Bourbonne Smythe – Junior Suite
One of our two Junior Suites’, situated within the original 300-year-old house – The Bourbonne Smythe retains all the character and tradition you would expect. This beautiful suite is spacious and relaxing offering you all the facilities you need while away from home or indeed on your wedding night.
The story of 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!
- Direct Dial Telephone
- Tea & Coffee making facilities
- Flat Screen Freeview Color TV
- DVD Player
- Complimentary Luxury Toiletries
- Free WiFi
- Sleeps up to 2 persons