“On behalf of Donna and myself, may I say what a pleasure our recent stay was at Blair Estate in participating in … our friends birthday weekend. The setting was as absolutely beautiful. The property and grounds were grand and our stories of our stay will undoubtedly fall short in description due to it’s beauty. You and all the staff were so attentive to any and all our group’s needs making our time go seamlessly by, which in doing so for a group of 40 is quite impressive. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience in large part due to all of you at Blair Estate so please share our gratitude with everyone involved. Thank you again. Truly” – Mark Yelmokas, USA October 2016
“Blair Estate is an excellent venue and will always hold a special place in both mine and my husband’s hearts. We held our wedding reception there on the 24th of September 2016. Annie and her staff were highly professional and extremely accommodating to our every request during the entirety of our wedding planning process. All our guests commented on how beautiful a venue Blair was, as well as how welcome Annie and her staff made them feel there. We really enjoyed our stay at Blair, and were extremely sad to be leaving the following day. It definitely was 5 star accommodation and we would 100% recommend it to anyone looking for a bit of luxury in a beautiful setting.” Jeeva and Mark McMillan, Edinburgh, September 2016
“Thank you and all the Blair staff for the usual warm and wonderful attention you paid to us during our recent stay at Blair. We all had a lovely time. The changes to the rooms and bathrooms are all tastefully done in a way that I think keeps the wonderful spirit of the place alive.
The meals were all superb – thanks particularly to the dinner chef and to you for the breakfasts. The wine turned out very well too.”
From a 2016 golfing party, USA and UK, September 2016
“I had the pleasure of staying at the Blair Estate 7-9th September 2016 and it left me with memories I will not forget. As a part of a party of 12 guests on a golfing trip and from the moment we arrived both the surroundings and service were incredible. Nothing was too much trouble for Annemarie and her team. The estate is close to some of the best golf courses in the British Isles and offered the prefect retreat on an evening to discuss the day’s events over a few drinks. We were severed the finest Scottish cuisine and I have to say the West Coast scallops we the best I have ever tasted!
Many thanks from all of the party and we hope to return again soon.”
Jonathan Lupton, Managing Director, Close House, Newcastle upon Tyne, September 2016
“I hardly know where to start after our wonderful weekend at Blair House, but I think a good place to start is by thanking you for your part in making it such a fabulous location for Ian’s 60th! You really were amazing with your brilliant organisation, endless patience and endless good humour, where every guest without exception felt looked after and pampered and nothing was too much for you to sort out or produce. Thank you so much – you and your staff looked after us magnificently.
The location was simply lovely too – and there was a real feeling of being ‘at home’ so that everyone immediately felt relaxed and comfortable. The bedrooms were gorgeous and the roaring fires each evening were a great counterpoint to the lashing rain outside, and made us all feel very cosy and warm! Dinners were beautifully set out in the dining room – and the food was delicious.
Your suggestions for ‘events’ were excellent too, and the Mini Highland Games and the clay pigeon shooting were great successes with everyone, and a big thank you for organising these for us goes to you too. It was also really good to have all the other games (ping-pong, snooker, putting/croquet etc.) on offer, and were gratefully put to use by various members of the party.
All the feedback we’ve had back from our friends and family who were with us during the weekend has been overwhelmingly positive, and we have had several ‘best weekends ever’ which speaks for itself!
Thank you once again for all your hard work, it really was an unforgettable weekend” Angela Bryson, Switzerland, August 2016
“Annie, the party were so so pleased and said that it was incredible and everybody enjoyed it and had a great time. For me it was so helpful to work with you and I knew from the beginning I can count on you and I am pretty sure it won’t be the last time that we will work together.
We definitely will stay in touch.” Brigitta Lemme, Personal Assistant, PROMAN AG, Switzerland July 2016
“The planning of our 25th Anniversary and Vow Renewal from California would have been impossible without Annie’s support and attention to detail. Her assistance was instrumental in ensuring that my vision for the day was just as I dreamed. She pulled it all off with a smile on her face. She worked with me for over a year planning and communicating with vendors. She never once told me something couldn’t be done, she just found a way to make it happen.
