Wedding special: 18 stunning venues in Herts & Beds
Planning a wedding? Don't book anything until you've checked out our guide to the most stunning venues across Herts & Beds.
Whether you’re after a traditional country setting or more of a rustic feel, we’ve found all the Big Day inspo you’ll need – here’s our pick of the most gorgeous wedding venues across our counties.
Turvey House, Bedfordshire
This grand Grade I-listed manor house on the banks of the River Great Ouse has certainly got wow factor. Turvey House is set in 150 acres of sprawling parklands with photo ops galore – just check out those neo-classical pillars. There’s even a pretty walled garden for those more intimate romantic shots. For larger weddings you can book a rustic tipi or contemporary stretch marquee on the lawn, so if it’s options you’re after, this venue could be a winner!
Ashridge House, near Berkhamsted
There’s a reason why Ashridge House won the Muddy Award for the best wedding venue in Herts & Beds… well, quite a few actually! It’s the stuff of pure fairytales – I mean it even has turrets AND it was once a royal residence of King Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. Tie the knot on the magnificent sweeping staircase overlooking the Grand Hall, or in the Lady Marian Alford Room with its opulent gold-leaf ceiling. Al fresco, there’s the South Terrace, overlooking the beautiful gardens. With 190 bedrooms onsite there’s no need to seek out alternative accommodation for your guests – win!
Pendley Manor, Tring
Say ‘I do’ to Pendley Manor – a Grade II-listed privately owned neo-Jacobean hotel. It has nine function rooms including an ornate oak-beamed ceremony room, as well as a gorgous rose garden where you can sip your celebratory Champers in the company of the resident peacocks – quirky, eh?! There are also 84 bedrooms and a spa with ESPA treatments if you fancy a bit of pre-Big Day pampering.
Sopwell House, St Albans
For a cool, contemporary option, look no further than the stunning Sopwell House. This sleek Georgian country house – formerly home to Lord Mountbatten – simply oozes elegance with it’s 12 acres of grounds, manicured gardens and period architecture. Choose to get hitched or host your reception outdoors or in one of the four modern suites, each catering for different sized parties, with French doors opening onto gorgeous garden terraces.
The Grove Hotel, Chandler’s Cross
Often referred to as London’s Country Estate (being less than 20 miles from the capital) and a popular celeb bolthole, The Grove is an idyllic oasis where you have the freedom to make your day your own. Choose from bright and airy contemporary suites or outdoor options including the rustic Potting Shed within the gorgeous walled gardens, which also features a pool, urban beach, tennis courts and kitchen garden. There’s also a fantastic spa at the hotel too for all your Bride-to-be needs.
Shuttleworth House, Biggleswade
Another Grade II-listed Jacobean beauty, you might already know Shuttleworth House for its infamous air shows. Indoors, there are five licenced rooms for your ceremony with grand features (think wood-panelled walls and ornate ceilings), for up to 150 dinner guests, or you could plump for a much larger outdoor affair with tipis and marquees within the 420+ acres of Old Warden Parkland. Then there’s the pretty Swiss Garden with the Swiss Cottage, Grotto and Fernery for smaller parties. Or for something totally different, how about a reception in an aircraft hangar, decorated with aviation memorabilia to lend a vintage feel?
Down Hall, nr Bishop’s Stortford
Just on the Herts/Essex border is the 17th century Italianate mansion, Down Hall. The West Wing (yep, it’s that grand!) has been refurbed and is now entirely dedicated to weddings, including a private entrance, lounge and bar area. There are indoor and outdoor options for your ceremony including a wedding gazebo within the 110 acre gardens and reception-wise there are suites with capacity for up to 250. And to top it off, you can ward off the pre-wedding jitters with your bridesmaids at the Eden spa, while the groomsmen can chill in their own suite equipped with a smart screen, Playstation and pool table! Make sure you don’t miss the wedding though, lads!
Moggerhanger Park, Bedford
This stunning Grade I-listed Georgian house was designed by Sir John Soane, while the 33 acre grounds were scultped by Humphry Repton. Moggerhanger Park has even got its own chapel so you can have a church wedding on site, while the walled gardens and the Eating Room are perfect for ceremonies too. Options for your wedding breakfast also include the grand Eating Room with its Doric columns and hand-painted gold ceiling, or a marquee or tipi for a festival-style do.
Offley Place Country House Hotel, Hitchin
Plump for Offley Place and you’ll get the run of its 27 acres of manicured grounds including its own rose garden (which is licensed for civil ceremonies). Choose from the a beautiful light and airy conservatory with its combo of rustic brickwork and chandeliers (seating 120) or the Hester Ballroom (which can accommodate up to 250 guests) for your wedding breakfast, and dance the night away like Belle of the ball.
