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“Wonderful Wedding Weekend”
Review of The Mill Forge

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The Mill Forge
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Reviewed 6 January 2013

We married at The Mill Forge on 8th December 2012. There was a total of 29 adults and one 4 year old.

When we decided we would like to be married in Scotland we visited many venues around the Gretna area but fell in love with the quirkyness and originality of The Mill Forge

The whole experience from booking our wedding in November 2011 was so smooth and hassle free which is down to the tremendous staff that work together and put the needs and requirements of the wedding party first and foremost.

We were given names and numbers of hair and make-up ladies, ministers, photographer, piper and any other professionals we may have liked to use. Even down to a good kennels in Carlise if we decided to bring the dogs.

During the 13 month time span we contacted by phone or e-mail several times and once or twice actually came up to have another look at rooms and brought seat covers to see if they fit etc and we was welcomed and made to feel special on each occasion even though staff was busy with weddings at the time.

The whole staff from the restaurant, bar, reception, any staff on site who came in contact with ourselves or guests were friendly, polite and professional in every way. (Had a good sense of humour too which was appreciated.) Nothing at all was too much trouble.

The evening before the wedding I asked to see if it would be possible to have breakfast in the bridalsuite with an aunt as her mobility was restricted. Not a problem at all. They asked what we would like and at what time. It arrived piping hot at the arranged time by two young waiting staff who were a credit to the Mill.

The bridal suite was gorgeous. Large with plenty of room for myself, three bridesmaids and hair and makeup ladies to work. The bathroom was fantastic. Complimentary gifts were a special touch which meant so much.

The food was plentyful and of finest quality. Sweets and starters were indiviual choice on the day but about 6 week before the date we could choose 2 main meals out of 6 for our guests plus vege option. The menu was a big plus for us as other wedding venues everyone had to have the same.

The guest bedooms in and around the courtyard were clean, warm and very comfortable.

The weather on the day was frosty to start and then light rain but after our ceremony we had lovely photo`s in the Forge and around the grounds which are extramly well tendered. Lots of features in the grounds as the water wheel, Gretna sign and of course in front of `The Kissing Gate` etc. In the summer when we visited there was flowers out and the trees and shrubs were full of colour.

Friends and family enjoyed the whole experience too and said they would all go back even if just visiting in the area.

Any anxieties or fears I had before and the run up to the wedding were soon dispelled and I/we enjoyed every second of our wedding weekend

For us our wedding weekend, especially our wedding day was perfect in every way.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with friends
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TheMillForge, General Manager at The Mill Forge, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2013

Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a kind and detailed review.
It is great to read that all of our staff were so helpful and impressed you so much, as did the services which we recommended to you.
The way you have commented so positively on every aspect of the hotel including the meals, accommmodation and grounds is wonderful.
Wishing you every happiness for the future.
Graham Smith
General Manager

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Reviewed 6 January 2013

We have just returned from getting married in Gretna green and everything was perfect!!
My husband and I stayed in the bridal suite at the mill forge for 2 nights which was amazing!! The room was extremely spacious,well decorated and heated and the little touches such as champagne and chocolates were really sweet. Our family also stayed at the mill forge, all experiencing a comfortable, clean room and a very nice breakfast.
We had our reception at the mill forge after getting married at the anvil hall. All of the staff were so helpful and willing to do anything to make our stay memorable. The way they decorated the room was beautiful, the meal was delicious and all of the staff were so friendly. They made our stay absolutely perfect, we couldn't of asked for more on our special day!!

