Wedding Brochure - Thirlestane Castle

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					Thank you for considering    Thirlestane Castle built in 1590, set in the beautiful Scottish Border
                             countryside offers a truly romantic, exclusive setting for an intimate
Thirlestane Castle as your   wedding.                                                                      Our catering team will be delighted to help with menus and
                                                                                                           prices to meet your budget.
possible wedding venue.      This fairytale Castle is one of Scotland’s oldest and finest castles
                             and will provide a memorable location for your wedding, ensuring
                             long and happy memories of the most important day in the life of any

                             The marriage ceremony would take place in the midst of the grandeur
                             of the State Drawing Room. A champagne reception can be held in
                             the panelled Main Hall and front esplanade and the splendour of the
                             Castle Dining Room can provide a wonderful setting for a wedding

                             Our new well appointed Lauderdale Suite is now available.
                             Comprising of a spacious Living room, bedroom and bathroom it has
                             all the facilities including a discreet full kitchen unit. The apartment is
                             located inside the castle with views to the front overlooking the green

                             If you could let us know which dates you are thinking of, along with
                             an outline of how you see the wedding proceeding (don’t worry if
                             you have no set plans yet we will be happy to help). The next step
                             would be to arrange a meeting at Thirlestane Castle.

                             If you have any additional queries or other points you wish to
                             discuss, please do not hesitate to contact us.

                             Yours sincerely,

                             Wedding Co-ordinator
                             Thirlestane Castle
Many congratulations on your
forthcoming wedding.

We are delighted that you are considering
Thirlestane Castle as the venue for this
special celebration.

From your first visit to Thirlestane Castle we
will always be on hand to assist you every
step of the way.


Thirlestane Castle
Lauder, Berwickshire

Tel:      (+44) 01578 722430
Fax:      (+44) 01578 722761
Set in the Scottish Borders at Lauder,        Home to the Maitland family, one of the
Thirlestane Castle has its origins in         most able and famous in Scotland, who first
                                              came to Britain from France with William the
the 13th century.                             Conqueror.
It was rebuilt in 1590 and greatly enhanced
                                              As the seat of the Earls and Duke of
in the 1670s. In 1840, it was extended and
                                              Lauderdale, the Castle has at times held a
refurbished with the addition of two new
                                              central role in the history of Scotland. Now
                                              in the care of a Charitable Trust, Thirlestane
                                              has been carefully restored to its former
The Castle is set in extensive parklands overlooking the
Lammermuir Hills and the Leader Water, a tributary of the
River Tweed.
There is a small formal garden planted with roses, a woodland walk
and well spaced picnic tables in a wooded area near by.

The grounds are the haunt of woodpeckers in the summer,
sparrowhawks and buzzards are often to be seen, and many waders
frequent the banks of the Leader.
A wedding day should be perfect and
Thirlestane Castle is the perfect fairy-
tale venue to host your special event.
Steeped in history, beautiful to view and
magic to feel you will never forget this
special wedding venue.

As you enter from our ancient gates and
wind through the pine tree-lined drive, the
castle’s beautiful facade looms into view.

You will enter the castle from the 22 steps
of the front main staircase and ascend into
the stunning oak panelled Entrance Hall and
a welcoming blaze from the Aberdeenshire
pink granite fireplace.
Your wedding ceremony will take
place in the State Drawing Room.

This room, created during the 1840s, is both
intimate and spectacular. It has the richest
of all ceilings, consisting of laurel wreaths
with garlands of fruit and flowers and musical
instruments picked out in gold.

Alternatively, you can be joined together in
the peace and tranquility of our ancient Rose
                                              The Prince Charles Edward Stuart Quaich

                                              The Bride and Groom are invited to toast the memory of
                                              ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’ who slept at Thirlestane Castle
                                              with his army camped in the castle’s parklands in 1745
                                              en-route to England to claim his destiny. The Jacobite
The wedding meal will be enjoyed in           ‘Young Pretender’ weeks later fled from Scotland,
the State Dining Room.                        never to return. His visit confirmed
                                              the Maitland family and
                                              Thirlestane Castle as loyal
This splendid room, constructed over 160      supporters to the
years ago, is dominated by a wonderful        Crown of Scotland.
collection of Maitland family portraits and
includes dining chairs which were made
for the Duchess of Richmond’s Ball held in
Brussels on the night before the Battle of
Waterloo in 1815.                             The happy couple will receive a personalised
                                              ceremonial ‘Thirlestane Castle Wedding Scroll’
                                              to remind them of such a memorable day in one
                                              of Scotland’s oldest and finest castles.
We understand that each and every special event
is unique and whatever your requirements we will
attempt to accommodate them.

