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On since 2022

Last update: January 2024

Kippilaw House is a mansion-style wedding venue surrounded by magical woodland in Melrose, Lothian & Borders. This historic house features an original 15th-century tower and an impressive Georgian exterior with palladium-style details. Timeless and elegant, this property provides an unforgettable setting for any celebration.

Facilities and Capacity

Kippilaw House is the perfect place to host one of the most memorable days of your life. Whether you want an intimate celebration with your closest loved ones or a grand affair, Kippilaw has the ideal event spaces for you. The mansion is home to three well-appointed, beautifully decorated reception rooms, giving you plenty of options for your special day. You can host a ceremony with up to 100 guests in the formal paneled dining room. This space is drenched in natural light and features an open fireplace, a grand piano, and stunning views of the property. After, you can celebrate your forever union in the ballroom. This elegant space features double doors leading to the Victorian veranda and garden, a semi-circular bar, and a dance floor accommodating up to 120 guests. Couples also have the option to host their reception under a marquee on the plush green lawns if they'd like to host their event outdoors.

Services Offered

The Kippilaw House team aims to provide everything needed to host the celebration of your dreams. You and your party will have exclusive access to the property for the duration of your celebration. They offer delicious catering packages that can be customized to suit your tastes and preferences. Whether you'd like a formal three-course dinner or a casual barbeque, they can do it all. They also offer overnight accommodations for up to 40 guests in the 15 comfortable bedrooms of the house.

  • Woman-owned

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Unusual weddings
Stately home
Woodland and festival
Outdoor license
Vineyard weddings
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Marquee available
Dance floor
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:


Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Changing room for wedding guests
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Reviews for Kippilaw House

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20 reviews
99% recommend it
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Nina Sent on 05/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Best wedding ever

We got married at Kippilaw House and had the best time ever. Rachel was the best, she was super helpful the whole time and made us feel very comfortable. We didn’t feel any pressure to do anything we didn’t want to as we skipped a lot of traditional things that didn’t match with who we are.
They were amazing at changing the menu for some of the guest with allergies. The food was lovely and everybody enjoyed it. It was really nice to stay overnight with our friends and family, it made our wedding really special.

If you want a special place for your wedding ceremony we HIGHLY recommend the ancient tree. It was magical.
Hollie W. Sent on 05/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely fantastic

Had our wedding here and it was absolutely fantastic. Lil and Rachel worked with us to plan an amazing experience. Thanks to the hot weather, we were able to get married outside and it was beautiful. My partner and I didn't have to worry about a thing on the day, absolutely everything was handled for us. Food was delicious with delicious options for all dietary requirements. We actually had a full vegetarian menu and it was delicious. So many options to pick from as opposed to just adding veggie options as an afterthought. The sharing pavlova also went down a treat with everyone (including those who had to have dairy free options!). We had lots of freedom and flexibility to decorate and design our day too Thanks again to all!
Evren C. Sent on 05/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Made my dream wedding come true!

Me and my husband couldn't be more thrilled with how our wedding turned out at kippilaw! We got married last year and we still reminisce about how perfect our whole weekend was. Everything from the ceremony to the house to the food was exactly as we imagined our dream scottish wedding would be. We can't thank Lil and the team enough for their amazing hospitality and attention to detail!!
Jonathan G. Sent on 05/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Best venue

We couldn't have imagined a better venue than Kippilaw for our wedding in June. Perhaps more importantly than the beautiful setting, Lil was fantastically flexible and accommodating in enabling us to have the weekend that we wanted and the day that we dreamed of, whilst providing plenty of useful advice throughout the planning process.
Mr & M. Sent on 05/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Mr & Mrs I Davidson

We had a fabulous day at a Wedding at Kippilaw House. The house and gardens are stunning, the service fantastic and the food was excellent. The attention to detail shone through, all in all a very unique venue.
Mr And M. Sent on 05/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Mr and Mrs S Usher

We went to the most wonderful wedding here on the 7th October 2023 and it made me wish we could get married again and come here. The quality of food and the level of attention the owners and staff gave everyone was outstanding. I cannot eat gluten and they had catered for me on every course and even on canapés so I didn’t miss out- a great place, I couldn’t rate it higher
Georgina Sent on 05/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

The best wedding venue ever

Our recent wedding at Kippilaw House in Scotland was an absolute delight that surpassed all expectations. The whole house and ground were not only beautiful but also breathtaking whilst providing an unparalleled level of comfort, ensuring our stay was nothing short of exceptional. Kippilaw is a truly stunning place, from the gorgeous veranda that leads out to jaw dropping garden where we had our drinks reception, to the beautiful old Copper beech tree next to the house that we had our ceremony underneath.

