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.
Many congratulations on your
We are delighted that you are considering
Thirlestane Castle as the venue for this
From your first visit to Thirlestane Castle we
will always be on hand to assist you every
step of the way.
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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
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.
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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.
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.
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.
CATERING PHOTOGRAPHY FLORISTS ACCOMMODATION
Gill Orde in Catering Sheila Scott Photography Silver Fern The Black Bull Hotel
Unit 2, Newton Don Home Farm 2 Roberts Court Lucie Murray Market Place
Kelso, TD5 7SY Galashiels TD1 2BW Lauder Lauder, TD2 6SR
Tel: 01573 224808 Tel: 01896 756211 Tel: 07754 595601 Tel: 01578 722208
www.gillordeincatering.co.uk www.sheilascottphotography.com www.silverfernfloristry.co.uk www.blackbull-lauder.co.uk
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
Tel: 01578 722769 Lauder Tel: 01896 848848 Tel: 01578 722231
www.rosiescatering.co.uk Tel: 01578 718829 www.lauderdalehotel.co.uk
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
www.cross-keys-hotel.co.uk Myreton Marquee Hire www.georgeandabbotsford.co.uk
Northrig Note:The G&A has 30 bedrooms and is 17
Haddington, EH41 4LE minutes away by car
Tel: 07730 264 121
www.myretonmarqueehire.com There are also many other B&B’s, Self Catering
and Caravan Parks close by.
Melrose, TD6 9LU
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: email@example.com Carew Esq; John Robertson Esq; Mrs G Weaver
Lauder, Berwickshire, SCOTLAND TD2 6RU
Tel: (+44) 01578 722430 Fax: (+44) 01578 722761
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.thirlestanecastle.co.uk
Registered Scottish Charity No. SC011491