Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?
Tricky. They all have their special, unique characteristics. That's like asking us to choose which is our favourite child, or picking the best Beatles song. It can't be done! But the best 'kind' of weddings are the ones where the newly weds and all the guests are having fun and being themselves - and everyone leaves exhausted and happy.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Don't stress over the small things. Guests remember the venue, the food and the music - not the napkins!
What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?
Having a reading at a Civil Ceremony in our Garden Room where the words mean so much to the couple. It's so personal and special - and a little emotional!
Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.
Personal, distinctive, romantic, historical, unforgettable
Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?
There are so many! Many couples love our stone pagoda, nestled away in our gardens, with the ivy weaving its way around it. Or our wonderful wedding gazebo in the front gardens, with its atmospheric lighting. Then there's the eye-catching courtyard with it's striking clock tower. We'll let you decide!
Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?
We had the wonderful Benedict Cumberbatch as a guest a couple of years ago. He was so friendly and lovely!
What’s your favourite canapé?
It's got to be smoked salmon blinis!
What’s your favourite midnight treat?
Nibbling on a hog roast. Hot or cold, it's still the best.
What is your venue's most unique feature?
The exposed wooden beams and gorgeous grounds. Oh, and our Wedding Co-ordinator Debbie. She's a force of nature and every couple's best friend and confidante.
What part of your business are you most proud of?
Our attention to the bride and groom. It's their special day and we never forget that. Our Wedding Co-ordinator is often called The Wedding Fairy Godmother because of her personal care and commitment to every couple. She's been like a sister and mother to some of our couple, and many come back years later to say hello. It's wonderful.