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urban sparkle. a winter’s wedding at victoria warehouse, manchester – madelaine & jack

June 7th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

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Today’s bride and groom clocked up quite a few air miles when it came to their big day, deciding to tie the knot at the stunning Victoria Warehouse in Manchester, travelling all the way from their home in Kuala Lumpur. Needless to say, planning their wedding from Malaysia proved quite a challenge, but luckily for the couple, they brought on board some fabulous suppliers to make the process a cinch!

Madelaine and Jack – both teachers – settled on a date just before Christmas and brought those festive feels to life with the most beautiful nude, blush and crimson palette. And just wait until you see the bouquets, which also feature these oh so pretty shades.

The industrial vibe to the venue really added to their winter celebration, too, think twinkly fair lights, exposed walls and stone floors. Throw in a cake table, mulled wine, sparklers and live music – and you’ve got the perfect mix for a fine festive soiree!

And if you’re craving a cool urban wedding of your own, we’ll be returning to the totally awesome Victoria Warehouse on Sunday 16th September to host our BigCityWedFest’18 wedding show, that’s not to be missed! For now, here’s the lovely Madelaine to tell us more about her perfect day…

With images by Dan Hough.

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madelaine says: We got engaged at home in our flat in Kuala Lumpur on a normal Friday evening after work. It turns out that Jack was planning on proposing during our holiday a couple of weeks later, but panicked the minute he picked the ring up from the shop, so proposed that evening! In his words, “it was like having a live grenade in his pocket!”.

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We got married on Friday 22nd December. We knew that we wanted to get married during our Christmas holidays – we’re both teachers living abroad but would be back for the school holidays. I also thought that if we had the big day before Christmas I could still tuck into a huge Christmas dinner!

We had both the ceremony and the reception at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester. We knew that we wanted an industrial setting for our big day and fell in love with the brickwork and high ceilings the minute we saw it on the internet. It was great to see how other couples had set the warehouse up with fairy lights and candles too – we thought it would be perfect for the time of year!

We are both from Sheffield originally, but couldn’t find the right venue there. However, Jack lived in Manchester for a few years, we both love the city and it is a great distance from Sheffield so it was a brilliant place to tie the knot!

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There was no real theme for the wedding, we just wanted an industrial style with some nods to Christmas, with candles, fairy lights and mulled wine.

We chose nudes, blush and some crimson as our wedding colours. I just loved this combination and the crimson, again, gave a nice nod to the time of year.

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I wore an Essense of Australia crepe dress that I found at Emily Bridal in Sheffield. I absolutely loved the fitted style and the low back. In fact, it was the first and only bridal shop that I visited and I found the perfect dress within about 20 minutes! The team at Emily Bridal were great and helped me to figure out which style would suit me best and feel right on the day.

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party on: a wedding weekend at hornington manor

June 5th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

Thomas Thomas Photography

Thomas Thomas Photography

The most common comment from our featured couples on the blog has to be how quickly the wedding day whips by. As such we’re huge advocates of spreading such special celebrations across more than just the one day – after all, how often to you get to be the centre of attention surrounded by all your nearest and dearest? May as well milk it, right?!

One venue that is fully experienced in extended celebrations is our fantastic Sponsor, Hornington Manor, which offers wedding weekends as standard, with parties arriving on the Friday and staying put until the Sunday, or even the Monday, if they so wish.

With exclusive use of the whole venue, situated in a rural location in North Yorkshire, couples and their guests can make the most of their nuptials, arriving the day before the ceremony to prepare, pamper and break the ice, before enjoying a truly memorable and personal big day followed by relaxation and reminiscing with their friends and family on the day or two that follow.

As we host our Luxury Wedding Shows at this venue twice a year (the next one being on 1st November) we know first hand just how gorgeous the Manor is, with wonderful accommodation and fabulous celebration spaces indoor and out, plus an A-star team that really do go above and beyond for their couples. And with that, we will now hand over the blog to the Hornington team to inspire and inform you on what shape a weekend wedding at this stunning venue can take…

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Thomas Thomas Photography

Can you give us a brief overview of weekend wedding packages at Hornington Manor?

hornington manor team say: Our weekend weddings run from Friday to Sunday or Monday, and our wedding parties have exclusive use of the whole venue for the entirety of their stay. Our wedding couples move in on Friday morning and begin setting up in the wedding barn for their celebration. Our prices include the exclusive use of the whole Manor: 19 bedrooms, four kitchens, living/communal areas, the Manor grounds, the Wedding Barn (including all tables and chairs for the ceremony and the reception) and the Gallery. The standard package is for two nights (vacate Sunday am) however our couples can choose to extend their stay by a further night on a per room basis, securing the whole venue until the Monday morning.

