Bishton Hall

bishton hallWhere: between Stafford and Rugeley in deepest Staffordshire. Just on the edge of Cannock Chase.

What: A private school in a huge old house.

Weddings: Licensed for weddings with plenty of space for marquees for the reception. Or you can use the school dining room for about 40 guests – there are adjacent kitchens.

We got married here and did just that and we loved it. Its all ivy-clad with fab gardens and 18th Century garden monuments for super pictures. We call it ‘faded glory’ – a wonderful venue.

Who: Hilary Stafford-Northcote and her team book weddings (and much else), and its probably best to telephone them in the first instance on 01889 881277. You can e-mail them on admin@saintbedes.co.uk but they don’t always pick up e-mails, so a phone call is always best for this site.

Web: There is no dedicated web site for weddings (only the school).

Sugnall Walled Garden

sugnall walled gardenWhere: Just outside Eccleshall on the way to Loggerheads.

What: The most amazing Indian pavilion  located within the total tranquillity of the restored 18th Century 2 acre walled garden at Sugnall Hall.  Exclusive use for your reception surrounded by fruit trees, beds of herbs, flowers.

Weddings: The perfect wedding reception venue with parking, a ready-made marquee, power water and its licensed for weddings too.

Who: Call Karen Jacques on 01785 850820 or e-mail info@sugnall.co.uk

Web: Go to www.sugnallwalledgarden.co.uk

Sandon Hall

sandon hall staffordshireWhere: On a ridge of rolling green hills high above the Trent Valley, near Stone – all a very long way away from the 21st Century.

What: Superb stately home in huge open parkland.. lawns, space, follies, flowers.

Weddings: You can get married in any of three rooms within the house (or in the isolated, Romantic medieval church, 500 yards away). Those couples then wishing to hold their reception in a marquee (on the superb lawns) are free to choose their own independent caterers. NB: this is not currently mentioned on the Sandon Hall website, so do ask when enquiring.

Who: Cheryl Millward will assist if you call her on 01889 508004 or e-mail Cheryl.millward@sandonhall.co.uk

Web: Go to www.sandonhall.co.uk

Smallwood Manor

smallwood manorWhere: The gentle hills outside Uttoxeter.

What: Large Victorian country house set in sweeping, immaculate grounds, now a prep school. Eat in the dining room and use the original forms and tables – so characterful.

Weddings: If you are a former a pupil or member of staff you can get married at Smallwood, otherwise, its available to the rest of us for receptions.

Who: Jill Stone is so helpful and will discuss your needs. Call her on 01889 562083, or e-mail her at jill.stone@smallwoodmanor.co.uk

Web: Go to www.smallwoodmanor.com

Ingestre Hall

ingestre hall stafforshireWhere: In the depths of the rolling Staffordshire countryside, hidden away down a dead-end and miles from civilisation and just beyond the village of Ingestre. The House is next door to the village church which is one of the few built by Wren outside London and where many couples get married.

What: Huge stately home, now an arts college with lots of grand rooms and 27 acres of sweeping grounds (which are also yours for the day).

Weddings: Licensed for weddings and plenty of room for receptions with good kitchens that Kemp and Kemp Catering can use. Our friend got married there recently and it was GREAT, so we’ve experienced the site from both perspectives.

ALSO, stroll down the empty road to Ingestre Stables and stay the night after your wedding in THE MOST amazing accommodation ever.. There is a wonderful bridal suite and room for 16 other people in 2 adjacent, superbly renovated (and huge) apartments; your own front doors; all shapes and sizes of horses coming and going in the stable courtyard and all the life, colour and luxury you could wish for millions of miles from anywhere – to see more  visit – www.ingestrelodges.com or call the ever-helpful Anna on 01889 271013. Preferential rates at the Lodges for Kemp & Kemp customers.

Who: Back to Ingestre Hall now – contact the passionate Fiona Walklett who books weddings, or telephone her on 01889 270225, or e-mail her at fiona_walklett@sandwell.gov.uk

Webwww.ingestrehall.co.uk

Erasmus Darwin House, Lichfield

erasmus darwin houseWhere: In the centre of Lichfield town.

What: A superb Georgian town house and museum. Its the Lichfield home of Erasmus Darwin, esteemed physician, poet, botanist and amongst other things, Charles Darwin’s grandfather. The house is set in a wonderful position with views across to Lichfield Cathedral and is surrounded by an 18th Century herb garden.

Weddings: The house is licensed for civil weddings and available for full hire or individual room hire.

Who: Call the office on 01543 306260, or e-mail enquiries@erasmusdarwin.org.uk

Web: www.erasmusdarwin.org

Oakley Hall

oakly hall staffordshireWhere: Near Market Drayton, but right on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border.

What: Enormous house that is wonderfully light and is perched on the edge of a ridge overlooking a lake with views of woods and meadows – and no sign whatever of the modern day – the stuff of dreams.

Weddings: Two elegant rooms are licensed for weddings and the dining room is also available to you. Great grounds with great picture potential, and room for a marquee if you want a bigger wedding.

Who: Contact Ann Fisher on 01630 653472.

Web: see www.oakleyhallweddings.com

Westwood College, Leek

westwood college staffordshireWhere: On the edge of the market town of Leek.

What: Westwood College has great facilities, set within a grade 2 listed building and two acres of Victorian parkland.  It has views of the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Weddings: Licensed for weddings, and a great venue for a reception too.

Who: Call Julie Buxton on 01538 370930 or e-mail her – jbuxton@leekfederation.org.uk

Web: Visit the website at www.westwoodcollege.coop/facilities/weddings/

Lichfield Guildhall

litchfield guildhallWhere: Central Lichfield.

What: This is the ancient civic hall where the council still meet.

Weddings: Licensed for weddings, plenty of room for receptions and kitchens available.

Who: Contact is Sarah Wallace, Telephone 01543 309850, or e-mail her on sarah.wallace@lichfield.gov.uk

Web: No dedicated wedding website for this venue.