Christmas Breaks at Balbirnie

Balbirnie House, as one of Scotland’s most historic and important grade A listed mansions, has hosted some wonderful festive celebrations over the last 238 years and 2016 will certainly be no exception.

The house is quite magnificent in December, with beautiful traditional Christmas trees, halls decked with bows of holly, lovely decorations, and trees outside covered in fairy lights.

Your stay can be as relaxing or active as the mood dictates - a leisurely stroll in the park, a morning’s golf, an afternoon’s drive to St. Andrews, or just browsing through the shelves of the Old Library, relaxing in front of the fires, with possibly the clink of a decanter of port….

Should you be feeling a little more energetic and wish to explore the area, or participate in some sporting activities during your stay, we would be delighted to suggest some alternatives.


Our residents’ itinerary over Christmas is a very relaxed affair...


Upon arrival on Christmas Eve, settle into your room and then enjoy afternoon tea, served in The Drawing Room. From 7pm onwards we will be serving a welcome festive cocktail and canapés to our residents, while the local Choir creates a wonderful Christmas atmosphere in The Long Gallery.  The festive celebrations are continued with our feature four course dinner in The Orangery.

Afterwards, you may wish to attend the midnight service at the local Markinch church and enjoy mince pies and mulled wine upon your return.


After breakfast and the excitement of opening presents, you may wish to take a stroll in the park to prepare an appetite for lunch!  An outstanding Christmas Day lunch will be served and you will have a variety of choices, including of course traditional roast turkey with all the trimmings! Thereafter, you can look forward to a very relaxed afternoon, reading or playing chess for example.  Just enjoy the day.  For any children attending, Santa will make a guest appearance in the afternoon.  For Christmas Day Dinner, we will be serving a delicious hot and cold buffet in The Orangery.


Boxing Day is again a leisurely affair, with a late breakfast being served in the Orangery. Today provides the opportunity for guests to have an afternoon out, perhaps to the East Neuk or St Andrews.  For those who are a little more adventurous why not join in on the traditional Balbirnie Treasure Hunt and possibly win a Magnum of Champagne!   Dinner this evening will consist of a special 4 course ‘Classic Scotland’ menu.

On the 27th December guests depart after breakfast.


Two day stay (24th and 25th) - from £395.00 per person
Three day stay (24th, 25th, 26th)  - from £505.00 per person

Prices include all meals as noted above, full Scottish breakfast, and accommodation in a classic double/twin room.

Deluxe accommodation is available at a supplement of £30.00 per person per night.


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