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Venue Name: Leez Priory

Website: www.countryhouseweddings.co.uk/leez-priory

Location: Chelmsford, Essex

Please tell us a little about Leez Priory’s history

Leez Priory was built in 1536 for Sir Richard Rich, Earl of Warwick. Over the years the Priory has been visited by many members of the royal family, including HRH Queen Elizabeth I and HRH Princess Mary.

In 1995 Leez Priory was the very first wedding venue in England to be granted a Civil Ceremony License, allowing couples to marry outside of a registry office or church.

Leez Priory wedding venue in Essex

What type of venue is Leez Priory?

Leez Priory is a splendid Tudor mansion wedding venue in Essex, standing in its own grounds.

Leez Priory Lake

What can a couple expect from having their wedding at Leez Priory?

Every couple can expect a wedding day which will hold special memories for the bride, groom, their family and friends.

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Venue Name: Gosfield Hall

Website: www.countryhouseweddings.co.uk/gosfield-hall

Location: Gosfield, Essex

Please tell us a little about Gosfield Hall’s history

Where do we start! Gosfield Hall dates back to Tudor times and was formerly a Royal residence. Georgian additions bring a touch of glamour to the house, with high ceilings and huge windows bringing in lots of light. The Hall is now a Grade 1 Listed Building and there are an abundance of original features, which offer a plethora of photo opportunities both inside and in the grounds.

Gosfield Hall, wedding venue in Essex

What type of venue is Gosfield Hall?

We are exclusively a wedding venue offering not only an amazing venue for your wedding but also a choice of 21 bedrooms which sleep up to 61 guests for the night of your wedding.

Gosfield Hall Grand Salon Entrance

Who works at Gosfield Hall?

We are very lucky to have an amazing team here at Gosfield Hall. Each and every one of our team is passionate about providing the very best service and works extremely hard to ensure that everything is perfect for your special day.

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Venue Name: St Audries Park

Website: www.countryhouseweddings.co.uk/somerset-st-audries-park

Location: West Quantoxhead, Taunton, Somerset

Please tell us a little about St Audries Park’s history

St Audries Park was built as a Private Manor House, and was originally owned by Sir Baldwin Malet, who started extensive building works to the manor and estate; Many generations of Malets followed.

The Estate was sold to the Balch family when further changes were made to the manor; a third floor and a gothic porch were added, and a magnificent Orangery was built within the grounds and used as a private Chapel. One of their nine children, Christiana, devised a shell grotto using local sea shells from St Audries Bay, together with some brought back from her trip abroad during her Grand Tour.

In 1848 the estate was bought by Sir Peregrine Fuller Palmer Acland for his daughter Isobel, and remained in the Acland Hood family until 1934 when it became a private boarding school for girls. St Audries hosted its first wedding in 2003.

St Audries Park, wedding venue in Somerset

What type of venue is St Audries Park?

St Audries Park is an exclusive use wedding venue in Somerset, set within 100 acres of tranquil grounds, boasting a deer park, manicured lawns and sea views.

St Audries Park Fountain and Orangery

Who works at St Audries Park?

St Audries Park boasts a brigade of chefs who produce sensational food, and a team of staff who maintain the house and grounds to impeccable standards. A dedicated team of Front of House Managers ensure the smooth running of each and every wedding day, and our housekeeper and her team ensure that the venue looks immaculate at all times.

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Venue Name: Bingham

Website: www.thebingham.co.uk

Location: 61-63 Petersham Road, Richmond-Upon Thames, Surrey, TW10 6UT

Please tell us a little about the Bingham’s history

Originally built as two Georgian houses, the Bingham has undergone several incarnations.

The property was described in a rental survey for George III, carried out in 1773, as a “messeuge (a dwelling), court and garden” and a “messuage with stables and coach house”.

Lady Ann Bingham, whose sister Lady Lavinia married the first Earl of Spencer, rented the property in 1821, added the room which is currently the Bingham Bar, which links the properties. Later inhabitants included poets Katherine Bradley and Edith Cooper, who wrote under the pseudonym Michael Field and lived in the property from 1899-1914. They entertained many literary visitors at the property including W.B Yeats. Katherine and Edith were aunt and niece who predominantly wrote love poetry, and interestingly they were later discovered to be lovers. The Bingham’s 15 bedrooms are named after their poetry and works.

During the 20th Century the property fell into dis-repair and was bought by the Trinder family in 1984, who embarked upon a series of sensitive renovations, the most extensive of which occurred in 2006-2007 costing in excess of £2m. Mother and daughter, Ruth and Samantha Trinder, continue to run this riverside retreat today.

The Bingham Lit Up

What type of venue is the Bingham?

