Since we revealed the Wedding Ideas Awards 2013 finalists, we’ve been taking a closer look at the top five in each category. In this installment, we’re focusing on the nominees for Best Wedding Venue…

wedding-ideas-awards-2013-voting-logo-150x150Your wedding venue will likely take the largest chunk of your budget so it’s got to be perfect. Today’s real brides are looking for incredible all-inclusive packages, idyllic gardens for photographs and fabulous food that their guests will remember long after the big day. So who do our real brides rate this year? The nominees are…


 Here are the top five finalists for the Best Wedding Venue category…

St Audries Park

wedding-ideas-awards-2013-best-wedding-venue-st-audries-150px-150pxOverlooking the rolling Quantock Hills and the Bristol Channel beyond, this fairytale manor house provides the perfect setting for your wedding day. The Georgian orangery offers a unique setting for your wedding ceremony and the stunning banqueting hall can seat up to 130 guests for the wedding breakfast. There are also 31 luxury bedrooms reserved exclusively for the night of your wedding ensuring the perfect end to your perfect day, as well as a hidden cottage in the grounds for the Bride and Bridesmaids to stay in the night before the big day.

St Audries Park is located close to Bristol, Taunton and the South West and is just 15 minutes away from the M5.

Clearwell Castle

wedding-ideas-awards-2013-best-wedding-venue-clearwell-castle-150px-150pxWinner of the Wedding Ideas award for ‘Best Wedding Venue’ 2010 and 2012, this stunning Castle is offered to you exclusively and provides the perfect fairytale setting for wedding day dreams to come true.

The magnificent Ballroom is licensed for civil ceremonies and has a 75ft aisle and leaded glass windows, offering a unique and serene setting usually only found in Churches. The Ballroom can also seat up to 160 people for the wedding breakfast and the elegant reception rooms and the vaulted cellar can easily accommodate 250 guests for evening dancing.

There are also 15 beautiful bedrooms within the Castle and grounds, which are reserved exclusively for you on your wedding night ensuring the perfect end to a perfect day as well as beautiful properties within the grounds for the bridal party and groomsmen to stay in the night before the big day.

Buxted Park

wedding-ideas-awards-2013-best-wedding-venue-buxted-park-150px-150pxWilliam Wordsworth, Winston Churchill and Marlon Brando – just three of the famous names that have enjoyed the delights at Buxted Park Hotel!

As part of the respected Hand Picked Hotels group, this imposing, four-star country house is the perfect setting for a breathtaking big day. Set in 312 acres of private grounds, this hotel has everything a bride and groom could wish for… the private grounds, 2 AA Rosette restaurant, 44 luxury bedrooms, the list goes on.

From intimate weddings to full exclusive use for up to 120 people, the team at Buxted can create a package to suit you. On occasion, late availability dates are also available at reduced rates.

Gosfield Hall

wedding-ideas-awards-2013-best-wedding-venue-gosfield-hall-150px-150pxGosfield Hall is a stunning Georgian manor house set in picturesque rural Essex and offered exclusively to you for your wedding day.

Set in 10 acres of manicured gardens extending down to Gosfield Lake and formerly a royal residence, the Queen Charlotte’s oak paneled gallery with a 120 ft long aisle is perfect for wedding ceremonies and the newly licensed carriageway is a stunning location for outdoor ceremonies on sunny days. The Marquis of Buckingham’s former ballroom provides an exquisite setting for the reception meal for up to 110 guests and there are also several grand and ornate reception rooms for you and your guests to enjoy.

Gosfield Hall is located in the heart of rural Essex, yet is only 30 minutes from Stansted Airport and the M11 to London.


wedding-ideas-awards-2013-best-wedding-venue-fennes-150px-150pxLocated in 100 acres of scenic Essex countryside, Fennes, a charming Georgian Manor House, has such a welcoming feel that you could imagine it was your own home.

The elegant reception rooms overlook the beautifully landscaped gardens, providing the ideal ambiance for your perfect day. Fennes is licensed for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies.


Do you agree with these top 5 Wedding Ideas Awards 2013 finalists for Best Wedding Venue? Who do you think should win?


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