Where: Just outside Solihull in the village of Hampton-in-Arden.
What: A huge Victorian Meeting Hall, with modern facilities attached. There are toilets, furniture, a huge car park, a bar and a massive main hall that will seat 200.. plus a lovely sun-terrace with superb views across open countryside, and (most important of all) a GREAT kitchen that Kemp & Kemp can use.
Weddings: Licensed for weddings. A perfect reception location where you can make your mark without spending money on the things that no-one sees, like power supplies, toilets and a kitchen.
Who: Contact the caretaker Janice on 01675 442633, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Web: For more go to www.georgefenthamtrust.org.uk
Where: The rolling hills west of Worcester.
What: A listed country house from the mid-Victorian period, complete with marble stairs, a portico, Italian Gardens, lakes, terraces.
Weddings: Not licensed for weddings but everything else is superbly catered for. Your choice of caterer, use your own wine and NO CORKAGE.
Who: Call Heather on 01886 821165, or e-mail her on email@example.com
Matt and Neil have a wood fired pizza oven in their trailer and make delicious pizza in front of your eyes. Its so good that at the Osmaston Wedding Fayre on Sunday 26th April, they sold out – so we didn’t taste any.. BUT the smell was totally AMAZING.
Perfect for your evening food. Call them on either 07731 427626 or 07758 217491 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: Just outside historic Warwick in open countryside and on the banks of the River Avon.
What: Just the most amazing location for a marquee (or tipi).. the grade 2 listed house on one side; the Victorian Gothic church on the other (a Gilbert-Scott masterpiece); an avenue of lime trees with skippity lambs, sheep and horses safely on the other side of the ha-ha grazing the river banks; and open 18th century parkland on the fourth side. Tranquility personified.
Weddings: Get married in the church and stroll across the gardens and cherry orchard to the marquee. BLISS.
Who: Mrs Coton looks after bookings and will help you.. call her on 01926 624215 or e-mail email@example.com
Where: Right in the middle of the quiet, quaint, gentle market town of Sandbach, but within minutes of the M6.
What: A Grade 2 listed Town Hall, recently refurbished and able to seat 180, with superb kitchens, free parking for guests, a wonderful bar area, hotels in the town, pubs, restaurants – the best of both worlds. And just around the corner, the most amazing pair of 9th Century carved stone preaching crosses.
Weddings: Licensed for weddings.
Who: The energetic and customer-focussed Richard Husdan runs the weddings and events at Sandbach and has a wonderful CAN DO attitude. Call him on 01270 600840, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where: In the midst of The Cheshire Plain.. 972 hectares of forest and woodland, teeming with birds, dragonflies, romance and peace.
What: A woodland clearing where you can create your own ‘wedding village’ with marquess, yurts or tipis.
Weddings: Not licensed for weddings, but what a place for your reception!
Who: Call Bob on 07916 151704 or e-mail email@example.com
Where: Deep in the forests of Cannock Chase. The Chase is an area of outstanding natural beauty and very special indeed. An undulating wild area, still populated with deer and not a building in sight, yet all within easy reach of the M6… needs to be seen to be believed.
What: A woodland clearing within which you can create a magical wedding setting with your own marquee or tipi, and a helpful team to help to create the infrastructure for a wedding village.
Weddings: They are set up for wedding parties, but not lisenced for ceremonies.
Who: Contact Bob on 07916 151704 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: In Shropshire countryside near Shrewsbury. Stunning views over to the Welsh Hills.
What: A Regency hall from 1822. A true country retreat with open fires, a hot-tub, woods, parkland etc.. There are 5 amazing bedrooms you can use including the astounding bridal suite. All the en-suite showers have digital entertainment, and the bride’s bathroom has a double shower AND a bath with an in-built TV!! Astounding quality and sumptuous good taste.
Weddings: There is a Licence for weddings, dining room, kitchens, library and then extremely well-planned space for marquees etc.
Who: Phone the irrepressible Ishbel on 07917 445560 or e-mail her on email@example.com.
Where: The Leicestershire/Derbyshire border in a low valley next to a sweeping surpentine lake.
What: A completely magical juxtaposition of Medieval Church (now National Trust), lake, 18th Century bridge and perfect stately pink pile overlooking sweeping lawns, crunchy gravel drives. Inside the house there are several spaces you can use, with an imposing entrance hall, lovely dining room and a library. The fully-equipped kitchen is great for us too. PLUS the friendliest, most helpful coordinators to help smooth the day.
Weddings: The first floor saloon is licensed for weddings, as the Church is not available.
Who: Contact Rowan in the first instance, on 01332 864435 or email her on firstname.lastname@example.org – fully booked for 2015, there are limited slots available for 2016.
Where: In undulating countryside under the watchful eye of Breedon Church with its famous Viking sculpture, perched high and visible for miles.
What: 18th Century manor house with accommodation in the house and in the adjoining mews houses. There is room for a small reception in the house or a larger party can be accommodated in a marquee.
Weddings: Licenced for weddings, and events.
Who: Contact the highly responsive Charles or Charlotte Meynell on 01332 864935 or e-mail email@example.com