Tucked away beside the river in Richmond-upon-Thames, the Bingham is a unique and unusual wedding venue combining a romantic riverside location with a contemporary and elegant interior. We like to offer complete flexibility for couples and cater to all types of weddings, from intimate ceremonies to larger scale affairs. We have three interconnecting Garden Rooms where all wedding ceremonies and receptions take place. These rooms can be hired individually or altogether to allow for different sized weddings. The Garden Rooms lead out to our beautiful riverside garden – the perfect location for hosting an outdoor Champagne reception.

The Bingham Garden

Who works at the Bingham?

The Bingham is made up of 65-70 staff; we are a friendly and intimate team who love the hotel and the guests who inhabit it.

As a small, independent, family owned hotel and restaurant operating in the highly competitive ’boutique market’, customer service sums up everything that we stand for and offer.

Our guests look for value beyond price, a special treatment over and above what they get from the Bingham’s beautiful location, décor and excellent reputation for food and drink. We provide experiences from a plethora of food, drink and hotel related offerings with a high ‘enjoyability’ factor, whether popping in for a drink, eating in the restaurant, staying with us overnight, arranging or attending a special celebration or wedding, or visiting with a company on an away day.

Through excellent customer service we offer our overnight guests a ‘home away from home’, a personalised service where they are recognised by name when they arrive, their favourite drink from the time before, their newspaper choice and how they like their eggs served at breakfast are remembered.

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Bowood Wedding Venue in Wiltshire

Bowood, a romantic and magical wedding venue in Wiltshire, has put together a winter wedding package to help you create the most perfect and memorable wedding day, and take advantage of this beautiful season.

Bowood’s Winter Wedding Package is just £69* per person between January and March 2015, and just £79* per person between November 2015 and March 2016.

Included in the winter wedding package…

  • A dedicated wedding co-ordinator to guide you through your day
  • Room hire for both your ceremony and wedding reception
  • A red carpet welcome on arrival at the venue
  • A welcome drink for each guest on arrival
  • A member of the banqueting team to act as a toastmaster on your wedding day
  • A complimentary glass of Champagne for the bride and groom on their wedding day
  • 3 course wedding breakfast menu plus coffee and chocolates
  • Half a bottle of house red or white wine for each guest with their meal
  • A menu tasting prior to the event for the bride and groom
  • A glass of sparkling wine to toast the bride and groom
  • A round or square cake stand and knife for use on your wedding day
  • Evening food for your guests
  • A complimentary overnight stay for the bride and groom within a four poster suite (if available) on their wedding night
  • Complimentary on site car park facilities for guests
  • Use of the hotel grounds and public areas for photographs
  • Private bar facilities within the Kerry Bar until 1am

*Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Minimum numbers and date exclusions apply.

Email weddings@bowood.org, or call 01249 823887 and speak to Jade, Bowood’s dedicated wedding co-ordinator.

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Bingham, Richmond upon Thames

Located beside the River Thames in the heart of Richmond-upon-Thames, the Bingham has launched a not to be missed wedding package for couples looking to tie the knot in 2014. In conjunction with the venue’s 30th anniversary celebrations, the aptly named Eleventh Hour package presents an exclusive opportunity to host a wedding at the luxury venue for a fraction of the price.

Including free venue hire, the package is perfectly suited to couples looking to maximise their wedding budget without sacrificing on style and service. Priced at £70 pp, the package includes a glass of bubbly on arrival and a three-course gourmet wedding breakfast, created by Head Chef Mark Jarvis using the finest seasonal and locally sourced ingredients.

Menus, place cards and a table plan is also included within the package, and additional items such as Champagne, Canapés and signature cocktails, can be added to the package. Priding itself on its customer service, the hotels philosophy of flexibility is extended to the Eleventh Hour package, allowing couples to add as little or much to the celebration as they like, and budget allows.

Keen to ensure those planning a wedding to a tight deadline enjoy the planning process, the experienced events team is on hand throughout to advise on suitable suppliers, all of whom are tried and tested by the Bingham. From choosing a florist to selecting a suitable photographer, the in-house team can offer as much support as required ensuing a seamless and stress-free planning process.

The Eleventh Hour Package is priced at £70 per person based on a minimum of 40 guests (inclusive of VAT and service charge).

The package is currently available for dates up until the end of 2014 subject to availability, excluding 13th, 14th, 24th-27th and 31st December.

Full payment as a non-refundable guarantee is required to confirm the booking.

For further details visit www.thebingham.co.uk. To contact the events team call 0208 940 0902 (2) or email events@thebingham.co.uk.

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We were extremely privileged to stay at the beautiful Bingham in Richmond-Upon-Thames recently, so we could check out the hotel and share our experience with you.

