Langton Castle

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Sleeps: 26 Bedrooms: 12 Bathrooms: 12

Overview

Wedding Venue Recommended Beach Nearby Ideal for Kids Walk to Village Ideal for Parties Stag/Hen Allowed

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Welcome to Langton Castle. The castle has belonged to the same family for almost 600 years. The present house was built in 1785 and incorporates the walls of a much older castle.

Today the castle remains a private family house, available for exclusive fully serviced weekend, mid-week or weekly rentals. Restored and continually maintained to the highest standard, every original feature is retained, and can be appreciated as intended. All of the modern comforts that one would expect are successfully incorporated without detracting from the character of the house and the relaxed atmosphere which visitors continually comment upon and enjoy so much.

Please enquire for Christmas and New Year rates.

Please note that there are additional cottages that can be rented within the grounds of the castle. There are 4 self catering cottages (to sleep 2, 2, 4 and 6 guests respectively) that can be hired in conjunction with the castle for large groups of up to 42.

For groups of more than 26, where there will be additional 'day' guests for an event, the prices increase to £9,100 for a 2 night weekend from April through to October, and £7,700 for a 2 night weekend from November through to March

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What you should know…

  • It's only an hour from the centre of Edinburgh – so fairly easy to organise a mini bus or whatever to transfer you in and out...

Property Features

Heritage Collection Internet BBQ Ground Floor Bed & Bath Games Room Indoor Games DVD Working Fireplace Heating Conference Facilities Caretaker/Owner on Site Waterfront

Having arrived at the covered porch you enter the stone flagged Stair Hall. Twin stone staircases converge at an Ionic portico that opens onto the Gallery. The Dining Room has a great twenty-four seat oak table. It was actually constructed in the room in 1897 and has been here ever since. In the evening dinner can be held lit by candles before the log fire, and if the other tables in the room are used, up to 50 guests can comfortably be seated to dine.

The Drawing Room is the same size as the Dining Room, and with its many comfortable chairs and sofas, as well as a baby grand piano, provides an elegant setting for an evening beside the fire. The Morning Room is in the East wing. An oval room, it has bay windows looking east down the lime avenue across the fertile farmland of the Tweed Valley to the Cheviot Hills in Northumberland.

Beyond the Morning Room lies the Ballroom. This magnificent room is the largest in the castle. It has two great crystal chandeliers and can be used for wedding ceremonies, receptions, dances or seminars. Up to 92 guests can comfortably be seated to dinner using our own banqueting chairs and tables. There is also a Billiard room with full size table.

The castle has 14 bedrooms (including the 2 single bedrooms located in the turrets), all completely individual with original period furnishing. Guests are always struck by the size of each room and their huge windows with distant views. There are eight bedrooms on the second floor and one on the third, with three further principal bedrooms on the ground floor. Of these, nine have en suite bath or shower rooms, and all have their own basin. Two have octagonal turret rooms for children. On the second floor there are also two shower rooms.

All of the bedrooms are heated, spacious and comfortably furnished. If required, there are also two single bedrooms in the dining room and drawing room turrets. These are elegant octagonal rooms, but due to their distance from a bathroom these are not considered to be principal bedrooms.

Location

About the surrounding area of Langton Castle
Beach Nearby Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Golf Nearby Stalking/Hunting Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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Langton Castle is one mile South East of Duns in the eastern Scottish Borders, probably the most accessible part of rural Scotland. The castle stands at the end of a smooth 500 yard private drive in an area of beautifully maintained woodland and grass parks, with distant views to the Cheviot hills. The location is completely rural - there is absolutely no traffic noise and your privacy is assured.

The dramatic cliffs, coves and castles of the coast are fifteen miles to the East, whilst two miles to the North the rich farmland of the Tweed valley changes abruptly to the moorland landscape of the Lammermuir Hills.

The Scottish Borders and Northumberland are rich in historic towns, castles and houses to visit, and this rural setting is packed with opportunities for activities such as cycling, walking, golf, shooting and fishing.

Should you choose to stay at the castle, there is a billiard room or croquet on the lawn during the summer. In the grass park, anything from a clay pigeon shoot to a full Highland Games can be arranged.

Any activity suitable for the castle or grounds can be arranged. Bands and pipers may be hired and the ballroom is an excellent place to hold a ceilidh, or any other dancing. There is a billiard room with full-size table and table tennis. Outside, anything from an informal game of croquet on the lawn to clay pigeon shooting to a full Highland Games can be held.

