History of the Castle
If you dont know the history of Highcliffe castle it is amazing in itself. It was built in the 1800’s and was the realisation of one man’s fantasy, that of Lord Stuart de Rothesay. While serving as the diplomatic advisor in Paris he had a large amount of medieval French masonry shipped across the Channel to Steamer Point. The Castle has been described as the most important surviving house of the Romantic and Picturesque style of architecture. Britannica define this style as “having the aesthetic quality existing between the sublime and the beautiful with irregularity, asymmetry and interesting textures.”
This style flourished at the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century. The castle played host to many important guests during its glittering heyday with royalty from France, Germany, Holland, Spain, Greece, Italy, Sweden and Norway visiting which amounted to six Kings, ten Queens, ten Princes and twelve Princesses visiting.
In the last century the property slowly came out of favour and there was an awful fire at the property just over 50 years ago. The local council bought the property in 1977 and has slowly renovated the castle.
When I started doing weddings at Highcliffe Castle, some 20 years ago, it was just a shell with the main wedding hall the only working room. Over the last 10 years with the help of lottery funds the castle has slowly come back to life. It is now something to behold.
Weddings at Highcliffe Castle
This couple came from Boston in the USA to marry at the castle with Dan’s family living close by. It was a big fairy-tale wedding with castles, horse and carriages, a great hall and loads of love and laughter. Hope you like looking through the pictures and please come back soon to see more.
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