Can’t seem to cut the guest list? Fear not. If you want a wedding venue for 200 guests, we’ve found six sensational locations right here from Country House Wedding Venues…
Why we love it: Fennes is a beautiful Georgian house with lovely formal gardens. The house has beautiful reception rooms, ideal for a drinks reception or as prayer rooms. The house is linked by a walkway to two breathtaking wedding pavilions. The first has a ceremony licence, plus a dance floor and sound system for the evening party. While in the Banqueting Hall, you can have a sit-down wedding meal for up to 400 guests. And you can use your own caterers if you want to.
What the real couples say: “We can’t explain how magical our day was; the venue, food and, most importantly, the staff were amazing. We recommend Fennes to anyone – such a beautiful and welcoming venue.”
Why we love it: You could admire the views of the lake and gardens forever. But inside, Blenheim Palace is just as beautiful. Have your ceremony for up to 250 in the stylish Orangery. Then enjoy drinks on the terrace overlooking the Italian Garden. The fabulous Long Library seats 300 guests for your wedding breakfast, while the Great Hall and Saloon, with views of glittering fountains, is the scene for your evening party.
What the real couples say: “Everything was perfect on the day of our wedding. The venue, the staff, the food – and even the weather – was fantastic!”
Why we love it: Combe Manor has stood at the foot of Walbury Hill for hundreds of years. Its rustic, restored barns form an L-shape around a grassy courtyard. The outside of the barns is clad in wood, while the inside has tapestries on the walls. You can have a wedding breakfast here for up to 200 seated guests. And there are quintessentially English gardens for gorgeous photos.
What the real couples say: “We thoroughly enjoyed our day. The barns were the perfect venue for creating a relaxed and joyful (and intimate) reception celebration. We had many compliments on what a great place it is!”
Why we love it: Hedsor House sits in almost 100 acres of glorious parkland. This award-winning venue near London is a blank canvas for your big day. You can have a wedding breakfast here with 800 guests, thanks to a marquee on the lawn. And there’s a choice of suppliers including Asian and Jewish caterers. The grounds lend themselves to a fireworks display on the lawns or you can wander in the Sunken Garden for photos.
What the real couples say: “Whatever you are planning, I can’t imagine a scenario that Hedsor wouldn’t be able to adapt to. It provided not only the perfect backdrop but also the chance for us to really make our dream day a reality.”
Why we love it: Have a grand mansion to yourself for your big day with exclusive hire of The Elvetham. You’ll have 72 bedrooms for your family and friends. Plus use of the main house, with its grand rooms including a Library. Your wedding meal and evening party for up to 250 will be in a luxury marquee in the garden of this 35-acre estate.
What the real couples say: “It was an incredibly special day and the staff were all fantastic. We can only compliment you on having such a customer-focused team – they made us feel very special.”
Why we love it: This Victorian castle is the setting for TV’s Downton Abbey. The Saloon, at the centre, is where you can have a dramatic ceremony. This vaulted stone room is two storeys high and has an open gallery level. Have a marquee wedding reception next to the castle for up to 400 guests. Highclere Castle is just 50 minutes from Heathrow – great if you have guests coming from far-flung places.
What the real couples say: “The setting is phenomenal without seeming too imposing or formal. We simply cannot imagine how the day could have been bettered by Highclere and its staff.”