These days, we can relate anything back to Meghan and Harry (obsessed? Us?) and if you’re on the same page, you’ll be clamouring to make the trip to Floors Castle in Kelso, which has launched its own regal spot to exchange vows.
“The Queen’s House is a summerhouse located in the grounds and was built as a place for Queen Victoria to take tea during her visit to Floors in 1867,” explains the Duchess of Roxburghe, who was responsible for its renovation. “It was a grand occasion, with spectators cheering and waving hats, caps and handkerchiefs as she arrived in Kelso, via the original Waverley railway line. She stayed for two nights and visited Melrose, Jedburgh and Abbotsford.
“Now couples have the opportunity to use this intimate space as part of a garden wedding ceremony at Floors Castle. The interiors have been designed to run seamlessly into the garden, with botanical and palm prints adorning the walls as a reminder of the many exotic plants and flowers that would have been found in the glasshouses in Victorian times. Meissen china, used during the Queen’s visit, also hangs above the door.”
To take advantage of the restoration of the Queen’s House, the venue is now offering a Garden Weddings package, with a two-night stay in the Head Gardener’s house in the walled garden, also recently refurbished by the Duchess and her team. Bring on the candlelit banquet tables and greenery above.