Testimonials

“Many thanks again for a most amazing few days. Everyone enjoyed themselves massively and we couldn’t have been better looked after. I have sent you a transfer this morning for the £300 that we spoke about to say thanks to Anne, your chefs and all the staff for all that they did to make it such a fantastic New Year for us all.

“Looking forward to seeing you again and wishing you an exciting and rewarding 2015.”

- Sarah Fenn


“We had our wedding at Springkell, the venue was amazing, all the staff were so helpful, the food was amazing. All our guests said it was the best wedding they have ever been too such a relaxed atomosphere. James listened to our requests and made it happen.”

“Can’t thank James and his staff enough for the service they provided.”

- Melanie & Andrew Screen


“We could not speak more highly of James and the whole team at Springkell. Every aspect of our wedding was perfect – the house, the gardens, the food, the staff and even the weather played its part! From arrival the guests staying for the whole weekend were overwhelmed with the warm welcome and the beautiful surroundings and rooms. We had 100 guests but the layout of the house made it feel more like a family gathering and there was plenty of room for a five piece wedding band and lots of dancing! We couldn’t be more grateful and we wouldn’t have found a better venue.”

- Gillian and Andrew Black


“We would wholeheartedly recommend Springkell to anyone looking for a venue to hold a special occasion.

“James and his team are absolutely awesome. From the first moment we spoke to James he was fantastic. We organised our wedding from Australia having never seen Springkell and it couldn’t have been easier. James helped every step of the way. James was more than happy to help with the registrar and local suppliers. His recommendations were all wonderful which is so amazingly helpful when your half a world away.

“Everything was perfect from the moment we arrived in Springkell. Both we and our guests were treated like royalty…..everyone had such a fabulous time.

“Any day will be special at Springkell. The team will do anything to help, the venue is gorgeous and the setting fabulous!

“We wish James and the team all the best in the future and can only say definitely pick Springkell you won’t be disappointed!”

- Liz and Martin Clarke


“After searching/viewing all the venues we thought were suitable for our wedding in May this year we found Springkell Mansion House. From the moment we drove up the drive through the grounds and approached the house we knew it was the venue for our wedding. Then we went inside and what we found was an amazing venue with high quality finishes throughout, with most of the original features of the period being retained/restored. From the moment we booked James assured us that Springkell would be “ours for the day”, and I have to say he truly meant it from little kids to elderly parents James and Rachel looked after them all for us the night before and on the day of our wedding.

“The parents comments sealed it for me when they informed us in the morning that they had been treated like Royalty! Nothing was too much trouble for James and his staff team. The day itself went without a hitch and was exactly as we imagined it would be including the serving of a traditional Orcadian bridal cog and a Lairds Blessing, neither of which they had cater for before. Food, wine and service on the day was exceptional. We would like to say a huge thank you to James, Rachel and the team for making our day the day of our dreams, and wish them the very best of luck as they are truly the best wedding venue in the South West of Scotland. Highly recommended.”

- Sheena Knagg


“I can’t thank you enough for the outstanding weekend we have just had celebrating my brother’s birthday. Springkell has set a standard for all future parties. What a wonderful time in the Main Room drinking and dancing the night away. What I particularly loved was when James said “the place is yours for the weekend” He meant it.

“I’ve hired venues that say that, but in reality they start imposing restrictions. (“Its your venue, but don’t do that and don’t do that, and you can’t do that at that time, and you can’t go there between X and Y”). At Springkell it felt like home (just 100x bigger and nicer). That organisation and staff were top draw. So thoughtful and caring. The food was great. The rooms were stunning and the beds felt like a cloud. As for the afternoon Sports Day, well, I havent had that much fun since I was a kid. I would highly rrecommendthat you ask James to organise that for you. All in all I can just WOW! Your hearts should swell with joy forever at how great a time we had. Congratulations again, thank your staff a thousand times.”

- Louis Alexander


“Having recently had our wedding here on the 4th October both me and my wife would whole heartedly recommend this venue to anyone who is currently planning a wedding. From the moment we first visited the house over 18 months before we knew it had something special and would allow us to hold our perfect day. The venue was stunning when we first saw it and was only improved with the continued renovations through an attention to detail and commitment to quality meaning by the time of our wedding the venue looked absolutely incredible.

“James, Rachel, their family and all the staff could not of been more welcoming or helpful than they were to either us or our guests which meant that we had a brilliant weekend that nobody would forget easily. We stayed the whole weekend and were able to having many things that made our day a little more unique to us and there was never any question from James to whether these were ok or not, this is just a measure of how accommodating he was.

“Overall, our weekend could not have been any better and much of the credit for that goes to Springkell giving us a relaxed and enjoyable time and we can not recommend this place more!”

- Tom Spencer


“David and I would like to extend our thank yous to the team at Springkell for hosting our wedding on Saturday 12th July. I would also like to mention Mick, the chef, specially as the feedback from friends and family has been nothing short of exceptional.

