12 wedding venues fit for a king and queen
25 Apr 2018
Emulate royalty in one of these 12 wonderfully regal wedding venues across the country
Deer Park Country Hotel, Honiton (Devon)
Deer Park Country Hotel specialises in beautiful, original, made-to-measure weddings. With more than 80 acres of spiffing grounds, featuring wild flower meadows, woodland walks, manicured lawns and riverside trails, it’s no surprise that the Deer Park is considered to be one of the most romantic wedding venues in Devon. The utterly delectable 18th century Georgian house near Exeter is licensed for civil ceremonies and is perfect for exclusive use weddings, accommodating up to 60 wedding guests in the main house for intimate celebrations and up to 210 wedding guests in the showstopping Orangery.
11 Cadogan Gardens, Chelsea (London)
When it comes to sourcing a wedding venue fit for a king or queen, a good place to start would be the iconic King’s Road in London. Situated in the heart of Sloane Square and just footsteps from this world-renowned street, 11 Cadogan Gardens is the perfect place for an after party celebration once you have said "I do". Bring guests back to Chelsea’s best kept secret and feel at home in the heart of London’s most luxurious district. 11 Cadogan Gardens was built by Lord Chelsea in the late 19th century and originally comprised of four separate Victorian town houses. This helps explain the myriad of corridors, staircases and hallways throughout the hotel. With 56 unique bedrooms, Hans’ Bar & Grill eatery opening out onto Pavilion Road and a rooftop bar, it really is the place to be if you’re in celebrating in the city.
Chewton Glen, New Forest (Hampshire)
Chewton Glen captures the essence of romance, heritage and luxury delivered through unsurpassed hospitality. Set in 130 acres of picturesque English countryside, nestled on the edge of the New Forest, just a stroll away from the beach, and remarkably less than two hours away from London, it is the perfect location for the most memorable and life changing day of your life. As the experienced team guide you on a journey of a lifetime, their promise to you is complete perfection from "yes" to "I do". Choose from many beautiful spaces such as an idyllic Treehouse Suite, the classical and magnificent Lake Suite, the tranquil Summer House or the botanical Walled Garden in the warmer months. As no two weddings are the same, say your vows in true style as you make it completely bespoke for you and your betrothed.
Cliveden House, Taplow (Berkshire)
One of the world’s finest luxury hotels, this grand stately home is the ultimate country escape. Cliveden is blessed with a supreme location in the heart of Berkshire countryside, offering panoramic views over the River Thames, only a short distance from London and Heathrow Airport. Cliveden is unique. The setting, architecture and interiors all speak eloquently of extraordinary extravagance and remarkable refinement. There is a palpable sense of history, for this house that for 350 years has been dedicated to the pursuit of pleasure, power and politics. Since the house was built in 1666, Cliveden, infamous for its parties, has played host to numerous notable visitors including; Winston Churchill, President Roosevelt, Charlie Chaplin, George-Bernard Shaw, royalty and celebrities. The house became a luxury hotel in 1985, opening its doors to a new generation of pleasure-seekers. Now, Cliveden is a privately owned, 5 Red Star award-winning luxury hotel. Can you resist an invitation?
The Lygon Arms, Broadway (Worcestershire)
Plan the quintessential countryside wedding at The Lygon Arms. The medieval building is speckled with period features, making it the pinnacle of romance. With a rich history, The Lygon Arms has a glowing guest book as it has welcomed in the likes of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor during their affair. Today the hotel’s guest book is still in use and counts not just actors and movie stars, but politicians, prime ministers and even Prince Phillip on its pages. Open roaring fires, typically charming Cotswold stone and wood panelled walls are just some of the ways the scene is set for a beautiful Cotswold wedding, as well as stunning grounds for those all-important photos. Become part of the legacy and make it a day to remember in the heart of Broadway.
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock (Oxfordshire)
Blenheim Palace, located in Oxfordshire, offers a grand location for your perfect wedding. Whether you’re planning a large extravagant wedding, or something more intimate, there is an experienced events team on hand to help. The dedicated wedding planners will provide an outstanding service to create a bespoke wedding package to suit you and your dream wedding requirements. This venue provides a spectacular setting for your wedding. Its 18th century baroque architecture, more than 2,000 acres of picturesque landscaped parkland and award-winning Formal Gardens, make it the perfect backdrop for photographs.
