With hundreds of stunning wedding venues available all over Gloucestershire, it can be easy to get carried away and lose track of that all-important budget.
But thanks to a number of wedding packages available at some of the county’s top venues, you can achieve the day of your dreams, without breaking the bank.
Stonehouse Court hotel is a stunning period manor house hotel, set within gorgeous grounds with views overlooking the Stroud Valley, and the Stroud Water Canal.
Made up of 36-bedrooms, a perfectly manicured lawn, a cocktail bar, restaurant, and a newly refurbished wedding suite, the venue is the ideal destination for a personal and luxurious wedding ceremony and reception, with exclusive use options also available.
For more information visit stonehousecourt.co.uk.
A unique 17th century manor house hotel with Cotswold charm, but in close proximity to both Gloucester and Stroud, Stonehouse Court Hotel offers a range of options to suit all tastes and budgets. Indoor, outdoor, and exclusive use weddings are available, and couples can benefit from the use of Stonehouse Court’s dedicated events planning team to ensure their dream day goes without a hitch. The venue has 36 bedrooms located within six acres of grounds, with views overlooking the rolling hills of the Stroud Valley, and the Stroud Water Canal – where newlyweds can even enjoy a bridal cruise, arriving at the venue in dramatic style as their guests look on from Stonehouse Court’s picturesque lawns, or as a relaxing location for a couples photoshoot.
For couples wanting to take advantage of a winter wedding during November or December 2019, Stonehouse Court is offering a complete package for 60 guests, at a heavily discounted price. The package includes the use of a dedicated wedding planner, a red carpet on arrival and toastmaster services. Enjoy a civil ceremony in the Caroline Suite, along with a three-course wedding breakfast and the ‘crystal’ drinks package. In the evening, 60 guests can enjoy bacon and sausage rolls with chips, a dance floor and DJ to party the night away; while the Bride and Groom have access to Stonehouse Court’s bridal suite for their wedding night. Extras such as a cake stand, easel for table plan, chair covers, table linen and napkins are also included in the package price.
Stonehouse Court is home to a stunning pagoda, located in the Caroline Suite’s private gardens, providing the ideal venue for an open-air wedding. The venue can accommodate up to 160 guests on the lawns, for a picturesque alfresco wedding.
The complete winter wedding package for 60 guests costs £2,995. Other options are available for weddings year-round. Stonehouse Court’s wedding coordinator is happy to show couples around the venue and discuss a bespoke quotation.
Call (01453) 794950 or visit stonehousecourt.co.uk.
Owlpen Manor is an impressive Tudor Manor House, set within a 215-acre estate, nestled deep in the Cotswold valley near to Uley. Licensed for civil ceremonies in its Great Hall and Cyder Barn, the venue can host ceremonies for up to 100 guests, and boasts evening reception space for up to 200 people. Owlpen Manor’s experienced in-house catering team works closely with couples to ensure their perfect day has the perfect menu, and also offers nine holiday cottages on site, which can sleep up to 36 guests after the festivities.
Packages at Owlpen Manor are based on the size of ceremony room that couple pick, with options including the Cyder Barn and Marquee for weddings for up to 120 people; The Cyder Barn for up to 50 people; and the Manor Gardens for up to 200 people in an extensive marquee. Each package includes exclusive hire of the stunning venue and its grounds, use of a wedding co-ordinator to support the couple through the planning process, deluxe portaloos, tables, chairs, crockery and cutlery, flood lighting, cake knife and table, parking, use of games area, and the set up of a marquee.
If you’re booking a weekend wedding package at Owlpen Manor, your guests can camp overnight and have full use of the gorgeous grounds the following day for barbeques, parties and games – providing a fantastic opportunity to extend the family fun.
The Cyder Barn and Marquee package costs £5,220 for weekends throughout June, July and August; £4,750 for weekends in April, May and September; £3,750 for weekdays between April and October; and £3,750 for weekends between November and March. The Cyder Barn costs £4,250 for weekends between May and October; £3,000 for weekends between November and April; and £2,600 for weekdays. The Manor Gardens are available to book from £8,600 for weekend weddings between April and September; and £7,600 on weekdays during the summer months.
Call (01453) 860261 or visit owlpen.com.
Nestled in the heart of the countryside, Eastwood Park is a Victorian country house hotel and wedding venue. Offering couples the chance to host their entire day at the elegant venue, Eastwood Park also has 70 bedrooms for guests to enjoy. With a choice of rooms and suites to hold the ceremony and wedding breakfast, Eastwood Park is blessed with beautiful gardens for those all-important wedding photographs.