Should you choose to venture away from the castle, the Scottish Borders offer endless opportunity for walking, cycling and historic sights. The castle is also within easy reach of many excellent golf courses (Duns course is only 2 miles away), historic towns, country houses and castles. In season, excellent shooting and fishing is available locally by arrangement.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Edinburgh

(91-100 km)

Nearest Ferry port Rosyth

(Over 100 km)

Nearest Village Duns

(2 km)

Nearest Town/City Berwick-upon-Tweed

(21-25 km)

Nearest Restaurant Duns

(2 km)

Nearest Bar/Pub Duns

(2 km)

Nearest Beach Eyemouth

(21-25 km)

Nearest Golf Duns

(3 km)

Region

Ah, bonnie Scotland! A wild and beautiful part of the world, where you can explore the rugged highlands or enjoy the colour and vibrancy of cultural capitals like Edinburgh and Glasgow.

But how do you know you’re getting the very best out of your trip? That’s where we come in. If you’ve had a browse through our range of luxury cottages and castles in Scotland, you’ll know there’s some great places to stay, but to find all the great things to do, see and eat you’ll need our handy Scotland travel guide  – so read on and enjoy! 

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Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Beach Nearby
  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Games Room
  • Indoor Games
  • DVD
  • Fenced Grounds
  • Waterfront

Services Available

  • Maid Service Included
  • Babysitting Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Maid Service Included
  • Babysitting Available
  • On-Site Concierge

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. If there is anything you would like to arrange for your stay, please contact the Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team (by clicking on the link in the blue Oliver’s Extras box above) who will be happy to help. We can usually put you in touch with the right people arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting service
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge

This is by no means an exhaustive list, so please just contact Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team to help you arrange any of those little extras that can really make the difference.

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Event information

The castle is in its element when hosting a wedding and reception. The castle is blessed with a remarkable set of four spacious and elegant reception rooms, together with the gallery and the stair hall. The sweeping stone stairs provide a dramatic entrance, and reception parties of up to 92 guests will feel perfectly at ease.

For couples whose families and friends have to travel a long way to attend, a two or three night stay  will give both you and your guests a chance to meet and relax in a way that is not possible at a venue taken for an afternoon or one night.

Both civil and religious wedding ceremonies are welcomed. The castle holds a full civil wedding license, so it is easily arranged for the Registrar to officiate in the castle rather than at the registry office. Alternatively, a Church of Scotland Minister can be asked to preside over your wedding ceremony at the castle. There are also two small historic churches that couples may choose for their wedding before returning to the castle for a reception.

If you marry in the castle itself, the ballroom is a fitting place to hold your wedding ceremony, and all of your reception guests will be comfortably seated. Smaller wedding parties sometimes choose the stair hall for the ceremony, or if it turns out that you have chosen a perfect calm, warm day you may choose the porch or a site in the grounds.

Whether you choose a wedding breakfast or dinner, up to 50 guests may be seated in the Dining room. Larger parties of up to 80 can be seated comfortably in the Ballroom. The staff will set up the Ballroom for a banquet following your wedding ceremony. The castle is easily large enough for all of your guests to move into other reception rooms while photographs are taken and canapés are served. You will not be aware of the transformation taking place.

The castle has banquet tables, chairs, loose covers, tableware, flatware and crystal. These are all of very high quality and do improve the look and feel of a banquet. They do not use hire stock on any occasion.

As the castle is your 'home away from home' your schedule and choice of entertainments is not limited by the consideration of other paying guests. Pipers and bands can play as late as arranged, and the ballroom is a very fine place for a ceilidh. During the day, activities ranging from clay pigeon shooting to falconry and highland games are easily arranged in the grounds of the castle.

Rental Rates
Exclusive use of the castle and lawns for weddings and parties for up to 92 guests, tailored to your individual requirements. Includes all reception rooms and 12 bedrooms for up to 26 resident guests. A full Scottish and Continental breakfast service is included.

We offer three exclusive use options detailed here. Every aspect of the service we offer can be tailored to your requirements. Our clients often ask their resident guests for a contribution towards accommodation, effectively reducing the hire cost by around £2000 per night. We have a sample letter for you to include with the relevant invitations to discreetly make this request if this is helpful.

Low season: November to March, excluding Christmas and New Year / High season: April to October

Option 1 - Everything you need for a great party!

