Today I am thrilled to spotlight on Macdonald Houstoun House, a beautiful historical wedding venue, hotel and retreat in the heart of West Lothian.
I recently visited with my family, and from the moment you drive along their magnificent tree-lined avenue, set in 22 acres of beautiful woodland your heart will be captured by its history, character and charm.
The historic building, once visited by Mary Queen of Scots, has the classic grace of a 16th Century Tower House.
A private residence till 1969 – 1970 the building was converted into a hotel by architects Wheeler & Spronson.
Since the 1980s several additions have been made such as further bedroom wings, and a glass fronted porch with function spaces and leisure facilities coming in 1988.
Nowdays it is an intergral part off the Macdonald Hotel brand.
Alongside its residential and historical wedding venue offering, it offers meeting and conferencing facilities, team building activities and has over 200 free car parking spaces.
Take a look at the great 360 Tour to give a great overview of the complex.
Accommodation at Houston House is plentiful with 73 rooms that blend luxury and character.
With a choice of rooms and suites, each with own individual character, you can choose the level of comfort and features to suit.
Every room has a generously sized bed with all the usual refinements of telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryers, iron and ironing board, TV and complimentary WI-FI.,
As well as double and twin bedrooms they offer well appointed family rooms, either Standard Family rooms (one double bed and one single bed) or Larger Family Suites (one double and two single beds).
Deluxe and super deluxe bedrooms give you all the benefits of a standard bedroom plus a few extra little touches such as a soft bathrobe and comfy slippers, and some with upgraded toiletries and furnishings.
Our room was incredibly spacious (HUGE) and perfect for a family with a large double bed, a single bed and a converted sofa bed.
The beds were extremely comfy and I slept like a log. (that doesn’t happen often)
There was a lovely bathroom with shower over bath which came stocked with luxury toiletries by Elemis (always a winner with me) and large fluffy towels.
Accessibility is important at the hotel with accessible rooms offering the same plush amenities as their Classic Rooms but with extra space for convenient wheelchair access.
Located on the ground floor in the exterior building, these beautiful rooms feature handrails in the bathroom, reachable switches and pull-cord alarms for extra peace of mind.
There is also a ramp from outside to the reception area allowing ease of access.
Located in their 16th Century tower, and accessible by a staircase the Tower Restaurant is a great setting to enjoy a menu featuring traditional Scottish food with a modern twist.
We ate as a family at the hotel with breakfast being an eclectic buffet of cereals, pastries, fruits, meats, balanced with a hearty cooked Scottish breakfast selection.
Dinner was again amazing with large portions beautifully presented and served with a smile.
The fish with a light beer batter, handcut chips and seasonal vegetables was particularly flavoursome topped off with a scrumptious sticky toffee pudding. (about a zillion calories but worth it!)
The kids menu was also great with lots of choice which as a parent of children with fussy diets is a huge bonus.
For a slightly more relaxed and informal experience, the Vaulted Bar on the ground floor is cosy and perfect for a pre-dinner drink, freshly brewed tea or coffee, snacks or light meals.
Additionally alternative dinner arrangements can be made for disabled guests or those with poor mobility with the same dining experience as upstairs.
There is also the Vital Health and Wellbeing Club.
You can tone-up with weights in the gym, get competitive on the tennis court, enjoy a relaxing swim in the hotel pool or detox in the sauna and steam room.
Hotel guests are welcome to use the leisure facilities free of charge.
Personally I didn’t use the pool but my husband had a great time in there with the kids, and made use of the gym on several occasions.
There is a also the Spa where you can take some time out, escape from reality and indulge yourself for a while, and if getting married at the hotel these facilities can be accessed on the run-up to your big day where you can treat yourself to a host of rejuvenating treatments.
From intimate gatherings to lavish celebrations, this historical wedding venue offers a peaceful and romantic setting.
For Weddings the Venue is licensed for civil ceremonies.
The largest suite the Houstoun Suite is an elegant ballroom which is tastefully decorated. Ideally suited for numbers of 60 upwards, the suite can seat up to 200 day guests and a party for up to 240 evening guests, with a fantastic sized dance floor.
The Strathbrock Suite is converted from the original 16th century stables and is completely self-contained, oozing character. It’s also has a lovely private area with courtyard for drinks outside.
Ideally suited for numbers of 40 upwards the suite can seat up to 80 day guests and 120 evening guests.
The Drawing Room and Library space is situated in the original Tower House and beautifully decorated with plenty of character, it is perfect for a smaller, intimate celebration for up to 20 guests.
Couples instead may prefer a tranquil spot in the grounds to say their vows too.
Unusually it also offers a self catering option where you can hire the function spaces but have the option to cater your own event.
For more information about these events please contact the Special Events team on 0344 879 9043.
Linsey the wedding co-ordinator is an absolute diamond, very friendly and knowledgeable and would love to tell you more about what they can do for you there.
The Hotel is great too for savouring all the nearby sights.
Its just 16 miles from the capital Edinburgh with easy motorway access via the M8 ( 2 minutes away) to Glasgow too.
Its just 4 or 5 miles down the road from the fantastic Livingston Designer outlets if you fancy a spot of shopping, and the historical Linlithgow Palace is also just 7 miles away.
The Falkirk Wheel and the magnificent Kelpies are all within a 30 minute drive too.
If you are a golfer the Uphall Golf Club is right next door.
All in all I would thoroughly recommend it, whether you are in the area for a lovely break, or touring Scotland, or there for Business.
Consider it also as a Historical Wedding Venue for your Big Day, from a huge Scottish Wedding to the romantic elopement just for two.
its a lovely place to stay and we received the most wonderful hospitality.
You can also get a 15% discount on your next stay, and have a chance to win prizes if your become a FAN of Macdonald before March 31st.
To Contact MacDonald Houston House
Phone: 0344 879 9043 or International: +44 1506 853831
Image Credits: Main Image / Function Space and Bride and Groom Image – SHE photography