This Scottish hotel has been named the best in the world

Balbirnie House Hotel has scooped more prestigious awards.
Nicholas and Gaynor Russell at Balbirnie House Hotel (Pic: Rob Thomson/ Lifetime Photography)Nicholas and Gaynor Russell at Balbirnie House Hotel (Pic: Rob Thomson/ Lifetime Photography)
Nicholas and Gaynor Russell at Balbirnie House Hotel (Pic: Rob Thomson/ Lifetime Photography)

The Markinch venue was named ‘Best-in-World’ by the international Haute Grandeur Awards, which named it as the best function venue and best country house Hotel on a global level.

The celebrations continued as it was also named as Europe’s best country hotel and best wedding hotel.

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The achievements come as a huge boost at a time when the hospitality industry has been ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic.

Owners, Nicholas and Gaynor Russell, said they were humbled by the latest awards.

They dedicated the 2020 successes “to the boys, girls, men and women who have made up our hotel brigade over the three decades.”

Earlier this year, at the Scottish Hotel Awards Balbirnie House became Scotland’s wedding hotel of the year, for the 14th time in 16 years.

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Now, as an organisation, Haute Grandeur said it was unable to find any hotel in any other country in the world, which has received anything comparable to the consistency of recognition that Balbirnie House has received in Scotland.

Added the directors: “It is that context which has helped to pave the way for the four combined global awards.”

The success follows two previous best-in-world awards in 2018 and 2019.

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The hotel has hosted many a legendary and incredibly romantic occasion, extending into truly rock’n’roll partying as day to day routine. The most weddings ever catered for in a single year thus far is 165, although this is now expected to significantly increase when social distancing ends.

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