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The factors making us one of the premier wedding venues in Apsley
Just one short visit to Apsley is enough for many couples seeking the ideal wedding venue to fall in love with it. This small Hertfordshire 19th-century mill town is, after all, rich in history, dating back to Anglo-Saxon times and featuring to this day a historic mill and many fine examples of Victorian architecture.
It's not therefore a great shock that so many lovebirds looking to tie the knot want to do so in one of the many fine wedding venues in Apsley. However, that still leaves the tricky task of choosing the right one. While there is no shortage of venues in the area appealing to the heart, the right one for your own union also needs to make a lot of practical sense. Shendish Manor's stellar reputation as such a venue rests largely on its ability to cater for both priorities.
Shendish Manor will certainly make the right visual impression, on you and your partner as well as your invited wedding guests, thanks to its charming Victorian architecture and 160 acres of surrounding parkland and formal gardens. But there are also a lot of less glamorous aspects of this well-regarded establishment that will nonetheless significantly lessen your stress in the run-up to the big day.
The venue is easy to reach for your invited guests, for instance, courtesy of the superb nearby road and rail links, while complimentary parking - including coach space - is also available. As it is also one of the area's leading hotels for business and pleasure, Shendish Manor offers 70 stylish and comfortable bedrooms that can be booked for your guests at special rates. The combination of a team of expert Wedding Co-ordinators and a dedicated manager on the day also minimises the likelihood of organisational hitches.
But of course, there's little point perusing the many available wedding venues in Apsley if you don't ultimately choose one as endearing and as impressive to look at as the wider town itself. This is where Shendish Manor's elegant wedding suites - including the commodious and air-conditioned Apsley Suite and the mid-19th century Manor House - really come into their own.
Here at Shendish Manor, we know that you will want to remember your special day for all of the right reasons. Thankfully, we have an impeccable track record of ensuring this for the many couples over the years who have made us their choice of Apsley wedding venue.
There are no more exquisite wedding venues in Hertfordshire than Shendish Manor
There's a lot of competition between luxury wedding venues in Hertfordshire - and yet, Shendish Manor continues to enjoy a reputation as one of the very best. After all, our establishment is renowned for its distinguished Victorian character, elegance and charm, making it one of the most popular and acclaimed venues for weddings in the region. Shendish Manor is located in Harlow and is surrounded by 160 acres of idyllic parkland and gardens.
Whether you're looking for something spacious or intimate, we can help. The Apsley Suite is characterised by its elegant décor, chandeliers and doors that open out into a private garden. The Suite can accommodate around 350 guests. The smaller Manor House, meanwhile, can cater for 92 guests at a wedding breakfast and 160 for evening activities. It offers high ceilings, oak panelling and a Jacobean fireplace, giving it a stunning sense of history.
We can offer an array of facilities to you and your guests including air conditioning, complimentary parking, special rates for guests and exceptional guidance and support from our wedding co-ordinators. We work hard to accommodate requests, no matter how challenging they are. In short, you won't regret choosing Shendish Manor if you're looking for wedding venues in Hertfordshire.
Venues are among the most important factors to consider when it comes to wedding planning. Get the wrong venue and you may come to regret it forever. It's important to ask as many questions as you need to and make sure that you're completely happy before you do come to a decision. The venue has to cater not only for you and your immediate family, but your guests too – and look great on the resulting pictures. You should talk to the relevant staff in depth before you do sign up for anything.
Give us a call today and we'll book a suitable time with you for discussing your requirements. Our picturesque interiors and atmospheric grounds have made us the venue of choice for hundreds of couples. There are many special packages to choose from and a number of local transport links on offer, making it easy for your guests to find us. Talk to us today about wedding venues in Hertfordshire.
Planning beautiful Hertfordshire weddings
Are you hoping to find out more about weddings in Hertfordshire? Perhaps you're engaged but have yet to decide on a venue? There are many options available to you when comes to it wedding planning in the county, and it can be all too easy to find yourself lost when choosing from the region's photographers, hairdressers and performers. However, by shopping around, you shouldn't find it too hard to locate your ideal wedding facilities.
One of the most important choices you have to make when planning a wedding is the venue. You should choose a venue carefully and take a good look around the site before you sign up to anything. You need to do ask yourself whether a potential venue is a good match for your guests and talk to the staff to find out how experienced and knowledgeable they are.
If you’re looking for a prestigious venue, Shendish Manor may well be the one for you. Shendish offers picture-perfect architecture and atmospheric grounds, making it ideal for anyone hoping to get married in an exquisitely romantic setting. We are licensed for civil ceremonies and able to offer a number of special packages.
