25 Oct 2019
Things to Do PErthshire | The Library of Innerpeffray

The Library of Innerpeffray, an unmissable treat for book lovers

When you stay at Alexander House, you’ll probably come prepared for exploring our wonderful surroundings and perhaps a day of retail therapy in Glasgow or Edinburgh. But if you have a passion for books, then there is an absolute treat just a few miles away (4 miles southeast of Crieff) – it comes in the shape of The Library of Innerpeffray. With its remarkable collection of historic books. Subjects range from witchcraft to farming and medicine, and there are also many first edition volumes that provide a fascinating insight into Scottish history and culture.

Things to Do Perthshire | The Library of Innerpeffray

A very special experience

The library dates back to 1680 when it was founded by David Drummond, 3rd Lord Madertie and one of the main landowners in the area. Drummond’s aim was to make books freely available to everyone and he even left a legacy to ensure the library would continue beyond his lifetime. Drummond’s vision is encapsulated in the library’s slogan ‘for the benefit of all’.

In 1739, the Innerpeffray estate was inherited by Robert Hay Drummond who commissioned a new building in which to house the library – the wonderful example of Georgian architecture visitors can still enjoy today.

The beauty of this particular library is that, even though many of the books are hundreds of years old and, in so many cases, priceless, it’s a hands-on experience. You can request to handle and look at any of the books, which is quite incredible considering that the collection includes treasures that date back as long ago as the 16th century! Naturally, if you can give the library notice of the books you want to view, they can be better prepared for your visit. As well as the books themselves, The Library of Innerpeffray is renowned for its borrowers’ register, a unique record of borrowers between 1747 and 1968. If you have ancestors that lived in the area, the register may throw up interesting results – you can find out what books they borrowed and even see the books yourself!

Things to Do Perthshire | The Library of Innerpeffray

Planning your visit to the library

If you’re keen to spend some time at The Library of Innerpeffray, be aware that it’s closed from November to February. The rest of the year, the library is open every Wednesday – Sunday. It also opens on some bank holiday Mondays. Do always check the website for full details. There is also a Heritage Trail alongside the library – what could be more perfect than a few hours of reading followed by an exhilarating (or lazy!) walk to stretch the legs! Events are also held throughout the year, so do check what coincides with your visit or plan your visit around a lecture.

The Library of Innerpeffray is easily accessible, being only minutes away from the M9. And Alexander House is the perfect base to stay over, of course!

05 Oct 2019
Perthshire Hen Do Ideas - Spalsh White Water Rafting

Love playing on the water? Scotland’s rivers are here to enjoy to the full…

Think Scotland and you might rustle up a romantic vision of mist over a glen. A more cynical soul might simply imagine dull rainy days! 🙂

The truth of the matter is that Scotland has the same amount of daylight hours as Brighton – and in the spirit of presenting a balanced view, get a sea fret on the coast and you’ll know about it! Scotland really isn’t as miserable as many may think. Yes, there is rain. Yes, we get our fair share of snow. But that’s to be expected in a mountainous region, and the 26 rivers that travel through a wonderful variety of scenery and past Scotland’s historic towns before reaching the sea have helped shape a beautiful natural environment.

Scotland’s rivers, including the Tweed, Spey, Clyde, Tummel, Teith, Forth, Dee and Don, cover over 700 miles. Not only do they offer some amazing fishing, the rivers also provide a perfect natural playground for water-based adventures. Close to Alexander House is the River Tay, the longest river in Scotland and the seventh longest in the UK. It originates on the slopes of Ben Lui to the west and travels eastward to the Firth of Tay, just below Dundee, where it flows out into the North Sea.

