We’re thrilled to announce that spectacular new venue Cairns Farm Estate in West Lothian has completed its stunning transformation and will soon host its first event, with many more bookings already in the diary stretching into 2022.
Following a £1.9m investment and a 24-month build project, this former sheep shed on a working family farm just outside Edinburgh has been transformed into a contemporary luxury wedding and event venue with on-site accommodation.
Cairns Farm Estate, on the shores of Harperrig reservoir within the Pentland Hills Regional Park, is the result of an idea that first hatched several years ago and was subsequently developed through a partnership between the Hamilton family and Hickory. We’re proud and excited to say that all of the events and catering at Cairns Farm Estate will be managed exclusively by Hickory.
With Covid-19 restrictions on travel and events easing, Cairns Farm Estate is set to host its first wedding on 22 May and is already attracting huge interest for weddings and events due to its stunning location and design.
The 1200-acre country estate and working sheep farm sits at the foot of the Pentland Hills near Kirknewton and around 8 miles from Edinburgh. The estate has been in the Hamilton family since 1869, but with their three children pursuing careers in other sectors, Caroline and Graham Hamilton teamed up with Hickory to diversify their estate and create a new chapter in its history.
The main venue is built around sheds that were once home to cattle over the winter and ewes during lambing season. Now it is a stylish and modern contemporary space which can hold up to 140 guests and includes a Ceremony Room, main function room, bar, breakout areas, and state-of-the-art kitchens.
Throughout the venue, there are references to its agricultural heritage and a strong ethos of sustainability through the repurposing of materials found on the estate and sourced locally. For example, the striking entrance has been formed around an old grain silo sourced from a local farm, while inside, wedding couples will enter the Ceremony Room through horse stalls repurposed from the farm’s stables.
Cairns Farm Estate also features a range of luxurious on-site accommodation which can sleep up to 24 guests. This includes Cairns Farmhouse, a 19th-century country house that sits on the edge of Harperrig Reservoir, which has been fully renovated to sleep 10 guests; a honeymoon hideaway for two called The Keep; and six brand new en-suite luxury cabins sleeping a total of 12.