Nestling in the rolling foothills of the Lammermuirs, Leaston is a quiet, special place. A magical rural idyll just 20 miles south of Edinburgh. We do not pretend to have all the professionalism of larger and grander venues; we are a family business, this is our home. We accept at most 4 – 5 bookings each year so that we can give all our love and attention to those select events. As one of our bridal couples said to us “it’s the venue that’s not a venue” and that is exactly how we see it.
Why do people hold their weddings here? First and foremost is the spirit of the place. It has its own special feel, its own magic, above all it is peaceful. This is the place for a natural, country wedding, wild in the true sense of the word. There is nothing to hear except birdsong and the occasional sheep, nothing to see except trees woods and the distant hills. On a clear night the only light is the stars shining out from a midnight sky.
The next most important thing is that we do not have a formula – each wedding and party we have held over the years has been totally different. Leaston is a blank canvas, there are so many options and always more to explore. We enjoy getting to know our bridal couples and their families and always have a lot of fun working out together exactly what their vision is.
We can provide everything you need. As a family we all have different skills to offer – Jamie is front of house and general management, Ror is chef, Adelaide is florist, Hilary is flower grower and head gardener, Duncan is wine expert and lawn mower. We have a team of staff who help us out all of whom we know well and who are used to the way we do things. And in addition we have trusted suppliers who we have worked with over the years who will provide all the other things you need from wedding cakes to marquees and loos.
We can host weddings large or small and aim to give to each and every one a warm personal touch. This is a day you will remember all your life and if you choose to hold your wedding here at Leaston we will do everything we can to make it perfect.
Leaston is the perfect venue for a wild wedding in the hills of East Lothian. Off the beaten track, but less than an hour’s drive from Edinburgh and just a few minutes from the picturesque Humbie Kirk, our beautiful walled garden, wild gardens and grounds surrounding the house are perfect for those wanting something a bit different and a bit wild.
A 30 acre expanse of wildflower meadows, cultivated gardens, planted woodlands, and the Leaston flower garden, a flower farm and vegetable garden, which can both be used for your decoration and menu. We also supply a small number of local florists with local and sustainable cut flowers.
We also grow a few things for the table at Leaston: Wensleydale Sheep for wool and mutton; Berkshire Pigs for bacon; the garden is packed with Rhubarb, soft fruits, apples and vegetables; the hedgerows and meadows around are perfect for foraging.
“Leaston is an incredible place to get married. The setting is stunning, with a variety of options for the location of the ceremony. We chose to hold ours in the walled garden, along with our drinks reception, and it was honestly quite magical. Our guests were absolutely blown away.”
“Where to start with thanking you for all you did to make out wedding so wonderful. We seriously fell in love with the place and it made the perfect setting for our wedding from start to finish. But on top of that you went above and beyond for us in every single way. You were so warm and generous in opening up your home and welcoming us into it.”