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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where: On a little hilltop just a few miles outside Shrewsbury.
What: A superb complex of ancient buildings and spaces ripe for your wedding. These include the medieval timber barn, outhouses, a dovecote (with perfect white doves!) and a courthouse, newly converted into an amazing bridal accommodation suite.
Weddings: The barn is licensed for weddings. There is then room for a spectacular reception in this most atmospheric of spaces.
Who: Call Ginny on 01939 291310 or e-mail email@example.com
Where: In deepest rolling Shropshire countryside in the hills near the Clun Forest.
What: Stately home with lakes, grounds, an aboretum – everything you could wish for.
Weddings: You can hire the entire complex and get married there (three rooms are licenced), have your reception in the amazing turquoise ballroom – even stay the night. Walcot prides itself on it’s flexible approach, you can use your own caterer and enjoy the wonderful estate for the whole weekend. Check out client comments too – amazing!!
Who: There is a dedicated weddings team at Walcot led by Lucieanne Price – call her on 01588 680570 or e-mail her on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where: In the rich agricultural land between Oswestry and Whitchurch (Shropshire).
What: A magnificent Grade 1 listed country house in farmed parkland. Behind the house is a huge lawn leading to a two long winding lakes. Across the lakes is a half-timbered medieval chapel in total isolation. What a place to site your marquee! There is also room in the house for smaller functions.
Weddings: Not currently licensed for weddings.
Who: Contact Harriet on 01691 662335 or e-mail her at email@example.com
What: A brick manor house set in some spectacular countryside in the Shropshire Hills between Ironbridge and Much Wenlock. Edward Dovedale and his wife have a farm (where they raise sheep, pigs and Hereford cattle and grow fruit and vegetables) surrounded by woods. These are dotted with ancient limestone quarries, with magnificent views over the upper Severn. They have turned parts of the estate into an ‘ecological activity zone’ with excellent paths, bridges, log cabins, benches, fire pits, shelters, dens, a zip wire, rope tunnels etc. The Walled Garden has a commercial kitchen.
Weddings: Not licensed for wedding (yet!), but there are several great locations for a marquee including the sweeping valley in front of the house, the edge of the woods and the field by the River Severn.
Who: Edward Dovedale is your contact and he should be phoned on 01952 882394 or 07811 388898, or you can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Located in the well-kept village of Edgmond is the village hall in 1.3 acres of its own grounds. It can be hired for your wedding reception for up to 140 people, or you can erect a marquee. There is a large and small hall, a bar and a kitchen.
For more call Dermot Tobin on 07736 476 240 or e-mail email@example.com or for more information visit the NEW village hall website www.edgmondvillagehall.org
Village Halls can make great wedding reception venues and often have kitchens your caterers can use as well as water, power, toilets, tables and parking. To find a hall in your area try www.hallshire.com
What you save on hire charges can be put into hiring a professional hall dresser (and the catering!).
We know a few excellent venue stylists who can transform a village hall or a scout hut. The picture to the right shows what ‘Debonair Venue Styling’ did to a scout hut for a wedding client.
We also know Abigail Cunningham of Pumpkin Events, another passionate venue stylist with a great team behind her – go to www.pumpkinevents.co.uk or call 0800 046 1027 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Debonair Venue Styling and Pumpkin Events DON’T just transform Village Halls either. They work in marquees, stately homes – indeed they can utterly transform any space you wish.
Kemp & Kemp customers who have booked their wedding catering qualify for preferential rates with Debonair Venue Styling.