Like many country estates, Hopetoun House has played host to corporate events for a number of years and with the main house alone being able to hold receptions from 100 – 400 people and dinners for 20 – 300 people its success should come as no surprise.
The main part of the house holds a selection of magnificent staterooms, where much of the decoration is original, with fine antiques and impressive oil paintings giving the wow factor you’d expect from a stately home of this stature. What you wouldn’t expect, however, is just how welcoming it is. The ethos behind the house is that it should be used and this results in a feeling of being at home (albeit a grander home than most of us are used to).
With relaxation very much in mind, the menus on offer in the decorative state rooms in the main building have been very cleverly devised so that a spilt drink or dropped canapé will result in a quick wipe, rather the embarrassment of having permanently damaged a priceless antique rug.
The south wing is home to the Adam Ballroom and Tapestry Room and as the General Manager, Piers, informed me anything goes as far as catering and decoration is concerned here, as well as in the stable block. It’s difficult to get a sense of just how big the ballroom is from photographs, but the fact that it was once used as an indoor riding school should give you some idea of its size.
Although the walls of the Ballroom are hung with tapestry panels, the pale neutral paintwork between them means the room can be lit in a choice of colours and the height of the ceiling even allows for tiered seating, as was used in a recent televised political debate.
The adjoining Tapestry Room is perfectly placed to adjourn to whilst the Ballroom is transformed from a day time to an evening function room.
The north wing of the building houses the old stable block, which is usually used as a tearoom, but is very easily adapted to form a blank canvass for a large dinner or conference.
The house sits in over 6,500 acres of land affording the opportunity to add outdoor activities to corporate events. Activities that have taken place in the past include falconry, archery, shooting, highland games, orienteering, treasure hunts, gold, survival courses, quad-biking and “It’s a Knockout”, but if you have a specific requirement the team at Hopetoun are more than happy to oblige.
The estate is well connected by road to Edinburgh and is only a 22 mile drive from Edinburgh Airport and 34 miles from Waverley Station. Helicopters can also be landed in the grounds with prior permission.
Adam Ballroom: 300 banquet, 250 theatre style, 400 reception, 250 dinner dance, 152 cabaret
Adam Stables: 120 banquet, 140 theatre style, 250 reception, 80 cabaret
Tapestry Room: 60 banquet, 40 theatre style, 150 reception, 40 cabaret
Carriage Room: 60 banquet, 40 theatre style, 150 reception, 40 cabaret
Red Drawing Room: 60 banquet, 100 reception, 32 cabaret
State Dining Room: 20 banquet & boardroom
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