Admittedly, I am a perfectionist, so please take it from me…If there are any other brides who are looking for a wedding day that you can only dream of, contact Springkell.

We will remember this occasion for the rest of our lives. Thank you again.”

- David and Ciara Scott


“Our wedding was absolutely perfect and I know James would do everything possible to make every couples day that as well.”

- Chelsea & Shane Grimley


“Springkell was a beautiful setting for our wedding and has been lovingly restored to surpass its former glory.”

- Peter Hughes


“All of the food that I had was quite simply excellent. My favourites were the haggis starter with the beautiful sauce and the roast beef. A gastronomic delight.”

- Paul Beneton


"I just wanted to send you a quick email to say thank you so so much for having us yesterday. Everything was absolutely perfect and better than I ever dreamed. Your staff are lovely, caring and an absolute credit to you. We were made to feel at home and welcome from the minute we walked in the door to the minute we left. Everything was flawless, the food was incredible (although at one point I did panic that I wasn't going to fit into my dress after the size of breakfast!!) your home is beautiful and we wouldn't have picked anywhere else. It suited us perfectly.

Thank you again James from the bottom of my heart. Our day was out of this world."

Nicola and Ross


"Just to say a huge big thank you for everything you have done to make our wedding weekend so special, I honestly can't thank you enough for the effort you went to before and on the day. We both had a fantastic time and literally everyone commented on how beautiful Springkell is and how smoothly the whole day went.

So many people said it was the best wedding they've ever been to - although maybe people always say that to the bride and groom! Certainly was my favourite.

Thank you, you really made it special for us."

- Sophie


"We just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for letting us share your beautiful home last weekend. We can’t begin to tell you how perfect it was - from Friday morning right through to Sunday afternoon. Our wedding truly was the best day of our lives and we couldn’t have imagined doing it anywhere else.

We will write to you formally once our thank you cards are ready but we couldn’t wait that long to thank you, your family and all of your staff for everything you have done to make our day so special. We will forever be advocates for you and your beautiful home, but you have another 75 fans now! Each and every guest was blown away by the beauty of the house and gardens. I can’t remember how many times people said “How did you find it?”. We feel so lucky that we did!

The beauty of the house speaks for itself, even though on Saturday full of our family and friends it looked as good as it has ever done before in our eyes. But, we feel the service from you, Fiona, Sarah and the staff more than matched the outstanding house. The personal service Springkell provides is really a rarity in the wedding world and coupled with the house really is a recipe for long term success.

We’ll be sure to share the professional photographs (some teasers from Geebz attached already) once they are done, as well as the video. Thanks to the weather, we got some great shots of the house!

Thank you once again - we’ll never forget Springkell."

Lynsey & Scott Wilson


"My husband and I had our wedding at Springkell House in March 2015 and James together with his lovely team of people could not have done more to ensure we and our guests had the perfect weekend. Every step of the way, from the first viewing of the magnificent house and its grounds, to the farewells the morning after the BIG day, James and his team are so welcoming, warm and accommodating and you really feel as though this beautiful mansion is, for the weekend, your home away from home. This is in fact why Scott and I first fell in love with Springkell, as despite its opulent and grand appearance, it feels so homely and comfortable, without lacking all the luxuries you would expect. Planning for the BIG day is made easier with the help of James and the lovely Fiona’s assistance, including contacts and recommendations for anything you could possibly need. Every request was met with enthusiasm and any help I needed was received. The food the entire weekend completely exceeded our expectations and we were both so happy to see and hear how much our guests loved it all, from the amazing selection of tapas on the Friday night, to the wedding breakfast and even the delicious canapés. In addition to the food being gorgeous, the chef made things a lot easier for us by letting us know that nothing was a problem and that any dietary requirements/ requests, children’s meals etc could all be tailored to our needs, which made our guests feel extra special throughout the weekend. The layout of the rooms is so ideal, with areas for everyone including those that want to dance, those who want to relax somewhere a bit quieter, even the tv/ snug room where the staff set up the xbox for the boys to play was a complete godsend to the parents who were loving the fact they hadn’t seen their children all night. The list goes on and on. There are many impressive venues throughout Scotland, however Springkell is so much more than simply a pretty venue and my husband and I are forever indebted to James, Rachel, Fiona, Anne and every member of the Springkell team for opening the doors and allowing us to hold our special day here, it really couldn’t have been more perfect. As I said to one of my friends who recently got engaged and who was going to view Springkell…. Be prepared to fall in Love!"

- Scott and Jen McLean


"Dave and I were married at Springkell on 29 January 2015 - what a fabulous venue for a 'white wedding' - not sure how James managed to order the snow for us too!! It was brilliant! 

