Carlowrie Castle: 10 Reasons To Choose This Scottish Wedding Venue
Carlowrie Castle is one of Edinburgh’s most exciting new wedding venues.
The stunning 19th century exterior is very Victorian, whereas the opulent interior is nice and contemporary.
Trust me when I say that both the reception rooms and the bedrooms are jaw dropping.
You can host a corporate event or a private party here, both of which would be spectacular.
But the real question is, how does this place compare to other wedding venues in Scotland?
Let’s take a closer look at what a Carlowrie Castle wedding would be like.
Carlowrie Castle Location
I think the location of Carlowrie Castle probably speaks for itself.
10 miles from the centre of Edinburgh, with both the airport and the Forth Road Bridge close by.
If you and your guests live in the Capital City, then this location would be ideal.
Anyone arriving by aeroplane would be thanking you too.
The estate is accessed by a lovely long tree lined driveway.
And despite its proximity to Edinburgh, it does have a real country feel to it.
There is plenty of parking for both cars and coaches too.
As far as wedding venues in Edinburgh go, this is a pretty special one.
Carlowrie Castle Setting
I would probably consider exclusive use the most important factor, when choosing a wedding venue.
Ok so not everyone is like me, and there are usually negative aspects too.
Such as a higher price, and limited space.
However the privacy, and seclusion really does appeal.
Especially when it’s your own estate for the weekend.
So Carlowrie Castle can be exclusively yours, for as long as you want it.
Sounds absolutely perfect.
It took no less than two years to fully refurbish Carlowrie Castle.
And what a fantastic job they did.
You get all the sense of occasion from the period features, with none of the disadvantages.
Modern comforts such as satellite television and WIFI, sit alongside elegant cornicing and wood burning fires.
The entrance hall is absolutely spectacular, and the drawing room beautifully opulent.
There is a 16 seater dining room, and more recently a really cool bar has been installed.
The owner has also showcased some of his urban art collection.
Over 80 pieces from 25 countries, mostly emerging artists but also some well known.
Banksy being an example.
I’m certainly no art connoisseur, but I think they look amazing.
In fact the entire place does.
Carlowrie Castle Accommodation
The opulence continues upstairs too, with 7 individually themed luxury bedrooms.
Each of which is spacious and has great views over the gardens.
Ensuite bathrooms feature underfloor heating, marble tiles, walk in showers and hand made roll top baths.
Everything is done to the highest of standards, and it’s actually hard to believe you are in a 150 year old building.
The castle can accommodate up to 18 guests, and full house keeping is included.
You can even choose to have a butler too.
Carlowrie Castle Ceremony
The Orangery at Carlowrie Castle is absolutely perfect for your ceremony.
It’s a beautifully light room with windows on three sides, nice wooden floors and neutral colours.
The shape also works perfectly, allowing you to create a long aisle with four seats either side.
Access is directly from the castle, which is ideal for your grand entrance.
And you can fit up to 120 guests, each of which will have great views over the gardens.
As a side note, the Orangery is also perfect for photography, as it is bathed in natural light.
Could make for some excellent ceremony pictures.
Carlowrie Castle Reception
The Orangery can also be used for your reception at Carlowrie Castle.
Of course all the reasons that make it a great location for your ceremony apply here too.
The only one downside is that the room isn’t massive.
Apparently it can seat up to 120 people for dinner, but I suspect that would be a real squeeze.
However if your numbers are less than 100, then the Orangery is going to be perfect.
If your numbers are greater than 100, then I would suggest going for a marquee on the lawn.
This will obviously be a bit more expensive, but you will be glad of the extra space.
Carlowrie Castle Catering
Catering at Carlowrie Castle is handled internally by their award winning chef.
Jonathan Greer, who used to work with Paul Rankin at Michelin starred Roscoff, is the man in charge.
In the past he has cooked for members of the Royal Family, so you can feel confident he knows what he’s doing.
If you stay the night at the castle, then a full continental breakfast will be provided in the morning.
There is also a small kitchen which guests may use, but catering can be provided for the duration of your stay.
Carlowrie Castle Grounds
If you are getting married in the summer, and the sun makes an appearance, then the 32 acres at Carlowrie Castle are excellent for enjoying the outdoors.
There are some nice woodland walks to take, and if you are lucky you might even see the herd of Roe deer.
The walled garden is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the flowers.
And if you are feeling athletic, there is an all weather tennis court available.
Other activities can also be arranged, such as: croquet; boules; falconry; cycling; yoga; and many more.
A game of croquet on the lawn with your guests sounds like great fun.
Carlowrie Castle Bridal Suite
There are no disappointments when it comes to bedrooms at Carlowrie Castle, and there are probably a number of potential Bridal Suite options.
Personally I would choose the Carlowrie One suite.
Spread over 115 square meters, it has its own private entrance and its own private garden.
Once inside this secluded part of the castle, you will find two bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus a dining kitchen and lounge with wood burning fire.
If you stay at the castle the night before your wedding, this place would be ideal as a staging area.
Carlowrie Castle Wedding Prices
For accurate Carlowrie Castle 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 Carlowrie Castle wedding cost:
- Exclusive use of Carlowrie Castle (18 people b&b), price £9,450 (additional night £5,250).
- Wedding Breakfast, prices from £70 per person.
- Drinks Packages, prices from £27.50 per person.
The prices above are for a summer weekend.
Winter and midweek weddings could cost 50% less.
Carlowrie Castle Conclusion
So those are my 10 reasons you should consider Carlowrie Castle as your wedding venue.
Of course everybody has different tastes and opinions.
However if you are looking for a Victorian castle, refurbished to the highest standards, with a beautiful Orangery, and award winning catering; then Carlowrie Castle 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 Carlowrie Castle’s website here.
Good luck with your wedding planning.