Blair was the perfect place for my husband and I to celebrate 25 years together and to be able to share that with our family and friends. Annie and her staff were kind and attentive and made our entire stay lovely and stress free. We were fortunate enough to share this wonderful experience with our group of 10 family members and friends for 5 days.
Our grandkids loved having the run of the house and exploring the grounds. All our guests enjoyed their stay and exploring the gardens and walking the gorgeous grounds daily. The mini-highland games were a big success and had us all laughing and enjoying the tradition of the Scottish Highland Games.
The food was fantastic and plentiful. The chef provided outstanding meals throughout our stay. This was some of the best food I’ve ever had. The entire staff was always pleasant, personable and professional. It never felt like they were just doing a job, it was obvious the entire staff thought of this as more than just a job, it was their home as much as the owners, and the pride they have in it is clear in their care, and not just the house and grounds but of the guests as well.
Our time at Blair was beyond what I imagined it would be. It truly felt like it was our home, fully staffed to meet all of our needs, wants, and wishes. We were sad to say goodbye.”
Ric and Mardi Vardel, California, June 2016
“I felt at home even before arriving on site. It has to be said that the pictures don’t represent by close the estate. The house, the atmosphere, the immaculate grounds, don’t let themselves capture easily on camera and everything is far more splendid in reality.
Starting from the exterior: the fairytale grounds, the house, the trees and flowers: manicured and passionately taken care of.
Followed by the interior: fantastic, utterly magnificent rooms: congratulations to the owners, for their courage and the staff who keep it spotless and clean. The “public” areas are of the same high level and are as spotlessly kept. The only disadvantage is that Blair will be our new benchmark and that it will be damn difficult to exceed this!
The atmosphere: our pictures speak for themselves, we have over 435 pictures with smiling, laughing boisterous party faces. Our party of 24 was so impressed that even after three days, we were still under the spell of Blair.
The UK …is to us “Europeans” not always associated with refined and recognizable food, well, even here, Blair surprised us. Skill and quality…we even ordered haggis on two consecutive days. Bravo to the chef.
We really felt at home and we had the liberty and freedom to behave like this as well. Annie and her staff made everything possible and we never heard the dreaded (to us Europeans J ) sentence: “Yes but, I’m afraid that…”. This freedom to behave like being at home is for me the pinnacle of hospitality and is very rare in our regulated, health and safety-world. Blair achieves this and needs to be lauded on that.
I would like to thank everybody who made this possible and congratulate you on your dedication and kindness to us (even in the wee hours of the morning)!” Caroline & Jean Vande Vyvere, Belgium, June 2016
For those who are lucky enough to be graced with the opportunity to share memories at the Blair Estate, you will not be disappointed. Not ever experiencing anything of its nature before and possibly ever again… I cherish the memories made. The Blair Estate is a real life Wonderland, with the most picturesque grounds and endless scenery. A photographers dreamscape. Though it does not end there! All of the people who work day and night to cater to the experience of relaxation and enjoyment feel like family. The sense of community extends beyond and I will forever cherish the friendships made.
Mallory Murray, USA, June 2016
As the trip organizer and member of a 12 person Scotland-bound golf outing, I was very dismayed upon learning of the Trump Turnberry Resort renovation closing, having booked it for our stay. After looking at several alternative accommodations, we decided upon Blair Estate and a better choice could not have been made. Envision your own private 17th century baronial country estate situated on 250 acres of field and forest where you are free to roam. Add to this a staff, not only at all times congenial, but helpful with every request. We took the opportunity to have cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the library/salon with group dinners in the main dining room.The food and service rivalled that of a fine restaurant. Having stayed in several similar historical accommodations in the UK and on the continent, the level of detail, cleanliness, and quality of furnishings at Blair would be difficult to replicate.
