Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?
One of the unique elements of our venue is our glass roofed atrium which fills with natural light, allowing you to enjoy the outdoors, whatever the English weather! We had a beautiful wedding where the couple took full advantage of this and created an outdoors-in feeling, draping the glass ceiling in flowing greenery to create the look of a whimsical forest. The wedding courtyard is all natural and neutral so it lets you fill it with your vision, without compromise. But because of the historic stone walls and glass ceiling, this is not blank canvas that is sterile- rather, it's full of character, light and grace.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Create a journey for your guests. When you have a whole house to explore, each scene creates a fresh surprise for your guests. Give each part of your day a story that runs through the whole day.
What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?
One bride wrote a personal letter to each of her guests as part of their favours on the table. That's what wedding are all about for us - celebrating each other.
Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.
Contemporary, delicious, attentive, thoughtful, laid-back luxe.
Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?
4 acer trees in front of our historic clock tower bloom bright red twice a year to create a dramatic backdrop.
Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?
We're a hideaway for famous foodies, who love to eat at our restaurant. Michel Roux, James Martin and Tom Kerridge have all cooked with us as well.
What’s your favourite canapé?
Berkswell cheddar custard on onion cracker. Chef Palmer is often inspired by childhood flavours and wedding should also have some nostalgia built into them!
What’s your favourite midnight treat?
Wagyu beef or gourmet hot dogs with our own McManor toppings, cooked off on the Big Green Egg BBQ (if you're a BBQ devotee, this will cause palpitations!)
What is your venue's most unique feature?
Our Michelin-starred restaurant - its very rare for a Michelin starred restaurant to be able to host 130 guests in such beautiful countryside surroundings.
What part of your business are you most proud of?
Our team. They care for their couples like their friends and go out of their way to create an experience, throughout the whole planning process, as well as the day.