Why do you think the weekend weddings are so popular with couples and why would you encourage couples to extend their celebrations across more than just one day?

We pride ourselves on creating a relaxed and homely environment for our couples and their loved ones to truly make the most of the special occasion. Planning a wedding can be so incredibly stressful that having the weekend to prepare and enjoy it removes a lot of pressure. It is so rare that all of your favourite people are in the same place at the same time and having the Manor for the whole weekend really does make the most of this. The communal areas encourage guests to spend their time together, rather than being stuck in their rooms. Our couples love the fact they can set up the wedding barn through the day on Friday, and then relax with their family and friends in the evening before the wedding. Once the celebrations come to an end on Saturday, the wedding party can continue into the early hours in the Manor. On Sunday, the whole wedding party are together for breakfast and can enjoy each other’s company and reminisce on the big day.

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Sarah Beth Photography

What areas of Hornington Manor can couples and their guests make use of during the weekend?

Hornington couples have absolute exclusive use of the whole Manor for their entirety of their stay, meaning the space is completely theirs to use however and whenever they wish. Guests can enjoy the Gallery as a games room or host a pub quiz on Friday night. They can all enjoy breakfast together in the dining areas within the Manor on Saturday Morning. They can play games on Sunday with a barbecue on the front lawn, and not have to worry about packing a single thing away from the Wedding Barn until Monday morning.

Can you give us some suggestions on what types of activities couples and their guests have planned for the Friday daytime and evening upon arriving at the venue – any tips on ice breakers?

For the ladies, Friday night is pamper night. Our bridal parties often get have a spray tan and get their nails done, whilst getting excited for the big day! They could create a home spa and truly indulge and relax after all the planning and preparation. Our groomsmen love to have a few games of pool and relax with a beer (We can pop a hand pull in the Manor for a proper pint too!). We can turn the Gallery into a games room complete with darts, table tennis and indoor badminton for the whole group to enjoy. Our couples often host a big quiz for all their guests to get to know each other, or they could create a home cinema in the Gallery to relax and unwind. In the past, our couples have hosted pre-wedding parties with food vans in the courtyard or a Hog Roast under the Lych gate – the options are endless!

The wedding ceremony would take place on the Saturday; can you give us an idea of the schedule of a wedding day at Hornington Manor?

We are licenced for civil ceremonies at a number of locations across the site and the most popular time for the ceremony is around 1pm. We will be here on Saturday morning to get any suppliers settled in and make sure all the final touches are complete. We oversee the ceremony to ensure all runs smoothly and members of our team prepare the reception drinks for when the ceremony is complete. Civil ceremonies usually last around half-an-hour, with another half-an-hour or so for the confetti shots and group photos. If our couple is having a church ceremony, we will be there to wave them off and will be ready and waiting with reception drinks when they return. Our couples usually allow for one-and-a-half to two hours for their guests to enjoy reception drinks and for their photographer to get all the shots of the newlyweds. Once the wedding party moves into the Wedding Barn, they enjoy speeches and their wedding breakfast for two to three hours, before the evening do begins! Timings for the day are totally decided by the couple and we will always accommodate our couples wishes with regards to the running of their day.

Stott and Atkinson

Stott and Atkinson

After the main celebrations, what types of activities do couples tend to plan for the Sunday?

Sunday is always a day for relaxing and enjoying time together. In the colder months, guests can cosy up in the Manor House in front of an open fire and have a wonderful Sunday roast cooked up for them by any of our fantastic recommended caterers. They could take a trip to York or have a wander into Bolton Percy and visit the fantastic pub! In the warmer months, guests spill out on to the front lawn and enjoy games, music and a barbecue cooked on the patio areas. Hornington Manor is a home from home and we really do encourage our guests to make the most of the space and the family time on the Sunday.

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Luke Bell Photography

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it’s gin o’clock somewhere! time for wedstival’18 people!

