Wedding Venues VIS-à-VIDEO have filmed at
Over the years our clients and their ceremonies have been of diverse cultural backgrounds including Italian, Serb, Irish, Lebanese, South African, Maronite, American, Canadian, Hindu, Cypriot, Greek, Jewish, German, Dutch, Moroccan, Egyptian, Iranian, Jamaican, Nigerian, Japanese, Chinese, African, Australian, Russian, Persian, Turkish…oh, and English.
Here are video samples of many of the wedding venues we have filmed at in Surrey, Cambridge, Kent, Berkshire, West Sussex, Essex, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Dorset and Suffolk. Castles, Manor Houses, Stately Homes, Abbeys and Country Houses, they’re all here…
Audleys Wood Hotel, Basingstoke, Hampshire
‘Located in the beautiful Hampshire countryside, Audleys Wood Hotel in Basingstoke Hampshire is surrounded by lush woodland and seven acres of grounds. It is easy to forget how accessible this retreat is. In November 2008 Audleys Wood Hotel completed a full refurbishment of the majority of its guest rooms and suites, now finished to the Hand Picked hallmark modern heritage style.’
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire
‘Blenheim Palace, home to 11th Duke of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, offers a memorable day out.
Set in 2100 acres of beautiful parkland landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown, the exquisite Baroque Palace is surrounded by sweeping lawns, formal gardens and the magnificent Lake.
Inside, the scale of the Palace is beautifully balanced by the intricate detail and delicacy of the carvings, the hand painted ceilings and the amazing porcelain collections, tapestries and paintings displayed in each room. On the first floor ‘Blenheim Palace: The Untold Story’ brings to life enticing tales from the last 300 years.
Situated in Woodstock, just 8 miles from Oxford, the Palace was created a World Heritage site in 1987.’
‘A sophisticated Georgian mansion built in 1806, Brandshatch Place Hotel & Spa stands proudly in the lush countryside known as the Garden of England. Despite its rural location it’s within easy reach of major motorways and London as well as Gatwick and Heathrow airports, the south coast and the Channel Tunnel, making it the ideal venue for meetings as well as trips to the continent.
One of the finest country house luxury hotels in Kent, Brandshatch Place is a haven of relaxation and hospitality.
Imagine yourselves enjoying your first moments as husband and wife in the elegant and stylish surroundings of Brandshatch Place Hotel & Spa. The service is perfectly timed and discreet whilst the food delicious. Your guests will be thoroughly enjoying themselves whilst you will feel like Lord and Lady of the manor.’
Buckinghamshire Golf Club, Denham, Buckinghamshire
‘From the moment you and your guests arrive at Denham Court Mansion, we will do out utmost to ensure that the service given is indicative of the elegant surroundings in and around the clubhouse of the Buckinghamshire Golf Club. With our professional team of Catering and Private room managers, together with a skilled staff, we are committed to making your day both relaxing and enjoyable and most of all, a memorable one.’
Burford House Hotel, Burford, Oxfordshire
‘A 17th Century landmark on the high street, it has become, if you believe what you read and hear, one of the most highly regarded small hotels in the lovely Cotswolds, one of Britain’s most outstanding beautiful areas.’
Chiseldon House, Chiseldon, Wiltshire
‘On arrival at Chiseldon House, guests will immediately appreciate the intriguing blend of luxury and intimacy. The traditional country house style and elegance, complemented by a personal service by staff who take pleasure in serving you, will make your stay one to be relished and recalled with fondness.
For guests wishing to explore the historic landmarks and awe-inspiring countryside of Wiltshire, or for those on business in nearby Swindon, Chiseldon House provides the ideal base. Set in meticulously maintained grounds bordered by fragrant and attractive gardens in the very heart of the countryside,
Chiseldon House has a natural charm and gracefulness that captivates at first sight – and forever.’
Cliveden, Taplow, Berkshire
‘Cliveden is unique. One of the world’s finest luxury hotels, this grand stately home is set in the heart of the Berkshire countryside, surrounded by magnificent formal gardens and parkland. It is arguably the finest of luxury hotels near London and Heathrow Airport.
The house itself is a grand Italianate mansion with a palpable sense of history. For over three centuries it has been dedicated to the pursuit of pleasure, power and politics and been called home by some of the most famous names in English and American history, including three Dukes, the Prince of Wales and, of course, the Astors.
Cliveden is set amid 376 acres of magnificent formal gardens and parkland, yet is still conveniently near to London and Heathrow Airport. The chalk cliffs that give the estate its name, afford visitors to the house panoramic views over the beautiful Berkshire countryside and an idyllic bend in the River Thames.
Guests have included every British monarch since George I as well as Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill, Harold Macmillan, President Roosevelt, George Bernard Shaw, John Profumo and Christine Keeler, and many other well-known names from the past and present.’
Danesfield House, Marlow-on-Thames, Buckinghamshire
‘Danesfield House Hotel and Spa is a luxury hotel near the M25, M4 and M40 motorways just 45 minutes from the centre of London and 35 minutes from London Heathrow Airport. It is the perfect choice for luxury leisure breaks, company team building and corporate away days, luxury spa breaks and the most beautiful country house wedding. This picturesque Country House Hotel is set within 65 acres of magnificent estate grounds within the beautiful Chiltern Hills. Danesfield House Hotel and Spa overlooks the River Thames and lies between the attractive English boutique shopping towns of Marlow and Henley-on-Thames. The perfect place to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in style.
Danesfield House Hotel and Spa continues to be an extremely popular wedding venue, offering stylish yet relaxed surroundings for your special day. The high standards of cuisine and service perfectly complement the ornate private dining rooms. The Danesfield gardens are a memorable background for your wedding photographs. We are able to accommodate up to 100 wedding guests.’