We can also offer special rates for any guests wishing to sleep on-site. The hotel is set within a huge 160 acres of parkland, with the extensive local transport links making it easy for your guests to find us. The venue is famed for its gorgeous architecture, and there is even a gold course attached offering 18 holes and a varied, fulfilling game.
We can even offer a team of highly-experienced wedding co-ordinators who can make your day as special, unique and magical as you want it to be. Everything will be overseen by a professional manager on the day itself, leaving you free to unwind and speak to your guests without hassle. Various rooms are available, catering for big groups as well as smaller numbers.
Our venue can also be used for corporate events, birthdays and christenings. Why not get in touch today if you want to make yours one of the most unforgettable weddings in Hertfordshire?
A look into the history of Shendish Manor and wider Apsley
Shendish Manor may today be widely known as one of the leading hotels, golf clubs and wedding venues in Hertfordshire, a place where one can as comfortably tie the knot as they can tee off or rest their head. However, no visitor can fail to wonder what exactly lies behind all of that Victorian splendour of the building's external architecture, well beyond the 21st century amenities with which it is now generously equipped.
The history of Shendish Manor is in many ways, the history of the wider Apsley, the 19th century mill town in which the hotel is located, between the village of Kings Langley and the town of Hemel Hempstead in the valley of the Chiltern Hills. However, both Shendish Manor and Apsley can trace their history far before this period, the name Apsley dating back to the Anglo-Saxon period and meaning aspen wood.
In the 13th century, Ralf de Chenduit was granted land in the area of the present Shendish Manor, his family duly building the first manor here in around 1300. By around 1364, it was in the ownership of Richard and Alice Parker, and then in about 1560, it passed to the local squire John Cheyne, followed by London grocer John Beale in around 1650.
The year 1853 saw the beginning of Shendish Manor's association with the Longman family, firstly the publisher Charles Longman, who built the surviving impressive manor house. Following a period of use during World War I as a British Army camp, the building was sold by Henry Longman in 1936 to John Dickinson Stationery, which used it as a sports and social club for its employees. Finally, in 1994, came the manor house's transformation into the premier hotel and conference venue it remains today.
Shendish Manor has many strong links with the wider historic village of Apsley, the current hotel's grounds having been where housing for managers was built as Apsley rose in prominence as a mill town in the 19th century. Charles Longman was also a partner to John Dickinson, the inventor of a continuous mechanised papermaking process and another man who had a great influence on working life in Apsley, from 1809 when he purchased a corn mill in the valley and began to make paper.
Not only is Shendish Manor's history a rich one, but it's also a history that continues to be made well into the 21st century during the manor house's present existence as one of the undoubted premier wedding venues in Hertfordshire.
Why historic wedding venues in Harlow are also the best
What is it that draws loved-up couples towards especially historic wedding venues, like the splendid Victorian backdrop of Shendish Manor? The short answer is, so many things. Historic structures have always held a certain fascination for many of us. They have a charm, elegance and definite sense of place.
Sometimes, it isn't possible to put your finger on exactly what it is about an older building that makes you love being there, but one thing is for sure: it is certainly apparent at Shendish Manor, which has long been one of the premier wedding venues in Harlow.
With its combination of striking architecture and 160 acres of exquisite parkland and formal gardens, our venue has a real 'timewarp' feel, inside and out. That feel is certainly apparent in the Apsley Suite, with its classy decor, sparkling chandeliers and the doors that lead out into its own private garden.
It's also evident, however, in the Manor House, which is the smaller of our suites, able to accommodate 92 guests for a wedding breakfast, this capacity rising to 160 when further evening guests are included. This compares to the around 350 guests that the Apsley Suite can accommodate.
The Manor Suite is a particular delight for those seeking the very best historic wedding venues in Harlow. With this building dating from 1853, it's very much the real deal, as is also demonstrated by its high ornate ceilings, Jacobean fireplace, oak panelling and sweeping staircase. Your wedding photographer will be spoilt for choice for great spots to start snapping the two of you in love.
Shendish Manor offers so many of the traditional strengths of historic wedding venues in Harlow, from romantic backdrops on which to have your photo taken, such as the Dutch gardens that the Manor House and Longman suite open out onto, to extremely charming interiors and the sheer 'wow factor' that makes such a big difference to everyone's memories of the big day.
However, in the background, our venue also serves up all of the benefits of the most modern wedding venue, such as complimentary parking, special bedroom rates for guests and our knowledgeable team of wedding co-ordinators who work so hard to plan your special day to the finest detail.
