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源自1885年……

苏格兰格林小镇成立于1885年。作为一个家族企业,在过去的130多年里,我的家族在格林小镇一直处于核心地位。它是一个非常团结的家族企业。

早在1885年,休斯顿(Houston)的曾祖父休·麦基(Hugh Mackie)就买下了包括农田和格林小镇的小村庄在内的大部分地产。小镇里其中一栋比较著名的建筑,就是铁匠作坊(Blacksmith's Workshop),自1754年《婚姻法》(Marriage Act)颁布以来,这里就以浪漫的历史而闻名,是逃婚情侣的天堂。

从曾祖父休·麦基(Hugh Mackie)时代起,之后的三代人都继承了农耕的传统。即便这样,他们也为格林小镇地区旅游业的发展做出了卓越的贡献。休·麦基把生意传给了阿拉斯代尔的祖父乔治·麦基,然后乔治·麦基又传给了他女儿,也就是阿拉斯代尔的母亲莫伊拉·麦基。莫伊拉嫁给了阿戴尔·休斯顿,现在生意又传到了阿拉斯代尔和他的妹妹苏珊的手里。   

在过去的四代人里,一家人尽了最大的努力,把格林小镇著名的铁匠店,从苏格兰最受欢迎的地标之一发展成苏格兰的主要旅游目的地之一。超过120年的婚礼举办经验,让它成为该地区甚至是世界上历史最悠久的婚礼策划师!

 

不仅仅是因为婚礼而著名……

经过阿戴尔·休斯顿的不懈努力,格林小镇成为苏格兰最受欢迎的旅游目的地之一。阿戴尔的愿景是发展成一家诚信可靠的家族企业,一步一个脚印的发展,直至成为一个与当地文化背景相结合的一流旅游景点。阿拉斯戴尔和苏珊也继续沿着阿戴尔·休斯顿的足迹,不断发展和改进每一项商业活动。

 

展望未来……

保留铁匠作坊的特点对家族企业来说非常重要!阿拉斯戴尔·休斯顿说:“在格林小镇婚礼的陪伴下长大,我对自己继承的遗产充满热情和忠诚。我们有责任维护好每一栋古老的建筑,在为现代婚礼提供场地的同时保持其特色。我从父母那里继承了这一遗产,我将继续维护好这些古老的建筑,让下一代享用。

我的愿景是坚定地着眼于未来,同时培育好遗产的文化价值。我认为格雷特纳•格林不仅仅是一个迷人的过去,更是一个大胆而令人兴奋的未来。”我致力于将格林小镇发展成现代婚礼举办地,这就是为什么我们在2006年开设了史密斯酒店,对我们而言,未来还将面临着更多新的冒险与挑战”

 

格林小镇“逃婚”历史超过130年……

格雷特纳·格林小镇之所以能在一夜之间获得了全国乃至国际社会的认可,是因为当时英国婚姻法的限制迫使年轻的情侣们做出了极端的计划——前往苏格兰边境,在格林小镇结为夫妻。如今,每年都有超过1000场婚礼和近200场洗礼在著名的铁匠店举行——最初的婚姻之家。整个格林小镇和格雷特纳地区将继续打破婚礼场次的记录,每年举行约4500场婚礼,约占苏格兰地区婚礼总数的13% !

在过去的130多年里,格林小镇一直是格雷特纳地区婚礼行业的核心。现在作为一家独立的婚礼场地和婚宴场地供应商,格林小镇可以灵活地为您提供您想要的婚礼风格。你可以选择单独预订,也可以从一系列超值的婚礼套餐中挑选符合预算的套餐。格林小镇一定可以为您提供定制化的选择。如果你不想要一个特定的婚礼套餐,你不必拘泥于它,因为格林小镇还有其它的婚礼策划师,给您提供您喜爱的婚礼策划。格林小镇是如此的灵活具有创意,而目的就是为了创造出您心中所梦想的婚礼。

