Meet the Team

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Our dedicated team

Dedicated and committed to ensuring that your dream day goes off without a hitch. Our wedding specialists will be with you every step of the way, relieving any stress and strain, allowing you to relax and enjoy.

Gavin Mackie

Joint Owner

A Mackie by name and by trade Gavin's engineering background comes in handy around the Estate and he can often be found strategically planning the next development. Forestry, Farm and Building work are Gavin's main remit. Constantly looking at ways to save energy consumption whist improving the parkland conservation and wildlife – he is never happier than enjoying the outdoors with his dogs, wife and children!

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Sarah Mackie

Joint Owner

After celebrating their own wedding at Larchfield in 2007 Sarah is passionate about those coming to Larchfield having a day full of warmth, fun and exceptional memories. With a background in media before meeting a Northern Irish boy, Sarah now juggles work life with their young family. Living onsite mean she can be on hand for both - and her enthusiasm for all things heritage helps protect Larchfield as a somewhere special place for now and the future.

Donna Allan

Office Manager

With over 25 years working experience in the hospitably industry, including nearly a decade working at Larchfield Estate, Donna skilfully manages the accounts and administrative side of things in the estate office. As Office Manager, she ensures the smooth running of the daily operations in the office as well as supporting the team when her fountain of knowledge is needed. Donna lived in South Africa for 26 years before returning home to Northern Ireland in 2008. She enjoys spending time with her husband and family and taking her dog Roxy on walks.

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Hannah Watson

Events & Marketing Manager

Hannah manages all things sales and marketing at Larchfield Estate. Having joined the team in 2018, she oversees the creative direction of our marketing activities, and you may also see Hannah out and about at networking events or welcoming you to Larchfield Estate for a private viewing. If you are interested in hosting an event of any kind with us, from a wedding, to a corporate retreat or special celebration with friends and family, Hannah can provide you with all the information that you need to know!

Laura Killough

Senior Events Coordinator

Laura has been with the Larchfield team since October 2017 in her role as Events Coordinator. With her experience in the industry and degree in Events Management she will have your day planned to perfection. She has a great passion for helping our couples create the most memorable day of their lives, with her great organizational skills, effective time management and ability to multitask. From the moment you chat to her on your initial enquiry to your wedding day itself, she will be there for you with her supportive and bubbly nature. She won't miss a beat! Laura loves to travel - exploring new places and catching some rays is her ideal way to recharge for a busy wedding season!

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Cathy Walker

Events Coordinator

Cathy is one of our dedicated in-house Events Coordinators, here to help you throughout your wedding or event planning journey. Super creative, Cathy is fantastic at considering those extra details that will make your Larchfield Estate experience the most memorable of all. As a country passionata herself, she can appreciate the beautiful surroundings and is always delighted to show it off to our guests. From your initial enquiry through to the day itself, Cathy will always be at hand! When taking some down time, Cathy can generally be found horse riding, baking or paddle boarding with her very talented pug!

Shan Mia Kennedy

Accommodation Supervisor

Shan joined the Larchfield Estate team in 2021, swapping the (ever so slightly) sunnier climate of Africa for Northern Ireland. Working in management at the boutique lodge ‘Manda Bay’ in the Lamu Archipelago of islands off the Kenyan coast for the past two years, Shan loves nothing more than travelling and immersing herself in new cultures. With a keen eye for detail, she ensures that our accommodation is maintained to the highest standards and is your go-to-girl for all accommodation requests. Shan is at hand to help make your stay unique and memorable! Shan enjoys spending her free time outside in nature, and looks forward to exploring Ireland - her great granny was from Sligo!

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Charis Saunders

Events & Accommodation Assistant

Charis works alongside both our Events & Accommodation teams to ensure that you have all that you need throughout your Larchfield experience, whether it be for your wedding day or a relaxing night away! Charis has her own local radio show and podcast which she uses to promote and support small local businesses. She strives to be as eco-friendly as possible, and loves to explore outdoors with her labradoodle, Ebony!

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