Gretna Green Edinburgh Scotland

From: 450 to: 800 / week.
Night : 160


Castle - Gretna Green

Springkell is a magnificent mansion house dating from 1734. The east and west wings were added in 1830. For your stay the whole of Springkell has been renovated to the highest standard. All fourteen bedrooms have unique sumptuous interiors by the same interior designers who refurbished The Goring. Up to 33 can sleep comfortably.

You can choose to stay on a bed & breakfast basis or exclusively – it’s your choice.
For parties and get-togethers the large formal rooms work perfectly. From the black and white marble hall you move through the Portrait Gallery to dine either in the dining room where 48 can eat in style, or in the ballroom which can be set up for up to 100. Right next to the ballroom is the new, locally made in oak, ‘Lion Bar’, fully stocked with whiskies and all the drinks you’ll need. During the day relax in either the large sitting room with seating for 20 and a large screen TV, or in the smaller snug with seating for 10 (there’s another large TV with a games console and games!). The large sitting room leads out to the formal gardens.

Each of the 14 bedrooms have been decorated by the same designer as the rooms at the Goring Hotel where HRH Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge stayed the night before her wedding. You’re in great company!

Springkell are wedding specialists – anything you need, just ask!

The wedding room, with its amazing 2m mirror surrounded by Italian marble, can seat up to 80 wedding guests. Complete with aisle and separate heavy oak entry doors for the bride to enter and the groom separately. Use the formal rooms, including the black and white marble entrance hall complete with 4 marble pillars, the Portrait Gallery which leads to the wedding room and music room.

Enjoy southerly views over the beautifully kept formal gardens and parkland. In addition there is a sweeping Italian stone staircase with balcony on which to frame some lovely wedding day photographs or if you prefer, in any one of the stunning formal rooms.

Everything can be arranged for you, from accommodation to flowers and your dining requirements.

Property Features


Sir William Maxwell, 2nd Baronet of Springkell, built the house in 1734. Sir John Shaw Heron-Maxwell added the wings around 1818, at a time when expansion was a status symbol and building the hobby of every landed gentleman from the Regent downwards. In 1893 the Heron Maxwells sold Springkell to Sir Jabez Edward Johnson-Ferguson, 1st Baronet, and during the next decade the interior of the house was entirely reconstructed. Timber, mainly from the estate, was used to renew the old doors, panelling, wainscoting and floors, new fireplaces were put in, plate-glass replaced the Georgian sash windows and the whole house was redecorated. The entrance hall with its handsome black and white marble floor was formed into a long corridor linked to the wings by pillared arches. First floor rooms were remodelled, some of the roof-lines altered, and later on a little Victorian eastern wing built. At this time too, the terraced gardens were laid out on the south front. Sir Jabez brought with him paintings, art treasures and relics from Italy, Greece and other countries where his family had travelled, and many of these are in the house today. He was succeeded in 1929 by his son, Sir Edward, who died in 1953 and then his widow the Hon Lady Johnson-Ferguson, and then her oldest son Major Neil Johnson-Ferguson, and then his third son Captain Michael Johnson-Ferguson, and is now owned by his eldest son James Johnson-Ferguson. At Springkell today, one has the impression of three different periods which are sometimes distinct, sometimes intermingled. Outside the Early Georgian character of the central building still dominates the house. Inside, there are strong elements of both Regency and Edwardian taste, sharing, at least, a bold and extrovert quality of space and splendour. The imposing Regency drawing room in the west wing, with its great bow of windows, has a formal splendour also contributed by the Edwardian age. The ceiling is decorated with plasterwork garlands, fans and scroll work. The morning room, in the centre of the old house, overlooking the garden, was possibly the original entrance hall. The Hon. Lady Johnson-Ferguson, whose early home, Bodnant, in North Wales, is famous for its gardens, came from a family learned in many phpects of horticulture. She was an expert and active gardener and at Springkell developed one of the loveliest and most interesting gardens in Dumfriesshire.


SPRINGKELL CASTLE's table of pricing

From: 450 to: 800 / week.
Night : 160


Springkell can also be hired on a bed & breakfast basis for bookings within 8 weeks of the arrival date.
  • Luxury Ensuite Rooms priced at £180 per room per night.
  • Deluxe Double Rooms priced at £120 per room per night.
  • Dinner priced at £35 per person per night.
  • All rooms contain tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryers and luxury bathrobes.
  • All rooms are non-smoking.


    Springkell is offered for your exclusive use stays. Please note that not all rooms are en-suite.
    • All rooms contain tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryers and luxury bathrobes.
    • All rooms are non-smoking.
    • The maximum capacity for people eating in the Springkell ballroom is 100.
    • A marquee with food and a bar can be organised.
    • The exclusive use fee varies with the season, from £2,500 to £8,000 per night.
    • For instance, for a Saturday in August the exclusive use fee is £8,000.


Kennel Cottage Per Room (Sleeps 4 - 1 x double room and 1 x twin room) Chauffeur's Cottage Per Room (Sleeps 4 - 1 x double room and 1 x twin room)
  • Cottages are available from £160 per night & £450 per week.
  • Christmas and New Year from £800 per week.



Springkell is located just 7 miles from the historic Gretna Green, two and a half miles from the M74. Springkell offers accessible seclusion. Just over an hour from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle. Under two hours from Manchester. Set in hundreds of acres of parkland and farmland, you can go for a walk along the five drives or walk along the Kirtle river to Kirkconnel Churchyard, a Scottish National Monument, only 400 metres from the house. The staff will happily arrange mountain biking, kayaking, golf, clay pigeon shooting, fishing and treatments for you to make your stay even more memorable. Springkell is a large house where you can unwind and enjoy yourselves.

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