What we had first thought to be a dilemma, turned into one of the highlights of our trip. Kudos Annmarie and staff ! Peter Taubenberger, USA, May 2016
“I cannot begin to express how wonderful our stay was at Blair Estates. Staring with the attentiveness of Annemarie and all the staff, to the absolutely lovely rooms and the gorgeous grounds and accommodations. What a fantastic way for twelve golfers to start their dream Scotland golf trip. The setting was perfect for building camaraderie among us while eating excellent dinners in the dining room. I can highly recommend Blair Estate for a place to stay and gather with family and friends.” Peter Cordon, USA, May 2016
I just wanted to take a minute to thank you and your staff for a wonderful time. Your property is spectacular and the accommodations are superb. The meals were excellent and the service provided by you and your staff was top notch. I would recommend to anyone heading in your direction that they strongly consider staying with you. My only regret is that we only spent two nights with you. It would have been great if we could have spent more time with at Blair Estate. My sincere thanks to you and your staff for making this part of our trip so memorable.” Charlie Meyer, USA, May 2016
“My colleagues and I stayed at the Blair Estate in April this year for our annual team building event with dinner and overnight stay. We were most impressed with the house and all the redecoration that has taken place since our last stay. Annemarie the General Manager and all her staff couldn’t have done more to make us welcome or to make our stay more enjoyable.
The quality of all catering was excellent and we particularly enjoyed our private dinner in the beautiful candle lit dining room. There really is no better venue for an exclusive use stay and the only negative is that one night is really not enough to appreciate the house and luxurious bedrooms. We must stay two nights next time!” Dr Laura M Wilkinson, May 2016
“Firstly Anne Marie, you and your team did an absolutely first class job in looking after us during the weekend. You have created a very special atmosphere at Blair which blends such professionalism with a very personal and almost family approach. Very difficult to pull off, but you do it extremely well. Your team are just superb and all of our guests, in thanking us, have commented on what a wonderful welcome they received and what exceptional service they experienced throughout the weekend. The House is so beautiful and so versatile and the different uses to which we put the public rooms could not have worked better. I know how much work must go into reconfiguring the space but this was completely invisible to us. On each occasion, the rooms worked beautifully. For a private occasion such as our Silver Wedding, I don’t believe we could have selected a better venue in Scotland. Or been better looked after. The catering was wonderful and showcased the very best that Scotland can offer. And your relationship with Corney and Barrow works very well. Greg was particularly helpful.All in all, your attention to detail and planning made our weekend celebrations a terrific success and I will continue to recommend Blair very strongly to all of my friends and colleagues. You and Sallie have created a wonderful asset for Ayrshire and for me, personally, it was a real joy to be able to celebrate there.” Baroness Ford of Cunninghame, December 2015
“May I just take this opportunity of thanking you for the exceptional service, food and ambiance we all enjoyed last weekend at Blair. Clearly the house is amazing and full of character and elegance, but to feel that for 2 days we were all pampered and caressed in sheer luxury was just stunning.
Above all, we were SO impressed with the style and quality of the service throughout… the staff were as discreet as they were efficient, a magnificent reflection on your own attention to detail and desire to achieve perfection, which was obvious to everyone.
The food and wines also reflected the quality of the overall experience by exceeding even our expectations………. two of the best dinners we have ever enjoyed.
I know that you made a special weekend for Margaret & David, just that bit extra-special. I also appreciate the special efforts you made in terms of time and leadership with ALL aspects of the catering and management, you were terrific and your efforts were very much noticed.”
Chris Jones, November 2015
“…We had a terrific day at the Blair Estate, for our daughter’s wedding reception. This was only made possible by the excellent organization by Annie and her team.
Our daughter made all the arrangements from Australia but this was no problem for Annie. Everything was arranged as agreed …Annie/Blair Estate were also very happy to accommodate any changes, in the days prior or that day, that we felt were necessary. They couldn’t have been more helpful. The meal and the hors d’oeuvres likewise, were excellent as was the accommodation for us and our guests.
The Estate itself was unsurpassable for photographs. Blair Estate did their part in making our daughter’s wedding a day to be remembered.” Jack & Jane Dykes, October 2015
“What is there to say other than “WOW”!!!! From the moment we arrived we were made to feel at home and relaxed as Annie and her team took care of us.
We celebrated our anniversary with family and friends and each and every one of us were made to feel like royalty! Everything ran like a well oiled machine and even so there was nothing too much trouble and there was no rush.