- Exclusive use of the castle reception rooms and lawns for up to 92 guests. We guarantee there will be no other  event hosted on the estate or in the Barns during your stay.
- 12 bedrooms for up to 26 resident guests
- 12 bathrooms with luxury bath towels
- Your second night, if required, at 60% discount
- Personal welcome and showing all guests to their rooms
- Banquet tables, chairs and chair covers as required
- Pressed table cloths and napkins, all china, cutlery and table name holders
- Full banquet setting service for place names, table favours, table decorations and floristry that you provide
- Luxury crystal Champagne flutes for your reception drinks service
- Luxury crystal wine glasses for your banquet setting
- Cake stand and cake knife, plus display table
- Easel and pin board to display table plan provided by you
- Choice of 3 drinks service packages (see options below)
- Housekeeping service for reception areas
- Self-service tea & coffee for resident guests in the Breakfast room at all times
- 24hr central heating and hot water
- Basket of logs for the drawing room fire and Breakfast room stove
- On-site planning meeting (up to 2 hours) and unlimited telephone and email party planning support
- Carpet aisle runner for the Ballroom
- Register signing table, lectern and pedestals for floristry

Option 2 - Everything above, plus

- Early check-in for the bridal party
- Informal tea, coffee and scones in the breakfast room on arrival
- Full cooked and continental breakfast for up to 26 resident guests
- Luxury crystal champagne flute, if required, for your banquet setting
- Your second night, if required, at 70% discount
- Event manager throughout the afternoon and evening of your reception
- Housekeeping service for bedrooms
- Luxury bathrobes and L’Occitane toiletries in all bedrooms
- Basket of logs for the Dining room and Ballroom
- Use of croquet set and outdoor games equipment
- Second on-site planning meeting (up to 2 hours)

Option 3 - Everything above plus    
One night low season:£8150 /high season: £8950
Two nights low season:£10,595 /high season: 11,635

- Morning drinks (subject to drinks package) delivery service to the bridal suite and another room of your choice
- Fresh towels supplied as required
- Late check-out
- Bottled water in all bedrooms
- Fresh fruit bowl in all bedrooms            
- Portering service for luggage on arrival and departure
- Room service breakfast for the Bridal Suite
- Fresh flowers in all bedrooms
- Third on-site planning meeting (up to 2 hours)

Catering (per person)

we have a long-established reputation for delivering an outstanding catering service at a very competitive price. Catering prices include all associated staff.

You have three options for the supply of drinks:

Option 1: Unlicensed private party. You order all alcohol and soft drink from merchant/s of your choice and we serve it according to your reception / dinner / bar schedule. Flat rate drinks service / corkage charge £10.00 per person, per evening.

This option gives you the ultimate flexibility to choose from the world’s drink for service during your reception/s dinner/s and over the bar following dinner. If you have concerns over offering guests a free bar (falling over or not finishing drinks) we advise having a piggy bank for guests to buy tickets to exchange for bar drinks. This way you collect money either for a charity or towards your honeymoon!

Option 2: Licensed party, subject to availability. All reception / dinner / bar drinks are purchased from us. No drinks service charges apply. We will be happy to provide a copy of our bar price list on request. As a guide house wine is priced from £15/bottle, beers & lagers from £3.50, house spirits £2.50, mixers £1.50. You are welcome to run a bar tab if required.

Option 3: Licensed party, subject to availability, with reduced corkage of £6.00 per bottle for reception wines / Champagne and dinner wine / Champagne that you order from a merchant of your choice. All other drinks may be purchased from the cash bar. Drinks on additional days, other drinks besides your reception service and drinks after dinner may be purchased from the bar.

This option gives you the freedom to choose from the world’s Champagne, sparkling wines and wine for your reception and dinner, all served at a minimal cost, plus the ease and peace of mind brought by our staff delivering the cash bar. You are welcome to run a bar tab if required.

Additional Services

Further catering options are available by arrangement. To assist with planning your event we will provide comprehensive information on local accommodation for your guests, all of the outside suppliers that you may require e.g. registrar or minister, floristry, hair and make-up, photography etc. A full supplier coordination service is available on request.

Terms & Conditions

Please note no in house catering is available at the Castle however the owners are happy to suggest approved caterers to organise informal dinners.

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit 20% of rental and catering price. This is paid on arrival and will be refunded in full after departure subject to damage inspection.
Arrival time 4.00 pm
Departure time Before 11.00 am
Energy costs included? Included in the rental price.
Linen & towels included? All linen and bath towels are included in the rental price.
Pets welcome? Only in estate cottages.
Changeover day Any day of the week.
End of stay cleaning included? Included. Please leave the property in the state that you found it.
Smoking Allowed? No smoking in the property.
Insurance It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.