May 16th, 2018 | Julia Braime

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It’s been a crazy couple of weeks behind the scenes here at Brides Up North HQ (ok, it’s been a crazy eight years, but who’s counting…) as we prepare to bring you the final date in our epic, epic, EPIC(and that’s a lot of epics we know) festival wedding fairs wedfest’18 tour finishing in the North West with the glorious WEDSTIVAL’18 at Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire this coming Sunday 20th May 2018, 11am till 3pm, FREE ENTRY*

*yes, you’re not seeing things, these EPIC events are FREE for you and your entire bridal party to attend (just make sure someone else is the designated driver for this one!)

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To us, the WEDFEST’18 TOUR is like all our Christmases coming at once… but kicking off the start of summer, with Pimms, and tents, and gorgeous gowns… and ALL the wedding inspiration!

If you’re a North West bride to be, Capesthorne Hall is where you need to be THIS SUNDAY 20th May, as we transform the popular stately home into a wedding wonderland with our huge sailcloth tent, tipi tops, stretch tents, PIMMS Bar, street food vendors, live music, cars and campers, 70+ luxury wedding suppliers and so much more. It’s one for every bride, whether your style is breezy boho or super chic.  We’ve just made the planning process so much more fun – a real day out, rather than just ticking a box on your planning checklist. And grooms always seem to enjoy this one too…

These events are big, beautiful and brilliantly useful too… don’t miss it! It’s your last chance this year!

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bride to be?

Please register for free entry to WEDSTIVAL’18 for you and your party.

As well as fast track, free entry, we’re giving away free Bride To Be goody packs, sponsored by UNVEILED magazine, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North.  As demand is high, to all you need to do is select the show that you want to attend via the link below and register.  While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR FREE ENTRY

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fancy exhibiting with us?

We create events that are fun, friendly and affordable events for wedding suppliers too! We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2018. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous Luxury Wedding Shows across three regions.

Click here to view the full schedule.

Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Since their inception in spring 2012, all exhibitions have been sell outs on exhibitor space. Consequently, we expect demand for 2018 to be very high. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.

exhibitor enquiry

Your Name (required)

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What sort of wedding business are you enquiring on behalf of? e.g. Bridal Boutique/ Photographer etc

Please list the events that you are interested in - or tell us which region you work in North East/ North West/ Yorkshire for a general enquiry - discounts are available for block bookings

Alternatively, please email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk ASAP for exhibitor booking and pricing information listing the events or area that you are interested in.

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The forecast looks great right now, but, if the weather is looking a little dubious on the day (hey, it’s the North West!) there’s nothing to worry about either – all of our structures are perfectly weatherproof, warm and welcoming, so a little drizzle ain’t going to spoil our party. And what a party it’s going to be!

As well as our street food vendors, live music and entertainment, we’ve so many amazing exhibitors and styling ideas on show that you’ll leave with every last detail covered. Any supplier worth their sequins will be at one of our WEDSTIVAL’18, many offering on the day discounts too, and the Hall itself will also be open for viewings!

Order a cocktail, stay for lunch, and get your wedding planning all wrapped up at the same time. Result.

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Grab your groom, your girl squad (and even your gran!) and get yourself to the bridal event that everyone’s been talking about. Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair… and we’ll see you on the field for the WEDSTIVAL’18!

Images by Jonny Draper Photography. Continue reading to view our entire gallery!

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venue hunter: gibbon bridge hotel, lancashire

May 4th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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The setting of your big day has to be one of the biggest decisions you’ll make during the planning process and so it’s worth taking the time to thoroughly do your research and scope out all of the options available. Keen to assist in your search, we’re bringing you details of another stellar venue in the north of the UK, our brand new Sponsor Gibbon Bridge Hotel.

Situated in Chipping in the Forest of Bowland, Lancashire – an Area of Outstanding National Beauty – this family owned venue offers couples elegance, class and quality for their big day celebrations. With a choice of beautiful ceremony spaces both inside and out, brides and grooms can tailor their day to their exact requirements, working with the venue’s friendly team and experienced head chef.

Personal and punctual, the Gibbon Bridge team pride themselves on providing excellent attention to detail, and the venue’s exclusive-use policy means only one wedding takes place at the hotel per day, resulting in the staffs’ undivided attention from beginning to end.

Sounds perfect right?! For those of you eager to find out more we’re chatting more to the team about Gibbon Bridge’s spectacular wedding offering, plus the venue has a Wedding Open Evening coming up on Wednesday 6th June, from 5pm to 8pm, when you can go along and view this beautiful building for yourselves.

Images as credited or provided by Gibbon Bridge.

