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?
The Labrador wearing 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 was very moving, as there were lots of tears. The father of the bride's Ceilidh band playing a full set at his own daughter's wedding. The stunning coach and Fresian horses taking the bride to the village church and bringing the couple back for the reception.
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 National Trust estate that offer so many lovely old buildings, brick walls, ponds and sequoia trees dating from the 1800s.
Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?
We had Katie Price and Kris Boyson last summer, does that count.....?!! We have some more this summer, but I'm not allowed to say who .....
What’s your favourite canapé?
Our in-house caterer the Curious Eatery are so amazingly talented, that it wold be too difficult to choose a favourite
What’s your favourite midnight treat?
We allow pizza/crepe/fish & chip vans on site to serve all sorts of goodies to hungry guests, so any of those would hit the spot for me
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. There is definitely no conveyor belt feeling whatsoever at this venue.