I went to meet Hannah Bibby, the venue Manager in March. Hannah is an absolute delight and has, in my opinion, the enthusiasm required to turn viewings into bookings. The person showing couples round a venue is paramount, as a faultless venue can be overlooked if the staff are unwelcoming.
Not many venues can boast a church in their grounds. The charming church of St John Lateran sits just a few steps from the Hall itself. Believed to be of Saxon origin and with it's own organ, this small church is perfect for an intimate marriage service and can accommodate up to 120 people.
You can also choose to have a civil or partnership ceremony in the Hall itself, followed by a reception in the grounds which offers formal rose gardens, ancient hedges, rows of pleached limes, secret courtyards, lakeside walks and wildflower meadows - a photographer's dream. Your wedding breakfast can be held in one of the wonderful function rooms, including the Long Gallery and the Library for more initimate celebrations.
What I love most about the venue, is you do not need to worry about the weather as there is an option for every eventuality. This makes such a difference, especially for a wedding planner! There is a beautiful courtyard at the heart of the venue where guests can enjoy a drink outside and not be too far away from the evening celebrations.
The venue hire includes exclusive use of Hengrave Hall, the Church and gardens and the Queen Elizabeth Suite for bridal party preparations . There is also a Grooms chamber, complete with chunky sofas and a pool table for them to relax too.
There are ten luxurious bedrooms in the Hall itself with four posted beds, crisp white linen and modern bathroom facilities.
An additional six en suite bedrooms are located in the Walled Garden with an orangery and dining room where a banqueting breakfast is served. I would love to stay there with a group of friends myself!
All the catering at Hengrave is organised by Talbooth Catering. I can certainly vouch for their exceptional quality and high standard as I introduced them to the venue I helped set up in 2004 and worked with them for many years. You only have to go to one of their restaurants http://www.milsomhotels.com/ to experience the standard for yourself. The catering, management and waiting staff are faultless and such a pleasure to work with.
I very much look forward visiting again soon. If you are looking for a venue for your special day, contact Hannah Bibby on 01284 768024 or email her at email@example.com and arrange to visit too!