went to renew our vows with our three children. Ladies who booked it all on the phone were very helpful and polite. Were upgraded to private cottages opposite the blacksmiths shop. You use the hotel for breakfast, dinner, wifi etc, it is 1 minute walk away. Yet you are by were you are getting married, and the local restaurants and gift shops. The cottages were amazing, really high standard. Champaign and flowers were waiting in there for us when we arrived. And it has everything, even left dishwasher tablets ready to use!
When we went to the blacksmiths and asked were we go the next day for the vows etc, they explained it all and let us all in the museum for free! Really nice, small museum of the history of Gretna. Must say you really can feel the romance when you are there!
The day went really well, lovely service, just us and the kids. But the blacksmith who renewed our vows was lovely, made it feel really special. And like I said, the blacksmiths itself really has an air about it, must be from the 1000s of lovers who have been married there over the centuries!!
Thrown in was dinner at the 5 star restaurant. Food was very good quality, but quite a small menu. Bar drinks were high, but what you expect for 5 star. Staff were helpful and polite.
One small let down, the wifi was very weak and slow. But unlike most hotels who charge, it was free, so cant complain too much.
On the site are some lovely shops, a love maze, amazing statues etc, well worth a visit. Nice pub down the road, cant remember the name, but the locals even put backstreet boys on for my wife as it was her day!
One thing they need to improve: When we arrived we had to find out what happens the next day at the service etc. This should be explained to you asap, a small point, but will stop the brides worrying. I think this was missed for us as there were only 5 in the party and they probably though how much do we need organising really!
Overall - would recommend, good service, good site and good ceremonies! Kids loved it and I am trying to talk the Mrs into doing it again next year!
PS use Colin Carpenter for your pics. What a nice man, took so many more than we paid for. spend ages with us, set up great shots, great value for money and so friendly. The pics were amazing!
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- Also Known As:
- Classic Hotel Gretna Green
- Gretna Green Classic Hotel
- Smiths At Gretna Green Hotel Scotland