Spaces are air conditioned, we have relationships with some of the finest local caterers and we can respond to even the most specialised request. They are just a few more of the advantages of picking us out from the wider crowd of wedding venues in Harlow - historic or otherwise.
Of all golf courses in Hertfordshire, it's hard to beat Shendish Manor's
What do you most look forward to when coming to stay in Hertfordshire? For some people, it's the chance to see certain historical attractions or shop, while for others, it may be the lively nightlife in the county's cities or simply the warm welcome of the locals. For yet others, though, there's absolutely no doubt what they've come here for. They want to check out the golf courses in Hertfordshire, and they want to tee off on the best of them.
Of those 'best', it's difficult to look past the very special golf course of Shendish Manor. Our 5660 yard, Par 70 course has been designed to USPGA specifications, with even a PGA professional on hand to provide group or private one to one lessons. This helps to make golfing at Shendish Manor suitable for beginner and seasoned players alike, before one even considers the course's stimulating range of hazards through both parkland and woodland copses.
You are welcome to golf with us whether you are a resident of the hotel, corporate client, pay and play visitor or visiting golf society, and once you get to the 19th hole, you might fancy stopping off at the Coach House bar for some much-appreciated refreshment. The bar has a menu featuring mouth-watering all-day breakfasts, and it's also where you can hire buggies or trolleys for when the time comes to head back out onto the course.
What else do you need to know about one of the premier golf courses in Hertfordshire? Oh yes: the dress code. You are expected to always look smart and presentable when playing with us, golf shirts needing to have collars with either short or long sleeves, and long trousers needing to be either tailored or appropriate to golf. You are not permitted to wear trainers, denim jeans, tracksuits, football style shirts or collarless shirts, and you are also expected to remove your hat prior to entering the club.
Golf takes place all year at Shendish Manor, weather permitting, and if you arrive at the right time, you might also be able to take in one of our events, such as the Shendish Manor Junior Open set to take place on Friday 31st October. The closing date for entries is Friday 17th October, and the cost of entry to this mixed competition is £20 per competitor. What more reason could there be to add this golf course, of all golf courses in Hertfordshire, to your itinerary this autumn?
Plan for a perfect party season with our Christmas hotel deals
If you're looking for Christmas hotel deals, Shendish Manor is the place to come. We have three offers that might intrigue you, quite apart from our festive wedding packages. First of all, you can enjoy Christmas Afternoon Tea with us. All through December on every day of the week, you can take tea and cake with friends and family between 12.30 and 17.50. It's a great way to catch up with those you're closest to, and so much more pleasurable than sending out a round robin.
Another one of our Christmas hotel deals is our festive lunches. You will enjoy the finest catering delivered by our expert chef, and lunch in our Orangery restaurant is not something to be sniffed at. It is a sumptuous experience with magnificent views over our well-maintained grounds, which might have an enchanting covering of snow at that time of year. With a well stocked bar, you can also be sure of excellent Christmas cheer.
Speaking of festive knees up, we also have Christmas hotel deals on party nights. There is a choice of evenings for you and your group of friends to enjoy. The first is a very classy three course evening meal with coffee, and as well as the de rigueur mince pies. For the party animals among you, there will also be a disco after the meal with ample opportunity for you to throw some shapes or enjoy a slow dance with that special someone.
The other option for the party night is a themed evening. The disco will play tunes from the 1970s right through to the 2000s. Such a relaxed evening would support fancy dress if you were so inclined. Of course, there will also be a double course of buffet food, which will allow you to mill about a bit more, and in keeping with the time of year, you can enjoy coffee with mince pies.
There are also Christmas hotel days for the special days of the period. Why not take luncheon on Boxing Day or even Christmas Day itself? Then there is an option for an gala dinner on New Year's Eve, with champagne and nibbles to see in the new year.
Take up the Winter Wedding Deal at Shendish Manor
Shendish Manor has to be top of the list of possible wedding venues in Stortford. That's especially true this Autumn and Winter, when you can benefit from our excellent Winter deal. Between October and March inclusive, you can have a reception for 60 guests at £5,500 only. That will cover room hire in a period house, and a decadent bridal suite too.
On arrival, each person will get a glass of Pimms or sparkling cocktail, and for the wedding breakfast, the good cheer will keep flowing with a glass of wine for each guest. That's right - included in the price is a three course wedding breakfast from a set menu, and the glasses will be refilled with something bubbly for the toast.
Come the evening, there will be a buffet for 40 people, as some of your guests may leave early or not eat very much if they are children. We will provide the tables, seats, glasses, china and silverware too, and what wedding would be complete without a stand for the cake with the all important knife? It's all part of the deal.
