Secluded new eco-friendly barn wedding venue opens in the Scottish Borders

Located in the pretty Yarrow Valley, Blackhouse Forest Estate is a venue that boasts impressive eco-friendly, sustainable credentials

Wedding setting with view to hills and fields at Blackhouse Forest Estate in the Scottish Borders

With an abundance of flora and fauna, a stunning loch and a fully sustainable off-grid energy system, Blackhouse Forest Estate, near Peebles and Selkirk, is like a secret Garden of Eden waiting to be discovered by engaged couples.

The venue’s owners have meticulously restored the estate and are in the process of bringing an original open-air sheep roundel back from ruins, to eventually become a unique and magical place for wedding ceremonies to take place.

In the meantime, the focal point for the wedding party is a lovingly restored barn, complete with drystone walls, floor-to-ceiling windows (check that view, above!) and natural wood beams. It can seat 30 wedding guests, or be extended by opening onto a veranda that can accommodate up to 200.

Guest bedroom at Blackhouse Forest Estate in the Scottish Borders

The original croft house is a less than a mile away and can sleep eight guests in beautifully appointed rooms. It even features bespoke furniture crafted locally from sustainable timber grown on the estate’s woodlands! (Further hotel accommodation is available 10-15 miles away in Peebles and Selkirk.)

As with the rest of the estate, the croft house is fuelled by hydroelectric biomass and solar renewable energy systems, while water for the estate is taken from the hills and cleansed with UV light.

If you want to marry and celebrate in a retreat where you are squirrelled away from the trials of everyday life, then Blackhouse Forest Estate could be just the place…

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