Splashing about on the River Tay

Splash River DuckiesBeing so close, it would be wrong not to take advantage of the fun to be had on the Tay, which is why we went to spend a day on the water with the fantastic team at Splash. With just the two of us, the River Duckies activity was ideal – we got to shoot the rapids in a 2-person inflatable, which is part white-water raft, part kayak with a bit of Canadian canoe thrown in. Whether you’ve tried rafting before or are a complete beginner, you’re accompanied by expert guides – we felt safe throughout the three-hour experience and really enjoyed the freedom of controlling our own craft. It’s fun, it’s exhilarating, and it’s exhausting afterwards! 🙂

Splash offers many more activities on various rivers – from canyoning to kayaking. They also offer land-based fun, including quad biking and paint balling. The company was set up back in 1996 and since 2003, ex-military man and passionate explorer/adventurer Pete has been at the helm. Splash has a huge clientele, including schools, youth groups, charities, corporates and military, as well as individuals looking for a thrill.

Taking to the river is such a great way to experience the wonderful Scottish landscape, booking a trip with Splash would certainly add a wow factor to your stay and also provide some amazing memories. Whether you’re visiting Alexander House as a family, a group of friends or you’ve organised a hen weekend away, we’d highly recommend adding a water activity to your itinerary! And who cares if the sun isn’t glaring down – get out there, get the adrenaline pumping, then return to Alexander House for a lovely, relaxing evening. What better plan is there?!

19 Sep 2019
The Alexander House team supports CHAS Ladies Lunch, 2019

CHAS Aberdeen Ladies Lunch 2019 – Thank You!

Dear Jo and team

Our annual CHAS Aberdeen Ladies Lunch at the Marcliffe went really well.

The 300 guests were treated to Paul Black’s fabulous voice on arrival. Michelle McManus was the perfect host bringing fun and laughter, as well as the obligatory sing along to ‘I know him so well’ which is always a highlight. Steven J Innes raised a fantastic amount during the live auction including a beautiful painting from Mary Louise Butterworth and a holiday at Robert De Niro’s Nobu hotel in Ibiza. The Sugahoneyz ended the day perfectly by bringing ‘girl power’ to the event by performing girl band songs from the 1960’s through to current day.

We also had the privilege on the day to hear from David Scanlan a CHAS parent. David told us about his beautiful daughter Willow who when born had a heart defect, however further genetic tests showed Trisomy 18. He talked of their journey and the support provided by CHAS. He said ‘Can you imagine the worry of losing your baby? weeks of sleep deprivation and never getting more than 2 hours sleep a night… These are the families that CHAS help. These wonderful people come into your home fully competent to care and nurse for even the most complex kids, the most precious thing in the world to you. They carry the load so you can grow yourself back a little. They do stimulating sensory things with the children along with singing and stories which, and it breaks your heart, that as their parents you feel you have so little left in the tank to do. The work CHAS does is essential. They reach out to every child in Scotland and try to ensure when it’s time to say goodbye, that it is not done with regret or bitterness, but with the knowing that your child’s life was valued, given dignity and shown respect.’ Willow died aged 14 months old last year.

We hope we’ve painted a picture of the day for you, but we also had our fabulous photographer, Carolyn Henry, in attendance and you can view her photo’s by clicking here. We’ve also had lots of lovely coverage of the event, including this lovely piece in Charity Today.

Hearing David’s story really brought home why we were all there and encouraged the ladies to spend generously on the day. I’m delighted to report that with your generous support we managed to raise a fantastic £73k gross for the charity, meaning that after costs £56,500 will go directly to our work with families in Aberdeen and the shires. In fact, the money raised on the day will fully fund a senior CHAS staff nurse in Aberdeen for a whole year, as we continue to expand our Aberdeen-based team.

We couldn’t have raised this kind of money without the incredible support and generosity of people like yourself, so thank you so much for agreeing to be involved and we do hope to continue working with you in the future.

Thank you so much for playing your part at our event.

Regards
Diane Alton
CHAS – Children’s Hospices Across Scotland

 

Alexander House proudly supports Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS).

CHAS is the only charity in Scotland that provides vital hospice services for children and young people with life-shortening conditions.

To find out more about CHAS and their invaluable work please visit the website.