Offering a range of great value savings, Eastwood Park’s Late Availability package costs £3,500 based on 50 day guests and 80 evening guests. The package includes hire of the drawing room and garden suite for the ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception. A delicious three-course winter wedding breakfast, a glass of prosecco per person and an evening buffet is also included. With all the essentials covered in the package, couples can enjoy a stay in the bridal suite on the wedding night, a disco until midnight and canapés, which are all included.
For couples tying the knot in the future, the 2020 package costs £5,995 for 50 day guests and 80 evening guests, with the option to add additional guests if required. Couples will be able to use the newly refurbished Eastwood suite, the bridal suite for the wedding night and a three-course wedding breakfast, as well as enjoying a disco, evening buffet of fish and chips served in cones, and selected drinks.
Featuring 70 beautiful guest bedrooms, Eastwood Park offers special wedding guest rates for the wedding party. With a tasty breakfast the following morning, guests are in for a treat.
The Late Availability package costs £3,500 and the 2020 package costs £5,995.
Call (01454) 260207 or visit eastwoodpark.co.uk.
Offering tailored wedding packages to suit a wide range of budgets, Egypt Mill is a quintessential wedding venue in the heart of the Stroud Valley. With a rich history that’s reflected in its characterful interiors, Egypt Mill used to be a working mill, and the original water wheels are still in place – one still in working order. Providing a wonderful backdrop for wedding photographs, the views across rolling hills and glorious grounds are stunningly beautiful. The contemporary yet traditional bedrooms are designed to a high standard and offer a comfortable and relaxing night’s stay for the happy couple, as well as their guests.
From small and large weddings, through to Christmas ceremonies and outdoor services, the venue has a varied range of options. The Exclusive Use package, for example, enables couples to hire out the entire venue for a day like no other. Set in the 16th century mill, newlyweds and their guests can enjoy the traditional English garden, waterside terrace and oak-beamed ceremony room at their leisure. Included in the package are drinks, canapes, photographs, a three-course wedding breakfast, evening buffet, bridal room, and a huge number of additional activities and benefits to entertain guests. Available during November, January and February, the Exclusive Use package is organised by Egypt Mill’s in-house wedding team, so couples can sit back and relax, knowing everything is in hand.
Egypt Mill has a range of different packages available. Offering a flexible service, the wedding team can provide a bespoke service for couples tying the knot. Understanding that each wedding is unique, Egypt Mill prides itself on adhering to the individual wants and needs of each couple.
Egypt Mill offers different packages to suit a wide range of budgets. For those wanting to hire out the entire venue, the Exclusive Use package is priced at £10,000 for a Friday and £12,000 for a Saturday. The venue may offer other times upon request.
Call (01453) 833449 or visit egyptmill.com/weddings.
Cheltenham’s five-star hotel, Ellenborough Park promises the finest luxury in town, boasting a spa, fitness suite, on site pubs and bars, a fine dining restaurant and simply stunning bedrooms.
Built in the 15th century, this decadent country house estate offers the perfect traditional backdrop for the all-important wedding photos, while modern features and styling ensure that your guests will feel truly indulgent as they explore the memorable space.
As well as exclusive use options, Ellenborough Park offers flexible packages to suit both smaller and larger wedding parties.
Couples can exchange their vows in the elegant Old Chapel within Ellenborough Park’s expansive grounds, or for outdoor weddings, under the stone Gazebo on the venue’s South Lawn. During the summer, guests can take advantage of the sweeping Cotswold views with drinks and canapes on the Mews Lawn. Entertain your party with an outdoor bar, garden games, or instead take over the Horse Box bar, as a wet weather alternative.
Catering options can be created to suit most budgets, with a selection of menus crafted by Ellenborough Park’s executive chef using locally sourced ingredients. And if you love a party, the venue’s spacious function suites can be transformed into an unforgettable destination, perfect for dancing the night away.
Ellenborough Park benefits from 61 elegant and stylish bedrooms and suites, to add a touch of luxury to the end of your big day. The bride and groom can benefit from a bottle of champagne on the evening of their wedding, and a complimentary stay in a luxurious room within the five-star hotel. What’s more, guests can benefit from preferential rates to stay the night, too.
For couples wishing to get married in the next six months, Ellenborough Park offers a Cotswold Wedding Special, providing a ‘dream Cotswold wedding’ for £6,500. Hire includes the use of the gallery for a civil ceremony, reception and toast drinks, a four-course wedding breakfast with wine, evening buffet, DJ and dancefloor – for up to 50 guests.
