BURGH ISLAND, DEVON
Party like it’s 1929 on the deco-fabulous Burgh Island. All 25 bedrooms (named afer famous guests, including Agatha Christie and Noël Coward) can be yours for the weekend – just remind everyone to pack their Gatsby-esque gladrags. Te hotel has a roster of jazz bands (crib up on the Charleston for your frst dance) and will create a signature cocktail (with recipe cards for guests – favours, sorted) leaving you to swing the night away.
LUSTY BEG ISLAND, NORTHERN IRELANDT
İs 75-acre private island is tucked away in the heart of Northern Ireland’s Fermanagh Lakelands and is accessible by boat. Te accommodation comes in the form of cute wooden lakeside cabins, charming courtyard B&B rooms and self-catering houses. Make the most of your setting with a ceremony overlooking the lake; the traditional wooden jetty is the spot for pics.
ISLE OF ERISKA HOTEL, SCOTLANDTE
Run of a 300-acre island of the west coast of Scotland?
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We don’t mind if we do. With 25 bedrooms, pool, ESPA spa and nine-hole golf course (not to mention a host of outdoorsy activities from fshing to clay-pigeon shooting), you won’t struggle to entertain guests at this Highland house party. Just be sure to request the hotel’s Farmhouse cheese trolley at some point during the weekend and take your pick of the 40 varieties of creamy, crumbly delicionsness.
AYNHOE PARK, OXFORDSHIRE
Aynhoe Park is the most wonderful place to get married. Te house feels like a true home but has been decorated in the quirkiest way possible, marrying antique furniture, taxidermy, modern art pieces and anything you can imagine. Afer our ceremony in the Orangery we had a cocktail reception in the beautiful gardens, including games (petanque, croquet and giant cards), before dinner and dancing until the early hours. On Sunday we had a relaxed brunch and later, supper from a pizza van – it was the ideal venue to spend the whole weekend with our best friends.’
İs recently renovated Georgian manor on the edge of Lake Windermere is not only a gorgeous spot but a green one too. Heating powered by a woodchip boiler, a hydro-turbine for electricity and a rainwater supply will ease your eco-conscience. You won’t have to guilt-trip yourself over the guest list, either – the main house sleeps 18 and there are 20 self-catering cottages on the surrounding Graythwaite estate.
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Tese three super-swish self-catering houses will impress even your most high-maintenance VIPs with their all-en-suite bedrooms, indoor swimming pools and outdoor hot tubs (plus Mr Brown the butler is on hand to take care of your every whim). For the big day itself, each of the houses is licensed for ceremonies, so take your pick, then pitch your party tent in the estate’s 110 acres.
HUNTSHAM COURT, DEVONTE
problem with many weekend party pads is they can only sleep a fraction of the guest list – not so at Huntsham Court, which can host 72. Te whole manor has a refreshing attitude – no corkage charge, no restrictions on which of the reception rooms you use for what (we like the look of the library, lef) and no eyelids batted when you start shifing the furniture.
PICKWELL MANOR, DEVON
Just a bouquet toss from the golden sands of Putsborough Beach, brave brides can even squeeze in a quick surf on their wedding morning.
It’s not just beach-lovers who’ll be praying for sunshine though, when there’s a romantic rose arbour (lef) in the gardens for outdoor ceremonies. Tis grand Jacobean house ofers nine self-catering apartments to sleep up to 50 guests (bag the ultra-adorable former 16th-century chapel).
BRUISYARD HALL, SUFFOLK
Country house or barn? At Bruisyard, you don’t have to choose – and 700 acres are thrown in for good measure. Te main hall can sleep you and 18 of your A-team; four more guests can make themselves at home in the barn bedrooms. Te medieval barn is kitted out as party central, with two large beam-lined spaces, and a state-of-the-art sound system, plus soundproofng. Pump up the volume!
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