The people who own the place and the staff are remarkably hospitable, which added a personal and welcoming touch, making our entire experience truly memorable. Rachel, the manager at Kippilaw, helped us plan our special day was beyond accommodating, catering to every odd request or question we had to truly create the dream wedding we pictured and even in the end helping us save money!
The food served was absolutely unbelievable as well, far beyond any other meals we have had at other weddings we’ve attended, it reminded us of being in a top class restaurant. Kippilaw House stands out not just as a venue but as an extraordinary destination for those seeking an unforgettable celebration. We highly recommend it for anyone desiring a perfect blend of elegance, comfort, and culinary excellence. Five stars hardly capture the sheer brilliance of our experience at Kippilaw House.
Reb M. Sent on 04/01/2024
4.4 out of 5 rating

Guest of wedding party

I’ve been to a lot of June weddings over the years but this was far the best and most memorable. The house, garden and grounds were stunningly romantic. The staff were thoughtful and efficient. The food was sensational. It was like all your mother’s best cooking, honed over years, that made you feel instantly loved. I don’t know how the chef achieved this. The booze selection was exquisite.
Jade M. Sent on 07/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Quick Thank You

Just wanted to send a quick message to say thanks for everything , we had an amazing day :)
Kate S. Sent on 04/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Fabulous place to be for a wedding !

We had the best time at the wedding at Kippielaw - the house and gardens are gorgeous, the food and service are tip top. It’s relaxed , glamorous and highly recommended. Wish we could do it all again !
Oscar G. Sent on 05/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating


We looked at venues for our wedding all cross the country but nowhere suited us better than Kippilaw. A beautiful old manor house in the Scottish countryside not only for our wedding venue but also a special week for our families to stay in.
All of the staff were extremely friendly and hospitable on our wedding day as well as leading up to it. They went above and beyond, even getting our favorite beverage that they didn’t stock in for our toast!
We can’t thank them enough for making our day so perfect.

-Oscar & Vicky
Elle G. Sent on 04/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful venue and staff

We attended a wedding at Kippilaw House on 10th June. We absolutely loved the venue and the staff were so lovely and helpful, the food was absolutely delicious and we loved the house and grounds. We would love to come here again and have already recommended to friends getting married in 2024.
Lorraine M. Sent on 07/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Massive Thank You

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for letting us have beautiful Kippilaw House for Lucy & Christopher’s wedding. The whole weekend has been amazing and everyone was totally wowed by the fabulous venue.

Special thank you to the awesome Rachel who has been simply wonderful all the way through the planning right up to being our rock through the big day. What a star you are 🌟🌟

Thanks also to all the staff both front and back of house, the meal was delicious, and the bar staff were brilliant 🤩

An Amazing memory making weekend, with love and grateful thanks
Kirsty Sent on 17/09/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Sept 2019 perfect wedding

100% recommend if you love food and a wedding that is flexible to you. If you want it the owners will try and do it. Perfect place if you love a vintage, quirky surrounding and a place that you and your guests will remember.
Mhairi Sent on 28/05/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Could not have had a better venue

We have just had our wedding at Kippilaw House and I could not have asked for a better venue. From the moment we chose it Lil the owner could not have been more accommodating and was happy to answer any questions and allowed me to have things my way, ( I had a horse bring me up the driveway). Having exclusive use of the house from the Friday night to the Sunday day was amazing it gave my family and I a nice chilled space to meet each other before the wedding and be relaxed in the morning of the wedding then a relaxed leaving day. The people who stayed were so happy to have all the days together it made it a real family affair. My guests could not get over the taste of the food they raved about it all night. The staff that are there aren’t intrusive during the meal and they could not be friendlier or more accommodating. The decoration and whole look of the house is stunning every room is differently decorated and the modern bathrooms mixed with antique furnishings really set a great vibe. My friends and family all said how different and amazing my wedding was and it would not have been this way without it being at Kippilaw House.
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