Just returned from my niece's wedding a the weekend, and the whole weekend was fantastic. As the wedding was on Sunday at 5.00pm we were able to check in at 2.00pm giving plenty of time to look around and get ready. We were greeted very professionally and shown to our room. This was a bit underwhelming as we were in the extension bit and not the castle, but it was a large room and very clean, but was perfectly fit for purpose, after all we were there to celebrate a wedding. After reading some reviews, and hearing that the staff (especially Glenn) were not the most friendly or approachable, we didn't find this at all. This is purely a wedding venue, not a hotel and as such timing is crucial. Glenn and his team did an amazing job, everything ran like clockwork and anything the bride and groom needed was provided no problem, so of course they do have to be quite strict with timings especially for checking in/out showing consideration for the members of the wedding party.
Breakfast was at 9.00am the following morning, some people have mentioned previously that they would have preferred breakfast when they felt like it, not when they were told to, but this worked out great as everyone came down, sat in the lounge for a chat about the previous day while waiting. We all had breakfast together before saying a farewell to the Bride and Groom. Another thing to mention was the owl who flew in with the rings, so lovely, never seen anything l like that before, and helped make the day unique.
All in all a fantastic weekend. Just remember it is a wedding venue and not a hotel and as such should not be treated as one. Go with the flow and enjoy, you won't be disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Jewel of the Scottish Borders, in the heart of Robert Burns country, this beautiful 5 Star Castle boasts magnificent italian gardens, 26 beautiful boutique bedrooms and a breathtaking private lake. We're very proud to be one of Scotland's most sought after wedding destinations, only a short drive from world famous Gretna Green. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Auchen Castle Beattock, Scotland
- Hotel Auchen Castle
- Auchen Castle Hotel