As it throws open its doors, please be upstanding for beautiful Holmewood Hall…
SEEKING SOMETHING GRAND, IVY-CLAD AND BATHED IN BEAUTIFUL LIGHT FOR YOUR BIG DAY?
Introducing Cambridgeshire’s most enticing new wedding venue: Holmewood Hall. This 18th-century, Grade II-listed manor house is set within the beautiful rolling Fens, and is the newest addition to Country House Weddings, one of the oldest and best-established wedding venue companies in the UK (it has been hosting weddings for more than 27 years).
Like the other four venues in Country House Weddings’ portfolio, Holmewood Hall is reserved exclusively for weddings, and will be entirely yours for the day. In-house caterers will work with you on a totally bespoke menu. Brides can’t get enough of the Gold Room, an impeccably elegant space that’s perfect for a wedding ceremony or breakfast.
Featuring 18kt gold-leaf ceilings and ornate cornicing, the whole room fills with a magical glow when the sun shines. Furthermore, the property has impressive reception rooms for guests to kick back in, overflowing with period features, original oak panelling and open fireplaces. Manicured grounds complete the scene, and did we mention the manor’s serene lake and fountain? Oh yes, it’s all there. Plus, there are 16 bedrooms for guests to stay over, and a bridal suite that is so gorgeous it will take your breath away.
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Hedsor House BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
Just 30 minutes west of London, this Georgian mansion is set within 100 acres of parkland. It boasts a newly refurbished oak-panelled Ballroom, a Drawing Room for drinks overlooking the Thames Valley, which has doors leading out to the lawns, and – the star of the show – a domed Italianate villa-style Hall where you can dance ‘til you drop. hedsorhouse.com
A trio of cool, contemporary houses for the best long weekend of your life – that’s what awaits you at Axnoller. Indoor pools, private gardens and a hot tub under the stars: tick, tick, tick. Plus there is a barn that seats up to 220 and a pergola licensed for ceremonies. The beaches of the Jurassic Coast are a stone’s throw away for fun and frolics. axnoller.co.uk
Holbrook Manor SOMERSET
Dial up the romance and say ‘I do’ in the ivy-clad Summer House (it looks especially picturesque in autumn, when the leaves turn red), with guests sat on the lawn outside. Or plump for the Morning Room, ideal in winter with its crackling fire. Later, have photo-booth fun in the Library Bar or bust some moves on The Garden Room’s chequerboard dance floor. holbrookmanor.com
Smallfield Place SURREY
From the lilac wisteria in spring to the red Japanese acer trees in autumn, this seven-bedroom, exclusive-use Jacobean manor house is photoready at any time of year. In the summer, guests can spill out into the gardens for croquet, live jazz and a hog roast, before photos by the lily-pad-filled lake (don’t miss the Tudor knot garden, either). In winter, relax around the fire in the drawing room with post-dinner whiskies. smallfieldplace.com
Elmore Court GLOUCESTERSHIRE
Forget dinner and dancing in a standard marquee: The Gillyflower is a fabulous ‘future-rustic’ soundproofed venue made from rammed earth and timber (inside the house is just as impressive, too). Much of what’s on the menu is sourced from the gardens so everything is fresh. And, news just in: bridal parties can now spend the night before the big day in the on-site Coach House. elmorecourt.com Château du
Bijou PROVENCE, FRANCE
What could be more heavenly than a rustic wedding feast served up al fresco on tables decorated with lemons and lanterns – Instagram goals achieved – with the scent of lavender and pine trees in the air? There’s also Le Grand Salon on standby, if the weather lets you down. This is an exclusive-use château, where you can have fizz, fireworks and live music until 2am. bijouweddingvenues.co.uk
Braxted Park ESSEX
The secret walled garden at this Georgian country pile is magical at any time of year, whether you want to exchange vows on a carpet of white rose petalsin the summer orsip mulled wine in front of frosted floralstemsin winter. Brides lovesthe Orangery, with its arched windows and frescos, and there’s a church in the grounds. The house is also available as venue-only hire forspecialist dos. braxtedparkweddings.co.uk
Goldsborough Hall YORKSHIRE
A red-carpet welcome awaits at this stately home with royal connections (Princess Mary once lived here), which features a Jacobean Library, Orangery and Drawing Room. When it comes to food, award-winning chef Adam Thur prides himself on using the area’s best seasonal produce. And if you fancy a festive big day, expect mince pies and dancing around the Christmas tree. goldsboroughhall.com