Ven-news: gossip from the country’s top places to get hitched

Cornhill Castle

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It’s all go at Manorview, the hotel group responsible for some of Scotland’s most gorgeous wedding venues. Not only has the chain launched the beautiful Boclair House in Bearsden after extensive renovation, but has also taken over Cornhill House in Biggar. The nine-bedroom hotel is surrounded by ten acres of countryside and will be renamed Cornhill Castle in celebration of Manorview’s takeover. “As a group, we are continually growing our portfolio,” says managing director Steve Graham. “We are really looking forward to creating special wedding celebrations for brides and grooms at the castle.”

Loch Lomond Arms Hotel


When it comes to winning awards, the Loch Lomond Arms Hotel has collected more titles this past month than any other! Not only has the hotel won a ‘Superb’ rating from, it’s been awarded a ‘Fabulous’ rating for its cottages. If that wasn’t enough, the hotel also won three awards at the Scottish Hotel Awards. The new wedding and events space at the hotel has also undergone a complete renovation and significant expansion.

The Busby Hotel

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Are you planning to tie the knot in 2018? You’d better cast your eyes over The Busby Hotel’s Ultimate Bespoke Wedding Package. For just £5995, couples can cater for 50 guests during the day with a buffet for 100 at night, indulge in a delicious wedding cake, benefit from a floral package, recruit a Master of Ceremonies, dance the night away with a professional wedding DJ then rest your head in the hotel’s Honeymoon Suite. Where do we sign?

Grange Manor Hotel

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The Grange Manor Hotel has clinched Wedding Venue of the Year at the Scottish Wedding Awards. The awards recognise top suppliers in the country’s wedding industry and are voted for by brides and grooms. Sue Christie, general manager, said: “We’re overjoyed at winning the Wedding Venue of the Year award. Being nominated by our previous clients is such an honour.”

Winton House

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On the look out for luxury? Set your sights on East Lothian venue Winton House. The estate is running a special winter deal and still has availability for January to March 2017: if you get in quick, you’ll knock up to 28% off. What’s more, the venue is also offering up its Bridal Suite (above), with four-poster bed and ensuite bathroom, for free for a night, either as a mini-moon before the big day or as a first anniversary treat.

Glen Tanar Ballroom

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Intimate weddings have their advantages (a cosy atmosphere, kind on the bank balance – need we go on?) but finding a venue that can comfortably cater to such a small crowd can be challenging. Thankfully, Glen Tanar Ballroom has refurbished a dinky dining room called the Coats room, which now takes care of 20 guests and under.