Our Very Own ‘Royal’ Wedding Venue
As excitement builds around this year’s Royal marriage, we’ve launched a very special wedding venue with important Royal connections.
The Queen’s House is a charming summerhouse located in our gardens and was built as a place for Queen Victoria to take tea during her visit to Floors in 1867.
It has just been renovated and refurbished by the Duchess of Roxburghe, an interior designer, and now provides a stunning setting for intimate ceremonies or for use as part of a larger Garden Wedding.
Queen Victoria’s three-day visit in 1867 was a grand occasion, with spectators cheering and waving hats, caps and handkerchiefs as she arrived in Kelso, via the original Waverley railway line. Pavilions, platforms and arches were erected and festooned with flowers and laurel wreathes. A procession of local dignitaries and bands marched through the streets to greet her, houses were decorated with flags, evergreens and flowers, the buildings in Kelso were illuminated at night and a series of beacons was lit on the surrounding hilltops. The Queen stayed here for two nights and visited Melrose, Jedburgh and Abbotsford during her stay.
The enchanting Queen’s House where Her Majesty took afternoon tea has a beautiful and romantic setting in our showpiece French-style Millennium Garden. The present garden was created in 2000 and features the intertwining initials of the present Duke and Duchess (G for Guy, V for Virginia and R for Roxburghe). The roman numerals MM have been created in box hedging, signifying the year, and are flanked by the ducal coronet.
The Garden can now be hired exclusively for weddings and offers the opportunity to position a beautiful marquee on the parterre and create a romantic garden ceremony, followed by a fairytale reception.
The newly-refurbished interior of the Queen’s House has been created by the Duchess to run seamlessly into the garden. The oak branch design of the chandelier complements the outdoors, as does the pea green paint scheme. Botanical and palm prints adorn the walls as a reminder of the many exotic plants and flowers that would have been found in the glasshouses that adjoined the historic property in Victorian times. Meissen china was used during the Queen’s visit and examples hang above the door. Two etchings of Her Majesty’s Kelso visit and newspaper cuttings from the time also remind guests of the venue’s ‘Royal’ credentials.
Also offered as part of our new Garden Weddings package at Floors Castle is a two-night stay in the two-bedroom Head Gardener’s House in the Walled Garden. Built in 1817 for the original chief landscaper, it was also recently refurbished by the Duchess of Roxburghe and her team. The result is a light and contemporary house with elegant interiors. Pictures, maps and photograph of the local area are featured, as well as a number of black and white photographs of the Roxburghe family. Fabrics used include those from Manuel Canovas, Lewis & Wood, Andrew Martin and Art of the Loom, and Farrow & Ball paints have been used throughout.
There’s more information about Garden Weddings at Floors Castle here https://www.floorscastle.com/hospitality/weddings/garden-weddings/
You can also read more about Queen Victoria’s visit to Kelso in 1867 here https://www.floorscastle.com/whats-on/blog/posts/look-back-queen-victorias-visit-floors-castle-21-23-august-1867/