The Bingham is a unique, boutique hotel, located right on the banks of the River Thames by Richmond Bridge. This stunning Georgian townhouse has incredible views of the river, making it one of the most romantic locations for a wedding we have been to.

Bingham Exterior

The hotel has such charm and character, with beautiful rooms to enjoy. From the elegant entrance and reception area, to the relaxed, retro styled lounge bar, to the hotel restaurant that is so gorgeous you will want to sit there all day, taking in the views, and soaking up the sun that beams through the large windows. One of the wow factors (there are so many) is the delightful landscaped garden that the hotel looks out onto. From the garden is the river beyond, so imagine sitting out on the terrace with a cocktail, looking out at the garden and river; just delightful!

Bingham Terrace and Garden

Bingham Garden

We were invited to stay at the hotel in one of the Superior River Double rooms, which as the name suggests, looks out over the River Thames. The beautiful room is decorated with luxury furnishings, elegant drapes and the softest, most luxurious bedding. Complete with a fabulous shower and a spa bath (which of course had to be tested), this room is the perfect place to enjoy your wedding night, or even your honeymoon. If you have your wedding at Bingham you could stay in one of the bedrooms with a four-poster bed, for that little extra luxury on your special day.

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Venue Name: Holiday Inn Fareham – Solent

Website: www.hifarehamhotel.co.uk

Location: Cartwright Drive, Fareham, Hampshire, PO15 5RJ

What type of venue is Holiday Inn Fareham – Solent?

Holiday Inn Fareham – Solent is a hotel wedding venue in leafy surroundings. The hotel is located conveniently near the M27 motorway and Southampton Airport, plus your guests can benefit from plentiful free parking and discounted accommodation rates.

Holiday Inn Fareham - Exterior

Is Holiday Inn Fareham – Solent licensed for wedding ceremonies?

Holiday Inn Fareham – Solent is fully licensed to hold civil ceremonies in our bright function room.

What can a couple expect from having their wedding at Holiday Inn Fareham – Solent?

A relaxed and friendly environment, with only one function room so you can be assured that no other weddings or parties are happening at the same time (almost sole occupancy). As we are licensed to hold your wedding ceremony it takes the hassle away from traveling from place to place.

Holiday Inn Fareham - Outside Patio

What is the capacity for a wedding ceremony and reception at Holiday Inn Fareham – Solent?

90 is the maximum for a ceremony, 110 for the wedding breakfast and 150 for the evening reception.

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Bassmead Manor Barns entrance

After a major 18 month transformation, Bassmead Manor Barns in Cambridgeshire has officially opened its doors as a dream wedding venue.

It was a significant day in the 170-year-old venue’s history, as it marked the completion of its transformation from quaint farm to spectacular wedding location, as the site was given the seal of approval by 100 brides who were welcomed at the grand opening.

Bassmead Manor Barns

Bassmead Manor Barns

Bassmead Manor Barns statue

Bassmead Manor Barns statue

Bassmead Manor Barns garden

Bassmead Manor Barns open day

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Bassmead Manor Barns garden

Bassmead Manor Barns

Bassmead Manor Barns

Bassmead Manor Barns

Following the successful open day, Bassmead Manor Barns will now become one of 150 elite venues in the exclusive Country House Wedding Venues portfolio. Only the country’s finest wedding destinations in the UK are chosen by the Country House Wedding Venues team, and it is expected that this accolade will ensure Bassmead Manor Barns becomes one of the most sought-after venues in Cambridgeshire following the venue’s inclusion in the coveted portfolio of wedding destinations.

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Venue Name: Holiday Inn Basildon

Website: www.hibasildonhotel.co.uk

Location: Basildon, Essex.

What type of venue is Holiday Inn Basildon?

The Holiday Inn Basildon is a hotel wedding venue located directly opposite the Festival Leisure Park. The wide, landscaped gardens and lake views of Holiday Inn Basildon make for an inviting retreat, and the hotel is just a 10-minute drive from the M25 motorway.

Holiday Inn Basildon - Exterior At Night

Is Holiday Inn Basildon licensed for wedding ceremonies?

The Holiday Inn Basildon has several rooms licensed for civil ceremonies, including the Pavilion which is located in the grounds overlooking the Lake.

What can a couple expect from having their wedding at Holiday Inn Basildon?

Our experienced hotel wedding coordinators are dedicated to helping with your arrangements and can advise on all elements of the special day to ensure everything goes smoothly.

Holiday Inn Basildon - Wedding Venue

What is the capacity for a wedding ceremony and reception at Holiday Inn Basildon?

The Holiday Inn Basildon wedding venue is fully licensed to hold civil ceremonies for up to 250 guests, and we can cater for up to 300 guests for a wedding reception.

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