De Vere Royal Bath, Bournemouth, Dorset
‘A grand Victorian hotel in Bournemouth with airy rooms and panoramic views across The Channel. This is the Royal Bath. The Royal Bath Hotel is a fantastic Dorset resort, that is perfect for a short stay or weekend break. It is close to Bournemouth Pier and a few minutes walk from the town centre, but also a great base for visits to Hardy Country, Poole, the Purbeck Hills or even the Isle of Wight.
You’ll leave your stay at the Royal Bath with many great memories: The warmth of the welcome as you arrive at the hotel, the award winning restaurants with their contemporary cuisine and the calm of the spa with its indulgent treatments.’
Down Hall Country House Hotel, Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire
‘Down Hall Hotel is one of England’s most established country house hotels. Located in Hatfield Heath, near Bishop’s Stortford on the Hertfordshire-Essex border, Down Hall Hotel is half an hour from central London and also ideally located near London Stansted Airport.
Dating back to 1322, this impressive Italianate mansion is an historic setting. The hotel’s grand interiors, ornate ceilings and abundance of natural daylight combine to make Down Hall Country House Hotel an experience like no other.
With its countryside surroundings in Hertfordshire and Essex, yet close location to London and Stansted, Down Hall is ideal for conferences, team building escapes, weddings or a weekend getaway in England.’
Eastwell Manor, Ashford, Kent
‘The ultimate background to the ultimate occasion. Eastwell Manor prides itself on being the perfect venue to host the perfect day, enjoy both the wedding ceremony and reception in one stunning setting! An English country house wedding is impossible to beat and impossible to forget.’
Elme Hall Hotel, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
‘Excellent facilities for Conferences, Civil Ceremonies, Wedding Receptions and other Functions. A mix of luxury, standard and budget accommodation are provided at Elme Hall Hotel, which is ideally located just off the A47 trunk road between King’s Lynn and Wisbech on the Norfolk/Cambridgeshire border. With ample on-site free parking for both private and commercial vehicles this three Star Rated hotel is the perfect venue choice for any occasion.’
Elms Barn, Beccles, Suffolk
‘The Elms Barn is exclusive and unique. It is not hotel, but a private home that opens its doors to you and your wedding party. It represents a genuine and affordable alternative to a marquee wedding at home and a venue for those of you who wish for the individual attention that we pride ourselves on.’
Eltham Palace, London
‘Combining Art Deco and ocean liner style, Eltham Palace is a stunning masterpiece of twentieth-century design. Textile magnates Stephen and Virginia Courtauld built their glamorous London showpiece in 1936, next to the remains of a medieval royal palace which was originally Henry VIII’s boyhood home. The dining room features pink leather upholstered chairs and black-and-silver doors, portraying animals and birds from London Zoo. The Courtaulds’ home movie is another delight, showing them relaxing with their pet lemur. Discover many enticing features in the nineteen acres of surrounding gardens, including a sunken rose garden and medieval bridge.’
Fanhams Hall, Ware, Hertfordshire
‘The house dates back to the 1400’s and over recent years has seen the commission of wonderful terraces and stunning original features. It’s your day and we never lose sight of that, always thinking of the smallest detail, the personal touches, complementing this unique location. Nothing is overlooked and our dedicated wedding co-ordinator comes equipped with plenty of ideas, a guide to reputable suppliers, lots of experience and bags of enthusiasm.
We are so proud of our beautiful gardens and want to share them with you on your special day. With Grade II listed features and parkland, we have carefully restored them to create stunning areas of natural beauty throughout the year with the changing of the seasons. They combine formal gardens with an ornate lily pond with fountain to our secluded avenue of trees leading to a walled rose garden. Our wisteria walk provides a secluded pathway leading to our unique Japanese styled gardens complete with waterfalls, bridge over our lake and an original ornamental tea house.’
Gosfield Hall, Gosfield, Essex
‘Set in picturesque rural Essex, Gosfield Hall is a stunning Georgian manor house offered exclusively to you for your wedding day. Formerly a Royal residence, the Queen Charlotte’s Oak panelled gallery with a 120 ft long aisle is perfect for wedding ceremonies and the newly licensed carriageway is the perfect location for outdoor ceremonies on sunny days.
The Marquis of Buckingham’s former ballroom provides an exquisite setting for the reception meal for up to 116 guests and there are also several grand and ornate reception rooms for you and your guests to enjoy. As we offer exclusive use of the entire house you can also invite up to 250 guests for the evening reception and party.
There are also 21 newly refurbished bedroom suites offered to you exclusively for your wedding night providing the perfect end to your special day at Gosfield Hall.
Gosfield Hall is located in the heart of rural Essex, yet is only 30 minutes from Stansted Airport and the M11 to London.’
Hanbury Manor, Ware, Hertfordshire
-Elegant period spaces, open fireplaces & lovely outdoor venues lend a special air to your event
-The spectacular Poles Hall, once the chapel of the Convent, lavishly entertains up to 120
-Innovative catering for weddings, special social events & themed parties
-Certified wedding planners to make your special day everything you want it to be
-Wonderful choice for your special event when looking for exclusive 5-star country hotels UK
From joyous celebrations to fairytale weddings, we bring your visions to extraordinary reality.’
Harbour Heights Hotel, Poole, Dorset
‘This boutique hotel is, quite simply, contemporary elegance at its very best. The breathtaking views are unique – changing continually with the seasons. Serving exquisite, award winning cuisine the Harbour Heights makes any visit special. Combining the very best of design and elegance with superb service, The Harbour Heights offers a stunning contemporary alternative for your wedding. Hytes has a stylish terrace and stunning views over Poole Bay, Brownsea Island and the rolling hills of the Purbecks.
Civil and Partnerships ceremonies can be performed at the Harbour Heights and our wedding packages include a luxury sea view bedroom for the Bride and Groom, the services of our wedding planner, cake knife, cake stand, handwritten place cards, menu cards and table plan.’
