Daffodils, sunshine and lots of love
Friday March 24th 2017 saw the arrival of the first wedding guests of the year here at Myres Castle. The Myres team had worked tirelessly both inside and outside of the castle to ensure the cobwebs were literally blown away after the Christmas break.
Spring cleaning on an industrial scale has been in full swing since the departure of our last 2016 wedding guests back in October 2016, give or take a few weeks for Christmas, New Year and annual leave (our head Housekeeper Anne needs an annual Florida fix to recharge the batteries and the Barge’s went all exotic on a boat in the Caribbean). Imagine spring cleaning a standard two-up-two-down and multiply it up to the scale of Myres and you can picture the spring cleaning to-do list for the Castle. At Myres we pride ourselves on the 5 star luxury experience and this can only be achieved with lots of hard work and determination, so we rolled up our sleeves and got stuck right in…
Literally miles of skirting boards have been scrubbed with a toothbrush - yes you did read that correctly, our Anne is a hard task master! Miles might be a slight exaggeration but it certainly felt like it and our beautifully manicured nails were broken and chipped by the end. *insert sympathetic ‘awwww’ here*. All jokes aside, Myres really is a powerhouse of enthusiasm and team spirit gets us through the less glamourous jobs. Windows were washed, valance sheets laundered (who knew those were so hard to iron!?), curtains washed, carpets shampooed…the list is endless.
And we have even started on the maintenance! Again, imagine maintaining a standard home never mind a 10-bedroom castle dating back to the 1500s. Undaunted by the enormity of the task there have been numerous jobs completed, windows replaced, windows painted, driveways re-gravelled, garden seating areas constructed and Victorian showers refurbished. On top of all this, we have been restocking and refreshing to ensure the Castle is as luxurious as ever. The shopping list has included Egyptian cotton sheets, a new range of guest toiletries, shower curtains, bath mats, toilet brushes, and mattress toppers.
It may sound all very boring, but at Myres we understand the importance of attention to detail…no matter how mundane those details may be! The end goal of the Spring deep clean is ultimately a spotlessly clean, impeccable maintained Castle ready to open its doors (via a newly polished brass door knob) to a drove of wedding guests eager to enjoy all Myres has to offer.
And so, March 2017 came around and we welcomed our first couple – Claire and Russell. Russell is no stranger to Myres having catered many events for us (he owns and runs his own fantastic catering business - The Edinburgh Catering Company – check them out!)
Claire and Russell were delightfully laid back and eased us gently into our 2017 wedding season. Thanks to the Scottish sunshine (summer arrived on the weekend of 24/25/26 March with highs of 18 at Myres) the newlyweds were able to take full advantage of the gardens. Fuelled by bubbly (67 bottles were mentioned…) the wedding reception was a dancing and Jaeger bomb fuelled roaring success!
Wedding number two followed swiftly behind Russell and Claire, and we were delighted to welcome Lizzie and James and their residential guests on 31st March 2017. You would be no fool for thinking an outdoor ceremony was a big ask in Scotland on the 1st of April (see what I did there?) but this was our lovely bride’s request. So, as hail stones and flash showers were reported in neighbouring Glenrothes and Cupar our bride and groom stood amongst the daffodils and said their vows - we truly were blessed by the weather gods!
The rest of the wedding was just as magical as the nuptials themselves and throughout Myres, its staff and owners there was a resounding feeling of triumph…
We were back! The Myres 2017 wedding season would be just as fabulous as previous years and we were off to a flying start…new toilet brushes and all!