26 Jul 2019

Large Group Catering Tips… “Help, how do I cater for 21 people?!”

So your weekend at Alexander House is confirmed and you’re all set for a fantastic few days away! But hang on, what about food? There will be 21 mouths to feed and that takes some planning. If you’re anything like me, planning a meal for four can be a challenge and I actually enjoy cooking! So how does one cope with cooking for 21 and manage to make the food look interesting and taste great. Don’t panic, it’s all good – we’ve got some top tips that will make catering for a big group so much easier.

Hen Do Ideas | Turkish Food Masterclass Perthshire

We have a lot of experience within our team here at AH, so we thought we’d share our top tips on large group catering to reduce your stress…

1. Plan ahead

Don’t be too laid back, time will pass quickly so it’s important to plan ahead. Once you’ve confirmed numbers you’ll know how many to cater for.

2. Check dietary requirements

Make sure you find out about any special dietary requirements, as well. It may mean a few tweaks in the menu but you’ll still be able to provide a meal that everyone will enjoy.

3. What’s the occasion?

Do you need balloons, decorations, alcohol, a cake?

Small and intimate wedding venue near Gleneagles, Perthshire

4. Many hands make light work

When catering for a large group everyone can have their part to play. Make a list of all party members and allocate jobs. You can even involve youngsters, from laying the table, washing the veg, washing the dishes. Importantly, assign the adults different nights to cook – no one person should have to be stuck in the kitchen all weekend.

5. Order online

Check out which supermarkets can deliver to your holiday home. Start making a shopping list online but choose one that can be added to – that way you can share the login with your group. From your list of names assign who will be cooking what. That way they can add their ingredients so it’s not the responsibility of just one person.

6. Think seasonal

Consider the time of year and what seasonal food is available. With so much variety of different vegetables it’s a good time to try something a little different rather than going for the same choices. The way you prepare veg can also make a difference. Carrots, for instance, can be used in so many ways, such as sliced, cubed, batons or shaped.

Small and intimate wedding venue near Gleneagles, Perthshire | Alexander House

7. Timing is key, so keep things simple

If you’re planning a formal dinner, you’ll need to think about how to ensure everyone gets their food hot. Making good choices will help with this, nothing to complicated otherwise you’ll get into a fluff! Timing is key. When do you want to eat? If you have some younger members you may need to start early so dinner isn’t late, or depending on how little, do they need to be in bed early so you can enjoy yours without it getting cold. Are you planning two or three courses? A cold starter will ease the stress levels, as will cold puddings – but you could then add a hot sauce topping. If you decide on 3 courses, make sure your starters are cold ones this will ease the stress levels.

8. Themes work well

Using a theme can help with ideas – Italian, curry, pizza, barbecue, Mexican etc. An Italian night is one of my favourites, you can do a meat and vegetable lasagne, which makes tweaking them to cover dietary issues not too difficult. Add a few different salads, warm crusty garlic bread and tiramisu for pudding. This is great for a relaxed buffet-style supper. If you choose a curry you can easily tweak to provide 2-3 courses – poppadoms and raita for starters, curries, dhal, sag aloo, bhaji and warm homemade nan bread (easy to make) for the main course, and cool mango rice or coconut ice cream for dessert.

Hen Do Ideas - Fully Catered Activity Weekend | Near Gleneagles Perthshire

9. If in doubt, outsource!

Check out the local options too! You may all fancy a night off from cooking so you could invite one of our caterers or get the mobile fish and chips van to visit!

Private Chef | Holiday House Gleneagles

05 Jul 2019

CHAS Rocking Horse Ball 2019 – Thank you!

Dear Jo and all the staff at Alexander House

We held our WONKA-filled CHAS Rocking Horse Ball at Prestonfield on Friday 7th June and by all accounts everyone had an absolute ball.