Lapstone Barn, Chipping Campden (Gloucestershire)
Lapstone Barn is a stunning exclusive-use barn wedding venue nestled in the rolling Cotswold hills just minutes from the beautiful town of Chipping Campden. Relax and be pampered in the stylish upstairs hayloft before your ceremony in the beautiful and romantic 18th century stone barn. Move through to the modern Northwick Barn to enjoy a wedding breakfast chosen from the delicious menus prepared from local and seasonal produce by the in-house chefs. The stunning views surrounding the property can be enjoyed from the venue's lawns and patios or relax in the sunshine in the lavender-filled English Courtyard. The experienced team are on hand every step of the way to guide you through the planning process and make sure your wedding day is simply perfect. Your wedding, your way.
Stoke Place, Slough (Berkshire)
Surrounded by 26 acres of serene ‘Capability Brown’ landscaped parkland and only 20 minutes by train from London in South Buckinghamshire stands Stoke Place, a Grade II listed 17th century mansion house. Built in 1690 by Patrick Lamb, a royal chef, Stoke Place prides itself on its double rosette restaurant on-site and exceptional food for weddings prepared by head chef David Jaram. With all the charm and rural tranquillity of a countryside location but with a stylish and relaxed interior, Stoke Place truly does have all the charm of a fairytale wedding venue with its sweeping staircases, dazzling antique chandeliers and stunning bay windows. Couples can choose to have the entire house, function rooms such as the Ballroom and grounds exclusively for themselves as a private home for their wedding weekend. Combined with an exceptional weddings manager and dedicated operations team, Stoke Place can guarantee an unforgettable wedding celebration like no other.
Farnham Castle, Farnham (Surrey/Hampshire)
Farnham Castle is a multi-award winning wedding venue with stunning buildings, beautiful grounds, world-class dining and guest accommodation. Rich in history, sophistication and style, it’s no surprise that Farnham Castle is considered to be one of the most elegant wedding venues in England. Overlooking the historic market town of Farnham, on the Surrey/Hampshire border, Farnham Castle combines a rich heritage with contemporary facilities, making it a truly unique place to marry. Ceremonies can be held in the charming Lantern Hall or in one of the traditional chapels, after which the Castle and its grounds are yours to enjoy and explore. For centuries, the Castle has played host to many an occasion and celebrations for kings and queens of England. Now it’s your turn to enjoy the thrill of a Farnham Castle celebration.
The Venue at Sandy Cove, Ilfracombe (Devon)
If you're dreaming of the perfect wedding and looking for a stunning and spectacular venue, The Venue at Sandy Cove is the ultimate choice. The setting is amazing, offering breath-taking views across the sea, the Atlantic Coast and Exmoor. The venue has a AA 2 Rosette award for the food and a dedicated team who will turn your dreams into a beautifully run and bespoke day. Whether you are planning a small intimate day or a large sparkling one, the team will help you make this the happiest and most romantic day of your life. Unique to the area, the venue also offers exclusive-use weddings where you can enjoy the whole hotel for two days.
Kingston Estate, Totnes (Devon)
If you are looking for a stylish and extraordinary venue in Devon, The Kingston Estate nestled in a peaceful location in the South Hams is the wedding venue for you. Set within 15 acres of beautiful Devonshire countryside, the Kingston Estate offers a magnificent Georgian mansion, nine luxury five-star cottages, the secret Undercroft nightclub, the Cowshed Barn, exquisite gardens, indoor swimming pool, and hot tub, games lawn, helipad - the list is endless. Voted one of the Top 20 UK wedding venues by the London Evening Standard, the Kingston Estate is easily Devon’s most elegant and quintessential venue where anything and everything is possible.
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Llangoed Hall, Brecon (Wales)
A warm welcome awaits you and your guests at Llangoed Hall, with a relaxed country home atmosphere, nestled in the Wye Valley. Llangoed Hall has gained an enviable reputation as a truly unique wedding venue, rich in history and set in 17 acres of beautiful gardens and parklands, with views across the Black Mountains, which create the most magnificent, naturally beautiful backdrop for wedding photographs. Whether you are planning a lavish party for hundreds or an intimate wedding for close friends it is hard to imagine a more perfect place for your very special day. The venue prides itself in never hosting more than one wedding a day thus ensuring the team's total dedication to you, your family and your friends. Llangoed Hall offers a bespoke service and the team guides you through every aspect of planning your special day to ensure that it is exactly what you always imagined it would be.