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Craigadam Weddings

Craigadam House makes for a perfect intimate wedding venue in Dumfries and Galloway, South West Scotland.

Craigadam House Hotel, nestling in its own estate grounds near to the Galloway National Park, provides a picturesque setting and elegant small wedding venue in Scotland for exclusive use. Within easy access of the A75, it appeals to couples and guests throughout the country, who require something a little special with a lot of style on the big day.

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Whether accommodating small events for a handful of people or formal functions with wedding breakfasts for up to 180 guests, every event is tailor-made for each individual couple. Craigadam’s Dining Room can seat up to 40, using either the main table or a selection of round tables. The Dining and Function Room has appealed to many brides seeking a more intimate setting than the grandeur of the Marquee.

Weddings at Craigadam

Craigadam wedding ceremonies can be arranged within the scenic hotel grounds or, if preferred, at the pretty local church in the nearby village. Ceremonies are usually performed by the amiable local Minister, however, civil partnerships and any religious denominational requirements can be met.

Weddings at Craigadam

Bridal Suites & Accommodation

There are 10 deluxe, en-suite rooms for overnight use by 20 people.

We have a vast knowledge and network of highly qualified local florists, photographers, hairdressers, masseurs, make-up artists and beauticians can either be recommended or organised to attend to couples onsite before the ceremony and celebrations.

Bespoke leisure activities can also be arranged for guest participation throughout your stay and big day.

Wedding Receptions

After the ceremony, guests are greeted with pre-selected drinks such as champagne, sparkling wine, whisky, sherry or Elderflower cordial for non-drinkers, in tastefully decorated glasses.

Depending on the formality of the event guests can enjoy their drinks straight away in the hotel, on the lawn and in the orchard or, once they have passed the Receiving Line. As the celebrations progress, drinks continue to be served by the Hotel’s bar staff.

 Weddings at Craigadam

Yours for the day (or longer if you like)

Guests have exclusive use of Craigadam House Hotel on the wedding day and night – or longer if desired, ensuring complete privacy and enjoyment of the amenities.

Wedding breakfast & catering

Catering is conducted by the Hotel’s award-winning culinary team and efficiently served by the Restaurant’s full-time waiting staff. All food is freshly prepared and cooked onsite, using produce from local sources and Craigadam Farm. Bespoke menus are created for each wedding breakfast and couple’s can select either three or four courses, followed by coffee and home-made tablet.

Evening buffets are provided for extended parties, to which additional guests may be invited.

Yours to explore

Craigadam House has the benefit of an extremely large courtyard, totally covered by a marquee, with a striking fountain and rockery centrepiece. Here, guests can enjoy the great food, ambience and entertainment that make Craigadam the perfect wedding venue Scotland can offer, our weddings go with a real swing. Décor is elegant and stylish, again bespoke to client requirements.

Our room sets are matched to the couple’s chosen colour scheme or a sophisticated star-light effect for evening events. Live bands and discos entertain guests into the small hours, on a dance floor in an impressive oak panelled function room.

Celia and the team at Craigadam Hotel really enjoy hosting weddings and put all their efforts into ensuring you have the perfect wedding.

Please contact us to discuss your big day.

Testimonials

Richard Bath of Scotland on Sunday recently stayed at Craigadam, he was reviewing another establishment and was going to include Craigadam as an alternative but was so impressed with Craigadam that he changed his article to make it all about Celia and Richards magnificent establishment.  Here's what Richard had to say: CRAIGADAM has an enormous number of things to recommend it as a dining destination. There's the warm welcome of owners Richard and Celia Pickup, plus the fact that the majority of the food is organically grown by Richard and sold through their farm shop. Perhaps you might be lured by the fact that the price tag is by no means exorbitant, or by award-winning chef Celia's posh farmhouse comfort food. Or maybe you'll just like the traditional oak-panelled dining room, with its family paintings, views over the Dumfriesshire countryside It's communal dining, with one huge mahogany table seating up to 20 people, just one sitting and no menu. If the setting was a bit grander than most houses, it was nevertheless a bit like going around to friends for dinner, with drinks and chat in front of the roaring log fire in the drawing room beforehand, and another hour and a half of convivial blether over the food. The only other place where I've come across this eating format is Alta, the self-consciously fusty ski-only resort in Utah, which successfully uses it as a ploy to get its stiff-lipped skiers to build bonds which ensure they come back year after year. The downside is the possibility that you might find yourself seated next to someone fantastically boring or irritating. That wasn't my fate, though: as well as two friends who lived locally and had joined me for the evening, the other guests were: a fisherman and his wife, a Canadian over from Vancouver for some rough shooting, a couple just using Craigadam as a base for exploring the area and two Aussies from Brisbane who were tracing their ancestry through nearby churches. All were decent company, all had a tale or two of their day to tell. (Celia's comment - this is always the case, people often worry that they may sit next to someone dreadful, but find the opposite, that conversation is good and they share the most amazing experiences) Just 20 minutes west of Dumfries, Craigadam is a classic Dumfriesshire farmhouse: square, Georgian and obviously put up during the period when money from Hong Kong and the Far East flooded into south-west Scotland. The grounds have a sweeping, Capability Brown style to them, with fields studded with Highland cows and hedgerows infested with partridge. Behind the house is a working farm and 20,000 acres of shooting and stalking, which at this time of year guarantees guests. The farm and shooting have a huge influence on what appears on the plate in the evenings. As well as running the hotel and shoot, the Pickups have diversified into selling organic game and lamb, and have installed a smokery. The result is that virtually everything that's eaten comes from the farm and the shoot. This, in turn, means that the sort of dishes you're likely to be presented with include pheasant, partridge, pigeon, woodcock, venison, duck, rabbit and lamb, with pates and terrines a favourite. It is, in short, a genuine old-fashioned country house shooting hotel We started off with four huge chunks each of hot-smoked salmon off the nearby Solway Firth, which got Walter the fisherman all worked up ahead of his trip to the river Nith the next day.The huge portrait in the dining room of Celia as a child out shooting with her father shows that she is no novice when it comes to working with game and lamb. She grew up at Craigadam and has been cooking its produce since she was in her teens, a fact which became obvious when a main of lamb shank arrived. This is one of the easiest dishes to cook, but the quality of the meat stood out, while the sauce was nicely understated and the vegetables perfectly al dente. This wasn't flashy fine dining, just a sensible portion of decent comfort food to resuscitate guests who've been sightseeing, fishing or on the hills all day. We rounded off with that old farmhouse favourite of bread and butter pudding with a twist. Not only does Celia fry the bread in butter in old-school and dangerously calorific style, but rather than just using raisins or even soaking them in brandy, they're left overnight in a pot of rum. With either cream or proper home-made custard, the end result is a gloriously decadent and alcoholic version of my favourite pudding. If the portion sizes had been very sensible, and the wine very good (you choose your own bottle from a small but impressive and surprisingly inexpensive selection), we were nevertheless too keen on sinking into the sofas in the drawing room with coffee and some dainty petit fours to contemplate the usual Craigadam post-dinner ritual of an hour in the snooker room, which is also the site of a substantial whisky bar and an honesty box. Safe to say I'll leave that pleasure until the next time - because the one thing that's for sure is that there will be a next time.
 
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