From the day we first went to see Springkell, James and his team could not have been more helpful - nothing was a problem! We opted for canapés, choose our own menu and evening buffet - the food was amazing! All our guests were very complimentary about both the venue and the food - in fact 'best wedding ever' was quoted on many occasions! The venue is formal, yet so homely - from the actual wedding ceremony, to the wedding reception and the evening disco - it was all so relaxed! The guests were able to mingle around the mansion house and the staff could not have been more friendly and helpful! We also had two Shih Tzu dogs as part of the wedding party - this was not a problem and in fact staff and guests just fell in love with them! I would certainly recommend Springkell as a wedding venue - it was just such an amazing day! Thanks to James, Fiona, Ann and all the staff - you were wonderful!"

- Sandra and Dave McGarrie


"The planning of our daughter Faye's wedding to her now husband Euan was by no means a simple journey and one of the more difficult factors was selecting the right venue, Having visited what seemed to be every possibility south of Edinburgh, we fell upon Springkell House and were sold from the moment we arrived. As hoteliers (but not wanting the added stress of accommodating our own daughter's wedding) we were perhaps a little more critical in our decision making. We were not disappointed. 

From luxuriously appointed guest rooms (and cottages) to splendid formal function rooms coupled with a genuine caring quality of service, Springkell proved to be the perfect venue. With a 3 day celebration our entertainment was well catered for by James involving everyone in mini Highland Games as well as a challenging Assault Course for the more brave (and fit) amongst us. His genuine desire for everything to go smoothly is evident and his staff are a compliment to that. We fully understand the need for good and dedicated support in an operation like Springkell to achieve the service level expected by James and his staff don't let him down. During the 3 days we stayed at Springkell we didn't hear a single word of complaint from any of the guests which is testament in itself. We wish James and his staff every success with future events and would assure anyone searching for the perfect venue to look no further than the lovely Springkell House."

- Steve Howland


"We were privileged enough to hold our wedding at Springkell on the 19th July 2014. From the moment we arrived to look around we were greeted by friendly staff and welcomed into the house. The house was in the middle of being renovated but it was clear to see that no expense was being spared regarding the décor. We had numerous visits, conversations and emails whilst we were planning the wedding and nothing was too much trouble. The owner James was extremely obliging; he was very relaxed and most accommodating of our needs. He was always prompt to reply to emails and genuinely keen to please. He went out of his way to ensure our day would be perfect. He told us the house was ours to enjoy. We consulted with the chef and he created our menu for the day. He provided lovely canapés for after our ceremony and then a delicious meal and evening buffet for our guests. Everyone remarked on the lovely food. All of the staff were very friendly and on hand to help throughout our stay. We would have no hesitation in recommending Springkell as a venue and all of our guests commented on the beautiful setting. The service we received from James, his family and staff were excellent. We miss our visits to Springkell as we were always made to feel at home. We had a wonderful day and Springkell will certainly be 'Forever in our Hearts.' ”

- John & Fiona Campbell


"We spent an amazing 3 nights at Springkell over New Year with 40 friends and family members and couldn't have been better looked after. The venue was superb, the food and wine excellent and the service was faultless. James and his staff were so friendly and helpful and arranged everything from the fabulous meals and afternoon teas, to golf, clay pigeon shooting, local walks and a wonderful New Year's eve celebration dinner. The accommodation is 5-star and full of character, with large stylish and tastefully decorated rooms and lovely views over the grounds and woodland beyond. I would recommend Springkell to anyone who wants to be sure that their once-in-a-lifetime event is everything that they are hoping for - in fact, we will be coming back!"

Sarah


"We came across Springkell by chance and thank goodness we did as it was absolutely the best venue that we could have asked for for our wedding day in April 2015. We stayed in one of the cottages on the estate for my sister's birthday (January 2014) and mentioned to James that we were getting married. He invited us inside Springkell House for a tour as he said he did weddings and we immediately fell in love with the place. For the price James quoted, where we had looked elsewhere did not come close to the level of wedding James and his staff provided for us. Everywhere else we looked at felt hotel-like, impersonal, charged over the odds for chair sashes etc and often had more than one wedding per day. We had Springkell House from the day before and were able to stay as long as we wanted the day following the wedding. This was perfect for us, as we had family travelling from all over the world. James was also so helpful and accommodating of all that we wanted for our wedding from the start and Anne and Fiona were exactly the same once they became involved in the planning of our wedding too. We really felt like they wanted us to have the perfect day. The venue itself is stunning and speaks for itself, the food was incredibly delicious, the staff were all polite, helpful and friendly...there is nothing that I can fault about Springkell as a wedding venue. James also helped at every stage by suggesting suppliers but was always, also accommodating to our own suppliers too - there was nothing that he couldn't do for us, he is such a lovely man who really made our wedding his priority. I wish we could have our wedding at Springkell all over again and hope to return to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary/my 40th and celebrate here all over again! Thank you Springkell :-)"

Sarah Barlow