Prince Charles has been given the green light to build a luxury wedding venue in the grounds of his Scottish stately home.
It will cater for up to 200 guests, and will have a new walled garden built next to it.
Weddings are currently held in the Tapestry Room of historic Dumfries House, near Cumnock, Ayrshire, with receptions taking place in a marquee erected next to the main house.
However, the marquee is thought to detract from the character of the A-listed building, which the prince helped to save for the nation. The pavilion will be in surrounding woodland.
Weddings are currently held in the Tapestry Room of historic Dumfries House (piotured) but receptions in an outdoor marquee are thought to detract from the character of the building
As well as a pavilion for wedding receptions, there are also plans to build a walled garden (above, in an artist’s drawing)
Charles, pictured with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today, headed up a consortium to buy the 18th-century house and its Chippendale furniture in a £45million deal in 2007
The project will create up to 20 jobs, with the profits being reinvested into charitable activities at the Dumfries House estate.
Plans were submitted to East Ayrshire Council in April and were approved last week after no objections were lodged.
In a report, planners said: ‘This proposal clearly has a high potential to deliver the economic benefit originally envisaged by the applicant for both Dumfries House and the wider community through its potential to increase tourism, secure existing jobs and provide new jobs.’
The prince helped to arrange a £45million deal to buy Dumfries House and its collection of Chippendale furniture, leading a consortium of charities and the Scottish Government to make the purchase in 2007. His own charitable foundation contributed £20million.
A design statement submitted by the Prince’s Foundation to the council said: ‘Event hosting is vitally important to the survival of all that goes on within Dumfries House Estate and farther afield. The primary function of the new pavilion is to provide a venue for weddings, unique in character and of the highest quality.’
Dumfries House, designed by the Adam brothers in the 18th century, was put up for sale by its former owner, the aristocrat and former F1 racing driver Johnny Dumfries. It opened to the public in the summer of 2008 following intensive restoration work.
Princes Charles recently merged four of his charities focusing on culture, heritage, built environment and community education into one foundation based at Dumfries House.
Plans for the venue (pictured) were submitted to East Ayrshire Council in April and were approved last week after no objections were lodged
Dumfries House was built in the 1750s for William Dalrymple, the 5th Earl of Dumfries, and is known for its furniture collection (pictured)