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In BriefVenue for 26,000 weddings on sale for £2m

Venue for 26,000 weddings on sale for £2m

THE most romantic address in Scotland is for sale – to anyone with a spare £2m.

22 Park Circus, Glasgow, has been the venue for 26,000 weddings over the past two decades.

Couples at the rate of 25 a week have been drawn to the 12,000 sq ft mansion’s stunning interior which includes carved wooden ceilings, intricate ironworks, fireplaces and original cornices.

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More than 26,000 loved up couples have got married in the lavish building. Credit – White Tree Photography

The Victorian manor, located in Glasgow’s prestigious West End, was built to order by an iron tycoon 140 years ago.

From the outside, the building looks much like its elegant neighbours in the street.

But after entering the heavy glass doors, an array of original 19th century features and breathtaking intricacies prove exactly why the A-listed property is unique.

The mansion is spread over four levels and boasts dozens of detailed columns on the ground floor.

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The property has been on the market for around 18 months.

Surrounded by an array of detailed wall high windows, the grand entrance then lead onto a breathtaking marble staircase.

During its initial construction, a glass conservatory and a Turkish bath were also built – however these are now in disuse.

It has previously been transformed into a nightclub and also played home to the Italian Consulate in Scotland.

After becoming a prime wedding destination for loved-up couples across the globe, the building was divided into five wedding suites.

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The marble staircase is surrounded by beautifully intricate ceilings.

But now the current owner of the property is hoping it can once again be transformed back into a plush family home.

A spokeswoman for estate agents Rettie said the former registry office is an “exceptional opportunity for the right buyer”.

She added: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything of this size and scale come up on the market in this part of Glasgow before.”

The luxurious property was designed by architect Charles Wilson for owner of Glasgow based company Saracen Foundry, Mr Walter MacFarlane.

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The lavish registry office was used for civil ceremonies.

The lavish interiors were then added by James Boucher.

MacFarlane grew immensely wealthy after producing and selling thousands of ornate iron works across the world.

His factory was one of the foremost foundries in the world – employing pioneering Scottish architect Alexander “Greek” Thomson and John Burnet to design their products.

The spokeswoman for Rettie added: “We have had a lot of interest in the property and been close to selling but for some reason or other, it hasn’t.

“Some people have been interested in splitting the building into flats but it’s a listed building so the council would never authorise that.

“There has also been ideas to turn it into a boutique hotel.

“It would be great if somebody wanted to buy it as a family home so it would just be about finding someone who would need all that space.”

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