Ballogie House: 10 Reasons To Choose This Scottish Wedding Venue
Newly refurbished for 2017, Ballogie House is set to become one of the best wedding venues in Scotland.
It is located right in the heart of the Ballogie Estate, and is surrounded by the stunning countryside of Royal Deeside.
In addition to seven luxury ensuite bedrooms, there are a series of public rooms suitable for ceremonies and receptions.
And if space is a priority, there’s a wonderful spot for putting up a marquee.
Let’s take a closer look at what a Ballogie House wedding would be like.
Ballogie House Location
If you are on the lookout for country wedding venues in Aberdeenshire, then definitely go and see Ballogie House.
It’s located only 30 miles from Aberdeen, and can be driven to in less than 45 minutes.
With Dundee, Perth, and Inverness still within convenient range, at 55 miles, 75 miles, and 85 miles respectively.
On arrival you will find a lovely sweeping drive, which leads right up to the mansion house and a large parking area.
There’s also good access for coaches, if you are planning to put on transportation for your guests.
Ballogie House Setting
In complete contrast to the busy cities, Ballogie House provides a secluded and relaxed atmosphere.
This is an exclusive use wedding venue, which means your privacy is absolutely guaranteed.
And because you get the property for three nights, you will be able to extend the celebrations and enjoy quality time with your family and friends.
The views from every window are stunning, as you look out over the uninterrupted grounds and parkland.
And the gardens are a lovely place to sit and take advantage of the Scottish outdoors.
It’s a fantastic setting for a wedding.
Whilst Ballogie House may look hundreds of years old, it was actually constructed in 1983.
And in 2017 it was taken through an extensive refurbishment program, upgrading the mansion to five star luxury accommodation.
In addition to the bedrooms you will find a Lounge, Dining Room, Orangery, Media Room, Games Room, and a Kitchen complete with AGA.
It’s the ideal space for hosting a wedding, but also for relaxing with friends and family for a long weekend.
Whether it’s a chat around the Dining Room table or a game of snooker in the Games Room, your guests are going to love this place.
Ballogie House Accommodation
Ballogie House can sleep up to 14 people in 7 luxury ensuite bedrooms.
All of the rooms have been decorated and furnished to the highest standards.
And there’s a fantastic Bridal Suite complete with dressing room.
For further accommodation, Ballogie Estate has other properties such as Potarch Lodge.
Located on the banks of the River Dee, Potarch Lodge has 7 ensuite bedrooms sleeping 14 guests, and is every bit as luxurious as Ballogie House.
There’s also a range of hotels and B&Bs in nearby Banchory, which is less than 10 miles away.
Ballogie House Ceremony
Religious, civil, and humanist ceremonies are all welcome at Ballogie House.
And you can get married either inside the mansion, or outside somewhere in the grounds.
The bright and spacious Orangery is your best indoor option, and it can seat up to 60 guests comfortably.
And whilst the choice is entirely yours, previous outdoor ceremonies have been had in the gardens, by the river, and even in the forest.
For a more spacious indoor alternative, a marquee can also be put up next to the house.
Ballogie House Reception
Similar to your ceremony, your dinner reception can be had in the Orangery inside the mansion.
This beautiful space can seat up to 40 guests for more intimate affairs, and comes complete with tables and chairs.
If you require more space, and most people will, a marquee can be put up on the lawn beside the house.
This will cost more of course, but it will triple your capacity to 120 seated guests.
It will also make the Orangery available for your drinks reception, if the weather isn’t nice enough to have it outside in the gardens.
Ballogie House Catering
Unusually for a wedding venue of this type, you will have complete freedom when choosing your caterer.
Ballogie House can give you recommendations of course, however the final choice lies with you.
You can expect afternoon tea on your arrival, and you can bring your own alcohol.
Corkage fees will depend on the caterer you select.
In addition to all this Timeless White, a well respected wedding planning company, is included in your package to help you organise everything.
Ballogie House Grounds
Ballogie Estate is actually a sprawling 6,000 acres.
And includes some of the most scenic landscapes in all of Scotland (perhaps even the world).
You will have exclusive use of the immediate grounds around the mansion, which are ideal for wedding photographs.
There’s even a Hot tub for you to relax in whilst enjoying a glass of champagne.
If you would like to venture further a field, there are loads of paths and trails for walking and mountain biking.
And because this is a sporting estate, you could organise some fishing and shooting.
Ballogie House Unique Feature
At the entrance to Ballogie Estate you will find Potarch Bridge, which is a beautiful spot for enjoying the views, swimming, and for bridge jumping.
Warning, I have jumped it, and yes it is dangerous!
You will also find Potarch Restaurant and Cafe, which is a wonderful place for lunch and dinner.
Be sure to look out for the Dinnie Stones, 332Kg of rock which was carried 5 meters by the athlete and stonemason Donald Dinnie in 1860.
Strongmen from around the world routinely travel to Potarch, to try and break this record.
Ballogie House Wedding Prices
For accurate Ballogie House wedding prices, you should contact the venue directly.
Their wedding packages can be tailored to meet your specific needs.
However to give you an approximate Ballogie House wedding cost:
- Exclusive use of Ballogie House (sleeps 14), price £4,000 for 3 nights.
- Exclusive use of Ballogie House (sleeps 14), price £10,000 for 3 nights (includes marquee).
The prices above are for a summer weekend.
Winter and midweek weddings could cost less.
Ballogie House Conclusion
So those are my 10 reasons you should consider Ballogie House as your wedding venue.
Of course everybody has different tastes and opinions.
However if you are looking for an exclusive use country mansion, secluded in stunning Royal Deeside, with seven luxury ensuite bedrooms, and a wonderful Orangery for ceremonies and receptions; then Ballogie House just might be the place for you.
Whilst you are here, you should take a look at some of the other wedding venues in Scotland, featured on White Rose.
You can also find Ballogie House’s website here.
Good luck with your wedding planning.