Rental Rates

Please note: All rates below are subject to 20% UK VAT

Prices based on an occupancy of 26 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 16th 2019 - Jun 28th 2019 £7,525 £10,213 £12,900 £15,588 £20,963
Jun 28th 2019 - Aug 31st 2019 £8,600 £11,288 £13,975 £16,663 £22,038
Aug 31st 2019 - Jan 3rd 2020 £7,525 £10,213 £12,900 £15,588 £20,963
Jan 3rd 2020 - Jun 26th 2020 £7,525 £10,213 £12,900 £15,588 £20,963
Jun 26th 2020 - Aug 19th 2020 £8,600 £11,288 £13,975 £16,663 £22,038

Prices based on an occupancy of 26 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 16th 2019 - Jun 28th 2019 €8,219 €10,907 €13,594 €16,282 €22,895
Jun 28th 2019 - Aug 31st 2019 €9,393 €12,081 €14,768 €17,456 €24,070
Aug 31st 2019 - Jan 3rd 2020 €8,219 €10,907 €13,594 €16,282 €22,895
Jan 3rd 2020 - Jun 26th 2020 €8,219 €10,907 €13,594 €16,282 €22,895
Jun 26th 2020 - Aug 19th 2020 €9,393 €12,081 €14,768 €17,456 €24,070

Prices based on an occupancy of 26 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 16th 2019 - Jun 28th 2019 $9,285 $11,972 $14,660 $17,347 $25,864
Jun 28th 2019 - Aug 31st 2019 $10,611 $13,299 $15,986 $18,674 $27,190
Aug 31st 2019 - Jan 3rd 2020 $9,285 $11,972 $14,660 $17,347 $25,864
Jan 3rd 2020 - Jun 26th 2020 $9,285 $11,972 $14,660 $17,347 $25,864
Jun 26th 2020 - Aug 19th 2020 $10,611 $13,299 $15,986 $18,674 $27,190

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

Property Owner
Cat

How long have you owned the property?
More than 20 years.

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
The property has been in the Home family since the 15th century – with the land no doubt obtained through strong arm tactics – and has a romantic history that includes Flodden and a mention in Sir Walter Scott's famous epic poem, The Lay of the Last Minstrel.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
Given the history of the castle – from its early days as a fortified tower house to its 18th century redesign by Robert Adam – there are many interesting tales. It the early years they often included bloodshed but things are a lot calmer around here now. We specialise in hosting weddings and parties and these days we like to think of ourselves as lovers rather than fighters.

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
Shhhhh… top secret.

What’s the strangest or most difficult guest request you’ve ever received?
The one that springs to mind is a request for frozen brussel sprouts to be served at breakfast time. It was for a Japanese bride who loved them and couldn't get them in Japan. She ate most of a bag so she was obviously quite keen!

For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
Really do?

Fish on the Tweed, shoot in the local area, walk the Southern Upland way or along the coast, golf at one of the many local courses

Really eat?
Local seafood from Eyemouth and the surrounding coast – be it fish and chips or lobster

Really see?
Manderston House has a silver-plated staircase and the world's largest collection of Huntley & Palmer biscuit tins. It is less than a mile from Wedderburn.

Lastly, what insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
Autumn is very beautiful due to the number of mature trees on the estate. The drawing room has a breathtaking chimney piece sculpted by Piranesi which makes sitting watching the fire in this room in the colder months particularly enjoyable.

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Reviews

  • Incredible

    Posted by Anonymous Guest on 25/11/2011

    The venue and service has been incredible, and the food too!

  • Amazing wedding

    Posted by Sarah & Graeme Troy on 19/08/2010

    We cannot thank you enough for the amazing wedding that you gave us. We have been overwhelmed with the amount of praise from our guests as they say it was the best wedding they have ever been to. The help with the organization of the wedding the run up to it was exceptional. The food was outstanding... the staff very friendly, helpful and professional the whole weekend and it was lovely having David around and helping out. The castle is kept to an exceptional standard, very clean and a delight to stay in. We were hoping that it was going to be the best day of our lives and it exceeded all our expectations. Thank you so very much. The castle and the owners will always be incredibly special to us.

  • Perfect wedding

    Posted by James & Gemma Sheffield, UK on 14/08/2010

    A perfect wedding in every way. Amazing food, fantastic location... Our wedding day will be something we will never forget. Amazing!! Thank you to David and all the staff.

  • Absolutely delightful!

    Posted by Y & CB on 14/08/2010

    You've got it so right! Very chic, warm decor. Friendly, welcoming staff. Absolutely delightful!

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