Hever Castle, Kent
”There have been three main periods in the construction of this historic castle. The oldest part of the castle dates to 1270 and consisted of the gatehouse and a walled bailey. In the early 1500s the Bullen family bought the castle and added a Tudor dwelling within the walls and so it became the childhood home of its most famous inhabitant, Anne Boleyn. It later passed into the ownership of Henry’s fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. From 1557 onwards the Castle was owned by a number of families including the Waldegraves, the Humfreys and the Meade Waldos. Finally, in 1903, William Waldorf Astor invested time, money and imagination in restoring the Castle, building the ’Tudor Village’ and creating the gardens and lake. Exclusively Yours – Hever Castle is set in spectacular
award winning gardens and is the perfect setting for
your wedding day.
The Astor Wing is licensed to permit weddings and partnership ceremonies all year round. It provides an idyllic surrounding and has numerous breathtaking photography opportunities which helps ensure that any wedding day at Hever Castle is the most joyous and memorable experience.
The wonderfully oak paneled Tudor Suite Sitting Room overlooks the castle and formal lawns and is a unique place to be married. Adjacent is the Tudor Suite Dining Hall, again shrouded with oak panelling with a stunning fire place and is able to seat up to 64 guests. Reception drinks can be taken within the Astor Wing or, weather permitting, on the lawns.
There is the opportunity to take formal pictures in the Gardens that surround the Astor Wing using the Castle as a magnificent backdrop.
During the winter (December, January and February) it is possible to marry in the Castle Inner Hall and celebrate by having the reception in the spectacular Castle Dining Hall which can seat up to 40 guests.’
High Rocks Inn, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
‘The High Rocks can be found down a quiet country lane, just a few minutes drive from Tunbridge Wells town centre, and with ample parking. With so much to offer we have become one of the most attractive venues in the south east of England. Situated within the High Rocks complex there are five magnificent oak beamed function rooms, each with its’ own bar, dance floor and late licence. Four rooms are also licensed for civil wedding and partnership ceremonies.
Our restaurant, Giuseppe’s, is open for lunch and dinner every day. We have a lovely garden and terrace with a steam train stop in the garden. The rocks themselves are an ancient national monument set in acres of woodland and are open everyday from 10.15 am until dusk. They provide a stunning setting for wedding photos.
The High Rocks hosts regular live music and dance events. We also run a courtesy mini-bus service for the convenience of guests attending or holding a function, which runs to and from all Tunbridge Wells town centre hotels.’
Highclere Castle, Newbury, Berkshire
‘Highclere Castle is the perfect venue for the ultimate in dream Weddings. Just 65 miles from London; leave the M4 motorway at junction 13, the Castle is 4 miles south of Newbury off the A34.
With superb State Rooms for your Ceremony and Wedding Breakfast, acres of south-facing lawns for unforgettable photographs, free car parking and in-house catering personally supervised by our Head Chef, the Castle offers an unsurpassed venue for your big day.’
Highfield Park, Hook, Hampshire
‘Pull up the drive and catch your first glimpse of the elegant 17th century Highfield Park, and you’ll know you’ve arrived somewhere special. Set in 35 acres of countryside, within easy reach of the M25, M4 and M3, this beautiful mansion adds a sense of the extraordinary to any business event or special occasion. Whether you’re holding a training course or business event in one of our 7 modern meeting rooms, with high tech equipment including free wireless Internet access throughout, we organise the perfect day, without fuss. Our summer terrace is ideal for after-work drinks before your senses get a treat with the fresh and locally sourced dishes in our restaurant. Alternatively take in the pure Hampshire fresh air, with a tennis court for knockabouts and country walks nearby.
Impeccable service and venue excellence is the DNA of our business. It’s the De Vere Venues difference – and it’s why we’re the first choice provider for meeting and training events throughout the UK.’
Intercontinental, Hyde Park Corner, London
‘InterContinental London Hyde Park overlooks Buckingham Palace Gardens, Hyde Park and Green Park. InterContinental London Hyde Park is within easy walking distance of Piccadilly Circus, Knightsbridge, Oxford Street and the West End. InterContinental London Hyde Park boasts Le Souffle Restaurant, highly regarded by Egon Ronay Guides.’
Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, Great Milton, Oxfordshire
“Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons is the fulfilment of a personal vision, a dream that one day I would create a hotel and restaurant in harmony where my guests would find perfection in food, comfort, service and welcome.” Raymond Blanc O.B.E.
‘La Belle Epoque is licensed to hold both wedding and civil commitment ceremonies. Le Manoir is a truly romantic house, making it the perfect place to celebrate your wedding day. La Belle Epoque, with its terracotta reception lounge and secluded walled gardens, provides the most private location for both the formalities of your civil ceremony itself and the celebrations that follow. Every detail is anticipated, so that all you have to do is savour every moment. Our dedicated team are at hand to assist you from the early planning stages right through until the celebrations. We promise a unique, original and inspiring day, tailor made to suit you and your guests, a day you will never forget.’
Leez Priory, Chelmsford, Essex
‘Winner of Wedding Ideas Magazine ‘Best Wedding Venue’ two years running (2007 & 2008), this magnificent Tudor mansion is one of the most sought after wedding venues in the country and has nearly twenty years of experience in providing perfect wedding days. Set in 40 acres of parkland, complete with lakes, lawns and a sweeping driveway, Leez Priory is offered to you exclusively for your wedding day.
Civil ceremonies can be performed in any of five licensed settings including the stunning Great Tower which stands adjacent to the main house and outside beneath the carriageway for a truly unique setting. The stunning Great Hall can seat up to 80 guests for the Wedding breakfast and the newly converted Coach House can seat up to 110 guests. As we offer exclusive use of the entire house you can also invite up to 250 guests for the evening reception and party.