Larger weddings or evening dances can be held by
erecting a marquee in the Rose garden.

Enjoy a ‘garden party’ atmostphere of a sun baked
afternoon or dance away the evening and enjoy a
famous Scottish Border starry night as beams of light
pick out the magnificence of the castles facade.
Thirlestane Castle provides the ideal historic
Scottish castle venue for your wedding ceremony.

The State Drawing Room can hold up to 100 invited
guests for the wedding ceremony and State Dining
Room can seat 60, including the bride and groom.
Larger weddings can take place by erecting a marquee
in the Rose Garden. You may wish, for example, to
consider a small ceremony with few guests and hold a
larger wedding meal and evening dance in a marquee.

Ceremony rooms and kitchen facilities will be able to be
accessed prior to the ceremony by arrangement.
There is dedicated parking for all forms of transport and
the bride, groom, and guests, can access the castle by      Edinburgh Airport                          34 miles
every means available if they so wish - even by balloon     Glasgow Airport                            80 miles
or helicopter.                                              Newcastle Upon-Tyne Airport                71 miles
                                                            Manchester Airport                        199 miles
Dressing rooms are available for the principles and         London, Heathrow Airport                  369 miles
cloakroom and toilet facilities for guests.
                                                            A more detailed location map and directions can be
We can recommend a number of wedding specialist             provided upon request.
services upon request.

                                                            Thirlestane Castle
                                                            Lauder, Berwickshire
                                                            SCOTLAND TD2 6RU

                                                            Tel:     (+44) 01578 722430
                                                            Fax:     (+44) 01578 722761
Situated in the Castle’s south wing the suite offers a haven of
calm, with private access and exceptional views of the parkland
to the front of the Castle.

To prepare or stay on your wedding night will make the
experience of being married at Thirlestane Castle even more
memorable, ensuring long and happy memories of the most
important day in the life of any couple.

    LOUNGE                             BATHROOM
    Deep armchairs and sofa            Free standing bath
    Satellite television               Shower
    Internet connection                Heated towel rails
    Discreet full kitchen facilities   Seating

                                       King size bed
                                       Original dressing table, chest
                                       of drawers and wardrobes

