make your wedding weekend extra memorable:

Friday BBQ

Start as you mean to go on, with a delicious BBQ at the luxurious Dunglass House. Served between 5 and 7pm, you and your guests can tuck into handmade succulent beef burgers, mixed bean burgers, jacket potatoes and sour cream, apple coleslaw and a salad of mixed green leaves, ranch dressing and white balsamic vinaigrette.

Friday 2 or 3 Course Dinner

If you’d rather have a sit-down dinner on arrival at the estate, we’ve a gorgeous selection to choose from, with our menus focused around fresh, local produce. Focusing on good ingredients means the taste is incomparable, and it’ll be a meal that will definitely add a special touch to your magical wedding weekend.

Bride’s Reception

For the big day itself, why not calm your pre-wedding nerves with some delicious food to nibble on while getting ready with the rest of the bridal party? We can bring you a selection of mini croissants and finger sandwiches, seasonal fruit platters and sweet treats to tantalise your taste buds and relax you before you make your grand entrance at the stunning 15th Century Gothic Church.

Sunday Brunch

After the initial wedding celebrations are over, get together with your loved ones and share an incredible Sunday brunch. Enjoy breakfast frittatas and pancakes with bacon, maple syrup, fruit and nut granola. This is all topped off with a seasonal fresh fruit platter and a selection of pastries and muffins.

Prosecco Afternoon Tea

Finish your wedding weekend with a touch of class, with our prosecco afternoon tea. We’ve got a delicious range of finger sandwiches to choose from including ham, cucumber, egg mayonnaise and salmon options. Then enjoy scones with fruit jam and clotted cream, fresh fruit tarts and a medley of classic Fresh macaroons. Topped off with a glass of fizz, this is sure to end your weekend on a high note.

Hickory can also provide a selection of delicious drinks alongside these packages. We can also create food experiences for your weekend that will make your stay at Dunglass estate a memorable one. For more information, please contact us.

(Posted by Hickory)

7
Jul

Parties at Dunglass House

At Dunglass Estate, we do private parties with an elegant twist. Picture relaxing in the luxurious Dunglass House, surrounded by your loved ones raising their glasses to toast you on your happy occasion. It could be anything from a birthday bash to that special anniversary celebration; what doesn’t change is the magic the accommodation on the estate can bring to your special event.

This beautiful house has an impressive drawing room, complete with warming fireplace and a traditional piano. Think of celebrating with live music in the background, if you or one of your guests know how to play, that is! This opens out into a gorgeous dining room, perfect for an intimate sit down dinner or nibbling on some delicious finger food.

The property has all the comforts of home, including Wi-Fi, and offers five generously sized double bedrooms for your guests to spend the night. The master bedroom has en-suite facilities, though there’s also a family bathroom and two modern shower rooms. We’ll happily provide you and your guests with luxury bed linen and soft white fluffy towels, so you can relax and unwind.

The house boasts a wonderfully light south-facing conservatory. It’s a lovely place to relax with family and friends after the events of the night before. Picture indulging in a sumptuous afternoon tea with your nearest and dearest, carrying on the sophisticated celebrations into the next day.  Outside, there are stunning gardens and grounds surrounding the Estate. The house has its own terrace with a BBQ which is heavenly in the summer months. There’s a wood-burning stove to keep everyone cosy, which is great to curl up by in the cooler months.

There are also two additional cosy cottages, Laundry Cottage and Stable Cottage, in close proximity on the estate for your guests to stay in. This way, you can have all your friends and family in the one place, celebrating with you and don’t have to leave anyone out.

We can organise for delicious meals, canapés or sharing platters to be dropped off at the house for you and your guests, so you don’t have any of the hassle of nipping out to the supermarket. It really is the most relaxing and indulgent place to have your private party or weekend get-together.

For more information on our private parties, call us now on 01368 830 927 or contact us online.

(Posted by Hickory)

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