Making your dream wedding a reality requires a good deal of planning and effort, from finding the perfect gown to setting the menu and choosing beautiful floral arrangements. While many venues would be suitable for hosting your wedding reception, a country manor may provide just the right blend of privacy and natural beauty you seek on your big day. Check out these three grand country manors complete with wonderful views and luxury interiors to help you plan and host a wedding reception fit for royalty.
Orchardsleigh House, Somerset
Located just ten miles south of Bath, the Orchardsleigh House is a truly romantic setting in which to host your dream wedding reception. This Victorian Stately Home is steeped in tradition, having inspired Poet Laureate Sir Henry Newbolt to write some of his greatest works. The House is set amongst 550 acres of idyllic parkland and beautiful lakes, making it the ideal spot to take wedding photos. The banqueting hall serves up to 165 guests, while the estate provides accommodation for up to 172 guests. As well as being treated to your band and catering of choice, guests can enjoy horse riding, shooting, and a private 18-hole golf course during their stay.
Burghley House, Lincolnshire
This magnificent Elizabethan house was built and designed by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, between 1555 and 1587. It served as a family home for nearly 400 years, before it opened to the public for tours of the State Rooms, gardens, and other special exhibitions. In recent years, this enchanting country home has also been featured in several films, including, The Da Vinci Code, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, and the 2006 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.
Wedding receptions are held inside the elegant Orangery reception hall or outdoors in the lovely Rose Garden, and guests are treated to private tours of the State Rooms while they’re waiting for the reception to begin, Burghley House is the true definitions of a beautiful home
Symondsbury Manor, Dorset
If you fancy a small wedding and reception, this quiet country manor located on the beautiful Dorset coast might be just the venue you’re looking for. The House has had the pleasure of receiving many famous visitors over the past few centuries, from novelist Thomas Hardy in the late 1880s to more recent guests like Simon Callow and Sir Richard Eyre. You may choose to make use of its 18th -century ballroom for your reception, or hold your reception outside on Symondsbury’s lovely grounds and gardens. The House provides accommodation for up to 23 guests, who may explore the nearest town, Bridport, or the historic seaside resort, Lyme Regis, during their stay. If you’re mother, sister, or best friend is helping you coordinate the finer details of your wedding reception, give her a jewellery box as a small token of appreciation for lending a hand on your special day.