1. Chilford Hall, Linton
Chilford Hall is one of the oldest vineyards, set within 15 acres of Cambridgeshire’s beautiful rolling country side. The Garden rooms, their new semi-permanent glass frontage marquee, offers the perfect place to celebrate your wedding day with up to 150 guests. You can choose to hold your ceremony in the marquee or under their licensed oak gazebo in the gardens.
Glen and team are happy to work with your budget and needs, to ensure everything is exactly what you wanted.
If you have already booked your venue; why not check out the wine tasting hen or stag parties they offer.
For further information go to Chilford Hall’s website: www.chilfordhall.co.uk
2. Longstowe Hall, Longstowe, Cambridge
Longstowe Hall, a family home, is an elegant venue set within pretty English gardens that sweep down to the lake and will be exclusive to you.
Longstowe Hall can accommodate up to 100 guests for a ceremony and you have the option of The Great Hall or the gazebo set on a small island within the gardens.
The marquee, with two clear sides, is an idyllic location for any wedding breakfast and the natural décor allows for any wedding theme. The controlled up-lighters and chandeliers allow you to create the perfect ambiance when the night draws in.
For further information, go to Longstowe Hall’s website: www.longstowehall.co.uk
3. Island Hall, Godmanchester
Island Hall is an attractive, riverside mansion and was built in the late 1740s. The gardens are enclosed with 18th century brick walls and mature trees, and are connected by a Chinese-style bridge to the island in the River Great Ouse from which the house takes its name. The Chinese bridge is a replica of the original 18thcentury bridge, long lost, but happily recorded in old photographs.
The family open their home to a handful of couples each year and the venue will be exclusive to you. They are licensed for civil ceremonies of up to 80 guests in the house. For the wedding breakfast they can offer a more intimate affair in the house or larger weddings of up to 250 guests in the marquee.
For further information, go to Island Hall’s website: www.islandhall.com
4. The Old Hall, Stuntney, Ely
The Old Hall is a Jacobean manor house set within 2000 acres providing stunning views across Ely and stunning Ely Cathedral. It is a 5 star gold Bed and Breakfast and is an exclusive wedding venue for you and your guests.
They are able to offer civil ceremonies under the oak gazebo, overlooking the impressive lake and the wedding breakfast would follow in the marquee, accommodating up to 150 guests. The marquee is ivory lined with pea lights in the ceiling and has two sides of glass highlighting the rolling countryside. The adjoining dance marquee, separated by curtains, is revealed to really start the celebration.
For further information, go to The Old Hall’s website: www.theoldhallhotelely.co.uk
5. Bassmead Manor Barns, Staploe, Eastern Socon
Bassmead Manor Barns are set within the medieval moat of an ancient manor house. The converted barn boasts a wonderful 300-year-old barn for weddings, a breathtaking, contemporary reception barn and overnight accommodation.
The beautiful, landscaped garden bordered by the moat has a secluded pergola and tranquil views across open countryside.
It is licensed to hold civil ceremonies of up to 150 guests and can accommodate the same numbers for a wedding breakfast.
For further information, visit Bassmean Manor Barn’s website: www.bassmeadmanorbarns-weddings.co.uk
6. Emmanuel College, Cambridge
Emmanuel College is one of many colleges situated within Cambridge and dates back to 1584. It offers many beautiful areas for photographs to be taken. The Wren Chapel Cloister, The Paddock next to the duck pond or Chapman’s Gardens with Hobson’s Conduit, shaded by a weeping willow, are a wonderful backdrop.
The Wedding Breakfast, accommodating up to 150 guests, takes place within the magnificent Great Hall, with its elegant moulded plaster ceiling and panelled Wedgwood blue walls flooded with light from mullioned windows.
For the evening reception, The Old Library is available for dancing and other entertainment with the adjoining New Court for quiet drinks and conversation.
For further information, please visit Emmanuel College’s website: www.emma.cam.ac.uk/conferences/weddings
7. Madingley Hall, Madingley, Cambridge
Madingley Hall is a 16th century country house situated within impressive grounds offering weddings of up to 110 guests within an abundance of rooms and are now licensed for civil ceremonies. They also offer 62 en-suite bedrooms with stunning views across the woods, gardens and courtyard.
For further information, visit Madingley Hall’s website: www.madingleyhall.co.uk
8. The Sheene Mill, Melbourn, Royston
The Sheene Mill has rested on the River Mel in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside of Melbourn for over 400 years. This 16 Century mill still offers original features, some of which include exposed beams, original mill grinding stones and not to forget the picturesque lake.
Civil ceremonies can up to 110 guests and take place in the Garden Conservatory, The Banqueting Hall, The Main Ceremony Hall or outdoors under the Wedding Pavilion. They are able to accommodate guest numbers of 20-180 for a wedding breakfast.
For further information, visit The Sheene Mill’s website: www.thesheenemill.com
9. Rectory Farm, Cambridge
Rectory Farm is situated amongst 50 acres of woodland and fields and is a short walk to the River Cam and Kings College.
The marquee can accommodate up to 150 guests and boosts venetian chandeliers, canopied reception area and large windows highlighting the stunning surroundings. It is set within secluded gardens, surrounded by willow trees and is lit for the perfect ambiance in the evening.
They also offer accommodation for many guests with The Chalet, their latest expansion, consisting of 10 apartments and The Lodge, accommodating up to 6 people.
For further information, please visit the Rectory Farm’s website: www.rectoryweddings.net
10. The Haycock Hotel, Wansford, Peterborough
The Haycock Hotel, a Macdonald associate Hotel, is set within the village of Wansford on the River Nene and boasts stunning English country gardens. The Haycock Ballroom can accommodate up to 200 guests for a wedding and can perform ceremonies in the adjoining Barnaby room.
They have plenty of room for guests to stay, offering 48 bedrooms.
For further information, please visit The Haycock’s website: www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/our-hotels/the-haycock-hotel/weddings
Some of the images above have been produced by Lee Allison Photography.