Your Wedding Queries Answered

At House for an Art Lover we have an amazing team of people who work hard every day to give our customers the best experience possible.
Hannah is our wedding venue co-ordinator and a key member of the team. Together with our Banqueting Manager, she makes sure every detail is perfect for our wedding couples. If you choose the House as your wedding venue, Hannah will work with you on every aspect of your day, from the initial budget to final table plan and everything in between.
There are a number of things that come up time and again for couples who are setting out on their wedding journey. Hannah thought it would be useful to share some frequently asked questions, to help you decide if House for an Art Lover will be the best venue for your wedding.

1. What rooms can we use during our day?

When you host your wedding with us you have exclusive use of the Mackintosh Suite, including the Music Room, Main Hall, Dining Room and Oval Room. The main rooms will be arranged depending on your day time numbers (SEE ROOM LAYOUT) and guests will flow between them with minimal turnaround time. The Oval Room is your private space there for you to use all day, ideal for storing gifts and personal items! After the meal guests will move to the ground floor to be joined by any additional guests for the evening reception. The reception furniture and dance floor will be set while you are enjoying your meal so everything is ready exactly on time for your evening guests arriving.

2. What package is best for me?

We offer a variety of packages at the venue to suit all styles and budgets. Our 3 brochure options include standard venue hire and the house drinks package and then the overall price per person varies depending on your preferred menu and day/date. (SEE BROCHURE). If however you are have a good idea of your numbers then one our seasonal all-inclusive packages might suit better for your budget. The all-inclusive option is perfect for couples who have a price to stick to and can be flexible with the time of year. Have a look at the full details for our Midweek and Weekend Wedding Offers which have options for Winter and Summer dates!  (SEE PACKAGE OFFERS)

3. Is there any flexibility between menu options in the brochure packages?

Of course, if for example you prefer a starter from the Honeyman Package but a Main course and dessert from Gesso then I can work out a bespoke cost per person based on your selections. There are also options to add in canapés and upgrade your drinks to make more of your day (SEE BROCHURE). Our All-inclusive packages are based on the Honeyman menu and your numbers can be adjusted upwards if you have additional guests.

4. Can we have a choice of dishes in our menu?

You can, but there are some requirements. It’s possible to select 2 starter, 2 main course and 2 dessert options for your guests, however we do need this to be pre-ordered in advance and a small per person supplement would apply. How this works is you would make your selections and then include a menu card for each guest with your invite, they would then RSVP with their choices for each guest. Once you have this you can collate all the details on to your table plan so we will know exactly who is sitting where and what they will be eating – I will also send over a spreadsheet to help keep this simple.

5. Are there any specific dos and don'ts?

The good news is that you can take as many photos as you like while in The Mackintosh Suite, as well as making use of the Mackintosh tables and chairs for elements of your day. You can also use all of the grounds around the house for photographs, including the beautiful Doocot building at the Studio Pavilion. You do however require a permit from Glasgow City Council to use the Victorian Walled Garden for photos, I can send across the application form for this – fees are payable directly to GCC. The grand piano in the Music Room is tuned and available for your pianist to play should you wish. There are however a few don’ts. No pets indoors unfortunately, your fur baby can come along and have some pictures in the garden though. All confetti must be biodegradable and can be used outside only, no foil please as it leaves a big mess for the next wedding. Lastly no irn-bru allowed, it does not mix well with our white carpets and could leave you with a big cleaning bill!

6. Does the venue have car parking facilities?

The car park here has space for around 100 cars and is complimentary for guests to use. It is possible to leave cars overnight however please bear in mind that we are located in a public park and cannot accept any responsibility for vehicles.

7. Can guests stay overnight at the house?

Unfortunately we don’t have any bedrooms at the venue but I can give you details of some hotels we would recommend, some of which offer special rates for our guests!
Hopefully these will help as you take the initial steps in planning your big day, feel free to pop me a line, I’ll be happy to chat through any queries you may have or meet you in the venue to show you the rooms!  Contact us today


Your perfect proposal at House for an Art Lover

The nights are getting longer and the air a little cooler, there’s nothing that beats a Scottish winter. But what you may not know is the winter months also happen to be engagement season. Starting in November and running through to February, it’s the most popular time of the year to get down on one knee. And what better place to propose than in Scotland’s largest city of Glasgow? With its historical landmarks, a host of bars and restaurants, and a range of shops, you’re spoiled for choice.

