6 stunning wedding venues in North Somerset
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For those planning to get married, North Somerset boasts unique wedding venues. From romantic castles to mansions and farms – we discover a few wedding planning ideas for the bride to be
Head to the heart of rural North Somerset, close to Blagdon Lake, to find Aldwick Court Farm. The tranquil venue is set amidst the charm of a working Somerset vineyard, offering a refreshing alternative to more traditional venues. As you would hope, couples and their guests can enjoy wine that has been lovingly grown on site. Ceremonies and seated wedding breakfasts for up to 160 people can be accommodated in the converted Old Barn or in the New Barn with its views over the gardens and countryside. Plus, there is a one bedroom bridal apartment, perfect for the wedding couple when the festivities have drawn to a close.
Walton Castle Clevedon
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If getting hitched in castle is your idea of romantic, then Walton Castle in Clevedon should be on your shortlist. The 17th century hill top castle offers 360 degree views over the wooded hillside of six counties and across the Bristol Channel to Wales. The entire property, from its sweeping lawns to individual turrets, is available exclusively to hire and can accommodate both large and small parties. The castle can sleep 16-20 of the wedding party and boasts an indoor heated pool plus an entertainment suite with pool table, table football, large TV and chill out zone. While it works with a number of local caterers, suppliers and staff, Walton Castle are also happy for the couple to bring in their own catering team.
Leigh Court Abbots Leigh
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Head up a private sweeping drive through Leigh Woods to discover Leigh Court. Built in 1814 from Bath stone, The Grade II* listed Palladian mansion in Abbots Leigh near Bristol is licensed for civil ceremonies. Inside, the 19th century décor is striking, complete with double staircase in the Great Hall, for a show stopping bridal entrance. The Hall still houses the original pipe organ built by Flight and Robson of London. Originally set to play the overture and Ah Perdona, from Mozart’s Clemenza di Tito, the pipe organ has been restored and is a popular feature at weddings.
Ashton Court Mansion Long Ashton
The Grade 1 listed Ashton Court Mansion stands in an undulating 850-acre parkland. The mansion exudes extravagance and can accommodate up to 750 guests for evening parties – with 30 - 150 guests for the ceremony and reception. Boasting Gothic stonework outside and a Georgian panelled lounge suite and music room with views over the grounds inside, there will be no shortage of picturesque moments throughout the day.
Set among a private park in Clevedon, the Victorian mansion boasts a range of beautiful rooms inside. From a pretty orangery to the imposing library, Clevedon Hall can accommodate ceremonies and receptions both large and small, while the mansion, grounds and a lake make a gorgeous backdrop for photos. There are a number of rooms, with classically elegant interiors, ready for tired guests to hang up their dancing shoes and get a good night’s sleep.
Nestled at the foot of the Mendip Hills with views across the Chew Valley, Coombe Lodge promises exclusive use of the house and gardens for weddings. Featuring an original 1930s Art Deco interior, the venue also has 12 rooms available for overnight accommodation for the bridal party. Guests can sip drinks by the open fire and grand piano in the wood panelled lounge and gallery, before moving to one of the chandelier lit ceremony rooms. Or, couples can opt for an outdoor wedding ceremony in the tranquil gardens.
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