Then, there's the dance floor. That's thrown into the bargain too, which means that you can enjoy the spectacle of dad dancing all evening long, and also take in your first dance with your spouse. The price also covers a wedding co-ordinator who will ensure that you can hitched without a hitch.
Because this deal is on during the winter months, you can plan it during some of the most romantic times of the year. Set it on New Year's Eve and enjoy the fireworks all around with a real party spirit. Or why not have it on Christmas Eve? You can turn it into a real family occasion that bonds your two clans together. You might even be lucky enough to have snow on your wedding day, making for a literal white wedding.
You won't find this deal at any of the other wedding venues in Stortfold. What's more, no other wedding venues in Stortfold have such a grand house like Shendish Manor with spectacular scenery all around.
See real results when you hold your next business meeting at Shendish Manor
If you want to really impress the people you're doing business with, hold your meeting at Shendish Manor. We can accommodate as many as 400 people for corporate events in Hertfordshire, or for just you and one other person.
You see, the environment you make a proposal in can really affect the outcome of a pitch. Imagine asking for a business deal in a cramped office, compared to making the same pitch in a wood panelled room with sumptuous chairs. In the latter, you will associate yourself with professionalism, and the luxurious grounds will make the person you are meeting feel relaxed enough to consider your proposal.
One of the great things about corporate events in Hertfordshire is that you are so close to London. It is very easy for delegates to pop up the road and enjoy the facilities we have to offer. Both of our suites boast Victorian architecture with tall ceilings, roaring fires and decadent chandeliers. You can hold telephone conferences in each. Furthermore, you can access a bar at the Manor House, and certain conversations can be easier over drinks. The suites open onto the landscaped gardens, which is convenient if you need to take a call or want to discuss something with a colleague in private.
Our grounds are also excellent for corporate days. You might bring your staff here for a mixture of presentations and fun activities. Your colleagues can try their hand at firing bows or racing quad bikes. You can have your own Olympic games. Alternatively, you could have a sophisticated wine evening. If inviting your whole company's personnel to one office is impractical, Shendish Manor may just be a very attractive alternative.
Whatever you need, we can design a day for your requirements. For instance, you may want rooms for people visiting from long distances, which is quite possible considering how close we are to some of England's biggest airports. We also have audio/video equipment for you to use in presentations. There is parking large enough for coaches, and we can even provide quiet side rooms for a presentation. Shendish Manor really is an ideal choice for corporate events in Hertfordshire.
Mark your diary now for our next Wedding Fayre later this year
If you're planning a wedding in Hertfordshire, you might like to know about our Wedding Fayre. It takes place on 19th October, and while you take in everything that it has to offer, you can also look into using Shendish Manor as the backdrop for your big day.
It won't cost you a thing to come along. What's more, you can talk to knowledgeable members of staff about any aspect of your wedding, and there will be lots of exhibitors to see. It's open between 11am and 4pm, which will give you ample time to learn about everything on offer, and walk around our incredible grounds.
The main part of the 19th century manor has a large room that can hold close to 100 guests by itself. However, the total we could fit into the main manor is nearer to 160. Of course, the Apsley Suite can hold a massive 350 guests. That means whether you're planning a fairly intimate gathering or a large meeting of the tribes, we can still cater for you. Both parts of the manor adjoin our beautiful landscaped gardens, which make a great setting for a wedding in Hertfordshire.
If you or your guests wish to stay at Shendish Manor, we have 70 rooms. You can wake to a scenic vista of the English countryside, and 18 of the manor house's rooms have been decorated in a decadent, historic fashion. Yet in each room, there are all the features of contemporary luxury such as free Wi-Fi, a direct line to our catering people around the clock, and many modern appliances. In fact, with hairdryers and somewhere to iron, it's a great idea to take a room for the bride-to-be's makeup session, or for the groom to ready himself for the service.
There are also a few sumptuous extras to enjoy. Why not order deluxe confectionery, or bubbly to await your return from the wedding. If you're the romantic type, you could fill the room with flowers. As you can see, if you're having a wedding in Hertfordshire, you really need to consider Shendish Manor.
For events in Hertfordshire, Shendish Manor makes any occasion special
So you're about to lose your best friend forever to the man of her dreams, and you want to make her hen do exceptional. You know any old night out on the tiles just won't cut it. Well, you can make the occasion really incomparable by hosting her hen night at Shendish Manor. Just blindfold the bride to be. Then stand her in front of our Victorian mansion, and to her amazement, reveal the decadent scene. For events in Hertfordshire, it really has to be Shendish Manor.