 

苏格兰最早的旅游景点之一……

当休·麦基(Hugh Mackie)拥有这家铁匠铺时,由于“冷静期”法案的出台,这家铁匠铺结婚的“逃婚”情侣的数量有所下降。然而还是有许多好奇的游客透过窗户往这座小楼里窥视,对店铺里充满了好奇。当游客们好奇地敲开休·麦基的门,要求进去看看铁匠的铺子,这便促使他第一次将这家铁匠铺向公众开放,并为这座充满历史和个性的建筑注入新的活力。因此,随着越来越多的游客前来参观这座以浪漫历史而闻名的建筑,休·麦基(Hugh Mackie)最终打开了通往苏格兰首批游客景点之一的大门!

如今,格林小镇著名的铁匠店每年吸引超过80万的游客,2018年以81.2万人次,又一次打破了历史记录!

 

一个国际知名的购物目的地……

格林小镇成立70多年来,一直与苏格兰和英国顶尖的针织、花呢和格子呢设计师和生产商保持着良好的合作关系。格林小镇一直在寻找新的、充满创意的现代设计师和制造商,并将它们的产品都展示在格林小镇的商店中。格林小镇著名的铁匠商店里的商品,大部分产品都可以在格林小镇中文商城中购买。

除了苏格兰本地的品牌,在线上商城和实体商店里收纳了许多世界知名品牌:哈里斯粗花呢、尼斯、施华洛世奇、巴伯、Joules和沃尔克斯。

除此之外,格林小镇还拥有精致的苏格兰商店(Scottish Shop),这是一家位于格林小镇服务区(Gretna Green Services Area)的零售店。凭借其独特的优质产品,已建立起一大批忠实的老客户。

 

一个屡获殊荣的酒店度假村……

作为一个非常现代,时尚的精品酒店,史密斯酒店不仅是给格林小镇提供了婚礼派对的好场所,也给商务人士和游客提供了非常别致的住宿选择。格林小镇史密斯酒店还获得了一系列奖项:

2007年,史密斯酒店在苏格兰酒店奖上获得年度婚礼酒店,作为它的第一个生日礼物。紧随其后的是餐厅的AA玫瑰花饰奖章——史密斯酒店的主厨在2008年被公认为冉冉升起的星级酒店主厨。

2009年获得的奖项包括“年度最佳婚礼团队奖”和“年度最佳婚礼酒店奖”——私密场所。

2010年史密斯酒店获得“年度最佳厨师团队奖”和“年度最佳婚礼套餐奖”。最近又颁发了一个AA玫瑰形奖章,史密斯酒店在著名的铁匠店对面开设了新的豪华服务套房——史密斯本斯穆尔套房。

2018年,史密斯酒店还获得了最佳酒店酒吧荣誉奖的亚军!

2012年,格雷特纳地区的格林酒店加入了格林小镇家族,将住宿服务扩展到了格雷特纳和小镇边境地区。格雷特纳酒店就坐落在著名的老酒吧的对面。格林酒店是苏格兰第一家也是唯一一家提供现代化酒店服务和三星级住宿的婚礼酒店,对于商务人士和游客来说,住在这里就像在家里花园中散步的那样亲切。

2016年下半年,格林小镇将格林小镇历史悠久的婚房和酒店纳入住宿和婚礼场地组合中来。这处历史悠久的建筑从1710年开始,就矗立在格林小镇这片土地上,甚至在铁匠店还没有建成之前,它就已经开始了它的庄园生涯,后来又变成一个驿站,直到18世纪,才改为异常豪华的婚礼场所。格雷特纳酒店即便曾经有部分不愉快的经历,但这也无法掩盖它的历史光辉。现在它已经进行了全面的整修,将历史的厚重感与现代奢华结合到了一起,为住宿、婚礼提供场地。

 

从农场到叉子……

2006年,作为著名的铁匠商店景点的一部分,餐厅的开发是一个完美的开端。餐厅出售来自农场的产品,格林小镇主题餐厅和酒店就是充分利用了农场提供的食物和丰富的本地美味农产品,而当地的零食商们也能够向游客和当地人展示他们的食品和饮料。

About Us

PART OF A FAMILY BUSINESS SINCE 1885

Founded in 1885, Gretna Green Ltd is a family business that has been at the heart of Gretna Green's popularity for over 130 years. It is still very much a close-knit family run business.

