According to plans being led by Prince Charles, Dumfries House near Cumnock in East Ayrshire is to have a state-of-the-art facility that will allow parties of up to 200 guests to attend weddings of the “highest quality”.
The 18th century property, designed by Robert Adam, was put up for sale by its previous owner, former F1 racing driver Johnny Dumfries, in 2007. In a deal that cost £45 million, Charles’ own charitable foundation contributing £20m, the intention, together with the Scottish government, was to save the listed mansion house and its collection of rare Chippendale furniture.
Following intensive restoration work, it opened to the public in the summer of 2008. With the Prince’s Foundation intent on maximising commercial opportunities, a decision on the planning application for a luxury wedding venue will come before East Ayrshire Council at the end of June.
Documents lodged with the local planning authority propose an oak pavilion, clad in larch and cedar shingles designed to complement the surrounding woodland. Weddings are currently held at the estate, where its Tapestry Room is licensed for ceremonies hosting up to 120 guests. However, the main celebrations currently take place in a temporary marquee, which is thought to detract from the character of Dumfries House. It is hoped the facility will open by 2020.