We turned Prestonfield into a Wonka factory and even had a Willy Wonka and some rather fabulous Oompah Loompah’s circulating the room for photo’s at the drinks reception. Our guests enjoyed a delicious Sherbert Lemon Drizzle Fizz courtesy of Pickering’s gin on arrival and the evening kicked off with a brilliant WONKA mash up by the students at MGA Academy.

Our host for the evening was Ross King MBE, who certainly brought plenty of showbiz to the night with video messages from Jane Seymour, Adam Lambert, Lorraine Kelly, Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid, as well as Mrs Patmore from Downton Abbey. Not only that, he managed to secure a jacket signed by Take That and their support acts for their recent tour, Lulu and Rick Astley with accompanying videos of them signing the jacket for our live auction.

Will Pickvance, who is a brilliant jazz pianist, entertained our guests during the reception and main course and as you will see in the pictures, BLEEKER had the dance floor jumping at the end of the night.

Whilst our events are all about fun, it’s important that we remind our guests of why we are there. This year our CHAS Mum, Anne Hollern, shared her story of her two beautiful children, Robbie and Rosie. You can watch their story, which featured on Children in Need a few years ago here. After her speech Anne told the guests that it costs £250 to pay for a Senior Nursing Support Worker at the hospice for a day, the volunteers brought out balloons which each represented £250. It was so powerful to see the generosity in the room as it started filling with balloons. We raised an amazing £23k from the balloon ask alone!

I hope that I’ve painted a picture of the evening for you, but to bring it more to life we had two fabulous photographers at the event, Camerashy Photography (www.camerashy.photography) and Bill Sinclair. They have both beautifully captured the evening and you can view their photos and a lovely picture film here. Enjoy!

Thank you so much for the kind donation of a stay at Alexander House. We sold this for a wonderful £2k on the night.

We couldn’t hold events like these without the tremendous support we receive from people like yourself. With your help, we raised a phenomenal £136,638, which after costs means £101,427 will go directly to our work with families like The Hollern’s.

Thank you so much for playing your part in our special night.

Regards
Diane Alton
CHAS – Children’s Hospices Across Scotland

 

Alexander House proudly supports Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS).

CHAS is the only charity in Scotland that provides vital hospice services for children and young people with life-shortening conditions.

To find out more about CHAS and their invaluable work please visit the website.

27 Jun 2019

Enjoy a bit of culture during your stay at Alexander House

Lovely as it is to escape the rat race for a few days, it’s also good to engage the brain and enjoy something cultural. But where on earth would you find that if you’re staying at Alexander House?

Well, just under an hour away is the wonderful and vibrant Dundee, Scotland’s fourth biggest city.

Dundee is a coastal city that has grown up on the Firth of Tay estuary. In recent years, there has been significant investment to position Dundee as a cultural centre and destination city, including £1 billion spent on connecting the waterfront to the city centre. This 8km stretch of waterfront is undergoing an incredible transformation, featuring five distinct zones – Riverside, Seabraes, The Central Waterfront, City Quay and Dundee Port. This 30-year project aims to link Dundee’s past to the future and enhance all of its physical, economic and cultural assets.

One of the most exciting things to happen is V&A Dundee. Opened in September 2018, this fantastic museum is right at the heart of Dundee’s regeneration and has already welcomed over 500,000 visitors. Designed by award-winning Japanese architects Kengo Kuma and Associates, the company was awarded the work following an international competition – the museum is Kuma’s first UK project.

Image credit – V&A Dundee

The design of V&A Dundee

Kuma’s vison is for everyone to enjoy their visit and socialise in a ‘living room for the city’, a way of reconnecting the city to its historic River Tay waterfront. The architecture is stunning. Cutting-edge technology has been used to ensure a highly sustainable building, which uses renewable energy. Most exciting of all is the 1,650 square metres of gallery space.

Dundee couldn’t be a better location for the V&A’s first foray outside of London. The city is well connected by road and rail to the likes of St Andrews, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London. And with Dundee’s airport only a short distance away, you can start to understand why this museum is already well and truly on the map.

