Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?
Two gentlemen took the hotel for the full weekend. They were very much foodies and had quite specific requests and although the wedding itself wasn’t huge in numbers it was very particular for each day. They arrived the day before all of their guests to relax before the full weekend, then the Friday when all the guests arrived they had a buffet with items specific to the local area with a murder mystery theme in the hotel lounge, the following day they had their ceremony in the afternoon followed by Champagne afternoon tea with all their guests. They then all retired to their bedrooms to get ready for the dinner in the evening which was a seven course menu. They had given our chef free rein with 4 of the courses with specifics they had chosen for the other courses, finishing with an individual mini 3 tier wedding cake per person. There was also a band to lead them into the late evening. The following morning they all met for breakfast to talk about the day and night before, before departing the hotel in the afternoon. They were a delight to work with and gave some lovely feedback from them and their guests following their wedding.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
To make sure that you are organised with all of your wedding planning but to also remember to have fun at the same time. It should be an enjoyable experience! It is your special day and one which is completely focused on the two of you!
What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?
One of our Grooms was a professional musician and he played the bride and bridal party into the ceremony room by singing their favourite song and playing the acoustic guitar. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.
– Elegant – Grand – Exclusive – Romantic – Breath-taking
Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?
The stone steps in our woodland area framed by stone griffins with the grand hall as the backdrop has got to be a favourite, especially in the spring time with the carpet of bluebells adding a burst of colour to the shot!
Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?
We are always very discrete with regards to our wedding couples and everyone is made to feel like a celebrity for the day!
What’s your favourite canapé?
As we are situated in North Yorkshire, our favourite canape has to be Mini Toad in the Hole with Shallot Jus, featuring the Yorkshire pudding and locally sourced sausages. The perfect treat for weddings all year round!
What’s your favourite midnight treat?
Our New Year's Eve weddings are not complete without Champagne and a bacon roll at midnight!
What is your venue's most unique feature?
Our exclusive use weddings have the grounds and gardens included which allow for fantastic photos on the front lawns with the backdrop of the hotel - it really does make for a stunning picture. The image of the hotel is iconic and highly recognisable.
What part of your business are you most proud of?
We pride ourselves on our friendliness and high quality of service. We are so proud of how our team all work together to make sure that everyone’s wedding day is perfect and a day to always remember and cherish.