Leez Priory also boasts 15 lovely bedrooms which are exclusively reserved for you on your wedding night as well as a hidden cottage within the grounds for the Bride and Bridesmaids to stay in the night before the big day.
Leez Priory is located in the heart of rural Essex, yet is only 15 minutes from Chelmsford and the M11 to London.’
Legoland, Windsor, Berkshire
‘LEGOLAND® Windsor is on the B3022 Windsor/Ascot road just two miles from Windsor town centre. It’s easily reached via the M25 and clearly signed from the M3 (Junction 3), M4 (Junction 6) and all approach roads. Parking is free, however there is Preferred Parking for those who wish to park closer to the entrance, at the cost of £6 per car. Annual Pass holders can park for £4 per visit or £11 per season.
There is an alternative route to and from the park once you are in Windsor. From the roundabout at the end of the Windsor Relief Road follow the ‘Alternative Route’ signs starting at Goslar Way. This route is longer but can be quicker during peak traffic times. On the return journey, turn right at the LEGOLAND roundabout and follow signs for Windsor Town Centre.’
Lympne Castle, Kent
‘Lympne Castle is a beautiful 13th century, grade 1 listed building, set high on a hill overlooking the Romney Marshes. The Castle provides a perfect venue for wedding receptions, corporate events and private functions. The West Drawing Room, whilst echoing the majesty of the mediaeval castle, belongs to a different era. It was added in Edwardian times when the famous architect Sir Robert Lorimer was commissioned to restore the castle, which was then near to ruin. As you enter the room your attention is immediately drawn to the view from the huge bow window overlooking the south east coast. Wood panelling and a stone fireplace lend the room an imposing yet welcoming atmosphere.
This room can sit 80 guests and Bridesmaids can seat on the lovely Window Seats.
Reception drinks follow the ceremony where our dedicated staff will serve drinks and attend to your guests.
The wedding Breakfast will take place in the glorious Great Hall or for the smaller more intimate wedding the West Wing Drawing Room’
Moor Park, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire
‘This magnificent Hertfordshire building, with its impressive grounds and unique facilities, lends itself as an awe-inspiring venue for any occasion yet it is only minutes from the M25 and M40.
Whether it is for business or pleasure, intimate or spacious, the principal rooms of the Mansion provide an impressive venue and will exceed expectation. From conferences and training courses, client meetings and corporate golf events to celebrating special birthdays, family parties or the elegant setting for your wedding, our dedicated team of event co-ordinators and banqueting staff ensure every aspect of your function is individually tailored to create perfection.’
Mount Ephraim Gardens, Hernhill, Kent
Mount Ephraim Gardens are the perfect place for a relaxing day out in Kent. Unwind in our ten acres of gardens, which are set in the heart of an 800 acre estate with magnificent views over the Swale estuary. Whether you choose to enjoy the tranquillity of the Japanese gardens, take on the challenge of the grass maze or just relax on the Edwardian Tea Room terrace overlooking the topiary and herbaceous border, Mount Ephraim Gardens are a must for the whole family.
Mount Ephraim has so much to offer from the constantly changing gardens to one off special events. Mount Ephraim is also licensed for civil weddings and its beautiful setting makes it the perfect venue for your reception.’
Newland Hall, Roxwell, Chelmsford, Essex
‘The Newland Hall Country Estate is situated 4 miles west of Chelmsford, Essex. It consists of a large picturesque 15th century Tudor Manor House with a moat, beautiful gardens and over 100 acres of grass and woodland with four lakes surrounded by unspoilt countryside. Recently fully refurbished Newland Hall is a premier wedding venue catering for exclusive wedding ceremonies and receptions.
Newland Hall is nearly 600 years old and Grade II Listed. It is steeped in history and the land is specifically listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. This makes it very stylish, interesting and full of character.’
Notley Abbey, Thame, Oxfordshire
- Romantic medieval country residence marrying historic charm and beauty with 21st century style
- Grand stone barn Banqueting Hall, perfect for 30-190
- Licensed for civil ceremonies indoors and out with Web-cam broadcast for inside Ceremonies
- A beautiful 1948 Rolls-Bentley for your photos
- Beautiful Baby-Grand Piano with auto-play gives background to your 5 star banquet
- Drawing Room and Sitting Room for intimate and relaxed entertaining
- Nine stylish, luxurious bedroom suites
- Finishings and accessories of the finest quality
- Beautifully landscaped riverside gardens
- Unique guest management and wedding planning software with “drag and drop” seating plan
Oakley Court, Windsor, Berkshire
‘Welcome to The Oakley Court, the renowned country house hotel on the outskirts of Windsor. From the moment you sweep up the drive to be ushered into the stunning Victorian gothic mansion on the banks of the Thames, you are treated as a treasured guest and feel completely at home. Set in over 35 acres of beautiful English landscape gardens with manicured lawns leading straight onto a large secluded stretch on the River Thames, our attention to detail and unbeatable service ensure a very special stay and a memorable place for a wedding, party or conference.’
Penshurst Place, Penshurst, Kent
‘Set in the rural Weald of Kent surrounded by picturesque countryside and ancient parkland, Penshurst Place and Gardens has changed little over the centuries.
There are three banqueting rooms of varying capacities, each with its own history and charm. The unrivalled Baron’s Hall and the elegant Sunderland Room are idyllic venues for wedding receptions. The smaller, intimate Buttery, once the bottle storeroom of the medieval household, may be used in conjunction with the banqueting rooms, or as a venue for an informal reception of up to 30 guests.
The picturesque formal gardens, almost as old as the house, offer stunning photo opportunities for the bride and groom to capture the romance of the day.’
