Just a note to let you know how much my family and I enjoyed our recent weekend at Crow Hill, celebrating the wedding of Peter and Becky. My daughter, son-in-law, granddaughter and I were house guests in the West Wing from Friday through to Sunday, and had the most wonderful time. The accommodation was beautifully furnished and spotlessly clean, with everything we needed and more. The Wedding Eve supper on Friday evening was relaxed and informal, a great opportunity for everyone to meet over good food and a glass of wine. The staff serving supper were friendly and very efficient, dishes were cleared and replenished without delay or interruption, helping to establish the lovely atmosphere that continued throughout the weekend.
The wedding day itself went like a dream - the day flowed effortlessly although I could see the hard work and incredible attention to detail that had gone into creating that illusion. The post-ceremony drinks on the terrace, promptly served with delicious and plentiful canapés, kept the guests occupied while photographs were taken. The marquee was exquisitely presented and the wedding breakfast was superb (with special mention to the lamb!). Again the table and bar staff were quietly efficient, serving large numbers of guests quickly, attentively and always with a smile. After an afternoon of lawn games, music and singing, we enjoyed a long night of dancing, enhanced by the tastiest mini bowls of freshly prepared hot food I have ever eaten, the scampi and chips being a favourite!
There was never a feeling of being rushed as we slowly left the marquee after midnight and retired to the main house for nightcaps and convivial unwinding. The Sunday brunch was surprisingly well attended given the late bedtimes but the quality of the hot buffet more that made up for the lack of sleep! Food and drinks were constantly replenished once again and everything was cleared away without us even noticing. Likewise, the marquee was cleared and tidied and all the flowers, gifts and cake neatly packed to take home.
So many of my extended family have contacted me to say what a brilliant day it was, with a winning combination of a stunning venue, great food and a wonderful crowd of people singing, dancing and enjoying the informal country-house atmosphere that Peter and Becky wanted. It was the perfect day, and one that will be fondly remembered for a long time - the photographs already emerging show how much fun everyone had, and that is surely the mark of a successful event.
Please pass on my thanks to everyone involved in making Peter and Becky's wedding such a memorable and joyous occasion - Crow Hill is beautiful, welcoming and homely, and I congratulate you on your success.