Last weekend my sister, aka Maid of Honor (to be), and I had a little overnight treat at Barony Castle in the Scottish Borders. This area of the country is very special to me as it's where Ingimar and I are getting married this summer. Barony Castle, located only a 20 minute drive from the city of Edinburgh, was built in 1420 by George Murray (cousin of the 6th Earl of Sutherland). It was remodelled in 1709 into the Jacobean style we see today and the hotel group Mercure now run it.
We checked in on the Thursday for a nights escape, this was our room below. A lovely big room overlooking the gardens and waterfall in the distance. There was a welcome note and fruit platter in room, were given a voucher for afternoon tea and wifi access. After a little walk down the driveway to see the lama, yes, LAMA, we headed to the pool for a swim and sauna before dinner.
The pool is small but adequate, theres a little jacuzzi section, some very fancy showers, a sauna and hot beds to lounge by the pool. We were so relaxed that we let time slip away and had to rush to make our dinner reservation. There was loads to choose from at Dinner and I had the duck stir fry with egg noodles, we opted to order our desert and have it in our room so I order the cheese board and we eat it tucked up in bed, chatting and watch TV.
After a great nights sleep, we headed downstairs for a buffet breakfast and then walked it off in the gardens of Barony Castle. The castle was occupied by Polish soldiers in the 2nd World War and used as a training ground. As a mark of gratitude from the Polish soldiers build a huge 3D map of Scotland which we walked around and pointed out where we had been - shocklingly, I've not seen all that much of Scotland. And, as the granddaughters of a Polish Soldier who settle in Scotland, this was a wonderful experience and brought back many memories and stories from our childhood and family times with Polish relatives.
As this trip home was mostly for wedding planning and prep, this little break away also reminded me of our upcoming wedding. The Barony Castle is an award winning wedding venue and you can see why. The exterior is stunning and they were all set up for a wedding the weekend after we were there. The conservatory lead into a room which was set out for the service - rose petals lining the aisle, chairs set up all draped in white with pink bows - the reception room was decorated in the same theme with beautiful table settings and tartan throughout.
The castles grounds make for some spectacular backdrops, this picture above is looking up the tree arched aisle where you can have an outdoor ceremony. Imagine how magical this could be with lights, ribbons and balloons weaving in and out of the tree. Goes without saying that we will be back, and I hope to get to show off more of the beautiful Scottish Borders to my Viking this summer. Thanks Barony Castle for a lovely stay.