Game of Thrones star Rose Leslie’s family uses castle as a vacation location without a building permit
The family of Game of Thrones actress Rose Leslie uses the Scottish castle where she was married as a holiday home without a building permit.
The 12th-century Wardhill Castle, near Inverurie in Aberdeenshire, was acquired by William Arbuthnot Leslie and his wife Sarah four years ago.
They have since turned the castle into a holiday destination, but were ‘unaware’ that they needed official permission to do so.
12th-century Wardhill Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, the owners of which have subsequently applied for planning permission and converted it into a holiday retreat
Game of Thrones stars Rose Leslie and Kit Harington married in 2018 at her family’s Scottish castle
The couple have filed an ex-post authorization request with the Aberdeenshire Council to change the use of the castle and the adjacent town and ensure that the rental of legal goods is legal.
The castle, a 25-mile drive northwest of Aberdeen, is set in extensive grounds and the property combines newly decorated bedrooms and modern bathrooms with ornate salons and lounges that reflect 900 years of history.
It can be rented on a self-catering or catering basis for up to 16 guests.
In an effort to get permission, documents submitted by the couple stated, “This will bring net economic and social benefits by providing tourists staying at Wardhill Castle the opportunity to visit the local rural area and nearby local attractions and earn income for the local business, such as nearby castle, golf clubs, whiskey distilleries, as well as the town’s restaurants, cafes and shops.
“There are also opportunities for smaller local businesses to take advantage of the castle guests, in the form of catering, transportation, on-site beauty treatments and outdoor activities offered to guests.”
The graceful salon can accommodate 80 guests for weddings at Wardhill Castle
One of the lavishly decorated lounges is open to guests staying in the 12th-century castle
One of the modern bedrooms in the castle, transformed by William and Sarah Leslie
A view of one of the en-suite bathrooms in the eight bedrooms at Aberdeenshire Castle
Wardhill Castle is located on a vast estate where you can quad or shoot
Their application concluded that the plans will deliver a ‘new luxury destination’ with the aim of attracting guests from all over the world.
The Aberdeenshire Council will decide on the plans in due course. Representatives of the couple have been approached for comment.
Ms. Leslie, a chartered surveyor, said to Homes and Interior Scotland last year: “We moved here in 2014 and had our son, Harry, a year later.
“At the same time, we had started redecorating Wardhill Castle and looking for ways it could make an income.”
Game of Thrones star Rose Leslie and husband Kit Harington, who met while filming the hit television series, got married there in 2018.
More than 80 family members, plus Game of Thrones co-stars Emilia Clarke and Peter Dinklage, watched them tie the knot in the castle’s ornate drawing room.
Leslie and Harington as their characters Ygritte and Jon Snow in Game of Thrones season three
Wardhill Castle is home to the old Leslie Clan, of which Rose is a part. Her father, the Honorable Alexander Leslie, is the chieftain.
Set on a sprawling estate of cornfields and grazing sheep and cattle, it costs up to £ 5,500 for a weekend stay, rising to £ 7,500 over Christmas or Easter.
The castle has its own butler – guests charge £ 200 per day, a house cook, cook menus up to £ 70 per person and a bagpiper on request.
The bedrooms each have their own name and distinct style, including the Turret bedroom, the Spanish bedroom, the Georgian bedroom and the Laird bedroom.
Activities offered on the estate include clay pigeon shooting, quad biking and even a mini highland game.