One of our partners, ROX Diamonds & Thrills, have featured us in their new interactive guide to proposals. Taking you through Glasgow, we think it’s the perfect tool to help you prepare for this once-in-a-lifetime moment. From getting pampered in preparation to finding the right location, it guides you around some of the city’s most romantic hotspots.

To make your moment even more special, why not choose House of an Art Lover to ask for their hand in marriage? We’re set in the beautiful Bellahouston Park which was inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh's designs, creating a truly breathtaking location. You can wander around our gardens, take in the art and enjoy a locally supplied lunch to round off your day.

With quirky spots such as ‘The Glasshouse,’ ‘The Maze’ and our ‘Elephant for Glasgow,’ you’re sure to find the ideal magical setting. Or, venture inside the ‘House for an Art Lover’, where you can pop the question and say ‘I do!’, all in the same place!

There’s something for every couple in ROX’s Glasgow guide to proposals. Just click on the locations for more tips and information on each stop-off.

So go on, take a look and explore the city that might one day change your life

See the full guide here!




Summer has arrived at House for an Art Lover

An Elephant in Bellahouston Park, no you’ve not read that wrong. If you head down to House for an Art Lover late this Autumn you will see just that, an elephant for Glasgow. Ok, so it’s not a real live elephant but it does promise to be visually stunning.

In partnership with House for an Art Lover Kenny Hunter has created a life-size ‘Elephant’ cast from recycled parts of locomotives, which he sourced from India and South Africa. Here’s where it comes full circle, the original locomotives where original built in Glasgow, truly bringing meaning to the name an Elephant for Glasgow.

You will be able to take in the sculpture later this year on the same site as the famous 1938 British Empire Exhibition in Bellahouston Park.

While we don’t want to jump too far into the future we have to tell you about a special event happening this October, which we are currently taking bookings for and predict will fill up fast.

On the 25th of October 2015 we will be hosting ‘Home from Home with Charles Rennie Mackintosh’. This full day event will provide those attending with a completely unique opportunity, only granted to a few, an in depth exploration of Mackintosh’s greatest domestic works.

Throughout the day you will meet Graham Roxburgh the man behind the idea of House for an Art Lover, you will then tour the house. After you have taken in everything House for an Art Lover has to offer you will be taken by bus to the Hunterian where you will be granted a tour of Mackintosh House, and after that you will visit Mackintosh’s most astounding domestic creation, his Glasgow home, Hill House.

This full on day of exploration in to Mackintosh’s greatest domestic works is truly not to be missed. We will supply you with refreshments throughout the day, a dedicated tour guide, coach transfers and entry into each of the houses. Buy your tickets here today.

Back to now and its summer in Glasgow. The city has loads to offer those who find themselves with a bit more time to spare over the summer holidays. For those of you looking for a new challenge this summer we have lots of exciting art classes to suit all ages, abilities and interests.

You can spend your summer learning how to paint portraits and landscapes, how to draw in pastels or how to make abstract collages. If you have little ones to amuse while the schools are shut then you should check out our art classes for 5-15 year olds.

Whether the sun is breaking through the clouds or the rain is coming down with force we have loads going on at House for an Art Lover. We hope to see you soon.

Thanks for reading,

Garry CEO

Meet Felicity our Cafe Manager

If you have ever visited House for an Art Lover then you will understand it's appeal if not then you had better get yourself along, the houses intrigue really can't be aptly explained in words even by the best of writers.

The house has cemented itself as a modern, stylish and wildly unique venue for a day out, a spot of lunch or to celebrate a momentous occasion. The charm of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's work is present and ready to be enjoyed in every corner of the house.

We wanted to find out more about the house and why it's one of Glasgow's coolest venues. To do that we had to meet the team who work in the house day in day out to maintain it's unique charm.

We met up with Felicity the Art Lover's Café Manager to find out all about the house and the café.

Here's 10 things Felicity wants you to know about the café.

1. It's all about friendly and efficient service.

2. Our menus are seasonal and frequently change.

3. Our thick cut chips, served with our trendy new burger, have made diners mouth water from the smell alone.

4. The chocolate and cointreau delice is out of this world and tastes so good we never feel guilty about the extra calories.

