Crossbasket Castle: 10 Reasons To Choose This Wedding Venue
It’s hard to believe when you see it now, but Crossbasket Castle was virtually derelict in 2011.
The current owners spent over £9 million, meticulously restoring this wonderful place to its former glory.
And it’s not hard to see where the money went, as Crossbasket Castle is absolutely spectacular.
It functions as a normal hotel and also as a place for corporate events.
More importantly though, it can be used as a fairytale venue for your dream wedding.
Let’s take a closer look.
Crossbasket Castle Location
Crossbasket Castle is well located with regards to access.
Glasgow is only 15 miles away, and you should be able to drive it in less than 30 minutes.
Edinburgh is also only 45 miles away, and would only take a little over an hour to drive.
That really puts the majority of Scotlands population within easy reach.
And despite the convenient location, once you arrive you’ll feel very much in the countryside.
It’s a great place for relaxation and tranquility, which is ideal for a wedding.
You’ll have no problem getting a coach up the drive, and there’s plenty of parking too.
Crossbasket Castle Exclusive Use
If your numbers are less than twelve, you don’t have to take Crossbasket Castle exclusively.
You can make use of the Lindsay Tower Suite, whilst the rest of the place is still open to the public.
If your numbers are greater than twelve however, you will have to take the entire estate.
This of course is relatively expenses, but it guarantees complete privacy and uninterrupted access to all the bedrooms, public rooms, and grounds.
So just you, your family, your friends, and your own private castle.
Crossbasket Castle was actually first built in the 17th century.
It has had a number of prominent owners over the years, but sadly spent much of the 21st century unused.
Fortunately it was taken over in 2011, and sensitively renovated into the magnificent place you see today.
Many of the period features have been retained, and it still has a real sense of history.
But now you have modern luxuries such as ensuite bathrooms.
Combined with its manicured grounds, it truly is a spectacular setting for a wedding.
Be sure to find the Stewart Drawing Room, with its cornicing finished in gold leaf.
Crossbasket Castle Accommodation
The bedrooms at Crossbasket Castle are the perfect luxury retreat for you and your guests.
There are nine in total, each of which is decorated in the classic style and has an ensuite bathroom.
Stunning period window and bed dressings, sit alongside original antiques and oversized beds.
They are all also large and spacious, with beautiful chandeliers, full length mirrors, and views over the grounds.
The bathrooms are even equipped with full audio and video.
To help with room allocation, they have each been named after a historical custodian of the castle.
Crossbasket Castle Ceremony
Crossbasket Castle is licensed for both religious and civil ceremonies.
If your numbers are less than twelve, you could get married in the Lindsay Tower.
This is the oldest part of the castle, built in the 16th century and full of character.
You could then have your drinks reception in the Kincaid Library, or in your own private lounge.
If your numbers are greater than twelve, you could get married in either the gold leafed Baillie Room (80 guests), or the Stewart Room overlooking the gardens (120 guests).
All of the rooms have historical decor, beautiful antiques, and paintings.
Floral displays can also be arranged.
Crossbasket Castle Reception
Again if your numbers are less than twelve, you could have an intimate wedding breakfast in the Lindsay Tower Suite.
This fabulous and romantic four storey section of Crossbasket Castle, is accessed via a fairytale spiral staircase.
If you require more space the Stewart Room can seat up to 48 guests for dinner.
This is a stunning room which is flooded with natural light, has plenty of space, and beautiful decor.
The flagship though is the Roosevelt Grand Hall, with its capacity for 250 dinner guests.
Decorated in the medieval style, it has a glazed roof, wooden beams, and sits perfectly alongside the castle.
Crossbasket Castle Catering
Catering is handled internally at Crossbasket Castle.
Your entire dining experience will be overseen by none other than Chef Albert Roux and Chef Michel Roux.
They are members of a cooking dynasty, which is responsible for places like Le Gavroche, the UK’s first Michelin 3 Star restaurant.
All of the dishes showcase incredible creative flair, and are produced using the finest Scottish ingredients.
It sounds like you would be in very safe hands.
Crossbasket Castle Grounds
The grounds at Crossbasket Castle are lovely.
There’s a large stretch of woodland, and some nice walks through the countryside.
The highlight though is the River Calder meandering through the estate, with its beautiful little waterfalls.
It certainly creates some great views from the castle windows.
When it comes to your wedding photographs, there is a variety of idyllic outdoor locations to choose from.
Having the castle and the river as scenic backdrops, could be the recipe for some wonderful pictures.
There are also some great local activities such as golf and fishing, should you find the time.
Crossbasket Castle Bridal Suite
There are no disappointments when it comes to bedrooms at Crossbasket Castle, and each of them could quite easily be considered a bridal suite.
However the Lindsay Tower Suite is just that little bit more special.
Located in the oldest part of the castle, and accessed via a stunning spiral staircase, it’s really a four storey bridal tower.
It has a massive bathroom, medieval dressing area, and wonderful views over the River Calder.
If you choose to stay two nights, then this would be the perfect place to start your wedding day.
Crossbasket Castle Wedding Packages
For accurate pricing and availability, I would contact Crossbasket Castle directly.
However to give you a rough idea of what’s on offer:
- Lindsay Tower Suite (12 people or less), price £495.
- Exclusive use of castle (18 people b&b), price £5,000 (midweek), £6,000 (weekend).
- Exclusive use of castle & ballroom, price £6,200 (midweek), £7,200 (weekend).
- Wedding breakfast, prices from £60 per person.
Crossbasket Castle Conclusion
So those are my 10 reasons you should consider Crossbasket Castle as your wedding venue.
Of course everybody has different tastes and opinions.
However if you are looking for an exclusive use castle, having recently undergone a £9m restoration, with a stunning medieval style ballroom, and a four storey bridal tower; then Crossbasket Castle 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 Crossbasket Castle’s website here.
Good luck with your wedding planning.