Robert the Bruce attends event at castle
Providing a fresh, new, unique experience for a group of executives and their partners who have ‘been there and done that’ on most of the world’s continents, is a challenge which Scotland readily rises to. An annual event, entering its fifth year, required an original approach for 2008 for their multi national audience of 27 from a well-travelled, blue chip company - as well as experienced, safe and welcoming hands to trust.
With Dutch cultural event organisers Event Design acting on behalf of the client, Dundas was selected as the exclusive-use venue for the 2008 event; partly due to the team’s professional experience in executive corporate meetings and also the venue’s ease of accessibility being close to Edinburgh city and airport.
The suite of elegant reception rooms and purpose built meeting rooms gave the group its own luxurious retreat. Exclusivity was further enhanced by the 1000 acre estate surrounding the 14 bedroom opulent stately home. The Beehive boardroom situated on the lower floor of the castle, with its own business centre and reception room, offered the level of confidentiality which was essential for the client.
Event Design’s Director, Evelyn Hompes, stated that “Dundas Castle proved to meet all our expectations and it was the ideal settlement for our idea!”
Working in partnership with Event Design, Dundas Castle devised a thoroughly Scottish theme running throughout the activities, entertainment and menus by sourcing the highest calibre of contractors including Reel-Time Events, Tartan Spirit, Tony March photographer and Finix. Guests could partake in golf on the Dundas course or 4 x 4 driving in the Scottish countryside and, while the executives were involved in the business of the day, their partners visited historic, underground Edinburgh and the Royal Yacht Britannia and learnt more about tartan from a world authority while watching a contemporary Scottish fashion show.
A grand finale including full Highland dress for the gents; a ‘guest’ or should it be ‘ghost’ appearance by Robert the Bruce; Scottish story telling; starters on the move in the castles medieval tower’s many chambers; dinner in the Croquet Room dressed with specialist lighting, original candelabras, pewter goblets and charger plates; and a raucous clan battle gave the visitors a memorable end to their four day stay.
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