Cornhill on Tweed, Northumberland, UK, TD12 4UU
Tel: +44 (0) 1890 882255. Fax: +44 (0) 1890 882540. 3 STARS. „
Many thanks to the friendly staff for an most enjoyable stay. Would highly recommend a vsit to this historic hotel and extensive grounds. Already making plans for another visit.
I’m getting married on July 26th next year and as you can imagine things can get quiet hectic very quickly indeed. Once we had set a date in mind, we needed to try to find a venue for our reception after the ceremony itself. I live in the Scottish Borders and in this area things tend to be a bit ‘spread out’, so we needed to find somewhere that wasn’t too far away from the Church. A drive round the countryside led us to various places, but as soon as Susan saw Tillmouth Park she fell in love with the location. Tillmouth Park was originally built on a design by Charles Barry, whom I’m sure you’ll all know was the architect for the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. Constructed in 1882 (which makes my house older than it by 50 years, now that’s scary!). It is set in 15 acres of really beautiful gardens and woodland – something which no doubt will be really good for all those wedding photographs that’ll be taken on the big day. The house itself is situated just outside of Coldsteam, once you enter the actual grounds you slowly snake around a road with extensive forests either side of you – after a few minutes you will soon see the house itself. Tillmouth has 14 bedrooms; each is uniquely styled but retains a period look in its design. If you visit the official website for the hotel at www.tillmouthpark.co.uk you can have a look at a photo gallery of pretty much every room in the hotel. I personally found the website very useful, I was able to give the website address to friends and family who will hopefully be attending the wedding and they could have a real look at where they will be visiting. The Hotel comprises of 14 bedrooms (as I already mentioned) and also has 2 large reception rooms as well as a smaller reception area. The main room where everything will be taking place has a view straight up to the top of the building, around which are a series of landings
that lead to the various rooms – a terrible description I know but hopefully if you look at the website photo’s you’ll get the idea. If you are going to hire Tillmouth for your wedding reception then you have to take the hotel for your exclusive use of a weekend (or in other words, Friday night and all of Saturday) It’s also a pre-requisite that you have to fill at least eight rooms on the Friday night – you have to pay for them regardless of filling them or not, which I thought was a bit much to be honest, but luckily our friends and families are looking forward to making a real weekend of things, so it’s not so much of a problem. There are two well-stocked bars (although that’ll soon change once I get there!) that overlook the gardens as well as a bistro restaurant for a less informal meal. The hotel really does give a sense of luxury and opulence it must be said, from the warm, wood panelled walls to the wonderfully ornate architecture inside the hotel, I know it sounds corny but it does give a ‘timeless elegance’ feel to it all and I can’t wait to see all my family together here! Should you look for something to do, you don’t need to venture too far from the hotel either – if the thought of blasting clay pigeons to smithereens appeals to you then the staff are more than happy to arrange it for you – if fishing takes your fancy this can also be arranged to, but it doesn’t stop there. There are plenty of good golf courses in the borders and packages can be tailored to suit your needs, something for everyone to get the feel of a country retreat I’m sure you’ll agree. Once we decided to use Tillmouth as our reception venue we were contacted by the Hotels events planner, she took us through the various options open to us in terms of menu ideas for both the daytime and also evening events, as well as a selection of wine lists that we can choo
se from. As with most reception venues you can bring your own wine if you wish, but the hotel does charge a fee for corkage, making it fairly redundant in bringing your own drink. The planner also told us that menus’ can be customised to whatever we wish, and she also provided a detailed list of ‘Things to do’ when preparing for a wedding. A list of local companies for photographers, car hire etc. was also given, so they really do try to help you as much as possible. Of course, it’s best to visit any reception venue a few times to get an idea of the food etc. When we visited the hotel the planner happened to bump into us and was really warm and friendly, the staff were all very pleasant and the food served was really delicious. Sadly (as with most of these places) it isn’t cheap unfortunately, but we’ve saved up long enough to deserve something special and hopefully Tillmouth will give us that. It is of course also a ‘normal’ hotel should you fancy a weekend away. Once again a visit to the website gives you a tariff for different rooms, as well as an idea for places to visit in the Border region. There is also an ‘availability’ checker that lets you see if rooms would be available for your intended stay in the area – why not treat yourself and try it now!