Garthmyl Hall

Where: In a lush valley just west of Welshpool.

What: A wonderful, newly renovated mansion built in 1859, with 10 bedrooms, including a stunning bridal suite. There is even a boat you can use on the lake, a stunning walled garden and a cellar bar. You get exclusive use of the whole place for the weekend.

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Weddings: The venue features several locations which are licensed for weddings.

Who: Julia Pugh will look after you from booking through to saying goodbye the day after. Highly experienced in all wedding matters and always calm, collected and uber-responsive. E-mail her at Julia@garthmylhall.co.uk or call 07716 763567.

Web: www.garthmylhall.co.uk

Whiston Village Hall

What and Where. In the rolling hills between Cheadle and Ashbourne is the compact village of Whiston, and just on the fringes of the village, perched on the edge of a magnificent green valley is their amazing village hall. Its a huge modern structure built into the hill-side with masses of parking, a vast main hall, committee rooms (perfect for drinks if its wet outside), a bar and a kitchen.

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Weddings. Not licensed for wedding ceremonies, but a wonderful venue for your wedding reception.

Who. To book the hall call 01538 266711 or e-mail bookings@whistonvillagehall.co.uk

Web: Great modern website at www.whistonvillagehall.co.uk

Swainsley Farm

Where: perched halfway up the amazing Manifold Valley in the deepest depths of darkest Derbyshire.. superb views.

 

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What: The Snook family have converted their stone farm complex into an idyllic holiday hide-away, and are now offering a marquee site that fits neatly into the complex as well. Lots of wonderful accommodation for the wedding party and a level, dry marquee site with power and water.

Weddings: Not licensed – – yet!!

Who: Contact Chris or Liz Snook on 01298 84530

Web: www.swainsleyfarm.co.uk

Fentham Hall

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 info@georgefenthamtrust.org.uk

Web: For more go to www.georgefenthamtrust.org.uk

Sherbourne Park

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.

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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 robinlsca@aol.com

Web: www.sherbournepark.com

 

Sandbach Town Hall

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 conferenceandevents@sandbach.gov.uk.

Web: www.sandbach.gov.uk

Delamere Forest

Where: In the midst of The Cheshire Plain.. 972 hectares of forest and woodland, teeming with birds, dragonflies, romance and peace.

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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 info@woodland-weddings.co.uk

Web: www.woodland-weddings.co.uk

 

Cannock Forest (Cannock Chase)

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.

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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 info@woodland-weddings.co.uk

Web: www.woodland-weddings.co.uk

 

Shooters Hill Hall

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.

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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 enquiries@shootershillhall.co.uk.

Web: www.shootershillhall.co.uk

Staunton Harold

Where: The Leicestershire/Derbyshire border in a low valley next to a sweeping surpentine lake.

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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 rowan@stauntonharoldestate.co.uk – fully booked for 2015, there are limited slots available for 2016.

Web: www.stauntonharoldestate.co.uk