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On since 2024

Last update: May 2024

Riddell Estate specialises in intimate, micro sized weddings for up to 24 guests which are hosted all year round in Riddell House and its beautiful gardens.

Larger weddings of up to 70 guests can be accommodated in a marquee on our magnificent Daffodil Lawn in from late Spring to early Autumn.

Riddell Estate is a stunningly beautiful country wedding venue located in the Scottish Borders, in the heart of the Ale Water Valley.

The valley is the home of a wide range of high-quality wedding services, including: excellent catering businesses, marquee hire, lighting and decoration, flower arranging, wedding cake specialists, musicians, mobile hair dressing, beauty therapy and make-up artists, photographers and ceremonial services, all within a few miles of the Estate.

Our wedding guests also enjoy fabulous outdoor activities in stunning scenery, such as walking, horse riding, fishing, water sports, cycling, clay pigeon shooting, and golf. Canine wedding guests are welcome too!

Riddell House offers luxury accommodation for up to 10 people with 5 delightful double en-suite bedrooms, one of which is ground floor accessible, all with magnificent views of the gardens and surrounding countryside. Please visit our web site:

House guests enjoy exclusive use of the tennis court, private gardens and the beautiful Daffodil Lawn with magnificent views of the valley, which provides a perfect setting for marquee weddings of up to 70 guests. A specially designed events car parking and services area is located adjacent to the marquee site.

Small, intimate weddings of up to 24 guests can be accommodated in Riddell House with the option of a pergola style tent over our beautiful dining room terrace to host the champagne reception before the wedding breakfast. The wedding ceremony for small weddings may be hosted in the romantic Italianate private garden which has a wonderful array of statues and floral archways or in a splendid ceremonial room which is specially decorated and opened only for the ceremony.

Riddell House is let on a self-catering basis via our agents Unique Cottages Scotland. Please visit the booking site to check availability at:

Guests at Riddell House enjoy the services of local top-quality private chefs and caterers who deliver delicious lunch and dinner food to the house and provide bespoke cooking and dining service for special occasions, celebrations and wedding parties.

Hot tubs are a popular optional extra. These are hired through a local company.

Riddell House provides the perfect country wedding venue with luxury accommodation for 10 guests. There are many nearby accommodation options for the rest of the wedding party. We also offer comprehensive information on preferred local suppliers for a magnificent wedding day, including recommended wedding planners.

  • Woman-owned

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Marquees and tents
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Chapel or temple on-site
Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Private catering allowed
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Marquee available
Dance floor
Evening reception 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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Riddell Estate Lilliesleaf Melrose Roxburghshire TD6 9JP EH21 6AB Lothian & Borders (Lothian & Borders)
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