Cosawes Barton main house

Getting to Know – Cosawes Barton

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Venue Name: Cosawes Barton


Location: Situated between Falmouth and Truro, Cornwall

What type of venue is Cosawes Barton and how old is the building?

Cosawes Barton is a gorgeous and historic Cornish estate set in 17 acres of beautiful gardens. The history of Cosawes Barton is documented as far back as the Domesday Book – the current buildings (a beautiful farmhouse, cottage and grand courtyard) date from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Cosawes Barton main house

How long has Cosawes Barton been a wedding venue?

Cosawes Barton is a brand new wedding venue for 2016, although it has been an award winning 5* accommodation provider since 2013.

Cosawes Barton courtyard

Is Cosawes Barton licensed for wedding ceremonies?

The license is pending and expected by early September 2015.


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Flowers outside Longford Barn

Getting to Know – Longford Barn

Venue Name: Longford Barn


Location: Near Salisbury in Wiltshire

What type of venue is Longford Barn and how old is the building?

Longford Barn is an original wooden threshing barn on staddle stones, and although we don’t know exactly how old it is, we believe it to be over 250 years old, so very old and very, very rustic!

Flowers outside Longford Barn

What is Barnfield Weddings?

Barnfield Weddings is the Wedding side or our photography and print business and also includes our Wedding Planning Workshops. We operate from Longford Barn, the barn we hire out for the occasional wedding.

Heart wedding day sign at Longford Barn

How long has Barnfield Weddings been hiring Longford Barn as a wedding venue?

We hosted our first weddings at Longford Barn in 2014.


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Ashdown Park Hotel and Country Club

Getting to Know – Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club

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Venue Name: Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club


Location: Wych Cross, nr Forest Row, East Sussex RH18 5JR

Please tell us a little about Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club’s history.

The original mansion house was built in the early 1800s and passed through several owners until June 1919, when the estate was once more put up for sale. In the July, Sister Marie Saint Agnes of the Order of the Notre Dame visited Ashdown Park and considered it ideal for convent purposes. In 1919 she was requested by the Mother General to find a property suitable for a training establishment for the novices, and was able to purchase Ashdown Park for the Order quite cheaply as most of the trees had been felled. In the spring of 1920 the first Sisters of Notre Dame, together with 33 novices, arrived at Ashdown Park.

Although the house was too small for convent purposes, stone was quarried from the grounds and the extensions to the building were planned.

In 1922 the West Wing was completed, the Church of Our Lady and St Richard in 1924, and the East Wing in 1938. The Church, consecrated in 1927, was particularly beautiful with marble from Italy, Switzerland and Sweden. Harry Clarke of Dublin designed and manufactured the Sanctuary Windows where 35 shades of blue were used in addition to other colours. Geoffrey Webb of East Grinstead executed the stained glass windows in the Lady Chapel.

The Nuns remained happily at Ashdown Park for almost fifty years until the United States International University took over in 1971. The Roman Catholic Church deconsecrated the Chapel, and the USIC renamed it.

The University did not stay long and in 1974 Ashdown Park was conveyed to Barclays Bank for use as a Management Training Centre, which remained until it was sold to Elite Hotels on 1st February 1993 and turned into the luxury hotel it is today.

Ashdown Park Hotel and Country Club

What type of venue is Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club?

Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club is a luxurious Country House Hotel set in the heart of the Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, with 106 individually-styled bedrooms and suites. It offers wedding ceremonies and receptions which cater from two up to 150 people.

Bride in Chapel at Ashdown Park Hotel and Country Club

Which rooms at Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club are licensed for wedding ceremonies?

The John Haywood Suite, Jacob Henniker Suite, Henry Smart Suite and the Summer House are all licensed for wedding.


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Bride and groom in Blue Room at Waddeston Manor

A Beautiful Styled Wedding Shoot at Waddesdon Manor

Bride and groom in Blue Room at Waddesdon Manor

Today we are sharing a truly beautiful wedding shoot, styled by our wedding planning advice expert Kelly Chandler of The Bespoke Wedding Company.

Set at the very luxurious and elegant Waddesdon Manor, Kelly and the creative team want to show you how perfect the venue could be for your wedding, and how you could create your wedding styling to mirror the venue’s own elegance.

The chic and sophisticated styling of this shoot is perfect for any country house or stately home wedding venue…

“Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire is one of Europe’s last remaining properties in le style Rothschild. It was built in the late 19th century as a showcase for Baron Ferdinand’s unique collections of decorative fine arts and legendary hospitality, and today the Manor is owned by the National Trust, but still managed by the Rothschild family.

“The team were keen to launch the manor for a small number of weddings each year, and I was called upon to organise, style and design this shoot to show how Waddesdon Manor can look and feel on a beautiful wedding day.

“The White Room has recently been licensed for wedding ceremonies for up to 60 guests, and the idea of the shoot was to show how it can be styled for a luxurious and semi-classical wedding day.

“Waddesdon Manor and its White Room are naturally beautiful so the focus was on a classic look with a contemporary twist. Waddesdon is known for combining the old and the new in artworks and sculptures across the Estate, and the very contemporary broken porcelain ‘Porca Miseria’ piece in the Blue Room is one such example of the juxtapose of old and new working seamlessly.

“There is magnificent light in the White Room, and for maximum appeal we chose typical bridal colours. We focused on stunning high quality pieces and a less is more approach, using lush florals and a mix of banqueting and one-off hired antique furnishings to suit the location.

“The house itself can host wedding breakfasts/banquets for up to 30 guests, but more typically a separate bespoke marquee would be needed for dining and dancing.”

Wedding ceremony display in White Room at Waddesdon Manor

Trailing flowers

Elegant chairs for bride and groom

Bride name card on elegant chair

Orchid wedding flowers


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The Bingham Dining Room

Why Host Your Wedding at a Boutique Hotel?

Bingham Exterior

Planning a wedding is one of the most exciting times of a couple’s life, however it can also be one of the most stressful with a seemingly never ending list of decisions to make, things to plan and items to pay for.

In recent years, traditional big hotels seem to have lost favour with couples preferring blank open space wedding venues such as barns and contemporary warehouse spaces. However, boutique hotels offering space with unique charm combined with impeccable personal service are becoming increasingly popular as couples recognise the benefits a hotel can bring.

Amy Braund, wedding coordinator at the Bingham, a leading riverside hotel and wedding venue in Richmond-upon-Thames, looks at the benefits of hosting your wedding day celebrations at a boutique hotel venue.

Hassle Free

One of the biggest tasks on your wedding checklist list is to find your venue; this provides the backdrop and foundation upon which the rest of your style decisions are made. Boutique hotels such as the Bingham offer a blank canvas which, dressed in the right way, can complement a broad range of bridal styles and wedding schemes.

The Bingham Dining Room

However, unlike other dry hire wedding venues you won’t have to worry about the finer details of hiring in furniture, tableware, and in some cases even a kitchen unit or toilets – all resulting in far less stress during the wedding planning and no hidden and unexpected costs.

Licensed hotels also enable couples to host their wedding ceremony and reception in the same location, meaning there’s no need to transport guests and the day can flow effortlessly – this even allows for delays if the bride decides to be fashionably late for her grand entrance!


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