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Highcliffe Castle wins Wedding Venue of the Year award

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STAFF at Highcliffe Castle celebrated after winning gold at the Dorset Tourism Awards for Wedding Venue of the Year.

The Grade I listed building is a prize location locally for couples wanting to tie the knot and has now been recognised as the best in the county.

Katie Ingham, heritage team leader at the castle, said: “The team at the castle work extremely hard to deliver magical weddings for the couples who choose this picturesque venue and are delighted to receive this accolade.

Highcliffe Castle was built in the 1830s by Lord Stuart de Rothesay
Highcliffe Castle was built in the 1830s by Lord Stuart de Rothesay

“Couples can build their own unique story within this wonderful venue, and the memories created are treasured for years to come.”

Built in the 1830s by Lord Stuart de Rothesay, the castle was at one time the home of Harry Selfridge, heir to the famous London department store. It is now owned by BCP Council.

Cllr Nigel Brooks, whose ward the castle is in, said: "It’s wonderful coastal location and historical royal connections make it a perfect setting not only to celebrate one’s special day, but also treasure some memorable photos in the superb grounds and the Castle backdrop."

Cllr Beverley Dunlop, BCP Council cabinet member for culture and vibrant places, said: "If you're dreaming of a romantic wedding on the coast in an historic setting it really doesn't get much better than this.”

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