Meldrum House hotel launches igloo style domes for dining under the stars - here's when they'll open

As hotels make plans to reopen, many have had to look at innovative ways to deal with safe, sociable dining.

Published 15th Jul 2020
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

Meldrum House hotel is no different, as it is taking advantage of its grounds to launch a range of different sized domes for guests to enjoy meals and drinks while staying socially distanced from others.

What to expect

The Meldrum House domes, which will be open for bookings from 15 July, have been named after the stars in the sky and will have views out across the estate and golf course.

Named after the six-star system, Castor will hold up to six guests and the larger dome, named Aurora will hold up to 12.  Diners will access them from a private door in the hotel, following a lit stone path onto the lawns.  

Inside, the domes have wooden flooring and tailor-made furniture decked out with lantern lamps.  A Bluetooth music system is installed in each so guest can play their own music.

Jordan Charles, general manager at Meldrum House commented; “We’ve been working on introducing our new dome private dining concept since lockdown.

"This is a great way to get people to enjoy the four seasons we have in Scotland but from the comfort of our luxury domes.  It’s exciting to be able to offer something different for friends and family who would like a gathering in a unique setting.

"If we see high demand for the domes, we also have the space and ability to add more in the future.”

How to book

The hotel reopens on 14 July for the first time after closing back in March and are taking bookings for the domes which officially open on 15 July for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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