Call (01242) 545454 or visit ellenboroughpark.com/weddings.
Set within 55 acres of rolling Cotswold countryside, Cowley Manor provides the perfect location to tie the knot. Offering intimate weddings for up to 50 guests, or unforgettable celebrations for up to 200 guests, Cowley Manor also has 31 stylish bedrooms and an award-winning spa. Couples saying ‘I do’ at Cowley can choose from the grandeur of the manor house’s various rooms, or enjoy drinks out on the terrace to toast the newlyweds.
Cowley Manor is offering a fantastic Winter Wedding Promotion package for weddings taking place on Mondays to Thursdays during January and February 2020, excluding school holidays. Couples can expect exclusive use of Cowley Manor for 60 guests. Also included is a prosecco reception, three-course wedding breakfast and use of all 31 bedrooms in the manor.
With the luxurious C-Side Spa forming part of Cowley Manor’s offering, wedding guests can sink into the spa, enjoy the spectacular swimming pool and make the most of the award-winning facilities during their stay.
The Winter Wedding Promotion package is £10,000 and is only valid for weddings taking place on Mondays to Thursdays in January and February 2020, excluding school holidays. With a typical wedding at Cowley Manor costing around £18,000, couples can save £8,000 on their dream day.
Call (01242) 870900 or visit cowleymanor.com.
Become Lord and Lady of the Manor for a weekend, with a wedding at The Slaughters Manor House. This luxurious country house hotel offers exclusive use for weddings of up to 86 daytime guests and 120 evening guests.
Situated in the chocolate box Cotswold village of Lower Slaughter, the 17th century manor house is just a stone’s throw from the local church, providing a range of options for couples wanting to enjoy a decadent and traditional wedding in an idyllic location. Couples planning their big day can enjoy assistance from the venue’s dedicated events coordinator, who can help to create an unforgettable day of celebration.
The Exclusively Yours wedding package is based on a minimum of 40 daytime guests, and includes exclusive use of The Slaughters Manor House’s enchanting gardens, stunning main house and coach house, along with all 19 guest rooms and suites. Guests will enjoy a glass of prosecco upon arrival, alongside a selection of canapés, before sitting down to a delicious five-course wedding breakfast.
Ending with tea, coffee and petit fours, guests will each enjoy half a bottle of red or white wine to accompany their meal – chosen by The Slaughters Manor House’s resident sommelier.
To toast the bride and groom, guests will each receive a glass of champagne, with an evening buffet to enjoy at the reception. Extras available within the package include a complimentary menu tasting with wine for the bride and groom, white linen tablecloths and napkins, place cards, table plan, and menus; use of silver cake stand and
Promising unrivalled views across The Slaughters Manor’s gardens and the stunning village beyond, wedding guests can enjoy a luxurious overnight stay in one of the venue’s 19 guest rooms and suites. Combining indulgent bathrooms with contemporary furnishings, four-poster beds and spacious sofas, these rooms each have their own unique character.
Some bedrooms are located in the main house, while others are housed in the venue’s stunning courtyard area. An exclusive use hire of The Slaughters Manor House includes the hire of all 19 guest rooms and suites, with a full English breakfast in the morning.
The Exclusively Yours package is available from £12,250, with prices based on a minimum of 40 guests.
Civil cermonies and civil partnerships can commence in the Pink Lounge or The Restaurant, with hire costs of £1000, and £2000, repectively. Alternatively, wedding breakfasts served in very exclusive Oxford Room cost £165 per guest with a maximum of 24 guests.
Call (01451) 820456 or visit slaughtersmanor.co.uk.
Offering wedding packages for up to 150 guests, The Frogmill is a beautiful Cotswold wedding venue, hotel and dining destination. Complete with its charming Mill Room, which couples will have exclusive use of, The Frogmill also has 28 stylish bedrooms. Renowned for its fantastic foodie offering, The Frogmill offers a memorable wedding breakfast as well as an inviting space to tie to the knot.
The Frogmill’s wedding packages include venue hire from 9am to midnight, a three-course meal for 60 guests and use of a luxurious Bridal Suite for the night of the wedding. Also including a drinks package to entertain your guests during arrival and speeches, this fantastic offer is available on various dates throughout the year, prices are listed below.
Featuring beautiful bedrooms complete with luxury touches, country charm and Cotswold style, The Frogmill’s sun-drenched terrace, stylish interiors and cosy pub make it an ideal setting to start the wedding celebrations with dinner and an overnight stay before the wedding night.
