I apologise for the tardiness of this review! We have stayed at this hotel a couple of times and attended a wedding there and have always found it very nice. Having viewed a few other hotels in the area, we decided to hold our wedding reception here last summer. The reasons we chose it above others were a) the location is out of town, b) the food is excellent, c) the rooms are lovely, d) the function suite is spacious, e) they were flexible with what was included in the "package" and f) the staff are wonderful. We have not regretted our decision. We met with Nancy, who was at that time the wedding co-ordinator, who showed us around and explained how it all worked. She also introduced us to Gillian,her deputy, who proved to be an absolute star. From the moment we booked, they could not have been more helpful. We went "off package" in quite a few areas, and they were always willing to consider our suggestions and make whatever we wanted work. I requested ice cream cones instead of canapes and Pimms as well as champagne, that kind of thing. We also had a cheese wedding cake, and wanted the cheese served with port after the dessert. They embraced all this. In the week before the wedding I must have rung or e mailed maybe three or four times on some days with queries or added instructions, and they never got fed up or rude. Fiona in reservations was also very efficient and helpful.
The day before, I took all the favours and presents for attendants etc to the hotel, and on the day everything was absolutely perfect. The right presents/cards whatever were on the right places and the tables were beautifully decorated with the things we had provided. The whole thing ran like clockwork with Gillian in charge as Nancy was on holiday.
One of the talking points of our day was the wonderful wedding breakfast, and many of our guests have said they have never had such a fantastic meal at a wedding. Not only was the food cooked to perfection, everyone was served at the same time and it was hot! To achieve this for 131 people is quite something! The catering and waiting staff cannot be faulted. At several intervals during the meal the Master of Ceremonies came and asked us if everything was ok or if we wanted anything else.
The band (Anne Dickson Band from Carrbridge) were recommended by the hotel, and were absolutely fantastic. They played a variety of different music, including contemporary stuff and traditional Scottish ceilidh dances. They are also to be recommended.
Many of our guests stayed in the hotel and received special rate. Although this was still not cheap, they all agreed that it was good value considering the quality of the rooms, food and service.
As part of the deal, my husband and I stayed in the honeymoon suite, which was beautiful.
The grounds of the hotel are also very nice, and we had hoped that, as well as having outdoor photographs, our guests would be able to mingle outside as well as in. Sadly, the weather did not oblige, but as the function suite is so spacious, it did not detract from the day.
Fourteen months later, we still have guests telling us what a wonderful day they had at our wedding and what a fabulous hotel this is. We couldn't agree more. For us, the Drumossie was an ideal wedding reception venue, and everything was just as we wanted. I know Nancy has now moved on, but I am sure the team at the Drumossie are still as good as ever, and we would not hesitate to recommend this lovely hotel as an ideal venue for a larger wedding. They made the planning a pleasure and the actual day stress free!
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