What’s on?

The museum has a full and exciting schedule for the year, there will definitely be something for you, from all-day events like the Antiques Roadshow to viewing a new commission by Glasgow-based artist Ciara Phillips.

If the kids are moaning at the thought of a boring museum trip, then Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt, which is on until 8 September 2019, should grab their attention! Also, in June there is a sensory-friendly morning with an early opening time for all those who require a more relaxed way to enjoy the museum. All angles have been covered, with fantastic things to attract schools, design for business, families, young people, members and of course all their day visitors.

Now, where to stay?!

Naturally, Alexander House would be just perfect! Enjoy 5-star accommodation in the house itself or choose one of our glamping options – yurts and a cosy cabin on wheels, which would be a perfect retreat for two after a busy day in Dundee!

We look forward to meeting you very soon.

25 May 2019
Hen Party Ideas | Dance Class | Make Your Own Dance Routines

Hen Party Ideas: City Dance Parties comes to Alexander House

Happening in locations across the UK, City Dance Parties has captured the imagination of people who love to dance or want to learn to dance. The company provides unforgettable dance experiences for Hen and Stag weekends, corporate getaways, birthdays and girly weekends. Whether you have two left feet or consider yourself a pretty mean mover, this is one dance party that’s guaranteed to get even the most reluctant dancers boogying all night long! And now we’re delighted to announce that these fabulous dance sessions can be booked at Alexander House.

Who better to make the introductions than Jenny from City Dance Parties…

We have a huge range of styles to choose from, whether you want to sizzle with a sultry Salsa or Strictly-themed dance class or fancy stepping back in time for a Roaring 20s, 80s or 90s Masterclass. How about learning the moves from your favourite film – maybe a routine from Grease, Dirty Dancing or a Disney film. Or you could learn a new style of dancing and choose a Bollywood, Burlesque or Belly Dancing class, there really is something for absolutely everyone – the hardest step is choosing which class you want. There’s also the option for a bespoke masterclass if there’s a style you think the bride/birthday girl would really love! In the past we’ve run sessions with a Billy Elliot theme, an Elton John Masterclasses, even a Magic Mike-inspired dance class.

Hen Party Ideas | Dance Class | Make Your Own Dance Routines

We aim to make our dance sessions relaxed, fun and confidence-building experiences that are suitable for ALL ages and abilities (we mean it….we’ve run a Beyonce dance class for a 70th birthday before!), and is guaranteed to get everyone having a giggle and building some special memories altogether.

Turn Alexander House into your very own personal dance studio

“As you’ll be staying at Alexander House, it’ll be in a lovely relaxed setting, with gorgeous scenery, and you can even pour yourself a glass of bubbly or a G&T during the break – perfect for anyone needing a bit of Dutch courage to get their dancing shoes on! To add to the fun, longer sessions include a prize of a bottle of champagne for whoever is judged to be the best dancer or, if yours is a hen party, given to the bride-to-be as part of the hen party gift bag she’ll receive at the end of the class.

Hen Party Ideas | Dance Class | Make Your Own Dance Routines

“City Dance Parties is all about creating the best experiences possible. We have a 5-star rating on TrustPilot, Facebook and Google Reviews for our classes.

Not only that, we recently won the British Wedding Award for ‘Best Hen and Stag Provider’.

Wow, we’re so excited to welcome City Dance Parties to Alexander House – their fun dance sessions are going to make weekends away go with an even bigger swing. So get booking and don’t forget to pack your dancing shoes!

05 May 2019
Cosy welcoming home from home, Alexander House is a stunning venue for special occasions

Spring is in the air at AH!

It’s that time of year again – the air smells sweet and the ground is covered with a beautiful carpet of bluebells. Waking up to the stirring sound of birdsong is bliss, it’s a lovely soundtrack that provides an ambient background to early morning activities and, the best part, it’s free to whoever will listen.

