This charming Scottish country house has been named the world’s best destination wedding hotel

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Say 'I do' in luxury at this award-winning hotel

Think of a destination wedding and the first thing that springs to mind is likely a luxury beachside Caribbean resort, or nuptials in an Italian vineyard.

But now, thanks to the results of a recent travel award ceremony, brides and grooms-to-be can get their destination wedding fix without ever leaving UK shores.

Four-star Balbirnie House Hotel in Fife has scooped the ‘Best Destination Wedding Hotel’ in the global category at the international Haute Grandeur Awards held in Kuala Lumpur – the first time that this award has been received by any hotel in Europe, or indeed the entire Western Hemisphere.

It’s the latest aware for the luxury hotel, which was also named Scotland’s 2019 National Wedding Hotel of the Year.

Set in 400 acres of stunning parkland in the heart of Fife, it’s not hard to see why this Grade A listed Georgian mansion proved a weddings win with judges. Thirty-one individually designed bedrooms offer a chic and comfortable stay, while guests can also take advantage of Balbirnie’s 16-hole golf course, library and dedicated wedding co-ordination team.

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Happy couples have a choice of two rooms for the nuptials – the chic Millennium Ballroom, where most wedding breakfasts are served, or the historic Long Gallery which features Georgian lunette windows and trompes d’oeuil detailing on the arched ceiling.

Of the award, Balbirnie House’s Managing Director Nicholas Russell said: ‘Via The Scottish Hotel Awards scheme, earlier this year Balbirnie House became the 13 time winner of Scotland’s Wedding Hotel of the Year. This was immediately noted by Haute Grandeur, adding yet another further level of contemplation for global judging.

‘We are aware that Haute Grandeur are able to deploy research teams globally, but cannot find any hotel in any other country in the world, which has had anything comparable in their own country, to the recognition that Balbirnie House has received here in Scotland.’

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He added: ‘Whilst in Malaysia we were thinking very much of our 2,800 past and present work colleagues, our local community, our hotel guests, and all who have been involved in and around The Scottish Hotel Awards scheme over the last 15 years.

‘The rigours of dedicated professional integrity within the scheme, have delivered us with an uncompromising and highly focussed annual assessment. From that process we’ve always been so very encouraged to keep on embracing innovation, evolution, and all generalities of hospitality’.