When Mr Robertson and I were invited to spend a night at Ashford International Hotel, I must admit we were not expecting anything glamorous. Thinking the location would be the selling point – a short drive from the Eurostar at Ashford International station – we went along with open minds but low expectations.
Well, you know that old saying don’t judge a book by its cover, that came to mind when we found out what is behind the less than inspiring name.
Because, the hotel, regardless of its name, literally offers brides and grooms everything they could wish for for their big day. Want a small, intimate wedding? The Courtyard Suite and the Garden Suite are ideal as they host just 50 people each for a wedding breakfast. » Read more
Some of my favourite things in the world are cosy character hotels, time to relax and enjoy a pampering and, of course, beautiful weddings! So, a trip to The Swan at Lavenham (www.theswanatlavenham.co.uk) was pretty much a perfect offering for me.
My husband and I visited for his birthday and so were looking for an ultra special overnight stay and we were not disappointed. The higgledy piggledy 15th century hotel, spa and wedding venue is among a charming and characterful medieval Suffolk countryside village…if oak beams, wonky floors and history are your thing, then this is the place to go. » Read more
Last month, we met Lucy Smith. In 12 months’ time, she will become the new Mrs Shah when she marries Imran. She’s keeping us up-to-date with her milestones, challenges and achievements as she plans her big day for May 7, 2016.
Have you ever driven past a beautiful country mansion and dreamt how incredible it would be to host your wedding there? Imagine being Lord and Lady of the manor for one day, with your nearest and dearest having a ball around you.
Can you believe that is actually possible?! Thanks to Landed Houses (www.landedhouses.co.uk), you literally can pick your dream large country house as the backdrop to your big day. » Read more
Imagine marrying within 100 acres of parkland in the Devon countryside. With the launch of brand new wedding venue Bridwell House and Deer Park (www.bridwell.co.uk), that is an option open to brides from this year.
The family home of Lord Ivar Mountbatten, a direct descendant of Queen Victoria, is now offered as an exclusive use wedding venue, full of charm and character. Romantic spots in which to say “I do” have been created, with a Gothic-style chapel and 150-seat orangery with French doors opening on to the gardens.
Take a look at their brand new website for more information.
Usually, when we review wedding venue hotels, my write-up focuses on the scenery, the setting and the backdrop for your wedding day. Our latest trip – to The Old Manor Hotel (www.oldmanorhotel.com) – has all of those things in abundance…but I have to start here with the food. Oh. My. Goodness. I can hand on heart say the wedding supper prepared for Mr Robertson and I here was THE best meal I’ve ever had in my life…
One of the many things we loved about our wedding venue was that our nearest and dearest could celebrate with us in the most beautifully homely surroundings. Although the venue was large, it had intimate spaces which meant our wedding had a cosy and comfortable feel to it.
When we were invited to stay at the Hotel du Vin (www.hotelduvin.com), in Royal Tunbridge Wells, I didn’t for a moment realise I would get a similar feel about such a different venue to our own. We married in a Tudor mansion set among 40 acres of parkland, while Hotel du Vin is a converted Georgian mansion with a French feel in the heart of historic Tunbridge Wells town. » Read more
Last week was my precious mum’s 60th birthday. As my stepdad is in care with Alzheimers, I saw it as my job to make sure she had the most wonderful birthday on his behalf. After a few days of family gatherings and surprises, I whisked mum off to Norfolk to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
I could not have picked a more perfect base for our three-day trip than Strattons Hotel (www.strattonshotel.com). The small boutique hotel offers rooms, suites and self-catering apartments, as well as a restaurant and cafe deli. While our visit was to celebrate a special birthday, the venue also offers the ideal package for a classy hen weekend or back-drop to an intimate wedding reception. » Read more