Ashridge House, Berkhamsted
This glorious Grade I listed mansion in stunning grounds on the edge of Berkhamsted, is the stuff of fairytales when it comes wedding venues. Want to know more about making your matrimonial dreams come true? Read on...
After a fairytale wedding venue? The magical setting of Ashridge House oozes charm, grandeur and romance all rolled into one. The spectacular Grade I listed stately home in the heart of the leafy Ashridge Estate, (and only 30 miles from London), has a rather regal heritage – I mean you only have to look at those stunning gothic turrets and crenelations to imagine kings, queens and princesses lording it up here!
In fact it was once a royal residence of King Henry VIII and Elizabeth I – see if you can spot her statue in the grounds. On that note, there are 190 acres of glorious private gardens to explore, (which are often open to the public). What better backdrop to your Big Day?
You can choose to tie the knot on the magnificent sweeping staircase overlooking the Grand Hall (just imagine sweeping down those steps in your gown), or say ‘I do’ in the Lady Marian Alford Room with its opulent gold-leaf ceiling. If the sun is shining, you can use the South Terrace as your ‘stage’, taking advantage of the beautiful garden views. Alternatively, the covered Victorian Fernery, set within the formal gardens, offers a more intimate feel for smaller weddings.
There’s room for 170 for a ceremony at the house, or opt for a blessing in the on-site chapel, which can seat up to 90 guests. Reception-wise you can host up to 210 guests for a formal seated dinner and, if you just can’t narrow down that guestlist anymore (alright, Mr and Mrs popular!), there’s capacity for up to 400 for a more relaxed celebration.
And with 190 bedrooms onsite there’s no need to seek out alternative accommodation for guests coming from further afield. Well actually, all of your friends and family can check in for the night and enjoy living like lords and ladies of the manor for the duration of the celebrations.
That’s the venue sorted then – one big tick off the wed-min list, now for the dress, the cake, the entertainment, the flowers… (sorry!)
Ashridge, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 1NS
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