When looking around for a wedding venue, many couples like to choose a setting that has historic value. Getting married somewhere that had stood for centuries is a testament to things that stand solid and endure, just like love. Of course, they also make stunning locations for the photographs too. If you’re looking for your very own slice of romantic period drama for your upcoming nuptials then take a look at the following venues:
Heading to Somerset first, the Assembly Rooms offer prestigious grandeur with its original 18th century crystal chandeliers, stunning portraits and high ceilings. It is a very stylish Grade I listed building situated in the heart of Bath. There are four large rooms so perfect for weddings and also a small formal garden which is ideal for photographs.
Belchamp Hall in Suffolk is a beautiful Queen Anne house which is set in some pretty impressive grounds. There is plenty of history here and the Hall and grounds are registered under the Historic Buildings and Ancient Monuments Act of 1953. It is a private estate and so offers a tailored and intimate wedding with ceremonies either taking place in one of the rooms in the Hall or on the folly within the estate grounds.
If you fancy going all out then why not opt for Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire? This is a very impressive 18th century Baroque style building set in 2000 acres of landscaped parkland and award-winning gardens. It is located in the town of Woodstock and includes features such as the Water Terraces, Rose Garden and the Duke’s Italian Garden. It is both romantic and charming but don’t expect it to come cheap.
The Speech House in the Royal Forest of Dean is another historic landmark dating back to the 17th century. This former hunting lodge lies in the heart of idyllic rural Gloucestershire. It offers several rooms with four poster beds and combines modern luxury with original charm. It once hosted the ‘Court of the Speech’ which was a kind of parliament for those managing the forest, game and mineral resources of the area. It has been a hotel since the late 19th century and sits next to the Speech House Lake. For a Hotel Wedding Venue in Gloucestershire, visit http://www.thespeechhouse.co.uk/weddings/.
Brinsop Court Estate is a Grade I listed 14th century manor house on a moat set in 800 acres of picturesque Herefordshire countryside. They offer both indoor and outdoor ceremonies. Choose from the Elizabethan Library with wood paneling and a huge fireplace or the Banquet Hall which is the oldest part of this medieval house. It’s not stuck in the Dark Ages though with underfloor heating and wifi throughout.
If you fancy something a little more rustic then Chaucer Barn in Norfolk could be the ideal solution. It offer stylish luxury in an informal setting in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The barn is set in 4 acres of landscaped grounds with a further 16 acres of parkland adjoining.