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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TheMillForge, General Manager at The Mill Forge, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2013

Thank you very much for posting such a kind review.
I am delighted to read that you so enjoyed your time in our care. The compliments about the staff are wonderful to read as customer care is very high on our list of priorities.
Regards
Graham Smith
General Manager

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Reviewed 27 December 2012

We attended a wedding the weekend before Christmas 2012. Something we had all been looking forward to for some time. Although the occasion overall was not spoiled (it was a lovely, well organised little ceremony and an extremely happy occasion for all the family), I feel slightly ripped-off by the room tarriff (£90 per night for a standard double room, and £130 a night for a family room), and even more so by the prices charged in the bar. OK, it's a special occasion, and many Hotels do charge inflated prices for alcohol, but I feel that the Mill Forge know that they have you by the s & c's. They know that everyone will be celebrating and buying alcohol, so they think they can charge whatever they wish! The £4 a pint is annoying enough, but nearly £5 for a small gin & tonic is rediculous, and £2.80 for a pint of lime & soda water is just sheer exploitation..!! On a positive note, the ground troops (staff) work very hard and are extremely friendly. On the other hand, I wished the reception staff a Merry Christmas when we checked out, but only received a mumbled reply, without any eye contact. We left with mixed feelings..happy for the occasion, but with an extremely bruised wallet..!!!

Room Tip: Rooms 1 - 8 are very close to the M74, and the traffic noise is constant. We had rooms 15 and 16 (s...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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TheMillForge, General Manager at The Mill Forge, responded to this reviewResponded 30 December 2012

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your time with us.

I am pleased to read that you enjoyed our hospitality and found our staff friendly and hard working.

With reference to our pricing structure, our prices are in line with or below the prices charged by our competitors.

Wishing you all the best for the festive season and 2013
Graham Smith
General Manager

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Reviewed 9 December 2012

Well we went back to the mill forge after one year of getting married we decided to stay there for our first years anniversary and did I think it was as wonderful and would it meet my expectations as it couldn't could it?? well unfortunately it did not it was even better than my expectations going back the staff were so amazing we had a meal that night in a secluded area and it was so perfect the ambience the refreshing attitude and general pleasantness of everyone we met is just amazing and as a business you should be proud of not one member of staff but all of them, from the young ladies who served our meals Nicki and the lady at the bar who made suggestions for us to spend our days to Katie at breakfast it was just perfect, the cleanliness of the rooms and the people who clean the chapel and cleaning all the confetti up for the next bride yeah I spied the cleaning up process which you do not really about on the day!!! For me my weekend was amaze balls and the lucky brides looked great and I was so jealous I wanted to put my dress on again and dance the night away, thank you again for my stunning soft and ultra comfy bed, soft towels , clean rooms amazing food yummy and just generally guys you being a team of people who create an atmosphere and ambience of kindness and nothing is too much trouble or hassle!!!! Have a wonderful Xmas and thank you sooooooooooooo much xxxxx

Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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TheMillForge, General Manager at The Mill Forge, responded to this reviewResponded 14 December 2012

Thank you for posting such a complimentary review.
It was great to welcome you back for your first anniversary. We are always happy to see our brides and grooms return and to hear how you are enjoying married life.
I am delighted to see that you enjoyed your stay and we all look forward to seeing you again.
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Reviewed 23 October 2012

We have just come back from getting married 22nd October ... And have to say it was a perfect location, venue and wedding. From the reception, bar, restaurant, house keepers and co-ordinators all helped to make our day a special, long lasting memory!
The bridal suite was amazing, spacious and ideal... The chapel was lovely... And the meal and service was outstanding.
I highly recommend the mill forge for a wedding and the wee extras the staff make do make it so perfect!
Thank you!

  • Stayed: October 2012
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TheMillForge, General Manager at The Mill Forge, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2012

Thank you very much for taking the time to leave such a glowing review.

I am delighted to read that you found our staff helpful and enjoyed so many aspects of your time in our care.

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Graham Smith
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Additional Information about The Mill Forge

Address: Kirkpatrick Fleming DG11 3BQ, Scotland
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Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Dumfries and Galloway > Kirkpatrick Fleming
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Kirkpatrick Fleming
Price Range: €55 - €111 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Mill Forge 3*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With thirty-three en suite bedrooms, a private wedding ceremony venue, three functions rooms, restaurant & bar and stunning gardens, The Mill Forge is an ideal location for Gretna Green weddings. Tourists and passing business travellers are also welcome. We have easy access from the A74(M) from both north and south. carriageways. ... more   less 
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Mill Forge Lockerbie

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