Phyllis Court Club, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire
‘Phyllis Court Club is located on the banks of the River Thames in the beautiful Oxfordshire town of Henley-on-Thames. The elegant Georgian mansion is set in 18 acres of manicured gardens and its sweeping lawn leads down to the Grandstand Pavilion which overlooks the finish line of the world famous Henley Royal Regatta.
With a choice of function rooms its flexible facilities are able to cater for small intimate gatherings to large parties of up to 300. For those who would like to stay the night, 17 luxury, en-suite bedrooms, with views of the gardens or the river, provide members and guests with elegant accommodation.’
Prestwold Hall, Loughborough, Leicestershire
‘Located in the heart of the Midlands with easy access by road and rail, Prestwold Hall is one of the region’s premier stately homes. Up to 200 guests can be accommodated for a wedding breakfast. Prestwold Hall is registered to hold Civil Ceremonies for up to 130 guests and there is a Church of England church within the Prestwold Estate where it is often possible to hold a wedding ceremony.’
Rhinefield House, Brockenhurst, Hampshire
‘Set deep in the New Forest National Park, among tall conifers and scented pines, this grand country house may have come as a surprise. With its steeply pitched roof, redbrick chimneys and leaded windows, the design is a blend of Tudor and Gothic, old and new, the romantic and the eccentric.
Rhinefield House Hotel is very privileged in having beautiful surroundings and location that attracts many weddings and celebrations throughout the year, with such occasions taking place the management makes every effort to ensure all of our guest’s needs and requirements are met with the same expectations. For more information please contact the hotel directly.
Built in 1887 and set in 40 acres, Rhinefield House is a 4-star luxury hotel set over a mile and a half from the main road. It offers 50 bedrooms, an outdoor pool, plus a small indoor leisure facility and pool.’
Somerley House, Ringwood, Hampshire
‘Somerley is one of England’s best kept secrets and it’s hardly surprising. This beautiful stately home, sitting in 7,000 acres of Hampshire countryside, has never been open to the public.
Offering total peace and seclusion, the Somerley Estate including Old Somerley is just 90 minutes from London and 20 minutes from Bournemouth and Southampton airports. Somerley has been in the Normanton family for five generations and continues to be a much-loved home. The 6th Earl of Normanton, the current custodian, agreed in recent years for Somerley, and the Estate, to be used for very special events on an exclusive use basis.
The spectacular house sits majestically above hundreds of acres of parkland through which the River Avon wends its way. While providing breathtaking rooms, Somerley still retains all the warmth and friendliness of a family home. With a license for Civil Ceremonies, the house provides a magical setting for every bride’s dream wedding.
The total privacy and seclusion of the Estate affords an unrivalled venue for corporate events. Somerley offers total discretion for business professionals wanting to do serious negotiations in gracious surroundings, while enjoying the ultimate in personal attention. Somerley’s in-house team provides the most discerning guest with immaculate service, exquisite cuisine and fine wines.
Old Somerley, situated in the middle of the Somerley Estate is also licensed for Civil Ceremonies or can be used for private dining. The newly renovated building retains the original features of wooden beams and rustic charm with a contemporary style.’
St Annes Manor, Wokingham, Berkshire
‘Plunge into the indoor swimming pool at the Hilton St Anne’s Manor country house. Keep in shape in the gym, indulge in aromatherapy treatment and dine on classic British cuisine in the Omnia Restaurant. With interconnecting rooms available, delightful grounds and a fun children’s playarea situated in 25 acres of grounds, Hilton St Anne’s Manor is a great hotel for all the family.
Whether you’re organising your wedding or a gala dinner to thank your employees, looking for a venue for your best friend’s 40th birthday or organising a hen party for the bride, let Hilton take care of it.
At Hilton, we have a range of banqueting rooms you can choose from for any special occasion.
It’s the individual touches that make the difference, so if there’s a particular dish a guest of honour prefers or table fireworks at midnight, let us arrange those details for you.’
St Katharine’s, Parmoor, Buckinghamshire
‘This historic house stands in 12 acres of grounds in an area of great scenic beauty and abundant wildlife. The rural tranquillity of the Chilterns, combined with a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere, make St. Katharine’s an ideal destination for groups and individuals, for both residential or day visits.
The house is run by the Sue Ryder Prayer Fellowship, an independent registered charity whose aim is to provide a facility that is ecumenical and non-denominational. The house is open to people of all faiths or of none.
When the house was given to Lady Ryder of Warsaw by the nuns of the Anglican order of St. Katharine of Alexandria, she determined to make it a ‘powerhouse of prayer’, a place where people from all walks of life could come to find peace and renewed energy to face the challenges of life.
On entering the house, visitors find themselves in the paneled entrance hall – with its antique furniture, grand piano and stained glass windows, it is ideal for receiving large groups. In winter guests are greeted by the sight of a blazing log fire.
Two sitting rooms offer a pleasant ambience for seminars or relaxation, and the secluded double roomed library provides further meeting space for small groups.
The former banqueting hall, seating up to 120, is a consecrated chapel and may be used for worship. The altar can also be screened off to allow the room to be used for large meetings or lectures.
Visitors are free to stroll around the grounds, or find a quiet corner to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. There are a number of interesting features, including a walled garden, a pond, a formal garden which is in process of being renovated and a former sunken garden, which awaits restoration. You can also visit the chickens, who provide the delicious free-range eggs which are used in the House kitchen, and are also on sale to visitors.’
Staple Inn Hall, London
‘Picturesque Staple Inn Hall offers a romantic setting and tranquillity in the heart of London – perfect for wedding receptions. As you step through the imposing Tudor entrance of Staple Inn into its peaceful rose-filled courtyard, it is hard to believe that you are just steps away from bustling Holborn in the city. If you are searching for an extra special wedding venue in London, easily accessible by public transport, then this is ideal.
