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Press Release – second 5* accolade

24th January 2018
Hidden away in Ayrshire, Blair Estate sits within 250 acres of landscaped Ayrshire castle reaches for the stars

Blair House achieves second five star accolade

AN AYRSHIRE castle is celebrating after receiving its second 5-Star award from the national tourism organisation in six years.
Blair Estate which sits within 250 acres of countryside near Dalry was recently awarded a 5-star Quality Assurance award from VisitScotland for its new self-catering accommodation within the East Wing of the historic mansion.
The castle, which dates back to the 12th-century and is reputed to be the oldest continually inhabited mansion house in Scotland, also holds a 5-star QA award for its exclusive use offering, which it has held since 2012.
The recently refurbished East Wing self-catering accommodation sleeps ten and is offered in addition to the exclusive use of the house, which accommodates up to 34 guests in 17 bedrooms and is ideal for house parties and large group holidays.
Blair Estate has also joined the VisitScotland Information Partner (VIP) programme. Launched in May 2016, the VIP programme harnesses the local knowledge, warmth and enthusiasm of partners across the country to help visitors receive the warmest of welcomes and make the most of their trip to Scotland.
With its strong emphasis on promoting local produce, Blair Estate also has VisitScotland Taste Our Best accreditation – a joint initiative between VisitScotland and the Scottish Government to recognise businesses including and promoting local Scottish Produce on their menus.
Developed and improved for over 30 years, VisitScotland’s Quality Assurance Schemes are world-leading and provide a trusted, independent and impartial source of information for visitors. They allow businesses not just to meet visitor expectations, but to exceed them.
VisitScotland Regional Director, Annique Armstrong said: “Congratulations to Blair Estate on this fantastic achievement.
“Our Quality Assurance scheme helps businesses to reach their full potential and truly shine. The scheme is about more than just the ‘stars’ on the door – it’s about the entire visitor experience, about investing in your business, driving-up quality and creating jobs. Blair Estate is a shining example of the quality experience on offer in Ayrshire and fully deserves its double accolade.
“Delivering a quality experience that meets, and exceeds, visitor expectations is crucial in making Scotland a must-visit, must-return destination.”
Owner of Blair Estate, Sallie Hendry said: “It is a great privilege to be one of a small number of private houses and castles in Scotland to have been recognised in this way, which reflects the dedication of our team and the work we have carried out over the past six years. We are committed to offering our guests the highest standards of comfort and cuisine, to ensure their experience of our accommodation and Ayrshire as a whole is the very best.”
For more information on the VisitScotland Quality Assurance and Visitor Information Partnership (VIP) schemes, visit www.visitscotland.org

Blair has again retained the “5 star Exclusive Use” Award by VisitScotland for the sixth consecutive year with a grading of 96.3%.  It is a great privilege to be one of a number of private houses and castles in Scotland.

We are absolutely delighted that we have been awarded the ‘Taste Our Best’ Award 2017/18 by Visit Scotland for the second year.  We are committed to serving quality Scottish produce, prepared with care and delivered with passion. Thank you to our Chef, Charles Price.

Well done to the whole team, for making it happen!



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