Top 3 reasons for a last minute Castle Company Christmas Party

It’s approaching the end of the year; your staff are restless, targets have been hit and the budget has been spent (well, nearly – you still have some money left to treat your team to a fantastic Christmas Party!)

With so many reasons this year to reward and incentivise your staff, why not celebrate in the most stylish surroundings possible in the heart of Scotland? Don’t do what all the other big companies are doing and find a neat little venue close to the office for convenience. Go that extra mile – or six – out of Inverness and along the easy road to Aldourie. Pull into the grand gated driveway and  let your work troubles drift away as you all slowly slope into Christmas mode among the comforting trees of the Scottish Highland’s most beautiful country Estate.

Aldourie Castle panorama - Company Christmas Party

1. Your staff will thank you for years to come
Every member of your team will be grateful for the ‘treat’ they have been awarded for a long year’s hard work at the office. They will thank you, their boss, not just for the occasion but for the thought that went in to providing them with such a luxury Christmas party venue, 5 star service and the most delicious Scottish food. Make them feel special this Christmas and make December a month to look forward to and, most of all, be grateful for, for everyone in your company.

2. Joint wonderful memories boost staff morale for next year
Team spirit will thrive come January as you all recall the wonderful time spent in one of Scotland’s most historic house party Castles. Not everyone will admit it but they all want to live like a King or Queen, a Laird or Lady, just for a night in the year. Let your team remember the excitement, the luxury and the beauty or such a place as a private Castle overlooking Loch Ness waters. You can then all take that memory through to 2015 and shared memories will evoke teamwork and even friendships amongst your staff.

Special Events at Aldourie Castle Company Christmas Party

3. Last minute can mean a surprise event!
Send a memo letting each department know that there will be a surprise last minute Christmas Party to congratulate and reward them for all their hard work. The dress code can be black tie or smart / casual – you decide – but the venue will be something out of a dream. Lift their spirits even higher with a surprise venue and private transport, so they really will have no idea!

 


Hire a Castle for the weekend for business use

The advantages of booking to hire a castle for the weekend are many and in this blog we will give you a taste of what Aldourie Castle can offer. Below is the second part of our corporate hospitality blog showcasing even more of what a private hire corporate hospitality property in Scotland, such as Aldourie, has to offer business groups in the luxury group travel market.

Excellent Scottish Catering
You’ve seen the setting; it’s undeniably beautiful. That will impress your team of staff in the first instance. But what is next on their list? We imagine we are close if we say “food”. Good home cooked food is what we specialise in at Aldourie; we offer luxury dishes using the freshest ingredients, including meat, game and vegetables. We have a variety of menus unique to the Castle that our in house chef has created to define this luxury Scottish venue.

Hire a Castle for the Weekend for Business Use

Available for group hire
When a company spends time and money choosing an ideal venue for their important business meetings or events, having a venue all to yourself is sometimes a necessity. As one of Scotland’s most impressive corporate hospitality properties, Aldourie is proud to offer only exclusive hire, allowing you to hire a castle for the weekend exclusively for your needs to any one business group. Private use of the Castle is what makes it special, more special we think than staying in a top hotel or spending the day in a modern specially designed conference centre.

Even though the Castle is historic in its look and feel it does feature contemporary aspects that make your stay here all the more enjoyable. But, for authenticity, we keep these as subtle as possible. The Castle’s main restrooms are a prime example; with marble tops and luxury interiors they are almost as comfortable as the bedrooms.

Hire a Castle for the Weekend

Uniqueness: The only habitable Castle on Loch Ness
If you as an event manager are looking for something different that your corporate group has not experienced before, there could be nothing more rewarding than seeing the reaction of your team to the first sight of Aldourie; be it the wooded entrance, the deer bouncing through the woodland or the tall turreted castle itself. Everything about the Scottish Estate is unique, from its glorious views to the atmosphere as you step inside to the fact that it features luxury bedrooms for overnight bookings.

Space for your team to enjoy
The beautiful Castle is hidden away from view, near to the main roads and networks but from these roads it is nowhere to be seen.  Despite this proximity to the local amenities and transport links Aldourie Castle is located well within a private 500 acre parkland, away from the noise of the busy traffic and instead surrounded by wildlife, nature and tranquillity. The peaceful and spacious environment at Aldourie makes it the ideal venue for important meetings, product launches and events and gives every one of our guests the chance to think and breathe. So why not call today and hire a castle for the weekend for your corporate event, or alternatively fill in our online form.

 


5 reasons to book your business meeting in a private castle

Are you searching for the best meeting and exclusive use venue Scotland? Aldourie Castle Estate features a versatile venue for corporate hospitality and is fully equipped to cater for any type of meeting or corporate event. The medieval Castle is located in the 500 acre Highland country Estate and ticks all the boxes for any type of midweek meeting hire need.

exclusive use venue Scotland - private bedrooms
Luxury bedrooms and private use of a Castle

An impressive setting

Aldourie Castle has hosted events for numerous high profile companies since its renovation in the early 2000s. It is a perfect backdrop for your company event – reward staff with a celebratory Christmas lunch or impress your clients with a company charity dinner. Its regal interiors and private setting make the Castle the ideal exclusive use venue Scotland for hosting creative brainstorming meetings or BoD strategy meetings where peace and quiet are important.