It first began with the present owners (the Houstons) great-grandfather, Hugh Mackie who bought the Gretna Estate which included farming land and the tiny hamlet of Gretna Green back in 1885. One of the buildings in the hamlet was the blacksmith's workshop, already renowned for its romantic history as a haven for runaway lovers since the Marriage Act of 1754.

Since his great-grandfather's time, three more generations of their family have carried on the tradition of farming and contributing to the growth of the tourism business in the Gretna Green area. Hugh Mackie passed the business on to George Mackie, Alasdair's grandfather and then it passed to his daughter, Alasdair mother, Moira Mackie. Moira married Adair Houston and his parents have now passed the business on to Alasdair and his sister Susan.

Over the past four generations, their forebears and the Houstons have done their best to develop the Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop, as one of Scotland's best-loved landmarks, into one of Scotland's major visitor destinations. Involved in weddings for over 120 years Gretna Green are also the longest-established wedding planners in the area; probably the world!

NOT JUST FAMOUS FOR WEDDINGS...

Through relentless and offbeat marketing efforts, their late father, Adair Houston was largely responsible for making Gretna Green one of Scotland's most popular visitor destinations. Adair's vision was to develop a family business that maintained its integrity; developing step-by-step, a first class visitor attraction that is in keeping with its locality and its legacy. Alasdair and Susan continue in their father's footsteps with a policy of continuous development and improvement of every business activity.

LOOKING TOWARDS THE FUTURE...

Retaining the character of the Blacksmiths workshop is very important to the family; ...  "having grown up with Gretna Green weddings you become very passionate and loyal to the heritage that you inherit. We have a responsibility to care for the fabric of the building, retaining its character while providing a venue for modern day weddings. As I have taken on this legacy from my parents I will continue to look after this ancient building for the next generation to enjoy".

"My vision is fixed firmly on the future while nurturing the value of our heritage and I see Gretna Green as not just about a fascinating past but also about a bold and exciting future. I am committed to developing Gretna Green's reputation as a modern-day wedding destination, and that is why in 2006 we opened Smiths Hotel, our latest adventure...and there is more to come!" - Alasdair Houston

HELPING COUPLES MARRY FOR OVER 130 YEARS...

Gretna Green's dramatic rise to national and international recognition happened overnight when marriage restrictions in England forced couples to make drastic plans to travel to the Scottish border to become husband and wife. Nowadays over 1000 weddings and nearly 200 blessings take place every year within the Famous Blacksmiths Shop, the original marriage house. The whole area of Gretna Green and Gretna continues to break wedding records with around 4,500 weddings take place every year, about 13% of all weddings in Scotland!

For over 130 years Gretna Green Ltd has been at the heart of the weddings industry in Gretna Green and nowadays as an independent provider of both venues for your wedding and venues for your reception we have the flexibility to offer you the style of wedding you desire. You can choose to book separately or take your pick from a range of value for money wedding packages that suit all budgets. We believe Gretna Green should be all about providing choice for everyone: you are not tied down to a specific wedding package if you don't want one, as you may be with other wedding planners in the area; we are completely flexible and aim to create the wedding of your dreams.

ONE OF SCOTLAND'S FIRST VISITOR ATTRACTIONS...

