Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?
Crumplebury weddings are as unique and extraordinary as our couples. Whatever your dream, we've the space and the imagination to curate your perfect day. From weddings with enchanted woodland feasts at their heart to magical candlelit ceremonies in the Art Gallery, relaxed 'I dos' under the ancient oak pagoda in Longfield Wood to grand celebrations in the Grand Hall, every one is different and memorable, and totally bespoke to you.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Make your day personal, a reflection of you as a couple - your story, shared interests, family, personal style, favourite travels. This will make your day unique to you, rather than a wedding built on recycled ideas from other weddings. Don't be in a rush to make all the decisions straight away. Yes, securing your venue and key creative partners – your must-have florist, favourite photographer etc – is important, but don't jump into smaller details too soon. Let ideas flow for a while before you make the final call. Most importantly, enjoy the process. Think of your wedding planning as a journey. As with any journey, who you travel with and how you travel can be more important than the destination.
What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?
It's so difficult to choose one. We've seen so many, from live wedding painters to guest books full photographs of the bride and groom with their favourite people – such a wonderful way of sparking memories of old adventures, and looking forward to making new ones.
Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.
Breathtakingly beautiful, modern, unique, extraordinary, romantic.
Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?
There are so many... Underneath the enormous cedar tree is a pretty spectacular spot. But then there are the 180-degree views from the Art Gallery balcony, across our farm fields with our herds of Beef Shorthorn and Saler cattle, and Lleyn sheep. In spring, the bluebell woods are magical. In winter, the twinkling fairy lights and grand piano up in the woods make incredible shots.
Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?
Our lips are sealed. This beautiful corner of Herefordshire – nestled as we are at the end of a mile-and-a-half long private track – is delightfully secluded. This privacy and exclusivity is increasingly important to our guests, high-profile and otherwise. And so of course we'd never breathe a word.
What’s your favourite canapé?
All of the food we serve here, including the canapés, is a seasonal celebration of what's best on the home farm and estate. In autumn and winter, game from our shoot plays a starring role. In spring, it's the turn of wild garlic and Whitbourne Estate lamb. In summer, the bounty from our kitchen garden comes into its own, along with foraged ingredients from our woods and hedgerows, all carefully-curated by our incredible kitchen brigade.
What’s your favourite midnight treat?
The sky's the limit. Every wedding menu our Executive Chef creates is bespoke, incorporating the couple's favourite elements.
What is your venue's most unique feature?
Breathtakingly modern spaces set in 1,500 acres of private family estate, tucked away in a valley at the end of a private drive with huge skies, babbling brooks, farm fields and woodland.
What part of your business are you most proud of?
Crumplebury is our family home. Set in the heart of the Herefordshire countryside, we’re surrounded by splendid woodland, luscious green fields and the happy animals on our home farm.
Crumplebury was the name of Whitbourne Estate’s old pigsty.
The 18th century red brick build remains at the centre of what is now an exquisite, modern space, and is home to our critically-acclaimed fine-dining restaurant, Green Cow Kitchens.
At Crumplebury, we pair the warmth of a family service with a deep care for culinary excellence, we celebrate seasonality and showcase the freshest produce grown in our woods, our fields and our kitchen gardens. We curate bespoke events and delight in the extraordinary. Whatever your dream, we have the space and the imagination to make it a reality.