Price of Victorian mansion used as wedding venue slashed by £250k


A STUNNING mansion put on the market after it collapsed as a wedding venue has been slashed in price by £250,000.

The huge, 15-bedroom Solsgirth House was put on the market in March this year after its alcolhol licence was rejected by the local council.

Bosses at the luxury wedding property closed the doors in January, leaving several couples without a venue, and placed the mansion on the market shortly afterwards for £2m.

However, after being on the market for just under six months, the asking price, which includes five receptions rooms and a ballroom, has been dropped to £1.75m.

The owners of the Victorian mansion in Dollar, Clackmannanshire, The Aurora Hotel Collection, pulled out of the venue after the local council rejected alcohol licencing applications after concerns were raised by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

Weddings at Solsgirth House started from £5,000, according to a brochure by Aurora Hotel Collection from 2014.

Sellers Knight Frank have described the 19th century stately home as a “impressive Victorian mansion”.

Their brochure read: “Solsgirth House is an impressive Victorian mansion of dressed stone with slate roofs.

“The house is set in about 26 acres of gardens and grounds within protective woodlands and a spectacular bank of rhododendrons.

“The original house was built in 1871 in the baronial style with later sections added at the end of the century in a more ornate design with many Art Nouveau features.

“The main reception rooms on the ground floor which include drawing room, dining room, library and ballroom all have large windows with lovely views across the formal gardens or the woodland policies with the Ochil Hills beyond.

“They all have ornate plasterwork, working shutters, oak floors and the detailed timber work is varied and of the highest quality.”

The incredible venue, features its very own chapel, a large marble and oak fireplace with “inlaid ebony”, French walnute framework in the library and a billiard room.

The brochure added: “To the east of the ballroom is a 60 ft (18m) long pillared loggia with stone pillars and balustrades and a tiled floor.

“There are impressive arched stone entrances at either end. Stairs off the main reception hall lead down to the lower ground floor where there are a number of rooms including laundry, office, various stores and a catering kitchen.”

The regal home is approached through an impressice gateway and a winding drive through a mature garden which even includes a hidden garden.

Solsgirth House closed its doors at the beginning of the year despite having weddings booked throughout 2017.

According to reports at the time three “occasional” alcohol licence applications were knocked back by the council forcing it to cancel the planned weddings.

Steven McLeod, chief executive of the Aurora Hotel Collection, at the time said Aurora had been in touch with all the affected couples.

85 per cent had accepted offers to host their big day at one of the company’s other venues, while the others had been refunded in full.

Speaking earlier this year to the Scottish Wedding Directory, he said: “The Aurora Hotel Collection had planned a significant investment in Solsgirth House and had been in advanced discussions with the local planning department.

“However, the group’s plans were thwarted by the onerous requirements of the building control and licensing departments of Perth and Kinross Council, and the costs associated with these made it prohibitive to operate the business.”

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