Venues - Piersland House, Troon
By Brian Wilson
Venue: Piersland House Hotel, Craigend Road, Troon, Ayrshire, KA10 6HD
Telephone: 01292 314747
"Piersland House is set in 2 acres of stunning garden and grounds. The well kept garden provides the perfect backdrop for those beautiful photographs. Whatever the season, the garden has something magical to offer. From pretty planters to hanging baskets in the summer, and herbaceous borders with manicured lawns throughout the year. On long hot summer days you can enjoy celebration drinks out on the decking and lawns. There is plenty room to hold a BBQ should you want something a little different for your evening guests.
The garden is large enough to accommodate a marquee for wedding up to 150 guests. Should you be interested in finding out about marquee weddings at Piersland then please ask for more details."
As a native of Ayrshire now living in Edinburgh, its always a pleasure to visit Troon and Piersland in summer. The venue has changed a bit since the nineteen-eighties when I used to take my family there for Sunday lunch.
It's setting is about as stunning as you can get. Situated across from Royal Troon Golf Course, a British Open venue, it benefits from being sheltered from the coastal weather allowing the sun to establish residency without challenge. The manicured gardens are large enough to give everyone a bit of space; there's a rustic swing park for the kids, five-a-side goals for the bigger kids if they're merry enough to try to relive their youth and plent of places to just sit and relax in the sun. The island of Arran is very visible across the Firth of Clyde and the soft, yellow sand of the beach compliments the reedy dunes confirming Troon as a Scottish links town. An upside to this is the beach and dunes are accessible for photographs if the bride can find the time and inclination, particularly in the evening if there is a glorious sunset over Arran.
However, remember it's a country house hotel, so even during a wedding, it's open for public lunches and dinners. Generally, the wedding party is on the garden side of the hotel, so dining, dancing, bar and chill-out areas are discretely for the quiet enjoyment of the wedding party. The original public lounge, and bar are still available if guests spill over, but there is a separate dining room and bar for walk-ins so your party isn't contaminated by couples having a quiet family dinner.
The ceremony is performed in the conservatory if the marriage is on-site; it'll hold 50 - 60 guests comfortably. The wedding breakfast is served in the main ball room with seating in long tables by default, allowing for up to 80 guests, I'd estimate, but as a ball room, there's scope for additional evening revelry.
As a photography venue its fine. The gardens and dunes offer a lot of scope in good weather, but in wet conditions your photographer would have to be more creative. Inside, the conservatory and ball room offer options but the venue staff have to reset these spaces for the next stage so flash and patience would be required. The original hallway and bar area have dark wood panelling and there is a stairway curving to the bedrooms upstairs, but its narrow compared to other venues and space is limited.
Pros: Picturesque venue with access to beach and dunes; large garden; ideal for a medium-sized summer family wedding; catering and bar included; good photography options; rail link to Glasgow.
Cons: Not many, but choose the number of seated guests carefully; limited photography options in bad weather; no exclusive use.
Piersland House Hotel, the garden venue
Piersland House Hotel
Guest gather on the deck before the ceremony
Signing the register in the conservatory
Cooling down under some shade
A few moments for reflection