May 5th marked International Dawn Chorus Day. If you missed it, why not have a listen to some birds singing on the RSPB website and, better still, get yourself outside! Right now, you can witness plenty of stunning acrobats of nature, Swifts, Swallows, and Martins. If you’re quick, you’ll bag some amazing photos!

 

Spring Holidays in Scotland | Holiday Ideas - Perthshire

Why do birds sing?

Singing, of course, is all about male birds trying to attract a mate. It’s like nature’s very own version of Britain’s Got Talent – birds vying with each other, showing off and trying to convince the females that their fine tunes are proof of their ability to be a fit father! Singing is also a way of males attempting to hold their turf and lay claim to a particular female by singing louder than any others. So that beautiful sound of the dawn chorus is actually all about the males telling the females that they’re still there and, just in case a newcomer has snuck in, the territory is theirs.

Why in the spring do we get to experience such a wonderful natural musical concert? In May and June, our resident bird population is swelled by all the migrant birds visiting from Africa. Listen later in the day as dusk falls and you’ll hear another chorus of singing – this is often provided by male Nightingales trying to lure females for a romantic sunset!

Everyone seems to lead such busy lives, sometimes it’s nice to just take a moment and tune into nature – birdsong is calming and as effective as a mindfulness session, try it!

Spring Holidays in Scotland | Holiday Ideas - Perthshire

Looking for a spring vacation in Scotland?

What better environment in which to enjoy the sound of birdsong than Alexander House. It’s back to nature with all mod cons – breathtaking views, a fantastic area for walking, away from the hustle and bustle of ‘normal’ life with only sheep and cattle as your nearest neighbours. You can enjoy all of this from the very comfortable base that is Alexander House, where you can indulge in a soak in the hot tub whilst sipping a glass of bubbly. Stay in the house itself with family or friends or treat you and your loved one to a cosy retreat in one of our yurts or even our new glamping cabin, Juniper!

We look forward to seeing you!

Spring Holidays in Scotland | Holiday Ideas - Perthshire

Spring Holidays in Scotland | Holiday Ideas - Perthshire

22 Mar 2019

Alexander House – exploring the local area

We are incredibly lucky to be surrounded by beautiful landscapes where you can enjoy getting back to nature. But we’re also just a stone’s throw from a plethora of things to do and see. So how might you fill your time during your visit to Alexander House?

Enjoy some retail therapy in Auchterarder

Auchterarder is a charming little town nestled in the quite spectacular Perthshire countryside, with the Ochil Hills visible to the south. Just an hour’s journey from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee, the town is accessible from all directions. You may also be aware that Auchterarder is home to Gleneagles, the world-famous hotel and golf course, which is obviously a big attraction.

Auchterarder’s bustling and thriving high street is one of the longest in Scotland, at just over a mile long – for that reason, Auchterarder is fondly known as ‘The Lang Toun’ (long town). It’s also incredibly friendly and there is a wonderful sense of community, where people greet visitors with welcoming smiles. Visit a few times and you’ll soon be on first name terms.

Unlike many high streets, Auchterarder is full of independent shops, run by owners with genuine passion, and variety is what makes the town so interesting. From fashion to tweed jackets and bespoke tailoring, sweet shops to traditional gifts, you’ll find all sorts to buy.

If you fancy eating out you’ll be spoilt for choice. Chocoholics will love the Chocolate Galley, where you can buy handmade chocolates and even book yourself into a chocolate-making workshop. If you’re looking for coffee and cake or a fine dining experience, Max & Ben’s Bistro, Jon & Fernanda’s, Café Kisa, Delivino and The Strathearn are just a few places worth mentioning.

Worried you’ll pile on the pounds during your stay? From Alexander House, Auchterarder is a three-mile walk and a very beautiful one at that – you won’t be disappointed, so make sure you bring your walking boots.

Enjoy an outdoor adventure

Not surprisingly, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to outdoor activities, so here are just a few examples:

The award-winning Phoenix Falconry boasts a collection of over 60 falcons, hawks, eagles and owls. Under expert guidance you can enjoy the experience of flying and handling these amazing birds.

