Carfraemill: 10 Reasons To Choose This Scottish Wedding Venue
If you are searching for wedding venues in Scotland, which have a picturesque rural setting but are easily accessible from Edinburgh, then Carfraemill is definitely worth looking at.
This beautiful family run business has accommodation for up to 24 people, and a choice of four unique locations for your wedding reception.
Outdoor ceremonies overlooking the stunning Scottish countryside are possible, and because the owners are farmers you are guaranteed catering using the finest locally sourced produce.
Let’s take a closer look at what a Carfraemill wedding would be like.
Carfraemill really does provide you with the best of both worlds.
Edinburgh is only 20 miles away, so the convenience of the city is right on your doorstep.
And the rural location gives you a real sense of isolation and tranquility.
If you are considering wedding venues in the Scottish Borders, then look no further.
Access for large coaches is no problem, and with main roads the entire distance the journey time will be under 40 minutes.
There is ample onsite parking for all your guests cars too.
The setting at Carfraemill is one of hills, forests, and fields of grass.
It’s a very pretty place and the views are fantastic, especially if you go to the hill top.
You can book parts of the venue exclusively, such as the bedrooms and some of the reception rooms, to give yourself that added bit of privacy.
However this is not an exclusive use wedding venue, and a number of areas will remain open to the public.
Whilst this won’t intrude on your day, it is a popular place for locals to have dinner, so be prepared to see other people.
There is evidence to suggest that the Mill of Carfrae existed back in the 12th century, with William de Morville the Lord of Lauderdale amongst the first owners.
During the 19th century the building most likely functioned as an inn, and horse drawn coaches would have frequently stopped as they travelled from Edinburgh to Kelso.
Today it is family owned by local farmers, and as well as being a wedding venue it is also a hotel and a restaurant.
There are four main areas for hosting your celebrations: the Marquee, the Campbell Room, the Gallery, and the Hill Top.
Which of these you choose will largely depend on your numbers and the style of wedding you desire.
There are 10 bedrooms at Carfraemill, which can sleep up to 24 guests.
Two of the rooms are family suites, each having a second room with adult size bunkbeds.
The remaining eight rooms are split between doubles and twins.
All of them have ensuite bathrooms, and are decorated in a country lodge style.
As you can imagine the views from the windows are lovely, and the rooms are cosy with stylish decor.
If you require further accommodation, there are 2 cottages one mile from the hotel.
They sit high on the hill, have recently been refurbished, and both have 2 bedrooms sleeping 4 people.
Cottage guests are welcome to come down to the mill for breakfast.
Carfraemill is licensed for civil, religious, and humanist ceremonies both at the mill and up on the hill.
In the main building you have the choice of the 18 seat Gallery for an intimate wedding.
Or in front of the fire in the lovely oak panelled Campbell Room, which can comfortably seat 140 guests.
Moving outside you have the 300 seater Marquee, which is connected to the hotel by a covered walkway.
And finally you can make use of the Hill Top, located one mile from the hotel on the owners farm.
You can put up a marquee, a tent, or a yurt on this spot, and take advantage of the stunning views.
For your reception Carfraemill can offer you the same four options as for your ceremony.
The Marquee connected to the hotel is the most popular choice, which at its full capacity can seat 300 people for dinner.
With full lining, a large dance floor, and a bandstand, it’s the ideal place for a celebration.
The decor is neutral so you can dress it as you wish, and there is a fitted bar plus catering equipment.
Inside the mill you have the Gallery with its country chic style and space for 18 people.
And then there’s the Campbell Room with its sprung dance floor and proper bar.
This room is full of character and can seat up to 140 guests for dinner.
Lastly you can have virtually the same Marquee, but moved up onto the Hill Top.
This is the most expensive option but does give you spectacular views and complete privacy.
Carfraemill are genuinely passionate about food.
This is something you hear a lot of wedding venues saying, however because they are farmers you know its true.
The Scottish borders is renowned for its produce, and much of what they cook is sourced locally.
Set menus have been created for you to choose from, and you can mix and match to build something more custom.
An extensive wine list is also available, and you can request speciality drinks too.
Situated in a beautiful spot on the edge of the Lammermuir Hills, Carfraemill is a great place for enjoying the outdoors.
Scotlands right to roam laws give you the freedom to explore to your hearts content, which is ideal due to the numerous walking trails to enjoy.
There’s plenty of wildlife to see and most importantly incredible backdrops for your wedding photos.
If you are planning an extended stay the Scottish borders is full of interesting things to see, including many old country houses with beautiful gardens.
Carfraemill Unique Feature
You can do more than just get married at Carfraemill.
It’s also a wonderful place for hosting luxury hen weekends.
Some of the reception rooms can be hired exclusively, and of course you can make use of the country chic bedrooms.
Creative activities can be arranged such as a bouquet workshop or cupcake decorating.
Or perhaps you would rather some outdoor sports, such as clay pigeon shooting or mountain biking.
Carfraemill Wedding Prices
For accurate Carfraemill wedding prices, you should contact the venue directly.
Their wedding packages can be tailored to meet your specific needs.
However to give you an approximate Carfraemill wedding cost:
- Carfraemill Accommodation (24 people b&b), price £1,000.
- Highfield Cottages (8 people b&b), price £376.
- Gallery (seats 18), price £140.
- Campbell Room (seats 140), price £400.
- Marquee (seats 300), price £2,000 (April to November only).
- Wedding Breakfast, prices from £29 per person.
The prices above are for a summer weekend.
Winter and midweek weddings could cost less.
So those are my 10 reasons you should consider Carfraemill as your wedding venue.
Of course everybody has different tastes and opinions.
However if you are looking for a characterful country lodge, in close proximity to Edinburgh, with accommodation for 24 guests, and a lovely marquee; then Carfraemill just might be the place for you.
Whilst you are here, you should take a look at some of the other wedding venues in Scotland, featured on White Rose.
You can also find Carfraemill’s website here.
Good luck with your wedding planning.