Built in the sixteenth century, the Hall retains many of its original features, from the magnificent Elizabethan hammer beam roof and intricate stained glass windows to the rich oak panelling and splendid minstrel’s gallery, making a suitably grand setting for London weddings. Staple Inn Hall can accommodate up to 120 guests for seated dining and 200 for a stand-up buffet wedding reception.’
Stapleford Park, nr Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
‘Secluded in the heart of some of England’s most picturesque and enjoyable countryside, Stapleford Park Country House Hotel and Sporting Estate, provides standards of hospitality & elegance found
in only a few hotels & resorts around the world.
Steeped in history Stapleford Park, as one of England’s finest stately homes, offers a stunning blend of rchitecture and landscape. Stapleford Park offers something unique for each guest who experiences the breathtaking views rom the main house together with the ambience of open fires. Stapleford Park is far more than its magical environment, for excellence is sought and achieved in all areas.’
‘Set on the outer fringes of the picturesque village of Stock this Lutyen inspired manor house enjoys space and breathtaking views from every vista over the 27 hole championship golf course and Essex countryside.
This 200 acre estate provides a combination of an up to the minute members club, the best of today’s sporting and leisure facilities working in harmony with the more traditional banqueting suites enjoyed by wedding celebrations and the business client. All of this located in one of the most convenient locations in Britain.’
Stoke Park Club, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire
‘As a film location, Stoke Park has played host to the most memorable game of golf in cinema history, when James Bond defeated Auric Goldfinger on the 18th green in Goldfinger (1964). Goldfinger was the first of two James Bond films to be shot at Stoke Park, the second being Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).
The film of the best-selling novel Bridget Jones’s Diary was also shot at Stoke Park in the summer of 2000. Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) takes Bridget (Renée Zellweger) away for a luxury romantic break. After a hilarious afternoon’s rowing, filmed at the club, the couple retire to the Club’s Pennsylvania Suite with its gloriously comfortable four poster bed and exquisite marble bathroom.
Dead of Night (1945). Two golfers, having fallen for the same woman battle it out in style on the golf course. They decide to play 18 holes who ever loses would leave the area for good. The location, non other than Stoke Park.
In 2004 three movies were released all featuring the Club. Wimbledon, Bride & Prejudice and Layer Cake. Layer Cake’s dramatic ending with Daniel Craig and Sienna Miller was filmed on the mansion steps.
Many TV commercials and product launches have also been organised in the mansion and grounds.’
Syon Park, Brentford, Middlesex
“Welcome to Syon Park, home to my family for over four hundred years and still owned and looked after by us. It is a wonderful home, full of beauty and magnificence, of great paintings and furniture, with perhaps the finest Robert Adam interior in the country.
Surrounded by its own parkland, with Kew Gardens across the Thames, it is hard to believe that Syon is barely 10 miles from central London. I hope you will come and find out more about Syon Park as a hospitality or wedding venue, a film location or an enjoyable day out for all the family.’ His Grace the Duke of Northumberrland
The Berkeley, London
‘A luxury hotel with a difference, The Berkeley combines cosseting 5 star luxury, contemporary elegance and celebrity buzz, with sublime service and state-of-the-art facilities, to offer: -relaxation and comfort for the business traveller,
indulgent nights in to spoil yourself,
a shopper’s retreat in the heart of Knightsbridge.
Experience our flawless service and effortless style and you’ll understand why celebrities and the fashion world choose The Berkeley as their London base.’
The Compleat Angler, Marlow, Buckinghamshire
‘Perfectly positioned beside the river at Marlow with a beautiful view of All Saints Church and the elegant suspension bridge. The Compleat Angler is famous for its location and literary links with life on the River Thames. The Compleat Angler is now part of Macdonald Hotels and features a Riverside Restaurant and is a perfect venue for weddings and meetings.’
The Dorchester, London
‘Looking across the soft green swathes of Hyde Park, The Dorchester is one of the most desirable places in the world to stay. A luxury Mayfair hotel of great repute, it embodies the highest of traditional values, with spacious rooms and suites of great charm, glorious dining and entertaining, and a spa of exquisite indulgence. For over half a century the hotel has remained a pinnacle of luxury and ease.
Superbly located in the heart of London’s Mayfair on Park Lane, between Marble Arch and Hyde Park Corner, The Dorchester is close to exclusive London shopping in Bond Street and Knightsbridge and is within easy access of many London attractions including Buckingham Palace, West End theatres, the Royal Albert Hall and the National Gallery.’
The Elvetham, Hartley Wintney, Hampshire
‘The Elvetham in Hampshire is a stunning 19th Century mansion located within a fifteen minute drive of both the M3 and M4, just 40 miles from London.
Rich in history yet progressive in its approach, The Elvetham is ideal for business
or for pleasure. Offering hotel accommodation, superb meeting and conference
facilities and 35 acres of gardens and grounds; it’s the perfect venue for business meetings, conferences, corporate training, company or family activity days and team building.’
The Fennes Estate, Bocking, Essex
‘Few wedding venues are able to beat all that we have to offer. Residing in 100 acres of beautiful Essex Countryside the Fennes Estate, our beautiful Georgian Manor House has such a welcoming feel that you can imagine it was your own home. Exclusive Use guaranteed.
The beautiful adjoining silk lined pavilions, both with chandeliers, wall sconces and star light ceilings are the perfect rooms for your wedding breakfast. The 1st Pavilion can accommodate your civil ceremony and dining for up to 150 guests, whilst the Banqueting Hall can comfortably seat up to 400 guests for dining.
With over 12 years experience as a dedicated Wedding Venue we have mastered the essence of what makes your perfect day!
The Fennes is just a short distance from the A120, M11, A12 and just 15 miles from Stansted Airport with direct rail links to and from London.’
