Situated in the picturesque Scottish valley of Abbey St Bathans, the Abbey Kirk is available for hire for weddings, parties, concerts, meetings, and more. The Kirk is in the centre of the village, next to the river Whiteadder with ancient wild oak woodland on the adjacent bank. The fabulous Victorian Gothic Abbey St Bathans Mansion House is close by.
Inside, there is a fine effigy of Ada, a former Prioress, which combined with the Victorian stained glass windows creates a historical ambiance. Everything else within has been recently renovated or replaced including a new oak floor (great for dancing), kitchenette, and lavatory. There is ample room to host 100 people and furniture to seat, wine and dine 60 people.
Outside, there is raised flat grassy terrace next to the river with enough space for marquees up to 15x25m (enough to seat around 200 people) and, accessed by the Old Laird's steps, more outside space on the riverbank. There is also potential use of the adjacent Kirk Field.
History of the Kirk
There has been a religious site in Abbey St Bathans for at least 800 years. The present Abbey Kirk is built on the site of a Cistercian Priory originally founded in the 12th Century. The building was modified in the 19th Century by the Turnbull Family with the addition of the Laird's entrance and belltower. It was bought from the Church of Scotland in 2011 by Joy Dobie, a local farmer and relation of the Turnbull's who re-opened it after some careful restoration and refurbishment.