Banchory, Aberdeenshire, AB31 5QJ
Telephone: 01330 844525
Contact: Stephanie Hill
Crathes Castle is an enchanting 16th-century tower house adorned with turrets, coats of arms and winding staircases. Set in a peaceful 240 hectare estate including formal gardens, woodland and rolling Scottish countryside, Crathes Castle is located 3 miles from Banchory and within easy reach of Aberdeen.
Steeped in history, myth and legend, the castle offers an exclusive setting for intimate weddings. The majestic Great Hall with its high vaulted ceiling and panoramic views of the surrounding estate provides a romantic setting for ceremonies and dinners. Coupled with the walled garden, manicured lawns and great yew hedges, there are plenty of photo opportunities.
During spring and summer, the castle’s beautiful Golden Garden offers a wonderful location for intimate ceremonies. These may be followed by a drinks reception in the ornate Fountain Garden or Upper Pool Garden. For larger receptions, marquees can be erected on the front lawn with the castle creating a dramatic backdrop.
SOMETHING OLD AND SOMETHING NEW AT THE HORSEMILL
Following a substantial investment by owners the National Trust for Scotland, the former horse driven threshing mill has been transformed into a bespoke event space set alongside the enchanting 16th century Castle. Modern facilities have been incorporated throughout, including the latest audio-visual and lighting technology, perfect for matching colour schemes and adding a romantic glow for the couple’s first dance.
With capacity for up to 80 for a wedding ceremony, 120 for wedding breakfast and 150 for evening receptions, the rustic yet contemporary Horsemill space is extremely versatile. Combined with the Castle and its surrounding estate, the opportunities for weddings are endless. The entire day can be catered for in the Horsemill, or couples can exchange their vows in the castle’s Great Hall or in the beautiful Golden Garden, before being piped up to the Horsemill for dinner and dancing.
Castle: Up to 60 guests for wedding ceremonies and 42 guests for dinner
The Horsemill:Up to 80 guests for dinners and 120 for evening receptions
Walled Garden: Up to 80 guests for wedding ceremonies and drinks receptions
Grounds: Up to 300 guests for marquee weddings