The Grove, Chandlers Cross, Hertfordshire
‘Just imagine. Palatial gates and a sweeping driveway. Three hundred acres of rolling parkland traversed by lakes and waterways. An 18th Century Mansion combining traditional charm with contemporary chic. Only 40 minutes from central London with renowned personal service, from weddings to your 25th wedding anniversary, from special birthdays to a great family get together, we promise to make any celebration as spectacular as our setting.’
The Landmark, London
‘The Landmark London Hotel is an experienced conference and banquet venue, having proudly hosted parties for BAFTA, banquets for The Queen and The Caterer and Hotelkeeper’s Chef Conference 2006. Ten beautiful ornate rooms are complemented by delicious food prepared by Executive Chef Gary Klaner, a previous winner of the Graft Guild’s Banqueting Chef of the Year Award.
With 5 flexible banqueting rooms on the ground floor and 300 spacious bedrooms upstairs to choose from, we are more than equipped to make your special day as easy as it is enjoyable. Menu tasting is available before the event and the hotel has many attractive features to ensure your wedding album will no be forgotten. The Ballroom’s beautiful marble complements a variety of decorations and flower arrangements, whilst the striking Drawing Room makes a nice contrast for a wedding ceremony for up to 120 people.’
The Langham, London
‘The prestigious Langham, London opened in 1865 as Europe’s first grand hotel. As a renowned London hotel with a distinctive charm and character, it has hosted royalty, foreign dignitaries and celebrities in luxury for over 140 years. The Langham hotel is a Victorian landmark with exceptionally rich heritage, restored and expanded in the 1990’s, with much of the original interior still intact. In 2004, this luxury hotel in London became the flagship property of Langham Hotels International, and a member of The Leading Hotels of the World.’
The Mandarin Oriental, London
“One of the capital’s most distinguished hotels created with luxurious English elegance. Offering fine views over the royal park and chic shops of Knightsbridge, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is a highly fashionable address in London.’
The Old Kent Barn, Swingfield, Kent
“Our 200-year-old Kentish barn and our new oak-framed barn for receptions stand in a peaceful rural location surrounded by pastureland, close to Canterbury, Folkestone and Dover.
Inside and out, every detail has been meticulously designed to make The Old Kent Barn one of the most romantic settings. Flowers, drapes and sumptuous furnishings complement the Barn’s magnificent hallway, while rose-scented gardens, statuettes, love seats and a cascading waterfall grace the landscaped grounds.
Spring and summer wedding ceremonies are held in one of the most beautiful gazebos in Kent – there is even room inside for a string quartet. Our wedding receptions are held in a stylish and contemporary oak-framed barn and can hold up to 150 guests for the wedding breakfast and 250 in the evening. Our new barn is not only used for wedding receptions but is licensed for wedding ceremonies all year round.
A sound system plays music throughout the gardens and barns and at night the grounds come to life with fairy lights creating a truly magical scene.”
The Vineyard, Stockcross, Berkshire
‘Just an hour from London, set apart from its contemporaries, with its 2 Michelin-starred restaurant, The Vineyard at Stockcross, Newbury, Berkshire is a luxurious 5-star hotel perfect for a romantic getaway, an exclusive wedding or a relaxing spa break, and can also provide a setting for a high level board meeting, team building or away-day. The Vineyard delivers a distinct ambience, unrivalled privacy and brings together the very best in fine art, delectable cuisine and rare wines to create an environment of utter decadence and gastronomy.’
Trafalgar Park, Salisbury, Wiltshire
‘Trafalgar Park was originally known as Standlynch Park when it was built for Sir Peter Vandeput in 1733 to designs by John James of Greenwich. In 1766 the wings were added to the house by
John Wood the Younger of Bath thereby creating a substantial residence with additional works
by Nicholas Revett.
The house was renamed “Trafalgar” when the estate was acquired by Act of Parliament and given to the brother of Admiral Nelson after his death in 1805 to commemorate the great battle and as a lasting tribute to his heirs. Successive Earl Nelsons lived at Trafalgar Park until 1948 when the estate was sold.
The house and parkland have now been transferred to the Trafalgar Park Trust which is restoring and regenerating these impressive Grade 1 buildings, whilst also serving as a private home.
The house and parkland are available for location filming, photographic shoots, weddings, parties,
corporate days and charity events.’
Tylney Hall, Rotherwick, Hampshire
‘Welcome to Tylney Hall, a delightful country house hotel set in 66 acres of historic gardens and parkland in the depths of Hampshire’
‘VINOPOLIS can create a stunning wedding for one of the most memorable days of your life. Licensed to hold Civil Ceremonies and now Civil Partnerships, Vinopolis proves a stunning location for both your London wedding ceremony and wedding reception for 100-550 guests. Our event management team is passionate and professional in everything they do. So whether it’s creating mouthwatering menus, selecting stunning wines, providing extravagant floral arrangements or organising your Hen Party we will ensure that it is a truly enjoyable experience for you and your partner.
Located on London’s vivacious Bankside, built beneath 2½ acres of Victorian archways, Vinopolis is a unique and striking London venue to hold your wedding or wedding reception. Our venue spaces are enhanced by restored and original brickwork and combine spaciousness with versatility and striking grandeur. Choose between the dramatic vaulted arches of The Great Halls to the tranquil modernity of The Mezzanine.
On such an important event, you can trust the VINOPOLIS team to make your wedding the most memorable day of your life!’
Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire
‘Breathtakingly beautiful, The Dairy at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire offers a wonderfully romantic backdrop for the perfect wedding at any time of year.
Nestling in a tranquil waterside setting amidst glorious gardens, The Dairy is an enchanting private building on the Waddesdon Estate just outside Aylesbury, created for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in the 19th Century and for over 100 years the country retreat of the Rothschild family. You and your guests can enjoy a taste of that privileged lifestyle: superlative food, excellent wines, professional service with absolute exclusivity guaranteed. The Dairy is licensed for civil wedding ceremonies in the West Hall, the Wintergarden and outside under the cover of the lakeside Pavilion.’
