Venue Name: Carberry Tower
Location: Near Edinburgh, Scotland
Please tell us a little about Carberry Tower’s history
The land on which Carberry Tower now sits were first mentioned in the 11th century when King David I of Scotland granted the site to the monks of Dunfermline Abbey. The first person to lease the site was John de Crebarrie, but it was the Johnstone family who built the actual tower, a simple defensive structure.
In 1760 the grand tower that stands before you today began to take shape when John Fullerton took possession of the estate. John’s niece, Elizabeth, married the Honourable William Elphinstone in 1774 and the house passed into the Elphinstone family in 1801.
William Elphinstone, 15th Lord Elphinstone, inherited the estate in 1861 and it was he who was largely responsible for the complete redesign of the estate. His son, Sydney Herbert, 16th Lord Elphinstone, married Lady Mary Bowes-Lyon, sister of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. The couple made great improvements to both the house and estate, particularly the laying out of the formal garden in 1911.
Lord Sydney died in 1955 and his wife, Lady Mary, died six years later in 1961. Lady Mary bequeathed the tower to the Church of Scotland who used Carberry Tower as a conference centre, building an annexe and chapel (now the Ceilidh Hall). In 2004 the Carberry Tower was sold to Gartmore House charitable trust, and in 2008 it underwent major refurbishment.
In April 2011, AmaZing Venues acquired the property and made more refurbishments, transforming it into the luxurious property you see today.
What type of venue is Carberry Tower?
A stately home with rich history and royal connections, Carberry Tower is just seven miles from Edinburgh and far from ordinary.
The Castle sits majestically in 35 acres of manicured lawns and landscaped grounds, an oasis of calm and tranquility that provides the perfect escape from the hurly burly of modern life.
Is Carberry Tower licensed for wedding ceremonies?
We have a host of different rooms licensed for wedding ceremonies where you can tie the knot and then celebrate in fine style. The combination of imposing architecture and splendid gardens provides many magnificent settings for wedding photographs.
What can a couple expect from having their wedding at Carberry Tower?
A romantic castle wedding venue where you feel like royalty, Carberry Tower is the perfect setting for a fairytale wedding ceremony and celebration.
Our expert wedding team will help you every step of the way with inspiring ideas and practical assistance to turn your wildest of dreams into wonderful reality.
What is the capacity for a wedding ceremony and reception at Carberry Tower?
We have 10 Function Rooms with capacity for up to 150.
Do you offer exclusive use?
Yes, exclusive use of this venerable venue enables you to create an event full of activities and festivities that people will remember fondly for years.
Does Carberry Tower have its own caterers or can couples choose to bring in their own caterers?
Our chefs use the finest local ingredients and their well-honed talents to create dishes that are as delicious as they are attractive. These can be served in a number of different dining and function rooms, each of which lends an air of grandeur to the occasion. Our chefs can tailor menus to your exact requirements, making your experience personal to you.
What types of packages are available at Carberry Tower?
With wedding packages to suit all budgets please call us to discuss your wedding proposal or visit our website.
Does Carberry Tower have any rooms for guests to stay?
Carberry Tower boasts 30 luxury bedrooms, equipped with the latest facilities and traditional furnishings.
The rooms and suites available are tastefully furnished in keeping with traditional classical styles, but with a bright and spacious feel to create an atmosphere and aesthetic that we truly feel is fit for Royalty.
Does Carberry Tower have a wedding co-ordinator on site and are they available on the day of the wedding?
It depends on the package you choose, but we do have a personal Wedding Manager who will be there to assist your with every last detail and a toastmaster for the day.
Where can I find out more about Carberry Tower?
Visit our website www.carberrytower.com.