My now wife and I visted The Mill Forge to get married. The service from start to finish was excellent. They certainly know how to plan a wedding and how to settle the nerves of all involved in the process. This is down to the number of weddings they deal with on a daily basis. This does not take anything away from your day however as they made me and my wife feel as if we were the most important wedding they had ever had to organise and that we were the cutest couple they had ever helped.
We travelled with a large group and at no stage did I feel stressed with organising each room as they had it all covered and made the appropriate changes as requested with not mistakes or need for repeated instructions.
The rooms on the whole were tidy except one that had a small smell of wee and three that had an iron burn mark in the carpet.
Both sets of parents had booked the deluxe rooms. On arrival howver it was evident that the rooms were not identical. One was a deluxe due to its size and the four poster bed and the other due to the four poster bed and the whirlpool. The latter however was tiny and had no storage space. This was not fantastic as the room was required for the bride and bridal party to get ready in.
This was soon rectified by an upgrade for the brides parents to the bridal suite for just an extra £25 per night instead of the £70 per night.
We had the bridal suite for the three nights of our stay, a fantastic room with a four poster bed, whirlpool, twin power shower, high fi system throughout room and bathroom and a living area. Each day we were greeted with a bottle of chilled sparkling wine and 2 boxes of chocolates. We also got a set of shot glasses engraved with The Mill Forge as a momento of our stay.
The wedding was fantastic with the perfect setting. Maggie was there to offer assistance and all aspects ordered by us for he wedding were dealt with by Maggie so that we did not have the hassle. All went well with no hiccups.
The service was fantastic throughout, from housekeeping to bar and food service.
The food was well cooked. It was nothing out of the ordinary but was well presented and reasonably priced. The drink from behind the bar was also very reasonable with prices less than that paid on a night in Newcastle.
The only downside was that the bar closed at 11.00 on the night of our wedding. People were still up for a party at this time so we headed back to one of the guests room. We had the music very low but unfortunetly had next door neighbours with a tolerability for noise of zero. They called the manager of the hotel immediately who put an earlier than desired end to our celebrations, but his hands were tied. We were on the opposite side of the matter the following night when an Irish party decided they would party till the early hours. We expected this as people are in good spirits so did not complain and the hotel let the drinking and partying continue which proves they do not mind it going ahead unless complaints were had.
I would definately recommend this venue to any couple wanting to get married with only close friends and family present as everything is taken care of for you to what ever level you would like.
I would say that you should be prepared for parties to continue in the rooms into the early hours and beg that you remeber the day you tied the knot and how high spirits ran that day. Don't put a dampner on the events. Ask them to turn it down to a reasonable level and make do with that. Its a place for happiness not for complaints.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Mill Forge Lockerbie