Gaddesden Estate, Hemel Hempstead
Whether you’re envisaging a formal or more wilderness-inspired wedding, the family-run Gaddesden Estate in the Chilterns’ Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has it all. You can get hitched in the pretty 18th century Golden Parsonage (pictured above), or within the estate’s walled garden meadow, fishponds, medieval landscaped area (perfect for an al fresco dinner) and host your drinks reception in the Parsonage’s private gardens. Lord and Lady of the manor here you come!
Rothamsted Manor, Harpenden
If a grand sweeping driveway and opulent interiors are top of your wedding day tick list, Rothamsted Manor might just be your dream venue. The Grade I-listed manor house is on the Rothamsted Estate, which is known for being a centre of important agricultural research, with strong sustainability creds. On that note all the food from the on-site caterers is local and sustainably sourced. The ornately decorated Grand Drawing Room and The Library are dreamy for a traditional ceremony and in terms of catering how about a barbecue or afternoon tea as an alternative to the wedding buffet?
The Barn at Alswick, Buntingford
If you’ve got your sights set on a barn wedding, this will be right up your street. The beauty of this venue is that it allows you to tailor your day to exactly what you want, without having to buy into a set package. The gorg 16th-century Barn at Alswick with its rustic beams and vaulted ceilings provides a totally blank canvas to put your stamp on. It sits on the historic Alswick Estate, and leads on to gorgeous gardens giving you the most picturesque back drop for your dream photo shoot.
Tewin Bury Farm Hotel, Welwyn
This converted former dairy farm is now the 45 bedroom Tewin Bury Farm Hotel, complete with a farm shop and restaurant, within a whopping 700 acres! There are four options to choose from for your special day including the stunning 17th century Tythe Barn (pictured above), the more contemporary Meadow Barn, an attractive red brick stable overlooking the river, and the riverside Millstream Suite with its own private garden and ceremony pagoda. Accommodation-wise, you’ll also find an off-grid shepherd’s hut and a private lakeside retreat for two (perfect for honeymoon couples).
Home Farm Glamping, Elstree
Planning a festival-style wedding? How about booking out the whole Home Farm Glamping site, with its epic views and a secluded tree-lined lake, for a wedding weekender? There’s a large covered barn for dining or partying and an on-site caterer available. The yurts and bell tents can sleep up to 51 of your guests, so you can stay up partying into the wee hours or toasting marshmallows around the campfire before sleeping under the stars. And this isn’t just any old glamping site – it won the Muddy Award for Best Boutique Stay no less! – there’s plenty of home comforts including real beds, posh flushing loos, fridges, cookers and hot showers.
Henry Moore Studios and Sculpture Gardens, Much Hadham
The Henry Moore Studios and Gardens is a real wildcard when it comes to wedding venues – but it’s an absolute corker! It offers the best of both worlds with its rustic timber 16th-century Aisled Barn, decorated with Moore tapestries, as well as contemporary spaces in Dane Tree House visitor centre, with panoramic garden views. And if you’re after wedding photos with clout, the shots you’ll get as you walk amongst the sculptures will be truly breathtaking. Imagine the silhouettes you can create after dark! There’s also an option for a marquee in the garden too.
Woodland Hollow, Lidlington
Boho brides listen up! This one’s about as rustic as they come. Woodland Hollow is former Christmas tree plantation perched on the Greensand Ridge. Guests make their way up a secret track, past the resident ponies and through a fir tree-lined (naturally) pathway twinkling with fairy lights, to an intimate woodland glade. It opens out onto a 2-acre meadow with views as far as the eye can see. There’s tonnes of space for a tipi or other style of structure, plus food vans, mobile bars, even fairground rides or a heli pad! Sounds pretty magical, eh?
The Farmhouse at Redcoats, Hitchin
The converted Grade II-listed barns at The Farmhouse at Redcoats have loads of quirky touches from wonky beams to historic features, combined with modern tech to help your Big Day go off with a bang. The in-house caterers offer a farm-to-fork experience with fine dining banquets to hog roasts featuring local and seasonal ingedients, and the bar staff can mix up all your favourite tipples at the adjoining Cowshed Bar and Lounge. There are also 27 bedrooms including a luxe honeymoon suite so you can literally flop into bed at the end of the night.
Milling Barn, nr Royston
With its stunning exposed timber interior, the Oak-framed Milling Barn can be dressed up or down as much as you like, with a bright airy feel by day and cosy romantic mood by night. There are outdoor ceremony options, too including a pretty woodland clearing, Blunts Wood, and you can opt for a rustic feasting platter for your Wedding Breakfast if you fancy something less formal than a three-course meal, courtesy of in-house caterers, The Chopping Block.
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