The package described above is priced as follows: Spring Package, which includes any available date in May or June 2020, costs £8,000; whilst the Autumn Package costs £7,500 and is available during October and November 2020.
Call (01242) 386364 or visit thefrogmill.co.uk/weddings.
Hatton Court Hotel is an elegant ivy-clad country house, situated near the village of Upton St Leonards, but just three miles away from Gloucester city centre. Oozing chocolate-box charm, this gorgeous venue is a picturesque spot, certain to provide a beautiful backdrop to your wedding photos. Couples can exchange their vows in the hotel’s pretty gardens under the bandstand, or inside of The Cotswold Room, which can accommodate up to 80 guests. The venue also offers the option of a marquee wedding for up to 250 guests.
Package options span the Lily Package which includes exclusive use of the hotel grounds from midday until 11am the following day, 45 hotel bedrooms, and additional highlights including a professional evening disco, a three-course wedding breakfast, flower arrangements, chair covers and a four-poster bridal suite for the wedding night, and much more. Other packages are the Ivy Package which offers a selection of three canapes, Champagne on arrival, a master of ceremonies, floral centrepieces, a cake, evening entertainment, wedding breakfast and much more; Hazel which includes a full package of entertainment, food and décor with an evening buffet of sausage and bacon baps; and the Holly package which offers food, venue, cake and evening buffet for 60 guests, as well as providing the happy couple a gorgeous bridal suite for the wedding night.
Each of Hatton Court’s packages includes everything a couple could need to ensure their guests are well catered for, with hot evening buffets, a cake, three-course wedding breakfasts, canapes and toasting drinks included in the price.
The Lily Package costs £18,000 and is based on 60 guests for the day reception and 100 guests for the evening; The Ivy Package is £7,295 and is available from January to November; The Hazel package costs £4,495 and is available on Sunday to Thursday from April until October; while the Holly package is priced at £3,495 and is available from November to March.
Call (01452) 617412 or visit hatton-court.co.uk.
Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall Hotel is the perfect countryside wedding venue, nestled in 12 acres of rolling hills and enchanting woodland, right in the heart of the Cotswolds. The Georgian hotel has wonderful rooms, including classic, privilege and superior options, all decorated to the highest standards. The restaurant has panoramic views of the Cotswolds, stretching out as far as the eye can see, providing a stunning backdrop for couples saying their ‘I do’s.
With wedding packages to accommodate all budgets, Bowden Hall has its own in-house wedding planning team which will help organise the big day.
The All-Inclusive wedding package at Bowden Hall is based on 60 day guests and 80 evening guests, and includes room hire for civil ceremonies. Guests will be welcomed to the venue with a glass of prosecco and canapés, of which the happy couple will get a choice of three. A delicious three-course wedding breakfast will follow the ceremony, complete with a glass of red or white wine and tea or coffee to finish. The package also covers a glass of prosecco for guests to raise a toast to the newlyweds, as well as chair and table decorations.
Celebrating into the evening, couples with the All-Inclusive wedding package will have an evening buffet and resident DJ until 1am. With a dedicated wedding planner and host on the big day, newlyweds can sit back and enjoy the celebrations.
Couples can enjoy a luxurious stay in a complimentary bridal suite, with gorgeous views across the countryside. And, as a lovely extra, the couple are invited back for an anniversary meal for two a year after their special day.
The all-inclusive wedding package at Bowden Hall is £5,500, based on 60 day guests and 80 evening guests.
Call (01452) 255012 or visit mercuregloucester.co.uk.
An impressive stately home located just a stone’s throw from the River Severn in Gloucester, Elmore Court has a number of beautiful spaces that can be used for hosting ceremonies, drinking, dining and dancing. As an exclusive use venue, couples can invite friends and family to enjoy the venue’s stunning gardens and traditionally styled rooms, before partying the night away in a more contemporary sustainable timber structure known as The Gillyflower. Dating back to 1580, the venue combines Elizabethan and Victorian architecture, and offers 16 lovingly curated bedrooms, and four reception rooms – The Hall, Dining Room, Drawing Room and Morning Room. Evening celebrations can commence in The Gillyflower – Elmore’s fully soundproofed annex ballroom, described as a ‘future-rustic’ venue for dinner and dancing. Equipped with state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment, it’s the ideal location for live music, DJs and impassioned celebration!
The venue is able to host civil and other ceremonies inside, but Christian marriages and blessings can be held in the gorgeous Elmore Church, just down the road. Included in the hire price are 16 bedrooms which can accommodate 39 people, with the option to sleep more if necessary.