Pheonix Falconry | Things to Do from Alexander House Auchterarder

The Willowgate Activity Centre, based on the River Tay and just outside Perth, offers a wide range of land- and water-based activities, from archery to kayaking – there is no chance of being bored here! 🙂

Willowgate Activity Centre | Things to Do from Alexander House Auchterarder

If you fancy racking up some miles on two wheels, Scotland is a great choice. Make sure you don’t just stare at the tarmac, the views will take your breath away if the hills haven’t already. Do pop in to Synergy Cycles in Auchterarder for all things cycling related.

Gleneagles might be the ultimate golf course, but if you’re not up to Ryder Cup standard you’ll find other courses nearby that are suitable for all abilities.

If magnificent gardens are more your thing, then a visit to Drummond Castle Gardens will be a must. These formal gardens, with incredible topiary, are amongst the very finest in Europe.

Drummond Gardens | Things to Do from Alexander House Auchterarder

And after all that…

Relax at Alexander House, enjoy the heated swimming pool, hot tub and games room. Treat yourself to some pampering and book a personal beauty treatment. Life doesn’t get much better than this!

Now all you need to do is decide when you’re coming! We’ll look forward to meeting you soon.

14 Feb 2019
Small and intimate wedding venue near Gleneagles, Perthshire | Alexander House

Are you planning to get engaged in 2019?

So we’re into a fresh new year and with it brings a sense of anticipation. Many of us will have made New Year resolutions, giving ourselves goals and targets to work toward. It’s also a time for making new commitments and asking ‘will you marry me?’, a question asked all over the world as the clock struck midnight. Indeed, Christmas and new year are the most popular times of the year when couples get engaged.

Is it something you’re thinking of but didn’t feel like the time was quite right?

There are bound to be plenty of opportunities throughout the year, and sometimes it’s even more special if it’s a moment in time that has significant meaning to you and your beloved – and all the more romantic the more personal you can make it.

Yurt with Private Deck with Hot Tub - Cheers!

Your engagement will become part of your story as a couple, a chapter that friends will want to hear about and one day, perhaps, your children. So isn’t it right that you think carefully about the where and when?

Perhaps it will be on the anniversary of your first date, that magical first kiss, the day you first professed your love for each other. Maybe you’ll want to return to the first restaurant you visited together or whisk your loved one off to the one place in the world they’ve always wanted to visit.

Propose as you watch a beautiful sunset

Now you can’t get more romantic than that! We may not be able to offer a tropical paradise, but at Alexander House we can promise the most memorable sunsets you can imagine. It’s one of our favourite views and it literally feels like the sky is painting a picture for you.

Small and intimate wedding venue near Gleneagles, Perthshire | Alexander House

There is something rather awe-inspiring and inspirational about watching a sunset, it reminds you just how wonderful the world actually is and will intensify the desire you have to share the rest of your life with the person sat beside you – that question you want to ask will happen naturally.

Do it in style!

Get even more romantic and stay in one of our cosy yurts – choose Bramble or Heather and enjoy the luxury of ensuite facilities and wood burner. Sip champagne in a hot tub made for two as night falls and simply pick your moment – if you are lucky enough to see the Aurora Borealis, then your proposal couldn’t get much better.

 

Wood-Fired Hot Tub | Luxury Yurt Glamping in Scotland

Yurts in the Snow - Winter Glamping in Scotland with Wood-Fired Hot Tub Views!

Or go big and invite all your besties

You could add an extra dimension to your proposal by having all your mates with you. Stay in Alexander House and you can invite up to 19 friends to witness your special moment (or at least report back after sneaking away to propose in private) and celebrate in style – why wait when you can have an engagement party then and there!

We think either option sounds like a good story to be able to tell in the future!

Sunset at Alexander House | Glamping & Self Catering Holiday House near Gleneagles