The house was magnificent and all the rooms were complimented upon by our guests. We enjoyed fun and games in the afternoon followed by a scrumptious dinner and amazing evening. After breakfast we enjoyed a stroll around the incredible gardens on a glorious September morning until we were waved off, reluctantly on our part, by Annie and her team.
We would definitely recommend Blair to anyone who wants an unforgettable experience from an unforgettable venue! Looking forward to returning, hopefully for a longer stay!” Carol and Jim McPherson, September 2015
“Dreams do come true! Thank you all for your special part at Blair Estate (Castle) in making my dream better than my dreams!! Our groups stay of 5 days and 6 nights went by way to fast. Having said that, each day was more special than the next.
Some of the moments to remember are: The country lane and landscaped entrance leading to the castle. Our first glimpse at the beauty and vastness of the stone structure. The very warm and joyful welcome of everyone outside the castle as we arrived! Your escort to our bedroom, ahh, the lovely décor of the bedroom and the garden view from the window, such beauty to wake up to every morning! Of course, it was difficult to wake up because the bed was sooooo comfortable!!! Thank you for the modern showers, and the “fluffy” towels. I wanted to make an outfit to wear from the fluffy towels, they were so very nice.
Exploring the castle halls, rooms, and behind the walls was exciting and interesting. I just couldn’t stop thinking about all the history and stories these walls could tell if they could only talk. Exploring outside was an additional adventure. The beautiful flowers, landscaping, countryside fields and animals, the water stream, bridges, other outbuildings, and the memorial to the last ‘Blair’ family member.
So many memories were created for our group while in the Drawing Room. Great conversations, lots of laughs, singing, scotch tasting, learning to play bag pipes, our men in ‘kilts’, story telling, piano playing, and relaxing! Equal memories were created in the dining room.
Breakfast and Dinners were amazing. We just could not understand how each dinner could be better, but the Executive Chef most certainly presented scrumptious meals! Dinners were always a buzz, between stories about the day, or days gone by; many ‘toastings’ with appropriate libations; the address to the Haggis; a little bagpipe music; to name a few.
Our stay at Blair Estate (Castle) will be remember for the rest of lives and will be shared with many. Again, thank you all for spoiling us like we were Duke’s and Dutchess’s!!!! I hope to return.” Jan Sommers (Into The Vineyard, Ole Friends Trip), August 2015
“We searched all over the UK to find the perfect venue for our wedding as we waited for equal marriage laws. With guests from across Europe, Hollywood (!) and the West Coast of the US joining friends and family from England, Scotland and Northern Ireland we wanted a weekend with just enough formality to make everyone feel special.
Blair provided that with wonderful formal rooms and lots of informal space for people to meet, mix and relax as well as some of the most beautiful bedrooms.
Charles and Sallie welcomed us into their home, Annie and her team made all of us feel at home and Blair’s Executive Chef created the most exquisite menus for the weekend. The Scottish weather was on our side allowing us to host a brass band in the gardens and – like many guests – we had a ceilidh in the games room. A perfect weekend and start to married life.” Alan Gemmell, British Diplomat and Director the British Council in Israel, and Damien Stirk, July 2015
“Blair will always have a special place in our heart. We were lucky enough to gather extended family and friends for a long weekend birthday celebration. From the very first moment we arrived every guest felt very welcome, at a home from home, and were treated to outstanding food, service and ambience. The team, led flawlessly by Annemarie also helped design an action packed schedule which delighted young and old. A magical place, whatever the event.” Michael and family, May 2015
“Thank you to Annemarie and all of the staff at Blair House for looking after us so well. Your hospitality was excellent and all of our guests said that they had a wonderful experience. What made Blair work so well for us is that it feels like a very special home – not a hotel – and the personal touches and attention to detail really made our event a great success. Thank you again, we hope to see you soon! Laura King, Senior Manager of Brand PR at Hyundai Motor UK, April 2015
“This holiday was so cool and I think that it is the best holiday of my life. My room was great and what gardens! I am keen on your bathroom and the table tennis room too. Your colleagues are so great and please do not change anything, it’s all super.” Thomas aged 13, France, November 2014
