Christmas & Festive Breaks

Balbirnie House, as one of Scotland’s most historic and important grade A listed mansions, has hosted some wonderful festive celebrations over the last 241 years and this year will certainly be no exception.

The house is quite magnificent in December, with beautiful traditional Christmas trees, halls decked with bows of holly, lovely decorations, and trees outside covered in fairy lights.

Your stay can be as relaxing or active as the mood dictates – a leisurely stroll in the park, a morning’s golf, an afternoon’s drive to St. Andrews, or just browsing through the shelves of the Old Library, relaxing in front of the fires, with possibly the clink of a decanter of port…

Should you be feeling a little more energetic and wish to explore the area, or participate in some sporting activities during your stay, we would be delighted to suggest some alternatives.




Upon arrival on Christmas Eve, settle into your room and then enjoy afternoon tea, served in one of our many lounge areas.

From 7.00pm onwards we will be serving canapés, while the local choir creates a wonderful Christmas atmosphere in The Long Gallery.

The festive celebrations are continued with a feature three course set dinner.

Afterwards, you may wish to attend the midnight service at the local Markinch church and enjoy mince pies and mulled wine upon your return. Don’t forget to leave shortbread out for Rudolph!



After breakfast and the excitement of opening presents, you may wish to take a stroll in the park to prepare an appetite for lunch!

An outstanding Christmas Day lunch will be served from 12.30pm, and you will have a variety of choices, including of course traditional Roast Turkey with all the trimmings!

Thereafter, you can look forward to a very relaxed afternoon. Just enjoy the day.

For any children attending, Santa will make a guest appearance in the afternoon.

For Christmas Day Dinner, between 7pm and 8.30pm we will be serving our traditional delicious Christmas Day cold buffet.



Boxing Day is again a leisurely affair, with a late breakfast being served in the Orangery. Today provides the opportunity for guests to have an afternoon out, perhaps to the East Neuk or St Andrews.  For those who are a little more adventurous why not join in on the traditional Balbirnie Treasure Hunt and possibly win a Magnum of Champagne!   Dinner this evening will consist of a special 4 course ‘Classic Scotland’ menu.


On the 27th December guests depart after breakfast.

Fancy An Extra Night?

Why not stay on for an extra night and continue the celebrations with us!

Package Price:

This Christmas we are offering:

  • Two day stay – from £295 per person
  • Three day stay – from £405 per person


This includes all meals as stated above within the time frame you are staying with us, with accommodation in a standard double/twin room (based on two people sharing).

Should you wish to upgrade to a deluxe room, there would be an additional charge of £30.00 per person per night.

Should you wish to stay an additional 4th night, this will be priced from £99.50 per person, based on half board.


For further information please email [email protected]


December Festive Indulgence Break

Chill out and relax before the Christmas rush  enjoy a glass of mulled wine with mince pies on arrival, accommodation in a classic double room, pre-dinner canapes and 4 course dinner with coffee in our award-winning Orangery, then full Scottish breakfast the following morning.

Price: £99.50 per person

Valid dates: Subject to availability and available throughout December except 24-26 and 30-31 December.