Exclusive use venue Scotland

How important is it that your chosen corporate hospitality venue offers fully private meeting facilities, catering and grounds? In this competitive business world where progress is key to the survival and profit of a company, having a venue all to yourself is necessary. Not only do you and your guests receive a tailor made service but knowing you have the entire venue to yourselves makes the occasion even more personal to you and your company. The individually designed luxury guest bedrooms for 24 hour hire of the Castle make for an even more exclusive stay.

Exclusive use venue Scotland on the shores of Loch Ness
Privacy and space for important business meetings

Ideal location

The beautiful Castle is hidden amongst a cluster of tall trees in the heart of a historic country Estate. Yet, the Castle’s location is deceiving. Just outside the Castle’s walls is the main road to Inverness where there is an airport with flights to London and Edinburgh, a train station and links to the main route networks to get to other parts of Scotland. Despite this proximity to the local amenities and transport links Aldourie Castle is situated in its own private countryside away from the noise of the bustling traffic and instead surrounded by wildlife, nature and utter beauty. The peace and calm at Aldourie makes it the ideal exclusive use venue Scotland for important meetings, product launches and events.

Unique atmosphere

There is no doubt that Aldourie is one of the most unique and inspiring business meeting venues in Scotland. Too often are meetings held in bland, stuffy rooms without space to think and breathe. Aldourie is different. From the excellent hospitality on arrival through to the final cup of coffee, delicious food and drink, to the majestic setting designed to inspire all its visitors, the medieval Castle is hard to compare with any other venue. Each window has a mesmerising view of the deer-dotted Estate, the Highlands or the famous Loch Ness. There are few meeting venues that could compete with such an outlook.

exclusive use venue Scotland for your event launch
Launch your product at Aldourie

Complimentary wi-fi

Your business meeting or event will receive free wi-fi throughout the day and there is the added novelty of being out in the middle of the Scottish Highlands countryside with great connection to the Internet. Just minutes from the nearest town of Inverness with airport, train station and transport links, Aldourie sits in a world of its own but with all the mod cons you would expect from a contemporary meeting room venue.

Next time we reveal five even more great reasons to hire out Aldourie Castle exclusive use venue Scotland for your private meeting or event.


A Luxury Castle Stay in Scotland

The beauty of Aldourie Castle on Loch Ness near Inverness is that it can be used as a celebrations venue at any time of year. The surrounding Scottish Highland landscape comes into its own in every season making the baronial style castle look magnificent against its ever changing backdrop. Likewise the property itself can transform from enchanting summer fairytale castle to an ethereal winter medieval façade in a matter of months, which could be a result of a few well-placed lights outside, but, mainly due to the changing skies and weather and the reflections from the waters of Loch Ness. The natural surroundings of this old and loved castle have a lot to do with the atmosphere both in and around the luxury venue, making it truly a luxury castle stay in Scotland at any time of year.

Luxury Castle Stay in Scotland

As a wedding venue Aldourie really is the pinnacle of luxury, offering a self-contained stay for up to a week for a bride and groom and their family and friends. Celebrate in Scotland in spring and summer at Aldourie, a luxury venue, where the evenings on the parkland are never ending, where flat tree-lined paths lead guests astray into romantic woodland and beach walks, where an evening boat ride or cruise along Loch Ness can be arranged as quickly as your haggis can come out of the kitchen. Life is easy at Aldourie, the team here strives to make your luxury wedding or celebration in Scotland an experience to treasure for the rest of your life.

As a prelude to your magical big day here at Aldourie Castle the bride to be can invite her nearest and dearest girlfriends for pre-wedding fun hiring out the fairytale Castle as a luxury hen party venue for the weekend or even a week-long celebration. Hen party activities can be arranged out on Loch Ness or in the parkland or luxury games can take place in the castle itself. Why not have a stylish and sophisticated hen party in Scotland with The Hen Planner to organise activities at Aldourie Castle?

Luxury Castle Stay in Scotland

Fine dining for a unique celebration or occasion is a seamless operation here at Aldourie Castle. For those wishing to experience true fine dining in Scotland this is the place. Not only has Aldourie the spectacular backdrop for your guests to arrive to it also has the hospitality, service, experience and luxury to provide the ultimate venue for your celebration. During autumn the weather gets a little fresher and the leaves start to fall around the medieval castle floating from the hundreds of trees that enclose the venue. It’s a really magical time to experience Aldourie Castle Estate, if just for the beauty of the place. Inside, your guests can gather for pre-dinner drinks in the cosy red Drawing Room, leisurely exploring the castle with its library of books and hallways laden with portraits and heirlooms, before being seated to a three or four course dinner in the grand traditional Dining Room. Ever since the Highlands clans were diminished in the area Aldourie has made a name for itself as a fine dining venue in Scotland. Be in a corporate charity dinner, business dinner with important clients or a unique dining event in celebration of Scottish cuisine. Whatever the event celebrate it on Loch Ness in a famous castle in Scotland with impressive Scottish Highlands views and an unrivalled autumnal atmosphere.

