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Rose Leslie Owns The Scottish Castle Where She Married Game of Thrones' Kit Harington

Rose Leslie's family has owned the ancient castle-among many other castles-for over 900 years. Here's a tour inside.

In the U.K., castle weddings are quite typical, thanks to the abundance of medieval structures. Many wealthy landowners have also chosen to turn these properties into wedding venues, hotels, and bed and breakfasts to fund maintenance costs and other expenses.

But this wasn’t the case for Game of Thrones stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie’s wedding. The newlyweds had their wedding at Wardhill Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland—a castle that’s been owned by Rose Leslie’s family for almost 900 years.

Leslie’s father is the chieftain of Aberdeenshire clan Leslie while her mother is a descendant of King Charles II. The Leslie clan has owned several castles over the centuries namely Leslie Castle, Warthill House, Leslie House, Rothes Castle, Fetternear Palace, Balgonie Castle, Ballinbreich Castle, and Castle Leslie. In 2013, Lickleyhead Castle, the castle where Leslie grew up was put on sale for £1.35 million.

Here's a tour around Wardhill Castle.

The stunning 12th-century castle is surrounded by breathtaking views of the Bennachie hill.

The whole property is available to rent on Airbnb for P154,991 a night.

The page states, “Wardhill Castle is a great venue for family gatherings, reunions and birthday celebrations. It is well located to arrive from the airport within 30 minutes. It is set in 700 acres of beautiful parkland and mature woodland, with a large garden and south facing terrace and a number of lovely walks on the grounds.”

One of the castle’s highlights is its bright living room.


The room has noticeably been redone, but several portraits of the Leslie clan still decorate the room.

Not to mention, the antique gilt mirror, marble fireplace, and the vintage trunks.

The grand dining room is perfect for feasts.

It can impressively sit 16 people.

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After dinner, guests can retire in the library/sitting room.

It has a television and an open fireplace that’s “perfect for a cosy dram of whisky in the evening to unwind or relax with a good book.”

The staircase is filled with antiques, as expected with any castle.

There are eight newly decorated bedrooms.

Each room has crisp white linen sheets and fluffy towels with The White Company.

Many of the bedrooms have views of the grounds.

While the bathrooms are stocked with Jo Malone London products.


The game room comes complete with a ping-pong table.

If you're not particularly fond of ping-pong, the castle also has board games, croquet mallets, and a football.

There's a wonderful two-acre 'secret' walled garden.

The castle’s website says the site is perfect for a glamping adventure.

A marquee can be placed in either the garden or the front lawn.

Both are expansive enough to hold a 150-plus person marquee for weddings, parties, and other special occasions.

There's a little holiday cottage on site, called the South Lodge Gate House.

The cottage has two bedrooms that can sleep four people.

The interiors have been updated with modern fittings including a state-of-the-art kitchen.


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