5. I have never tasted anything as good as our sea bass, and we eat at lot's of restaurants, for market research of course.

6. We have sourced the most amazing gluten free cakes from a baker in Bearsden just outside of the city.

7. We have a brand new selection of low alcoholic wines.

8. Our terrace is a sun trap and perfect for those summer lunches.

9. Unlike many places, our set lunch menu changes daily meaning you can come back everyday to take advantage of the deal and never get the same thing twice.

10. Last but not least our diners come first at the café and we will make sure you have a great visit.

The Art Lover's Café can accommodate private dining and offers special occasion menus so you can enjoy a birthday, anniversary or graduation from the luxurious café.

If you are looking for an everyday option then you can dine from the set lunch menu, that Felicity mentioned earlier, for only £11.99 for 2 courses and £14.99 for 3 courses.

If the sun is shining you will be able to enjoy your meal, a lite bite or a cup of coffee from the terrace overlooking the beautiful Bellahouston park.

Check out all the menus that the café has to offer here and get yourself along for a visit today.

From the time we spent in the café and the dishes we saw leaving the kitchen we are sure you won't be disappointed by your visit. Contact Felicity at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book your table.


Spring has arrived at House for an Art Lover

The clocks have sprung forward, the nights are getting lighter and it's officially spring. House for an Art Lover looks particularly beautiful this time of year, but that's not the only thing we have to look forward to, we have lots of exciting exhibits and events happening right on our doorstep.

Moonjung Hwang is our inspiring artist in Residence. Moonjung is a South Korean artist who recently graduated from the M.Litt Sculpture programme at Glasgow School of Art. Her work has a strong connection with architecture and its surroundings. From Friday the 17th April to Thursday the 30th of April you will be able to visit her exhibition in the ART PARK Studio Pavilion. Moonjung has proposed to develop a monumental sculpture or a living book about life in Bellahouston Park of which she is the editor. This exciting exhibit is definitely not to be missed. Find out more about the exhibit here.

Wedding season is almost in full swing here at the house so we thought it was the perfect time to remind you that we don’t just host awesome weddings, in fact the house is available for lot's of private events. Whether it’s for a birthday party, anniversary, christening or just a get together with friends, our venues and menus make the perfect setting. Check out the venues we have on offer and read some of our testimonials here.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his designs are known throughout the world. Whether it’s for his high backed chairs or iconic typography they are timeless pieces. Where better to indulge in Mackintosh inspired gifts, stationery or furniture than at House for an Art Lover itself. We even sell gift cards, available here, take the stress out of present buying and give the gift of Mackintosh today.

In this months blog post we wanted to give you all an insight to the man behind the house, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, by giving you 10 facts about the world famous designer you might not know.

1 . Charles Rennie Mackintosh was born in Glasgow on the 7th of June 1868, the fourth of eleven children.

2 . Charles' mother was Margaret Rennie and his father William Mackintosh a superintendent and chief clerk of the City of Glasgow Police.

3 . Margaret Macdonald, Charles' wife and an artist whose designs become some of the most renowned during the 'Glasgow Style' of the 1890s, was born in 1864 in Tipton and only moved to Glasgow in 1890.

4 . Mackintosh walked with a limp and had a problem with his right eye which caused it to droop.

5 . Mackintosh was able to make an architectural tour of Italy after winning the prestigious Alexander Thomson travelling scholarship while studying at Glasgow School of Art.

6 . Mackintosh was briefly engaged to Jessie Keppie the sister of John Keppie, his employer in the firm Honeyman and Keppie. Mackintosh broke off the engagement to pursue and eventually marry Jessie's best friend Margaret Macdonald, leaving her heartbroken. Jessie was to remain a spinster for the rest of her life.

7 . Margaret and Charles married on August 22, 1900 in Dumbarton.

8 . Only a few months after designing House for an Art Lover Mackintosh entered the competition to design Liverpool Cathedral, his work wasn't shortlisted.

9  . 1914 Mackintosh and MacDonald moved to the Suffolk village of Walberswick. While there he was accused of being a German spy and briefly arrested in 1915. Fearing they had a spy in their midst, the police called in the army. When soldiers arrived at his home, they were convinced Mackintosh was German after failing to understand his strong Glaswegian accent.

10 . Mackintosh smoked a pipe and died of cancer in the winter of 1928.

Thanks for reading,

Garry CEO


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