Dating back to 1660 Larchfield Estate has been on quite the fantastic journey to get to where it is today. There's just so much history here, with it's Georgian mansion house (ideal as a film location) & the 19th Century Barn, as well as the newer additions like the Orangery and its fabulous cottages - the place just oozes quality. The finish and upkeep on everything here is breath-takingly good. As you drive down the impressive tree lined guest entrance you can sense it. From the cobbled courtyards to the 600 acres of gorgeous walled gardens, woodland and riverbanks, you are often left in awe at the beauty of Larchfield. What a place to host your events. Wow.
So, where to start with Larchfield? There's just so much to tell you about! The gorgeous 19th Century Barn is the ideal place to kick us off. It's a thing of rustic beauty, with it's stone walls, lovely open ceiling and separate bar area - the ideal venue for dinners, weddings and also for conferences too - especially for those REALLY special occasions. We loved the Old Piggery too - tons of natural daylight and an excellent place to take lunch or to gather before doing one of the many team building options available here.
And in case you need any accommodation for your groups, Larchfield has that covered too. The estate can offer 17 bedrooms onsite (sleeping up to 37 guests), whilst for larger groups, there's plenty of other local boutique guest houses, B&Bs and hotels nearby.
This historic venue is not only a truly lovely place but it's also super flexible too - hosting anything from groups of 10 to over 250, it can also offer exclusive use for your groups, and given that there is so much to see and do here, in such wonderful grounds, you'll wonder why you haven't been here already. For instance, their attitude to sustainability and nature is wonderful. Not only are they always looking to protect and enhance the historic buildings, but they are always encouraging a diverse environment and ecology – planting thousands of trees, creating wild bird cover, flower meadows and adding lakes / wetlands to encourage animals, insects and birds to take up residence within their grounds. Not to mention that they also breed pedigree Alpacas and miniature Donkeys. You just got to love this place!
We caught up with Hannah Watson, Events & Marketing Manager for Larchfield to find out more:
Distance and time from nearest airport:
Belfast City Airport – 28 mins, 16.3 miles
Belfast International Airport – 40 mins, 20.5 miles
Dublin Airport – 1 hr 40 mins, 96.5 miles
Distance and time from nearest railway station: Lisburn Train Station – 16 mins, 6.6 miles
Parking: Free parking here with enough spaces to cover the full capacity of the venue. In addition to this there's overflow parking with a large grass paddock also available for parking during summer months
Coaches - drop off / pick up at venue: Coaches enter via the impressive tree lined guest entrance, and drop off / pick up at the front of the venue in the ‘Stables’ courtyard
Wi-fi: Free wi-fi throughout, and was excellent
Larchfield Estate is based just 20 minutes from Belfast City Centre and 10 minutes from both Lisburn City & the Royal Village of Hillsborough. Situated in the heart of the Co. Down countryside, Larchfield Estate’s history dates back to the 1600s, with the converted 1800s stone barn, cottages, cobbled courtyards and Walled Gardens available for exclusive hire events throughout the year. The multi-award winning in-house events team are on hand to assist clients from the moment of enquiry, through to delivery and beyond.
Number of bedrooms:
17 rooms in total - accommodating up to 37 guests sharing
(additional accommodation is available nearby, from boutique guest houses to hotels in neighbouring Lisburn City & Belfast City Centre).
13 double rooms
4 twin rooms (two of which can be made into triple rooms)
Myrtle the glamping truck! Comes complete with log burning stove, sun deck and sauna. An experience like no other! There is also a hot tub available in No. 23 cottage
Restaurants & Bars: There is one bar (in the Barn). All other catering is provided by external caterers from Larchfield's recommended list.
Perfect for your clients, especially incentive groups, Larchfield also works with lots of local suppliers to provide heaps of activities to keep everybody entertained, such as:
Afternoon Tea (perfect for a picnic in the Walled Gardens!)
Archery & Axe Throwing
Laser Clay Shooting
Private Chef Experiences
Sushi Making Masterclass
Truly there is something for everyone, and all can be done without leaving the estate.
There are 6 main meeting spaces here: The Stables, The Orangery, The Old Piggery, The Main Barn, The Flax Room, & The Bar / Lounge - as well as some outdoor areas – Teepee Marquee & Walled Gardens - all are located on the ground floor
Registration is really flexible here depending on event, but they generally recommend The Orangery.
The Main Barn
(This amazing building also in includes The Orangery, Bar / Lounge and Flax Room, all interconnected via archways, no doors).
What a fantastic space the Barn is! Welcoming and historic, yet always with that beautifully maintained charm. It really was such an atmospheric place - and one that your clients will absolutely love. The perfect place to host an awards ceremony, dinner, celebration as well as a daytime conference. The rustic environment is well complimented by excellent state-of-the-art technology too. What's not to love?
Location: Ground floor
Best use for room: Conference, awards ceremonies, gala dinners, celebrations
Décor/Design features – Fairylight décor throughout the Bar / Lounge and Main barn
Any nice touches – Cast iron chandeliers x 5, original stone, original wooden beams
Natural light: In The Orangery. (Barr / Lounge, Flax Room and Main Barn utilize fairy lights and ambient lighting)
Size: Barn 255Sq.M, Flax Room 77Sq.M &, Orangery 96Sq.M
Theatre: Main Barn – 350, Flax Room – 80, Orangery - 120
Cabaret: Main Barn – 180, Flax Room – 40, Orangery - 40
Dinner: Main Barn – 250 to 264, Flax Room – 60, Orangery - 60
Location: ALL IN SAME LOCATION ON GROUND FLOOR
AV Equipment included: High speed wifi, projector & screen, built in PA and wireless mics
The Old Piggery
Dating back to the 1800's, The Old Piggery (named after its 1900s purpose!) was refurbished in 2019 and has been the home to corporate events and special celebrations ever since. Located very close to the Larchfield Estate cottages, it is a perfect location for corporate retreats, board meetings, strategy days, training sessions or as a base for any of the many activities available here including cookery workshop, yoga classes and more.
Best use for room: Board Meeting / Private Dining / Breakfast / Activities and experiences
Décor/Design features: 1800s Railway Style building, renovated in 2019
Any nice touches: Original exposed beams and bespoke period style windows
Natural light: YES
Size: 108 Sq.M
Location: Ground floor, facing cottage accommodation
AV Equipment included: Projector & screen available. Sonas sound system. High speed wifi
For meeting room capacities, layouts and further information please click here: https://www.larchfieldestate.co.uk/corporate-events