Archerfield House: 10 Reasons To Choose This Wedding Venue
Archerfield House is actually a 500 acre estate, complete with lodges, pavilions, boathouses, and two 18 hole golf courses.
Its positioning on the northern shores of East Lothian, gives it stunning panoramic vistas of the Scottish countryside and the Firth of Forth.
Plus with so many buildings and with so much land, the possibilities for both wedding ceremonies and wedding receptions are endless.
The estate can sleep up to 138 guests, and can accommodate up to 200 people for your wedding breakfast.
And if you are a golf enthusiast, well this place is going to be idyllic.
Let’s take a closer look.
Archerfield House Location
The Archerfield Estate has a prime location in East Lothian, with Archerfield House surrounded by beautiful parkland and scenic golf courses.
You get a great blend of countryside, manicured greens, sandy beeches, and of course the sea here.
I think this tends to be a sunnier part of Scotland too.
Edinburgh is a very convenient 20 miles away, and even a large coach should manage the journey in around 40 minutes.
And once you arrive you will find peace and tranquility, which is a world away from the busy city.
Archerfield House Exclusive Use
Because of the size of the estate, you can’t have it all exclusively.
That would mean closing down two 18 hole golf courses.
However you can take the individual properties exclusively.
For example the 15 bedroom Archerfield House can be all yours and only yours, as can a number of the other properties.
I wouldn’t worry too much about privacy though, other than seeing strangers playing golf in the distance, it will largely just be you, your family, and your friends.
In 1298 King Edward I ordered his English troops to invade Scotland.
The archers setup camp on the site of Archerfield House, hence the name.
During the Second World War the British army took over the estate, and it was largely left to ruin in the decades after.
Fortunately it was given a new lease of life recently, and now boasts two wonderful locations for hosting weddings.
The 17th century mansion house, with its luxurious and relaxing atmosphere.
And the waterfront pavilion, set in 28 acres and bordering the Firth of Forth.
Which one you choose will depend largely on your theme and your guest numbers.
Archerfield House Accommodation
You can sleep 138 people in the Archerfield Estates 70 bedrooms.
Archerfield House itself has 15 luxury double bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms.
The rooms are very opulent, and will really add a sense of occasion to your day.
You also have:
- Marine Villa, 6 bedrooms, sleeps 10 people, secluded beachfront location;
- Boathouse, 4 ensuite bedrooms, sleeps 8 people, open plan living space;
- Cottage, 2 ensuite bedrooms, sleeps 4 people, views across Firth of Forth;
- Lodges (9 in total), 3/4 bedrooms, luxurious and practical;
- Pavilions (12 in total), 1 ensuite bedroom, sleeps 2 people, self contained.
Of course you can pick and choose exactly which, and how much accommodation you want.
Archerfield House Ceremony
When it comes to your ceremony, you have two main choices at Archerfield House.
You can either stay in the mansion, and make use of one of the luxurious reception rooms.
This would have the bonus of keeping everything under one roof, plus enjoying the exquisite interiors of the 17th century manor.
Your numbers will need to be 60 guests or less though.
Or a temporary marquee could be put up on the waterfront, giving you and your guests spectacular views over the Firth of Forth.
The marquee has a capacity of 200 guests, and can also be used for your drinks reception.
Archerfield House Reception
Again when it comes to your dinner reception, you also have two main choices.
Archerfield House is ideal for more intimate wedding breakfasts, for up to 60 guests.
And should you choose to have you ceremony in the main house, this will be nice and convenient.
Most people go for the Waterfront Pavilion though.
It’s a permanent structure with a marquee atmosphere, and has the added benefits of a commercial kitchen, large restrooms, and bar facilities.
The panoramic views out to sea are stunning, and you can fit up to 200 guests in this space.
Archerfield House Catering
The catering is handled internally at Archerfield House.
Their Executive Head Chef and his team, fully understand the important role the cuisine will play in your day.
Whether you are having an intimate meal in the mansion house, or a large banquet at the waterfront pavilion, they are ready for the challenge.
Seasonal menus can be created, with a range of canapes and dishes to choose from.
Should you decide to get married at Archerfield House, a tasting session for two will be arranged so that you can sample the menu and the wines.
The in house wedding coordinator will also be on hand, to help you with every aspect of your wedding planning.
Archerfield House Grounds
There are 500 acres of grounds to explore at Archerfield House.
Beautiful little walks will take you through the woodland, and the sandy beaches are only a short distance away.
It’s the two 18 hole golf courses, Fidra Links and Direlton Links, that really impress though.
If you enjoy golf then a quick game before the ceremony is a possibility.
There are in the region of 21 courses in the area.
And if you don’t enjoy golf, rest assured that the manicured greens and stunning coastal views make for wonderful wedding photography backdrops.
Archerfield House SPA
Need some last minute pampering, or some post celebrations relaxation?
The Archerfield Estate has its own SPA.
Fletcher’s Cottage SPA is a luxurious and rustic haven, right in the heart of the grounds.
It uses only the best quality brands, to provide you with a range of treatments to cater for every need.
Just imagine views over the walled garden, glasses of champagne by the log burner, and candlelit therapeutic baths.
Archerfield House Wedding Packages
For accurate pricing and availability, I would contact Archerfield House directly.
They will be happy to tailor a specific package just for you.
However to give you a rough idea of what’s on offer:
- Mansion House (sleeps 30), prices from £6,500 per night.
- Marine Villa (sleeps 10), prices from £1,200 per night.
- Boathouse (sleeps 8), prices from £1,200 per night.
- Cottage (sleeps 4), prices from £250 per night.
- Lodges, prices from £450 per night.
- Pavilions, prices from £185 per night.
Archerfield House Conclusion
So those are my 10 reasons you should consider Archerfield House as your wedding venue.
Of course everybody has different tastes and opinions.
However if you are looking for an exclusive use 17th century mansion, surrounded by 500 acres of manicured lawns, with 15 opulent ensuite bedrooms, and a waterfront reception pavilion; then Archerfield House just might be the place for you.
Whilst you are here, you should take a look at some of the other wedding venues, featured on White Rose.
You can also find Archerfield House’s website here.
Good luck with your wedding planning.