This is probably one of the only reviews not from someone who just got married, but from a guest.
My girlfriend was a bridesmaid at her brothers wedding and so I was invited along.
The Mill Forge is a lovely place, all built of stone and feeling really historic (although it is anything but!) and very nicely done out.
In the main building there is a bar with seperate restaurant area, then a function room where they have reception 'breakfasts' and another room upstairs which is where the breakfasts are served.
We had room 34 which for £80 per night is pretty much as you would expect from that sort of price range, the bathroom looked like it was brand new, and although there was no bath, the shower was simply amazing, in fact the showers were quite a topic of conversation on the day!
I think we must have had one of the 'deluxe' rooms as our room was significantly bigger that some of the others, the grooms parents room had about a metre of space around the bed, and that's it.
What I saw of the brial suite was fantastic, with a four poster bed, sofa, and a bathroom which itself was bigger than some of the bedrooms (no joke!)
The only difficulty I had was the early mornings, as you can imagine after having been up late at a wedding the night before, getting up for breakfast at 8am, and having to be out of the room at 10am is not exactly nice. I personally think the 10am checkout is quite irresponsible, after people will have been drinking up to midnight the night before. The standard for the majority of hotels these days is 12noon.
I agree with what others have said about the DJ, he manged to clear the dancefloor with his choice of music, and nobody went back. If you want a decent disco, then take your own CD's!
The ceremony itself was lovely, and I can fully recommend an anvil wedding to anyone considering it. I'm not sure who the MInister was but he was very nice and made a few jokes along the way which helped everyone relax. But at the end of the ceremony there wasn't a dry eye in the house!
They have some lovely gardens to take pictures in, it's just a pity that we had the one day where it was freezing and raining, so we never got the chance to take pictures in there. But there was plenty of time to take pictures inside the forge itself.
Overall, I'm very glad that the bride & groom decided to have their wedding at the Mill Forge, and they were very pleased with how everything went too.
- 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