MOUNT STUART RECOGNISED AS OUTSTANDING HERITAGE VENUE HISTORIC MANSION WINS PRESTIGIOUS BEST WEDDING VENUE AND BEST SHOPPING EXPERIENCE AWARDS
MOUNT Stuart, one of the UK’s finest stately homes, has been recognised as an outstanding heritage destination after winning two prestigious awards.
The spectacular Victorian gothic mansion on the Isle of Bute won the Hudson’s Heritage awards 2012 for Best Wedding Venue and Best Shopping Experience.
Connie Lovel, chief executive of the Mount Stuart Trust, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be recognised as an outstanding heritage and visitor destination. This is great news for Bute and for Scotland and shows that our country boasts wonderful venues to complement our tremendous scenery.
“These distinguished awards reflect the hard work, attention to detail and dedication of Mount Stuart staff who spare no effort in making everyone’s visit a success – whether it is for a wedding or a memorable day out.
"We are seeing an increasing number of people who understandably want their wedding to be out of this world and Mount Stuart provides such a magical setting it makes the house and gardens the perfect location".
The awards were presented at Goldsmiths’ Hall in London by Loyd Grossman, Chairman of the Heritage Alliance, and Judge Lucinda Lambton, writer, photographer and broadcaster on architectural subjects.
Mount Stuart offers a fine and varied selection of locations for a wedding ceremony in the house, gardens and grounds and can accommodate wedding parties ranging from an intimate group up to 200 guests. The jewel in its crown is the spectacular white Marble Chapel, constructed entirely of white Carrera Marble and widely considered to be one of the world’s finest private chapels.
In terms of shopping, there is a choice of retail outlets for all visitors to Mount Stuart, including two gift shops, a farm shop and garden centre, all located within both contemporary and traditional buildings surrounded by 300 acres of glorious gardens and grounds.
Mount Stuart House is a neo-gothic Victorian mansion, and one of the most technologically advanced houses of its age. It is arguably the finest piece of domestic architecture to emerge from Britain's Gothic Revival in the 19th Century. The lavish palace boasts a majestic marble hall, an awe-inspiring white marble chapel, luxurious accommodation and unspeakably ornate reception rooms.
The grounds are recognised as some of the finest gardens in Europe. They include an incredible collection of both exotic and native flora spanning several spectacular gardens, each set against the dramatic backdrop of the Firth of Clyde.
There is much to do and see, with a contemporary restaurant boasting panoramic views, a quality courtyard tearoom, two gift shops, a farm shop, garden centre and world-class visual arts exhibitions. It is a popular destination for family days out, weddings, corporate events and private parties.
The Hudson’s Heritage awards, inaugurated last year, exist to celebrate business and creative achievements in the UK heritage industry.