The couple and their guests can enjoy exclusive use of the private house and gardens, The Gillyflower, Coach House, and will also benefit from an exclusive wedding website, civil ceremony licence, and the use of a wedding coordinator who’ll assist throughout the planning of your big day. Chairs for the service are made available, alongside the use of Elmore Court’s four reception rooms.
When evening arrives, guests can enjoy a fully staffed bar inside The Gillyflower, along with tables and chairs for up to 200 people. The high-tech soundproofed venue is equipped with a dance floor and stage, a cake stand and knife, and display easel for a table plan.
Elmore Court offers a fantastic food selection, with a number of different packages available to suit all tastes and budgets. Perhaps our favourite option is the sharing platters, encouraging guests to get social, and share things like tapas, Italian charcuterie, and heavenly joints of meat for the ultimate family-style roast!
Prices vary throughout the year with Saturdays in June, July and August priced at £14,000 for exclusive hire. While those looking for a more budget-friendly option can enjoy a Thursday wedding for £6,000.
Call (01452) 720293 or visit elmorecourt.com.
Hatherley Manor and Spa is a popular manor house hotel with easy access to both Gloucester and Cheltenham. The venue can offer exclusive use for weddings and can accommodate up to 300 guests in its newly refurbished Hatherley Suite, or the Oak Suite for more intimate gatherings. Couples can enjoy planning assistance from Hatherley Manor’s professional wedding co-ordinator, and can benefit from links to a range of local suppliers to create a dream wedding that is full of style and character.
Couples booking their wedding before Tuesday 31 December 2019 can benefit from a 20 per cent discount on their wedding if their date falls before Thursday 30 April 2020, thanks to Hatherley Manor’s Winter Wedding offer. Packages include a selection of arrival drinks for guests, a red carpet, an excellent choice of menus prepared by Hatherley’s head chef, use of the venue’s professional wedding co-ordinator, special rates for those staying the night as part of a wedding package, spa facilities, and the opportunity to be married in a civil ceremony or partnership.
Couples getting married at Hatherley Manor Hotel can benefit from a complimentary supper spa package to relax after their big day. Guests can enjoy an evening at Hatherley Manor’s spa from 5.30pm; an antipasti sharing platter supper, and a glass of wine or bubbles in the spa café; a choice of massage or facial treatments; and access to The Spa at Hatherley Manor – the perfect way to celebrate being newlyweds!
Prices for winter weddings start from £2,150 based on 50 guests, with full details available on Hatherley Manor’s website
Call (01452) 730217 or visit hatherleymanor.com.
Clearwell Castle is a family-owned manor house tucked away in the heart of the Forest of Dean. With over 25 years’ experience as a wedding venue, Clearwell provides couples with the ultimate fairy-tale wedding. Now exclusively a wedding venue, the castle has a beautiful ballroom for ceremonies and an underground disco room for post-ceremony celebrations. Its elegant accommodation provides wedding parties with comfortable and luxurious overnight stays the day before, and the night of the big day. Crosswell House, the castle’s newest edition to its accommodation, offering couples and their guests’ exclusive access to an entire property located a short walk from the main castle. The house includes eight boutique bedrooms, a private bar, and dining facilities.
Clearwell Castle offers affordable, all-inclusive wedding packages to suit individual budgets. Couples can choose to have a civil ceremony in the ballroom, or get married in St Peter’s Church which is just a short stroll away. Newlyweds and their guests can make Clearwell Castle their home for the day with exclusive use of the house and grounds, plus the specialist in-house catering team will serve up a menu of the couple’s choice. They’ll also get a dedicated Personal Wedding Manager, who’ll oversee the organisation of the big day to ensure everything runs smoothly.
Packages can also include exclusive access to the castle’s accommodation; up to 79 guests can stay overnight on the day of the wedding, with the option to stay in the 12 stunning bedrooms in the main house. With three estate cottages and a hotel a short stroll away in the village, up to 50 guests can stay the night before the wedding for the perfect pre-wedding party.
Clearwell Castle’s stunning ballroom can be transformed into a church-like, 75ft-long aisle, where couples can exchange vows. Once the newlyweds have said their ‘I do’s, the room can be transformed once again, into a beautiful banqueting hall, where guests can enjoy delicious food served by the in-house catering team.
Clearwell Castle has packages to suit all budgets, from £6,500 for that last-minute bargain to £15,000 for prime dates in the summer.
Call (01594) 832320 or visit clearwell-castle.co.uk.
Thursday 02 January 2020
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