Charlotte Balbier

new venue alert: tilstone house

August 22nd, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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One of the biggest tasks of wedding planning has to be the venue search – finding that one perfect place that will set the scene for your big day celebrations. As such, we love to hear about new venues that are set to open their doors to brides and grooms, extending the already fabulous offering that we have here in the North.

Today we’re sharing details of a brand new wedding venue to the North West  the beautiful Tilstone House, located just outside of Tarporley, Cheshire.

A stunning stately home in the heart of the Cheshire countryside, this splendid setting is available exclusively to couples and boasts a stunning range of ceremony and reception spaces, both inside and out.

In addition to use of the wonderful House, couples marrying at Tilstone will also receive exceptional service and assistance planning their big day courtesy of Charlotte Elise Weddings and Events, who will be managing all weddings at the venue.

Better still, as a special introductory offer, the venue’s team are offering the first ten couples who book Tilstone House, 10% off their venue fees. So, if you like what you see ladies, act fast, and you could increase your dress and accessory budget with the money you save. Jimmy Choos anyone?

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Can you tell us a little about the history of Tilstone House?

charlotte says: The House was built in 1888 by Lord and Lady Daresbury – it was originally used as a hunting and shooting lodge and was sold and lived in by many different families over the years until the current owner decided it would be a fantastic and beautiful wedding venue.

How would you describe the look and feel of the venue

Tilstone House is a luxury wedding venue. It has a Victorian style exterior and many traditional features within, such as fireplaces, staircases, flooring and the tall ceilings, have all been maintained but we have undergone a recent refurbishment to make it more current and contemporary without it being too modern, so it lends itself to all styles of weddings.

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Can you tell us about the ceremony and reception areas?

Tilstone House has many different ceremony options – our beautiful lawns and pergola are licensed for civil ceremonies for over 100 guests; we have a small indoor ceremony room for up to 40 guests, and also a larger conservatory ceremony room for up to 100 guests. We have a large function room has been recently renovated and can seat around 100 guests comfortably for the wedding breakfast and then extra guests in the evening.

We offer exclusive use of the house so all rooms can be used by guests, no-one lives in the property so no areas are out of bounds. Couples could have an intimate gin bar in one of our drawing rooms and a whisky bar in another if they wish. We have a lovely library room for guests to enjoy as well if they would prefer to be away from the action of the wedding and would like some time to themselves.

What makes Tilstone House a special wedding venue and sets it apart from others?

The exclusive use aspect is really important for us at Tilstone House and myself and my team deliver a personal and bespoke service to our couples leading up to, and on the day of, the wedding.

Brides and grooms will be able to utilise the house and the grounds in any way they fancy – there are no rules as to where you can and can’t go for pictures, there are no rooms that are blocked off. The second the exclusive use starts, couples can rest assured that the only people in that house will be their suppliers, guests, the caterers and my team.

There is nothing that we can’t do for our clients – we will be working the morning of the wedding to dress the venue, put everything out and meet with the suppliers as they arrive to set up – so couples and their guests will not need to lift a finger.

I truly believe Tilstone House is going to become the best venue in the North West – the services, care and wedding couples will receive at Tilstone House will be second to none and nothing will be too much trouble for us. There are no limits as to when we can have meetings; we can meet daytime, evening, weekends – as many times as the bride and groom would like leading up to their wedding, again, a bespoke service that not all venues offer.

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What sort of bride would be a Tilstone House bride?

A bride who wants their wedding to be the absolute perfect day where they don’t need to do everything themselves – we can take care of everything. Also, a bride who likes the option to utilise so many different spaces and styles for their wedding day, including outdoor and indoor options.

How can your staff help to make the planning process easier and the big day amazing?

Charlotte Elise Weddings and Events will be managing all weddings exclusively at Tilstone House – we won ‘North-West Wedding Planner of the Year’ in the 2017 Wedding Industry Awards. We know how to run a wedding, how to plan a wedding and have worked at so many different venues so couples really are getting very experienced planners.

We will supply couples who book their wedding at Tilstone House with a personalised ‘supplier recommendation’ list, which will be tailored based on the conversations we’ve had regarding the style of the wedding.

Charlotte Elise Weddings and Events are also offering their Full Planning Wedding Package at a discounted rate for Tilstone House clients, so brides and grooms can relax knowing a professional is taking care of everything and that their day will run extremely smoothly.

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Can you tell us about the accommodation at the venue?

We have 11 bedrooms which can sleep up to 30 guests, including a fantastic bridal suite and bridal studio with hair/makeup stations for the bride and her bridal party to get ready in. We have a range of en-suite bedrooms as well as two bedrooms that can sleep six guests.

Tell us about your catering services and what makes them special? 

We are working with our exclusive caterer Northern Fields who offer a completely bespoke service to couples to fit in with budgets and food requirements. Clients will be able to have tastings either at their base, or at Tilstone House, and will work with the same staff throughout the planning process.

Our bar is also run by Northern Fields, and it’s important to us that the drinks prices are not ‘hotel prices’. The bar will be fully stacked, from draught lager to different spirits and cocktails. Again, couples can really tailor what is available on the bar, whether it be special cocktails or a gin room or whisky room in one of the House’s beautiful rooms.

What is the feedback like from couples about Tilstone House?

We aren’t officially open yet but the people who have been round the venue absolutely love it so far. It’s grandeur and luxurious feel with sweeping lawns, many options for the ceremony and reception, plus exclusive use make the house very appealing.

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

As a special introductory offer, we will be offering the first ten couples who book Tilstone House, 10% off our venue fees. Venue fees start from £4,000 depending on the time of year the couple would like to get married.

How can our readers get more information on the venue?

Visit the website www.tilstonehouse.co.uk, or contact Charlotte Elise Weddings and Events on enquiries@tilstonehouse.co.uk, or 07833253416.

Do you have any special events or open days coming up shortly that our readers should know about?

We will be launching some open days around November so watch this space – we will let you know as soon as we have a date!

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Rachel Parry
Rachel joined the Brides Up North editorial team as Features Editor in February 2015. Rachel draws on her news reporting background, experience in features, bridal & lifestyle editing for previous regional titles and time spent working for Yorkshire’s most successful PR agencies. Yet to tie the knot herself, Rachel's own wedding looks set to be very, very pretty...

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