Warbrook House, Hook, Hampshire
‘Warbrook House and Grange built by the 18th century architect John James, is tucked away in the middle of 130 acres of spectacular woodland and manicured parks on the Hampshire/Berkshire border. But despite its seclusion, this Grade I listed mansion house couldn’t be easier to get to – Heathrow Airport, the M3 and M4 are nearby, plus fast rail links to London’s Paddington and Waterloo stations from nearby Reading.
With this much space to think in, it’s a great spot for opening the mind and expanding horizons, whether you’re holding a one-to-one meeting or a training course. We’ve 8 fully-equipped, high-tech meeting rooms, all with free wireless Internet access – and an expert team to create the perfect bespoke business event solution for you. Whatever you need, we can provide, including chances to wind down at the end of the business day, with a walk or a game of croquet in our grounds.
Then relax with a drink in the bar, before enjoying a local dish in our restaurant. (Please see note below).
Impeccable service and venue excellence is the DNA of our business. It’s the De Vere Venues difference – and it’s why we’re the first choice provider for meeting and training events throughout the UK.’
Welcombe Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
‘Located on the outskirts of Stratford-upon-Avon, the Menzies Welcombe Hotel Spa & Golf Club stands in 157 acres of beautiful grounds. Originally built in 1866, the Jacobean-style house combines the traditional charm of the oak panelled lounge and magnificent four-poster suites with the contemporary décor of the garden rooms and luxury spa.
Dine in the ornate a la carte restaurant offering a seasonal changing menu of English and European dishes complemented by outstanding views over the beautiful Italian gardens and water features.
This luxury resort offers some of the finest leisure facilities in the heart of England… the outstanding 18 hole championship golf course… the all weather floodlit tennis courts and the luxurious spa, with its impressive level deck swimming pool and range of thermal experience rooms and treatment rooms.
Situated just five minutes from Junction 15 of the M40 and easily accessible from both Birmingham and London, the Menzies Welcombe Hotel Spa & Golf Club is the perfect venue for both business and leisure.’
The Sculpture Gallery at Woburn Abbey, Woburn, Bedfordshire
‘Set in a beautiful 3,000 acre deer park, with 10 species of deer roaming free, Woburn Abbey has been the home of the Russell family for nearly 400 years. Today it is occupied by the 15th Duke and his family.
The Abbey lies at the heart of an Estate whose activities are many and varied. We have the award-winning Safari Park, the world renowned Golf Club (which boasts all 3 of its courses in the UK’s top 100 (Golf World, November 2004), the Inn at Woburn and the Woburn Abbey Antiques Centre, which is the largest outside London.
Our beautiful Sculpture Gallery is one of the most memorable and elegant settings imaginable for your wedding. The Terrace, Rose Garden and Camelia Lake, provide the most stunning backdrop to your big day, especially in spring when the garden and the parkland beyond are awash with colour. And, it’s not just the phenomenal beauty of this venue that makes for a magical day, the latest facilities, two spectacular adjoining rooms and the most imaginative menus, all add to the comfort and enjoyment of you and your guests.
Woburn is a special place full of history, ancient tales and beautiful objects. You can explore Woburn Abbey and its grounds on this website. We hope what you see and read here will inspire you to come and discover for yourself what makes Woburn one of Britain’s most treasured houses.’
Wokefield Park, Reading, Berkshire
‘Set in the rural Berkshire countryside, Wokefield Park offers a unique environment with two centres totally different in style and feel: the spacious, versatile, ultra-modern, purpose-built Executive Centre and the traditional and regal Mansion House. Getting here is easy – with easy access from junction11 of the M4 and train links to London from Reading station.
We have the know-how and experience to create the perfect bespoke training course or business event for you, without fuss and hassle Our impressive 54 high tech meeting rooms offer the latest technology and equipment you need. And with free wireless Internet access throughout, you’re always ready for business.
We know that at the end of the working day you need quality downtime, which is why we offer superb golf time out on our US PGA-standard 7000-yard championship golf course, boasting elevated tees and nine lakes for a different challenge. Afterwards, relax in the bar before enjoying locally sourced produce in our new Steam, Bake and Grill restaurant.’
Read about another Wokefield Wedding here.
Wrotham Park, Barnet, Hertfordshire
‘Wrotham Park is located just 30 minutes from central London, surrounded by 300 acres of parkland, set in the midst of 2,500 acres. A house of outstanding quality, Wrotham Park is an excellent venue for private parties, corporate hospitality events, banquets, receptions, boardroom luncheons and meetings, product launches and presentations. The house is not open to the public and therefore offers clients exclusive and private use for their event. No overnight accomodation is available, but being located just 17 miles from Hyde Park, there are excellent hotels within a short distance.
Within the park, there is a 22 acre field, known as Cow Park, which is ideal for large outdoor events such as Fun Days, Activity Days and events requiring large marquee space.’
Ye Olde Bell, nr Henley-on-Thames, Berkshire
‘The Olde Bell is a wonderful setting for an English country wedding. In the grounds of the Olde Bell are the historic Tithe Barn & The Malt House, in which we can accommodate gatherings of all sizes. Both buildings have rooms which are licensed to hold civil ceremonies. Capacities for Civil Ceremonies are 120 guests in the Tithe Barn, and 40 guests in the Malt House.
If the prospect of waiting another year is too much and you want to tie the knot before 2009 is out, we have a few dates still available this year for your special day. Please contact our Wedding Planner who will be able to create a bespoke package tailored to suit you. We are flexible to accommodate most requirements so please contact us to see what we can do for you on your special day.’