When Hugh Mackie took ownership of the Blacksmiths Shop, the flow of runaway couples to marry in the Blacksmith's Shop was in decline due to the 'Cooling Off' Act. There were, however, many curious visitors peering through the windows to this little building to see more. They came to knock on Hugh Mackie's farmhouse door to ask to see inside the Blacksmith's Shop and this led him to open it to the public for the first time; breathing new life into this building full of history and character. So with several thousand visitors already arriving to see the building famed by its romantic history, Hugh Mackie effectively opened the doors to one of Scotland's first visitor attractions!

Nowadays Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop attracts over 800,000 visitors each year, beating all records in 2018 with over 812,000 visitors, from all over the world and it is recognised as one of Scotland's top visitor destinations, having been recently awarded 5-star status by VisitScotland, the country's official tourism organisation.

AN INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED SHOPPING DESTINATION...

Having been around for as long as, (and sometimes longer than), many of Scotland's well-known manufacturers of fine Scottish knitwear, tweeds and tartans, Gretna Green Ltd has been nurturing relationships with all the best Scottish and UK manufacturers and designers for over 70 years. The quest to seek out new and exciting modern designers and manufacturers continues and they are all showcased within the shopping outlets that form part of Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop attractions. Much of the range is also available to shop online.

As well as our range of Scottish brands, we are also proud to host a number of major world-renowned brands in store and online, including Harris Tweed, Ness, Swarovski, Barbour, Joules and Walkers.

The company also owns the Canny Scots Shop, a retail outlet situated at the Gretna Green Services Area. With its unique range of quality goods it has already built up a loyal clientele of regular customers.

AN AWARD-WINNING HOTEL RESORT...

A very modern, stylish boutique hotel, Smiths at Gretna Green provides wedding parties, business people and leisure visitors with a very special accommodation choice. Smiths at Gretna Green has received a string of awards: Smiths hotel celebrated its first birthday as Wedding Hotel of the Year in 2007 at the Scottish Hotel Awards. This was followed by an AA Rosette for the restaurant and Smiths hotel head-chef received recognition as a Rising Star Hotel Chef in 2008. 2009 awards achieved include Wedding Team of the Year and Wedding Hotel of the Year - Intimate Venue, and in 2010 Smiths hotel received an award for Chef Team of the Year and Wedding Package of the Year. More recently a second AA Rosette has been awarded and Smiths Hotel opened their new luxury serviced suites, the Smiths Bensmoor Suites, opposite the Famous Blacksmith Shop and in 2018 Smiths also earned Runner-up in the Prestige Awards for Best Hotel Bar!

In 2012, Greens at Gretna Hotel, which sits opposite the famous Old Toll Bar joined the Gretna Green family, expanding our accommodation offering across the Gretna and Gretna Green borders. The first and last hotel in Scotland, Greens is our modern hotel, offering 3-star accommodation for weddings, leisure and business travellers alike and is home to the Water Gardens wedding venue!

In the latter part of 2016, we were very excited to include Gretna Hall Historic Marriage House and Hotel to our accommodation and wedding venue portfolio. This historic property has stood on Gretna Green soil since 1710 before even the Blacksmith's shop was built, beginning its life as a manor house and later becoming a coaching inn and the luxury runaway wedding venue for the 18th century, rich, famous and rebellious. With an excited and somewhat scandalous past, Gretna Hall has now been fully refurbished to offer a timeless juxtaposition of history and modern luxury and offers both accommodation and a venue for both weddings and functions; as well as a fantastic restaurant too,

FROM FARM TO FORK...

Proud of the family's agricultural involvement the development of a Foodhall as part of the Famous Blacksmiths Shop attractions back in 2006 was a perfect link. Not only do we sell produce from the farm, the Foodhall has also enabled local food artisans to showcase their food and drink for both visitors and locals to buy. Restaurants associated with Gretna Green Ltd at the attraction and our hotels also take advantage of the food supplied by the farm and the abundance of delicious local produce available on our doorstep. Shop online for food hampers, whiskies and much more.