“Blair is an absolutely beautiful place, which made us feel like we were in a fairy tail! The interior is a wonderful combination of contemporary comfort and historical inspiration. And the grounds are gorgeous, so for your wedding pictures you are sure to get the best landscape! I would recomend Blair as the best place for a wedding or just staying for a weekend! The pictures on the website just don’t translate all the beauty and charm of the place, you should see it live! And Annemarie the General Manager is the heart of the place, helping with all the requests and making you feel extremely welcome! For foreigners like ourselves she was a great help supporting us with the organizational issues. Thanks, Annie and thanks Blair!” Julie & Alex, September 2014
“I stayed here with a group of artists who were performing in a collaboration produced by Sydney Opera House Australia, Tihi arts New Zealand and Active Events Scotland for the XX Commonwealth Games Festival 2014. I cannot recommend it highly enough, the accommodation and setting are stunning and the staff and their efforts to ensure our stay was perfect were exemplary. This is a very special place indeed, five star hospitality, excellent local produce served and professional yet friendly management all combine to make this a very unique and special place. We will be back.” Lisa Whytock, July 2014
“I would like to thank you for taking care of the executive committee on their recent visit. We have only very good feedback from all of them. They loved everything. Thank you very much to you and your staff.” L’Agence Ouate, July 2014
”What a great time we have all had. Weather was gorgeous on Thursday/Friday. The ambience was super and Annemarie, Denholm, Jen, Adrian, chef and the others looked after us so well. The food was exceptional. Annie is one in a million and was a simply wonderful hostess. Everyone is leaving with fond memories, and genuine appreciation of a unique experience in a unique place. Thank you.” John S, May 2014
“The house and gardens are an ever greater triumph. The inside is elegance and comfort and the outside well, WOW, it is just gradually being transformed into something quite exceptional. The old splendour and sheer beauty of the planting is once again shining through. How clever of you both are to have reawakened the glories of the past.” AD, Rutland, May 2014
“We would like to thank Annemarie and all the staff at the Blair Estate for making our wedding day so special and unforgettable for both ourselves and all our guests. From the moment we arrived we were made to feel at home and all our guests received a personal welcome from Annemarie. The food and service were exceptional, and the event was planned and ran with military precision which meant we could relax and enjoy our day without any worries. All our guests commented on how wonderful the location and venue was, but the fact we had a personal connection to the estate & grounds made the whole day even more special. We would highly recommend the Blair Estate as an excellent venue. We had the most perfect weekend thanks again to all the staff, we just need to find another occasion to give us a reason come back” Mr & Mrs Wilson, April 2014
“It has been an immense pleasure to be spoilt by everyone who took care of us all during our stay. Frankly, I even suspect you and the staff enjoyed taking care of us as much as we enjoyed being taken care of. This is what’s called ‘proper qualitative holidays’ and though I have travelled quite a lot in my life, Blair’s level of genuine hospitality is thus far unmatched. Castles, houses and hotels can all be stunning to look at and live in. But at the end of the day, they are being run by people; and you are the most valuable asset Blair has.” Kyriakos, family and friends, March 2014
“We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Blair House. We were all incredibly well looked after. The food and the attention to detail were superb. It felt like home from home. We loved playing in the snooker room and cuddling up around the fire. Reading books in the lounge was my highlight. Our working session went very well and we were able to focus on the business in a very constructive fashion. All in all a superb stay from start to finish. Only wish we had more time.” Will and the Team, March 2014
“As you drive along the avenue to Blair House you are surrounded by peace and quiet and as you turn past the trees, this beautiful majestic house comes into view which is just breath-taking. We were met at the main entrance by Annemarie the Manageress and her staff. A little apprehension and excitement as we stood in the main reception but that soon disappeared. As we were shown to our rooms we were met by beautiful bedrooms, each one different with comfortable huge beds, and as for the food it just kept coming – just perfection every time. A walk in the gardens is a must. Everything is so tranquil and for Annemarie, Darlene and the rest of the staff probably the best we have ever had the privilege to meet. Just superb in all aspects. We were treated like royalty, nothing was a problem to any of them. We hope they are blessed with luck and wisdom. Luck that the house remains the same, mysterious and majestic! Wisdom, to hold the staff as they are the icing on the cake. THANK YOU ALL, From all the family Switzerland/Scotland.” Fran, December 2013