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John Francis Photography

Can you tell us a little about the history of the venue?

gibbon bridge say: Originally a family farm, Janet Simpson (the owner) and her mother created Gibbon Bridge in 1982. The hotel has developed over the years and now has 23 acres of beautiful award-winning gardens, a large elegant bar with dining rooms overlooking the terrace and gardens, as well as 30 unique and comfortably appointed bedrooms. Janet is still hands on and offers a personal service with a management team who have been with her since the early days. All the food is freshly cooked and sourced locally, whether from the kitchen gardens or local suppliers.

How would you describe the look and feel of the venue?

Gibbon Bridge is a warm friendly place with stunning gardens, an amazing view and an individual, eclectic but comfortable style.

Kerry Woods Photography

Kerry Woods Photography

Can you tell us about the ceremony and reception areas and how many guests the venue can cater for? 

From April to September, weather permitting, civil ceremonies take place outdoors in the Bandstand. The Bandstand is sheltered by trees and surrounded by beautiful gardens, which can then be enjoyed for the rest of the day. Drinks are served on the terrace adjoining the Conservatory; a room with a view and doors that open to let the outside in. Should rain prevail, and during the winter months, the Orangery is available for ceremonies. Light and airy with its unique pillars and glass collection, it is a beautiful and elegant alternative to the Bandstand. Gibbon Bridge can cater for weddings of up to 200 guests for the wedding breakfast, with additional evening guests, as well as smaller, more intimate weddings.  No number is too small.

What makes Gibbon Bridge a special wedding venue and sets it apart from others?

The personal service and attention to detail that Janet and her team offer, as well as its individuality, beautiful gardens and setting. We will only ever hold one wedding a day so couples can rest assure that they are our sole focus.

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What sort of bride would be a Gibbon Bridge bride?

A happy bride!

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

Your wedding day is as important to Janet and her team as it is to you. The team’s experience and attention to the details of your wedding will ensure that it is a day never to be forgotten.

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Mark Tattersall Photography

Can you tell us about the accommodation at the venue?

The hotel has 30 bedrooms including the bridal suite.  The rooms are spacious and individually furnished.

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

Janet and the head chef, Gary, who has been with her for 22 years, have created the menus especially for you and your guests using local produce.  The food is always freshly prepared and cooked on the day to meet your timetable and to ensure it is served hot. However, we are always happy to discuss alternative dishes and menus to suit your tastes.

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blissed out bride: titanic hotel liverpool

May 3rd, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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What are the necessary requirements for chilled out girly trip? For us it has to be comforting and stylish surroundings, delicious food, one or two glasses (ok, bottles) of wine and, of course, access to some pampering facilities. We were therefore delighted to be invited for an overnight stay at our fabulous Sponsor venue, the stunning Titanic Hotel Liverpool, last month, which offers all this – and a whole lot more!

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Given it’s uber cool location at Stanley Docks, the gorgeous boutique style hotel offers a tranquil haven away from the immediate buzz of Liverpool’s city centre but is just a few minutes’ cab ride away should you want to mix some city, culture and bar hopping into your escape.

Perfect for a pre-wedding getaway, perhaps to shop for the last minute big day bits with your other half, or an indulgent girls-only get away with your mum, sister or bezzie – or get all in tow for a sophisticated hen do – the Titanic houses a contemporary bar, restaurant and accommodation all under one roof, plus its Maya Blue Wellbeing, complete with fitness, pool and treatment areas. Oh, and did we mention they do weddings? But more on that later.

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For now, let’s fill you in on our experience of this dreamy hotel. Arriving mid-morning we checked in and took a seat in the impressive Rum Bar lounge, with original exposed brick and large steel pillars mixed in with modern décor and soft furnishings giving a New York loft apartment vibe, which is echoed through all areas of the hotel. As a nod to its rum warehouse heritage and location on the docks, the spirit is the tipple of choice at the Titanic, though at 11am we felt it a little too early to start on the alcohol, and so settled in with a large latte as we took in the surroundings before being given a full tour and rundown of the hotel’s facilities.

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In the midst of a hectic but truly epic wedding fair season (don’t forget it’s our annual WEDSTOCK’18 Wedding Show in Harrogate this Sunday, 6th May) we decided to make our trip one of relaxation, enjoying some much-needed magazine time and a visit to the Maya Blue Wellbeing. As mentioned, those visiting could easily venture into the city centre during their stay, where there are shops, museums, tourist attractions, bars, cafes and restaurants galore.

