Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?
The best wedding was the marriage of Matthew and Manuela. They were on a very restricted budget so they decided to marry inside and then transform the library into their reception space. Luckily for them the weather was kind so on the day of the wedding they decided to take the reception outside. Our caterers bought in and set up the top lawn as a wonderful dining space. But what made the day really special was that as the meal finished one of the children started a game of rounders from our selection of garden games. It turned into a full on Bride vs Groom, England vs Spain rounders international. I have a picture of the father of both Bride and Groom, puffing on large cigars, arms round shoulders, going to watch the game in full flow. It is a picture that tells a thousand words about what a wedding can be.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Have a plan but plans are like Goldilocks you can have too much or too little but what you need is somewhere in the middle.
What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?
Personal touches are what really make a wedding special. They reflect the couple. We try to accommodate as many as possible; from the bluegrass band to the peacock feather lined walls to the pictures of close relatives recently passed. But my favourite by far was a couple who happened to be called Adam and Eve using apples and jelly snakes as place card holders.
Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.
Surprisingly intimate, warm and homely, luxurious and Grand.
Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?
Top of the steps above the knot garden is my favourite but there are 10 others in hot contention.
Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?
Suggs from Madness and couple of England Rugby players, Anna Madley from All Creatures Great and Small.
What’s your favourite canapé?
Micro roast beef Yorkshire pudding and horseradish
What’s your favourite midnight treat?
Bacon roll is hard to beat
What is your venue's most unique feature?
Our unique feature is our uniqueness; maximum flexibility to produce your own day, plenty of accommodation on site.
What part of your business are you most proud of?
The memories we become part of.