                                       PRIVACY, CHAMPAGNE &
                                       Available also for short breaks, weekends away or just for
                                       the sheer splendour of it.
WEDDINGS                                                                                                                                               THE LAUDERDALE SUITE
Deposits                                                                     Loss or damage                                                            Accommodation: The property hired is strictly on the basis that the
The Trust do require a non-refundable deposit of ½ the total facility        The Trust does not accept any responsibility or liability in respect of   accommodation is for holiday use only and that no right to remain in
cost to secure the date, with the second ½ to be paid 2 weeks                loss or damage to any property brought onto the premises by or on         the accommodation exists for the hirer and/or person allowed into
before the wedding date. Please ensure that you have confirmed the           behalf of the hirer, his servants and agent, or persons authorised by     the property by him/her. The hirer will be liable for costs incurred as
date with the registrar/minister prior to confirming with Thirlestane        him to visit the premises.                                                a result of delayed departure.
Castle Trust.
                                                                             Insurance                                                                 Cancellation: In the event of a cancellation, the hirer must advise
Account                                                                      We recommend that you take out wedding insurance. The hirer shall         immediately. Once monies have been paid, this is forfeited should
Full payment of the venue booked by you are due for settlement               accept responsibility for and should provide the necessary insurance      the holiday be cancelled.
at least 14 days prior to the wedding day, failure to comply with            cover to indemnify the Trust against all claims:
this could result in non-availability of the venue until the balance is                                                                                Cleanliness, loss and damage: The hirer is expected to leave the
settled.                                                                     Damage                                                                    accommodation as found on arrival, and to pay for any losses or
                                                                             The hirers of the venue will themselves be responsible to the Trust       breakages.
Cancellation Policy                                                          for making good damage which may be done to premises, furniture
Once a wedding day has been reserved (often a year in advance)               and other property consequent upon the use of castles premises by         Non-availability of the property: If for any reason beyond the
we strictly reserve this date for your wedding and therefore                 persons attending such events and is completely chargeable to you.        Owner’s control the property is not available on the date booked,
generates no other business for that particular day.                                                                                                   all rents and charges paid in advance by the Applicants will be
                                                                             The Trust does not accept responsibility for any claims of                refunded in full, but the Applicants shall have no further claim
Contract                                                                     consequential loss suffered by the hirer, its servants, agents,           against the Owners.
Payment of your deposit and our initial acceptance constitutes a             contractors or licensees following cancellation or abandonment of
formal contract, the full details will be confirmed in writing and this is   the event.                                                                Number of persons: This accommodation is for 2 people and has a
our basis of acceptance, only subsequent changes which we agree                                                                                        single bedroom with double bed. No pets or children allowed.
in writing are part of that contract.                                        Finishing times
                                                                             The function to finish by 12.30 am both in the Castle, Marquee and        No Smoking: Due to the historic value of the property any smoking
Outside contractors                                                          Grounds.                                                                  or fires are strictly forbidden.
Permission must be obtained from the Trust for outside contractors
to be brought in. E.g. Marquee hires, caterers, etc.                                                                                                   Booking: A deposit of 50% should be paid on booking, with the
                                                                                                                                                       balance due 2 weeks prior to your holiday. The prices include all
                                                                                                                                                       electric and heating, bed linen and towels.

                                                                                                                                                       The rental starts at 2pm on the arrival date and you are asked to
                                                                                                                                                       vacate by 10am on the departure date.
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Rosie’s Catering                                                                               Evergreen                                           Lauderdale Hotel
6 Cranston Crescent                 McBeath Photography                                        High Street                                         1 Edinburgh Road
Lauder, TD2 6UB                     Craig McBeath                                              Earlston, TD4 6BX                                   Lauder, TD2 6TW
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Cross Keys Hotel (Tower Catering)                                                              22 Market Square                                    The George & Abbotsford Hotel
The Square                                                                                     Melrose, TD6 9PN                                    High Street
Kelso, TD5 7HL                      MARQUEES                                                   Tel: 01896 823770                                   Melrose, TD6 9PD
Tel: 01573 223303                                                                                                                                  Tel: 01896 822308          Myreton Marquee Hire                                                                                 
                                    Northrig                                                                                                       Note:The G&A has 30 bedrooms and is 17
                                    Haddington, EH41 4LE                                                                                           minutes away by car
                                    Tel: 07730 264 121
                                                                                                               There are also many other B&B’s, Self Catering
                                                                                                                                                   and Caravan Parks close by.
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                                    Tel: 01750 32238

                                                    Thirlestane Castle Trust
                                                    Registered Scottish Charity No. SC011491                                   Trustees:

                                                    Thirlestane Castle Lauder TD2 6RU                                          Neil R Hynd Esq. LVO FRIAS FSA Scot (Chairman); Captain The Hon G E I
                                                    Telephone: 01578 722 430                                                   Maitland-Carew LL; Major Alexander R Trotter LL; Captain David J Bowes-Lyon
                                                    Fax: 01578 722 761                                                         DL; IHB Cathie BA(Hons) Esq; The Hon Mrs Mary Coltman; Edward I C Maitland-
                                                    e-mail:                                      Carew Esq; John Robertson Esq; Mrs G Weaver
                        THIRLESTANE CASTLE
              Lauder, Berwickshire, SCOTLAND TD2 6RU
           Tel: (+44) 01578 722430 Fax: (+44) 01578 722761
Email: Web:

                   Registered Scottish Charity No. SC011491

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