Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?
When it rained heavily one August Saturday from morning til night and the couple totally embraced it, even sitting by the campfire with their friends until the wee hours, totally soaking wet, but laughing and having the best time.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Make sure you use the on site accommodation, where possible, for the most helpful people among your friends/family as there is always a lot more to do than you anticipate and be sure to give both myself and the front of house manager as much information as possible on both of our check lists. Communication is everything!
What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?
I loved the labrador who was fitted out by the couple marrying with a GoPro camera on his collar to catch the day's action. The Skype session during the ceremony with the bride's Iranian mother who was unable to get a visa to visit the UK was very moving, as there were lots of tears. The father of the bride's Ceilidh band was also a lovely thing, as he and his band mates played a full set at his own daughter's wedding!
Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.
Secluded, bespoke, private, rural, authentic
Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?
The formal gardens, the Rose Garden, the Wild Flower Meadow are all lovely, but there is also 100 acres of estate that offer so many lovely old buildings and walls, ponds and sequoia trees dating from the 1800s.
Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?
Not yet! Unless the village GP's daughter counts .....
What’s your favourite canapé?
anything with goats cheese!
What’s your favourite midnight treat?
To have a nice warm pre-booked cab or minibus waiting outside the house to take weary bodies home
What is your venue's most unique feature?
It has to be the location. There is only one house in the 100 acre National Trust estate surrounding the house, so the house feels very private and secluded.
What part of your business are you most proud of?
The fact that we only offer 12 weekend long weddings per year which means couples and their guests can truly relax and enjoy the set up process and enjoy being with each other for the whole weekend.