Luxury Castle Stay in Scotland

Into the party season months of November and December a luxury castle stay in Scotland takes on another feel completely. Festivity takes over and the interior rich reds, golds and creams complement the outside of the Scottish Highlands castle. The Loch Ness property then becomes a perfect luxury party venue for events such as Murder Mystery dinner evenings and family reunions. Because the castle can be as informal as you like it is ideally suited for multi-generational stays of groups of family and friends. The child friendly party venue in Scotland is at its best when there are children exploring its every room and creating their own fun and adventures out in the Highlands estate from playing with the castle’s very own dog Loch Ness Lizzie to climbing the tree house and looking out over Loch Ness. The luxury Scottish castle with 13 bedrooms is a popular choice for family reunions and parties. Its convenient location, just outside Inverness and close to train stations and the airport, makes Aldourie Castle the luxury castle stay in Scotland for family and friends to get together in Scotland. The estate makes for a winter wonderland walk as children experience adventures in the Aldourie woodland looking for Santa’s Grotto, reindeer and sleighs hidden in the snowy parkland.

Luxury Castle Stay in Scotland

Another option available for a luxury castle stay in Scotland is murder mystery dinners for private groups in autumn and winter are always successful nights and there are many opportunities for these types of events from Halloween to Burns Night in January. What better place to spend December than at Aldourie, when Christmas is upon us and being with family and close friends is important. This enchanting castle is the ultimate house party venue in Scotland. Get everyone together for a family reunion on Loch Ness at a Scottish Highlands castle and make some lasting memories. After all, nobody needs an excuse for a party!

If you would like to book a luxury castle stay in Scotland then why not in touch via our online booking for or, alternatively, call us to discuss your particular needs.

 

 


Life as a Chef at Aldourie Castle – Fine Scottish Dining

We had a lovely chat with our head chef the other day to find out a few exciting facts about his job at Aldourie Castle. Richard has cooked and served food at the fairytale castle for four years and chefs daily for events and parties of guests who have taken over the Castle as their own home for a few days, a week or sometimes a month…

When did you know you wanted to be a chef?
My Grandfather had a small farm and butchers shop and I used work there at weekends when I was at school. I would go with my dad to deliver to local hotels and was interested in what I saw, so thought that was for me.

Where did you study?
I trained on the job by working in hotels and restaurants in Scotland and England

Describe the most challenging dinner you’ve had to cater for at Aldourie
Cooking a three course dinner by candlelight on the shore of Loch Ness was quite a challenge.

aldourie_main Fine Scottish Dining

Which is your favourite room in the Castle?
I suppose I should say the kitchen…but it would be Lady Cameron bedroom for the great view down the loch, peace and quiet.

Do you prefer summertime or wintertime on the Aldourie Estate?
Definitely summertime, it’s light for 20 hours each day.

Do you prefer cooking for summer or winter events at Aldourie?
Again, summertime produce is much more plentiful and getting to cook outside is a bonus.

Where do guests usually have lunch in the sunny weather?
On the terrace looking down to Loch Ness.

view-from-loch-ness Fine Scottish Dining

What is your favourite Scottish dinner to serve?
I like to showcase Scottish produce so would usually start with a taste of haggis followed by hand dived scallops then maybe venison or beef, cranachan for dessert and some local cheeses to finish.

What is your favourite Scottish dish to eat?
Anything with shellfish

If you had to cook a delicious Jamie Oliver style 30 minute meal, what would you cook?
At this time of year Scottish salmon, asparagus & Jersey Royals, washed down with something from the Aldourie cellar.

15. Aldourie Castle - Dining Room detail Fine Scottish Dining

The cellar at Aldourie is full of wines from all over the world – do you know how many wines you stock at any one time?
We stock about 80 different wines at present.

Some would say the Castle is haunted. Have you ever had a ghostly experience at Aldourie – if so will you tell?
No, I won’t believe in ghosts unless I was to see one.

What do you love most about your job?
Being able to cook the best of Scottish produce and working in a great environment.

What’s your favourite past time when you’re not cooking at the castle?
Going for a big walk with Loch Ness Lizzie!


Burns Night Weekend at Aldourie Castle – Saturday 25th January 2014

Celebrate Burns Night with us and take Aldourie Castle as your own home for the weekend

Friday:


Arrive at your private Castle for the weekend
Afternoon Tea in the library
Buffet Dinner in the Grand Hall or the Dining Room
Luxury night stay in beautiful bedrooms overlooking the Highland’s stunning Estate

Margaret Soraya Photography Aldourie Castle Burns Night
Margaret Soraya Photography Aldourie Castle

 

Saturday:
A leisurely breakfast
Followed by a stroll in the 500 acre estate (take our lovely labrador Loch Ness Lizzie along – she loves an adventure!)
Light lunch
Another Afternoon Tea

On Saturday enjoy your second night staying in the luxury bedrooms at Aldourie Castle and depart on the Sunday.

Please download our flyer for further details. Min 2 nights stay exclusive use. Please view further details of the Aldourie Castle_Burns_Night here.