Venue Name: Kinnettles Castle
Location: Forfar, Nr Dundee, Angus, Scotland
Please tell us a little about Kinnettles Castle’s history
The Kinnettles Estate is first mentioned at the beginning of the 15th century in a document where King Robert III of Scotland grants an annual income from the lands of Brigtoun, Inglestoun and Kinnettles to Alexander Strachan of Carmyllie.
The Strachan family established property on the Kinnettles Estate and held it until 1511. It was then passed to the Lindsay family who held the land until the middle of the 17th century, when the estate was acquired by Sir Thomas Moodie, one time Provost of Dundee. The estate then passed to Patrick Bower, who had relatives at Kincaldrum.
In 1802 John Aberdein Harvey, a schoolmaster’s son who had been left a small fortune by his late Uncle, a successful planter and merchant in the West Indies, purchased Kinnettles from the Trustees of Alexander Bower. With his wife, Angelica Dingwall Fordyce, John Aberdein Harvey built a new mansion on the southern slopes of Kinnettles Hill.
In 1864, James Paterson became the new owner of the Kinnettles estate and decided that the Harvey Mansion was way too restrained. He had it demolished and replaced it with the extravagantly theatrical baronial mansion, designed by Edinburgh architect David Bryce, that greets you today.
In 1927, Sir Harry Hope, the local MP and Governor of the Angus County Council, acquired the estate. When his daughter Peggy married Squadron leader Dudley Lloyd-Evans in 1939 she continued to live in Kinnettles House, until the estate was purchased by Hugh Walter Munro in the 1960s. He and his family lived here until he remarried and moved to his new wife’s home in Blairgowrie. The house and surrounding woodland were then leased by Universal, a communication organisation, who used it as a staff training facility.
Finally, in March 2011, Kinnettles Castle was welcomed into the AmaZing Venues portfolio and has been extensively refurbished to become the luxury boutique hotel that provides such a splendid setting for celebrations, weddings and corporate events.
What type of venue is Kinnettles Castle?
A fairytale castle and boutique wedding venue with romantic appeal and celebrity cachet to spare…
Set in acres of impressive grounds, amidst the rolling Angus countryside and just 20 minutes from Dundee, Kinnettles Castle looks like it has stepped from the pages of a classic medieval romance by Sir Walter Scott.
Once inside guests are greeted by grand fireplaces, ornate interiors and a sweeping staircase, but given an unexpected twist by décor and furnishings that are strikingly contemporary and unashamedly unusual.
The contrast works brilliantly to set a playfully sophisticated tone – stay at our castle and you know you are in for a lot of fun!
Is Kinnettles Castle licensed for wedding ceremonies?
Yes, Kinnettles Castle is a fully licensed civil ceremony wedding venue. Whatever kind of ceremony you have set your heart on we have ample options to make your every wish come true.
What can a couple expect from having their wedding at Kinnettles Castle?
With its fairytale turrets, stunning black and white interiors, grand gardens and parklands, Kinnettles Castle is a wedding venue so perfect that it’s hard to believe it’s not a figment of your imagination. Our expert wedding team will help you every step of the way with inspiring ideas and practical assistance to turn your wildest dreams into wonderful reality.
What is the capacity for a wedding ceremony and reception at Kinnettles Castle?
We have nine Individual Functions rooms with capacity for up to 150 guests.
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 Kinnettles Castle 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 Kinnettles Castle?
With wedding packages to suit all budgets please call us to discuss your wedding proposal or visit our website.
How many rooms does Kinnettles Castle have for guests to stay in?
Here at Kinnettles Castle, our luxurious 5 star accommodation is elegant, chic and contemporary.
Our aim is to offer the most luxurious boutique hotel experience in Scotland. All nine of our double bedrooms offer complimentary Wi-Fi access, plus use of the onsite facilities including the games room, wine cellar, bar and unrestricted access to the grounds.
We also have Gate Lodge, a stunning two bedroom self catering cottage, furnished for ultimate comfort. Complete with two double bedrooms as well as a spacious living room and a fully equipped kitchen, Gate Lodge provides the perfect location for the ideal family getaway, or a couples retreat.
Does Kinnettles Castle 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 Kinnettles Castle?
Visit our website kinnettlescastle.com.