Bourbonne Smythe – Junior Suite
Retaining all the character and tradition you would expect from Gretna Hall Historic Marriage House, the Bourbonne Smyth is a fantastically unique bridal suite, guaranteed to make your Gretna Green wedding all the more memorable. Relax in your super-king-sized bed as you enjoy a movie of your choice with your very own DVD player and flat-screen TV.
End the day in serenity as you sink into a hot bath in our modern bathroom and shower, with complimentary luxury toiletries included in your stay.
The story behind the room
Prince Carlo Ferdinando Bourbonne brother of King Ferdinand of Naples brought Penelope Smyth to Gretna Hall to be his bride on 7th May 1836. He was so desperately in love with the beautiful Irish Girl, he was willing to remove his right of succession to the throne of Italy to marry her; he was not permitted to marry her without the permission of his brother, the king. Having heard about the strength of Scottish law on the subject of marriage, they came to Gretna Green. This couple was so determined to be husband and wife that they went through five marriage ceremonies in less than three months. Firstly they set off for Rome in February 1836 where they sought an audience with the pope and asked for his sanction to their union. They went through a private ceremony at the Royal Villa of Marlia near Lucca, which at that time was an independent republic! They married a second time in Madrid and then again in Rome By Cardinal Wold, but the validity of these marriages remained in doubt. They then went to London where they attended a reception given by his majesty King William IV. It was here that they heard about the Scottish laws. After their ceremony at Gretna Green, they wanted the blessing of the church so, in the fashionable church of St’ George’s Hanover Square London, they were married for the fifth time!