Your wedding day is arguably one of the most important days of your life. Whether you’ve set your sights on a countryside escape, city celebration or low-key home-town do, the UK offers an abundance of venues fit for beautiful brides. With the ‘hotel versus manor house’ conundrum ever present, we’re championing private venues for a wedding day full of personal touches.
If you’re in the midst of preparation and planning, we’ve rounded up the top four destinations certain to bring some ‘wow’ to your vows. Read on to reveal the manor houses, mansions and private estates which promise a wedding day to remember.
Hawkstone Hall, Shropshire:
Hawkstone Hall, a magnificent Grade I listed 18th Century mansion, will open in summer 2018. The venue is set to become one of the most sought after wedding venues in the UK, boasting 88 acres of grounds and a 550 year history. Wedding guests will approach the stunning property via a mile-long gravel driveway before entering through imposing double doors into a magnificent main hall boasting high sculpted ceilings and beautiful antique furniture. Overflowing with romance and housing floor-to-ceiling windows, an extraordinary double staircase is perfectly positioned for that all-important wedding photography. For a magical wedding ceremony, the chapel can cater for up to 250 guests. It even houses working bells, plus a grand organ!
The Mews at Sopwell House, Hertfordshire:
Originally an old stable block, The Mews at Sopwell House offers privacy and seclusion with the bonus of premium hotel facilities a stone’s throw from the bride and groom’s private gated oasis. The Mews can be rented out exclusively by wedding parties, offering 16 individual cottages surrounding a stunning communal botanical garden with a hydrotherapy pool, designed by Chelsea Flower Show gold medallist Ann-Marie Powell. Many of the suites have their own private terraces with sunken hot tubs. Meanwhile, Sopwell House Hotel boasts 15 elegant banqueting rooms, and a Gazebo with a full wedding license within the hotel’s gardens.
Gosfield Hall, Essex:
Formerly a Royal residence, this stunning Georgian manor house dates back to 1545. Queen Charlotte’s Oak panelled gallery boasts a dramatic 120ft long aisle, perfect for the big day. Gosfield Hall also offers outdoor ceremonies in the vast acres of grounds during the warmer seasons. The opulent Lady’s Chambers Cottage is available to the Bride and Bridesmaids the night before the wedding, an ideal girly hideaway for preparations and pampering!
Hopetoun House, Edinburgh:
Located in acres of spectacular Scottish countryside on the outskirts of Edinburgh, Hopetoun House is one of Scotland’s most luxurious stately homes. The romantic venue can host both wedding ceremonies and receptions, with the Adam Stables accommodating up to 160 guests and the Adam Ballroom able to host up to 250 guests. When the last Champagne bottle has been popped, family and friends can retire to the State Apartments and Tapestry Rooms. The Wedding Manager and award-winning event caterers Heritage Portfolio are on hand with expert advice to ensure a fairytale wedding day.