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We broke up our day with lunch in the bar area before checking out our spectacular accommodation. Boasting 153 rooms in total, the options range from classic double rooms to superior and presidential suites. All are light, airy and spacious, with rich furnishings and luxurious bathrooms.

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dream venue: yorebridge house

May 2nd, 2018 | Julia Braime

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If your venue search tick list includes a country retreat, that’s grand as it is intimate, offering exclusive use, stunning accommodation and fabulous food then stop what you’re doing and take note as we introduce our new venue Sponsor, the beautiful Yorebridge House.

Nestled in the idyllic surrounding of the North Yorkshire Dales, Yorebridge House is a real home from home that encourages brides, grooms and their guests to fully relax and indulge during their stay.

There is a choice of elegant ceremony and reception settings, plus five churches nearby for those wanting to include a religious element. Celebrations can take place both inside and out, giving parties the opportunity to make the most of the Yorebridge’s glorious assets.

Furthermore, an attentive team of experienced wedding co-ordinator’s and a superb 3 AA Rosette menu will ensure that all elements of the planning and the big day itself come together perfectly.

Keen to find out more? Then let’s hand over to the Yorebridge House team to explain more about its offering, and also to share details of their upcoming Wedding & Events Open Weekend on 19th and 20th May.

Images as credited or provided by Yorebridge House.

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Helen Lishman Photography

Where is Yorebridge House located?

yorebridge house say: The venue is set in two acres of land, on the banks of the River Ure in Bainbridge. The absolute heart of the Yorkshire Dales with stunning backdrop of dramatic hillsides and rivers – four miles from Hawes.

Can you tell us a little about the history of the venue?

The House is a Victorian Grade II listed building and former headmaster’s house and school, renovated ten years ago by owners Dave and Charlotte Reill. The boutique bedrooms are inspired by their travels around the world together.

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How would you describe the look and feel of the venue?

Yorebridge House has an elegant and expensive feel, surrounded by nature and countryside. The interiors are beautiful with opulent chandeliers, oak floors and elegant furnishings, giving a modern and stylish feel. The open fire and candlelit rooms create a perfect atmosphere whatever the season. The stylish bar area and cosy snugs have recently undergone a refurbishment. Overall, the venue has an intimate feel and offers exclusive-use, so it can be just you along with your family and friends.

Can you tell us about the ceremony and reception areas and how many guests the venue can cater for? 

We have two beautiful rooms licenced for civil marriages and civil partnerships. The Orangery, a beautiful room with panoramic views of the Dale, is perfect for up to 75 guests seated, more with standing. The Masters Room, with its large bay window overlooking the lawn, creates an elegant setting ideal for an intimate ceremony for up to 25 guests. With five beautiful churches nearby, Askrigg, Hawes, Hardraw, Stalling Busk and Aysgarth, there is also the option for a church ceremony followed by reception at Yorebridge House. Your wedding breakfast can be enjoyed in the House for up to 75 guests or in a marquee or tipi on the lawn for up to 120 guests.

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

We promise luxury, relaxation and beautiful interiors, as well as a superb 3 AA Rosette menu, a bespoke wine and bar list and a personal and professional service from the moment you book. We offer a very relaxed home from home feel which makes it feel like you are moving in for the weekend of your wedding – offering exclusive weddings only there is no limit to your wedding day – bring as much or as little as you like to dress the place. Take advantage of our fantastic suppliers list to find great photographers, bands and florists to give your day the wow-factor.

What sort of bride would be a Yorebridge House bride?

Style conscious, low-key brides with high standards and those who love attention to detail. Plus, brides who want their friends and family to feel pampered for the weekend of their wedding.

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Joel Skingle Photography

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

Your wedding co-ordinator is on hand from the initial show around through to your first dance and after! We love wedding planning with you as much as you love visiting us and imagining your wedding day here – we can guide as much or as little as you need and have plenty of experience with all types of weddings. We have three wedding co-ordinators – two of which are getting married here themselves and one who is also the owner of the business! We all have a passion for customer service, organisation and will help out wherever we can.

Can you tell us about the accommodation at the venue?

We have 12 boutique bedrooms and great links with other local accommodation in the area as well as a local taxi man who is on hand at the end of the night! All of our bedrooms are individually designed offering the ultimate in luxury, style and relaxation. Sumptuous furnishings, up to date technology, stunning scenery and with the utmost attention to detail, you and your guests will feel spoilt and pampered throughout your stay. Many of the bedrooms boast private terraces with hot tubs for you to relax in the bubbles whenever you wish.

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