House Party (noun) “A party at which the guests stay at a house overnight or for a few days.”
Generations of guests throughout the last century have enjoyed the ‘House Party’ atmosphere of Ballathie. Reserving a minimum of 25 bedrooms in the original house, will ensure you and your guests can enjoy the ultimate Scottish house party.
The drawing room has a fabulous sprung wooden dance floor, and we can accommodate 120 guests for dancing and evening celebrations. A perfect setting for the newlyweds to take to the dance floor in the ancient old tradition of the first dance.
For larger numbers, we would be very happy to quote for the hire of a marquee on our lawn, adjacent to the main house, with connecting areas to ensure your guests can access the hotel without having to walk outside.
The house particularly lends itself to using all the ground floor public rooms for an evening party, allowing guests to mingle and to dance the night away, celebrating with you until the wee sma’ hours.
In 1922, a year before she married Albert, the Duke of York, when the Queen Mother was 22, she came to Ballathie to party. The following extract is from the official biography by William Shawcross – Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother.
“… Meanwhile, her (Queen Mother) autumn continued much as before, with friends to stay at Glamis and house parties elsewhere. And she was seeing more of James Stuart. He came back to Glamis on 2nd October for a week to shoot and a few days later she drove with him unchaperoned to Ballathie House on the River Tay near Perth, where Doris Gordon-Lennox was staying in a house party with her sister Amy’s parents-in-law, Sir Stuart and Lady Coats. Doris wrote to her afterwards that the whole family adored seeing her and tried to put her mind to rest about her arrival alone with James Stuart – a rather risqué thing for a young woman to do…”
Nearly 100 years on, Ballathie still welcomes guests to party and celebrate special occasions. We are sure, all those years ago, the Queen Mother may well have enjoyed an evening supper to sustain dancing into the early hours of the following morning. Nowadays, we offer a selection of finger food, or alternatively a slightly heartier option of the good old scottish favourite – Stovies, served with Oatcakes, of course.