Former carpenter’s workshop undergoes transformation to provide new meeting space for corporate guestsA brand new meeting space has been created at a Glen Tanar Estate on Royal Deeside in a former carpenter’s workshop, adding to its events offering for the corporate market. The Coats Room, which has been created following a sensitive and sustainable renovation, offers a flexible space for meetings, seminars and private dinners for small groups.
The Coats Room is in addition to the impressive Victorian ballroom which is the centrepiece to the estate, located close to the town of Aboyne. The ballroom, which has been the focus for a range of dinners, weddings, seminars, product launches and other corporate events, is famed for its high vaulted ceilings which are adorned with hundreds of stag antlers.
The new venue has been created to provide an alternative to the large ballroom and to give an additional break-out space for events requiring multiple rooms. Glen Tanar Estate event manager Jane Lees says there has been a very positive reaction to the new venue.
She adds, “We have felt for some time that there was scope to add to what we could offer our corporate guests, but we had to consider how we could do that while remaining committed to the sustainable development of the estate.
“The answer was not to build from scratch but to bring an older building back into use. The renovation took several months to complete and the transformation is very impressive. It’s an incredibly versatile space suitable for a range of different uses, and will also be a real asset in providing an additional break-out space.”
The original stone walls of the workshop have been retained to keep the building’s identity, and a range of eco-friendly, natural materials have also been used in the renovation process. The venue is heated by Glen Tanar Estate’s newly-created biomass plant – a sustainable district heating system that is also connected to other Estate buildings.
The venue is able to accommodate 12 people for a conference in a board room style, while a theatre-style presentation could sit 25. It could also accommodate 20 people for private dining.
It has been named The Coats Room to reflect the link between the past and the present. George Coats bought the estate in 1905 and in 1916 was given a peerage to become the first Lord Glentanar. Jane adds, “We felt the name was a fitting acknowledgement to the past, while this new, modern building is very much about the future for the estate.”
As well as having full use of the ballroom and The Coats Room, corporate guests can take part in a range of activities from the high-octane to the more sedate. The events team has arranged everything from fishing trips on the estate’s private trout loch to Land Rover safaris, and from fire walking on the ballroom lawn to learning bushcraft skills in some of the most secluded areas of the glen. In addition, Glen Tanar Estate also has a range of self-catering cottages available for corporate guests to use.