Fenton Tower: 10 Reasons To Choose This Scottish Wedding Venue
There are some wonderfully unique wedding venues in Scotland, and Fenton Tower finds itself at the top of that list.
Fortified 16th century towers are usually either ruined or in the care of the National Trust, not available to hire as exclusive use wedding venues.
In addition to 5 luxurious bedrooms all with their own bathrooms, you also get a fantastic Great Hall which can be used for your ceremony, and a vaulted Dining Room for your reception.
And if more space is a priority, there’s even a great spot for a marquee.
Let’s take a closer look at what a Fenton Tower wedding would be like.
Fenton Tower Location
There’s a high concentration of fantastic wedding venues in East Lothian.
Largely because it’s a very picturesque part of Scotland, and it has a reasonable climate relatively speaking.
Fenton Tower is only 25 miles from Edinburgh, with a journey time of approximately 40 minutes.
Ideal if you live in Scotlands capital.
And when you arrive, you fill find plenty of parking for your guests.
If you are planning to transport people in coaches, rest assured that large vehicle access is not a problem.
Fenton Tower Setting
The location of Fenton Tower was chosen due to its ability to see an enemy coming from long distances.
As a result, panoramic views can be enjoyed for miles in every direction.
This is an exclusive use wedding venue, meaning you will have complete privacy in your own Scottish castle.
And with beautiful rolling countryside surrounding the property, you will get a real sense of seclusion.
It’s a fantastically unique and relaxing place for a wedding.
Fenton Tower was originally built in the 16th century, and famous guests included King James VI of Scotland.
Sadly the property became a ruin, until the current owners took it through a meticulous restoration project, turning it into 5 star accommodation.
On the ground floor you will find a Kitchen and a Dining Room, which can be used for self catering but a full Scottish breakfast is served every day.
The first floor has the Great Hall and the Library, both ideal places for relaxing especially since the Library has a private bar.
And the three remaining floors contain the bedrooms, all accessed via spiral staircases.
Fenton Tower Accommodation
You can sleep up to 12 guests in 6 bedrooms at Fenton Tower.
But this will involve one of the bedrooms sleeping 3, and the study being turned into a single bedroom.
The 5 double bedrooms are surprisingly spacious, and are all beautifully decorated with period furniture.
Each of them has a separate bathroom, all with antique baths, power showers, and underfloor heating.
In addition to this, the Ruthven Suite with its double aspect windows and dressing room, would make the perfect Bridal Suite.
Also worth mentioning is the Garret Suite on the fourth floor, which has outside access to the battlements revealing spectacular views.
Fenton Tower Ceremony
Fenton Tower is licensed for religious, civil, and humanist ceremonies both inside the castle and outside in the grounds.
If you want to get married indoors, then your numbers will need to be a maximum of 32 guests.
That way you can use the wonderful Great Hall, with its tall oak beamed ceiling and stately fireplace.
For more space a Marquee beside the castle is the next option.
This will allow your guests to make the most of the fantastic scenery, and will of course give you a lot more room.
You could also brave the elements and get married alfresco.
Fenton Tower Reception
Your drinks reception can be had in the Great Hall, or perhaps outside if the weather allows.
And then your dinner reception can take place in the medieval Dining Room.
This beautiful vaulted room, with its own suit of armour and antique French walnut table, can seat up to 32 guests.
Your wedding breakfast will be served on hand painted china, with the atmospheric room lit entirely by candles.
After the feast a further 28 guests can be accommodated for drinks and dancing.
Again if you are looking for more space, a marquee beside the castle is your best option.
This will add to the cost, but will allow you to seat up to 100 guests.
Fenton Tower Catering
Fenton Tower does have its own chefs, and a breakfast banquet will be served every morning.
If your dinner reception is held inside the castle, they will create dishes to meet your requirements using fresh locally sourced ingredients.
With years of culinary experience they’re definitely up to the task, and there’s a fantastic selection of wines to compliment every menu.
If you are going for a marquee reception, then you will need to find external caterers to cope with such large numbers.
There are plenty to choose from in and around East Lothian.
Fenton Tower Grounds
There are 20 acres of beautiful grounds to explore at Fenton Tower.
The majestic Lammermuir Hills can be seen in the distance, and there’s even a private loch to enjoy.
Scotlands bread basket is the name given to the East Lothian countryside, due to its fertile soils and amiable climate.
So you will see miles of scenic patchwork farmland.
When it comes to your wedding photos, the beautiful surroundings will provide perfect backdrops.
You just need to hope the sun is shining.
Fenton Tower Unique Feature
East Lothian is renowned for its outdoor activities.
You can arrange to go shooting, fishing, and horse riding, within close distance of the castle.
Or perhaps explore the local way marked trails by foot or on mountain bike.
For the keen golfer this place is a paradise, with 100 golf courses within 30 miles of the castle.
How about a quick round before the ceremony, to help calm the nerves?
Fenton Tower Wedding Prices
For accurate Fenton Tower 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 Fenton Tower wedding cost:
- Exclusive use of Fenton Tower (12 people b&b), price £8,400 for 2 nights.
The prices above are for a summer weekend.
Winter and midweek weddings could cost less.
Fenton Tower Conclusion
So those are my 10 reasons you should consider Fenton Tower as your wedding venue.
Of course everybody has different tastes and opinions.
However if you are looking for an exclusive use Scottish castle, located in beautiful East Lothian, with unique accommodation for 12 guests, and a scenic spot for a marquee; then Fenton Tower 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 Fenton Tower’s website here.
Good luck with your wedding planning.