Carberry Tower, East Lothian
Over 450 years old, Carberry Tower was once the home to Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret. Steeped in history, the stately home oozes majestic splendour, from the tree lined drive to the coats of arms in the hall. This stunning venue is set within 35 acres of beautiful countryside, and features unique rose gardens, fountains and a large copper beech tree covering a third of an acre. Conveniently situated only a few miles from Edinburgh, it is a popular venue for weddings of any size. We found Carberry Tower to be a sprawling, characterful hotel with chandeliers, thick rugs, stag heads and huge sumptuous leather sofas; the sort of venue that your guests will really enjoy exploring.
For those seeking something modern, the Ceilidh Hall (120 guests) is a short walk from the Tower providing a room with vaulted ceilings; the short walk to the “post-wedding” Garden Pavilion places it in a prime location. The Tower Dining Room (80 guests) is a modern alternative at the heart of the Tower, overlooking the Rose Gardens.
For those wanting to say their vows surrounded by the Castle’s history and traditional charm, there are plenty of options. From the historic Elphinstone Room (70 guests), to the smaller intimate Music Room (35 guests) featuring an original golden organ – you will not fall short of historic charm. If you’re planning a larger wedding, the Princess Elizabeth Lounge is the perfect place (120 guests), boasting ornate decor, a statement fireplace, and a grand piano.
The most popular option is the Garden Pavilion; a marquee set up with glass windows. The perfect place for a wedding reception and evening reception, the Pavilion is placed in the heart of the grounds – with easy access to the Castle and gardens. Alternatively the Tower Dining Room and Elphinstone Room offer stunning views over the Castle estate.
Steeped in style, the bedrooms offer traditional luxury. The bridal suite boasts a four poster bed, “his and her” bathrobes and a nice bath to soak in at the end of a long day! Due to the brilliant location, guests who aren’t lucky enough to secure one of the 30 rooms at the Tower can stay in near-by Edinburgh.
There is plenty to keep you and your guests entertained at Carberry Tower. For the adventurous, there’s falconry, treasure hunts and whisky tasting. However, if relaxing is more your thing then why not indulge in a cocktail experience or lounge around by the outdoor fire pit. The Castle also does distillery tours, and boasts a snooker/pool room to keep the guests busy.
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