collaborative post // Though it might be a small island, the UK is incredibly rich in history, from centuries of monarchs, a number of invasions and a few renowned architects through the years. As such, there are some truly beautiful buildings with roots engraved in the land’s heritage, many of which are now stunning wedding venues.
Think of a beautiful manor house surrounded by picturesque grounds and plenty of wonderful photo backdrops… sounds idyllic, doesn’t it? If you’re beginning your wedding venue search, here are a few of the best manor houses for a classic English wedding.
Buckhurst Park, East Sussex
For a grand, country house wedding, Buckhurst Park in East Sussex truly has it all. The Buckhurst Estate is the ancestral home of William Sackville, Earl De La Warr, his wife Anne and their family, all of whom invite a small number of wedding couples and their loved ones each year into their home for their special day.
Overlooking surrounding lakes and countryside, and with the famous Winnie the Pooh Hundred Acre Wood in the distance, you’re promised a truly unique wedding day here.
Gosfield Hall, Essex
If it’s a royal wedding vibe you’re after, this former royal palace will be right up your regal alley. This Georgian mansion wedding venue in Essex is surrounded by 10 acres of picturesque grounds and overlooks the gorgeous Gosfield lake.
Home to a ballroom, receptions rooms and a bridal suite for getting ready and to host your first night as newly weds, it promises a true manor house wedding experience. With such awe-inspiring architecture and an abundance of natural beauty, your wedding photos will be as beautiful as your love story.
Elmore Court, Gloucestershire
Nestled in the picturesque county of Gloucestershire, bordering the Cotswolds, Elmore Court offers exclusive-use weddings. The historic stately house was first established as a home in the 13th century, so you can only imagine how much history and heritage is contained within its walls.
Start with your ceremony in The Hall or the 13th century Elmore Church, take a moment to reflect and capture a few photos in the pretty gardens, then head to The Gillyflower to party the night away with your friends and family.
With views over the Cotswolds and the River Severn, there are few manor house wedding venues that could rival the romantic location of this one.
Gosford House, East Lothian
Just a stone’s throw from the historic city of Edinburgh, Gosford House in East Lothian is the seat of the Charteris family, the Earls of Wemyss and March. The manor impresses right as you arrive, the neoclassical architecture dominates the grounds, of which there are 5,000 acres of parkland and beautiful coast, making it perfect for a wedding.
For the ceremony, make the most of the two-tiered marble hall, and the Dining Room, Octagon Room and the Saloon all offer plenty of space for the post-ceremony celebrations. With interiors and surrounding like these, you and your guest won’t be forgetting this celebration in a hurry.