Private Dining

Shempston House offers Private Dining and Dinner Party options for exclusive groups only.

Our preferred chef provides the finest food in Moray or why not opt for a hog roast dining opportunity?

Dining can take place either within the house itself, or out on the terrace or in the garden.  There are plenty of alfresco dining areas that can be used.

Only 10 minutes from Elgin and less than an hour from Inverness centre and airport, the house’s location overlooks the ancient ruins of Duffus Castle and lies in the heart of the Laich of Moray.

Dine with your guests in the candlelit setting of the Dining Room surrounded by oil paintings and antique furniture lighted magnificently by the ornate chandeliers.  Fine wine and delicious dishes coupled with fabulous hospitality, what could be better for your next social or corporate event?

After dinner, guests can move to the Drawing Room for coffee, chocolates and a glass of port or liqueur.  Finally, your transport will take you back up the elegant drive out of the grounds to your desired location.

Drinks Parties / Afternoon Tea Parties / Charity Events / Garden Parties

We can also cater for up to 30 people on our terrace where the guests will have access to our Dining Room, East Wing, Drawing Room, balcony sitting room as well as veranda and balcony.  Garden Parties and Barbecues are also an option during the summer months with our extensive lawn giving endless opportunities for outdoor entertainment.

The Shempston Butler

Anyone attending our events will have exclusive use of the Shempston Butler.


We will agree a menu with you beforehand, usually by arranging for you to meet our executive chef or caterer.  We are confident that we can cater for all food preferences.


Once we know the menu we try to select fine wines to complement the food. Of course, if you have special requests for particular wines or other beverages, we shall do what we can to ensure they are at your disposal.  No corkage charge should you wish to bring your own.