You can raise a glass of champagne to her, before treating her to luxury afternoon tea, which will make the occasion a cut above. After that, all the girls can be indulged in our spa with bundles of treatments to enjoy, and you can have an all-out luxury dinner for the special girl in our Orangery restaurant.
One especially great thing about events in Hertfordshire is that Central London is only fifty minutes away. That means you can still have an old fashioned knees up if that's what your best friend wants, but, we can also bring the party to the girl. Our event planners can turn one of our rooms into a clubber's paradise. So relive the good old days before your friend met the man of her dreams with a roaring party to give her a fabulous send off.
After the marriage, the next big occasion has to be the birth of a little one. We can cater for that too. Just throw a baby shower at Shendish Manor, which will help the stressed out mum to be get used to the idea of motherhood in style. Having the party at an external location also allows you to make it a surprise. You can keep guests waiting in our bar area, and hire a room to yourselves, which ensures the occasion stays private.
Again we can pop open a bottle of the finest sparkling. Or if you want to join the expectant mother, we can lay on alcohol free cocktails that taste amazing. With private dining, you can still enjoy outstanding cuisine. That's even if the expectant mum can't bear to be around the smell of cooked meat, or if her hormones are giving her unusual tastes. We can accommodate any special requests, an ability that sets us apart for events in Hertfordshire.
Sample the savings in our spring hotel offer
For one of the finest hotel deals in Hertfordshire, take up our great spring offer at Shendish Manor. From only £60 a head, you can stay the night and wake up to a sumptuous Continental or Full English breakfast. What's more, you will also get a reduced rate on golf at our par seventy course. For the evening meal, you can enjoy £25 off the cost of dining in our luxurious Orangery eatery. The offer even covers free Internet and a space in our secure car park.
To take up this bundle, you need to book before 31st July. Places are limited, and so you should order early to avoid disappointment. The deal can be taken between Thursday and Sunday this spring. That makes it ideal for a long weekend. The £60 price tag is based on the assumption that two persons book a room for £120, which is a great rate as far as hotel deals in Hertfordshire go.
When you're in our Orangery, you can expect dining at its finest. Top quality ingredients are used in the preparation of every meal, and many dishes have been grown or reared within miles of Shendish Manor. Reflecting the richness of our culinary history, the food is often seasonal. Of course, you can wash it all down with bottles ranging from Bordeaux Cabernet Sauvignon to a selection of fabulous cocktails. Then after eating, you can take a stroll along the terrace. Feel free to wander through the gardens and sample the fresh spring air.
If you decide to take up the golf part of the deal, our course is situated in a sublime patch of countryside, where you can take a lesson with our in-house expert. Alternatively, you can just while away the day with your friends over the 5,000 plus yard course. This course is designed to challenge you, with open and wooded areas to play. After the game, you can relax in the comfort of our golf lodge, which has a bar, where we also demand high dress standards.
With all of this starting at £60, it unquestionably makes for one of the best hotel deals in Hertfordshire - even before you realise that it all happens at Shendish Manor, one of the region's highest-regarded establishments.
Why there's no golf club in the UK quite like Shendish Manor
Shendish Manor has certainly attracted many admirers - both in Hertfordshire and much further afield - on account of its spacious and well-appointed rooms, exceptional conference facilities and readiness to host all manner of unforgettable weddings. What can surely never be overlooked, however, is that the establishment is also a country house hotel, and it would barely be worthy of that description if it did not also have its own golf course.
This is especially so when that hotel is in Hertfordshire, a famously green and leafy county that offers no shortage of opportunities to golfers. When many people turn up for an overnight stay at Shendish Manor for the first time, or even just as a delegate paying a visit to one of its conference rooms, they might not even be aware that the hotel has its own distinguished golf club.
Those seeking a leading golf club in the UK are never disappointed by Shendish Manor's extensive facilities, or its formidable 5660 yard, Par 70 course, which has been designed to USPGA specifications. Nor, surely, could there be a more advantageous setting in which to tee off - one of complete tranquillity amid the estate's wider scenic grounds.
Various hazards, through parkland as well as woodland copses, will keep you challenged and stimulated and help you to improve your game. On that subject, if you're getting frustrated trying to do that on your own, there's always the option of turning to our PGA Professional for private one to one or group lessons. Keen golfers can also easily traverse the course with the help of the buggies and trolleys that can be hired from the Coach House, which is located near the 19th hole and also offers all-day breakfasts to satisfy your hunger between games.
For many people who join a golf club in the UK, it's the opportunities for socialising and meeting new people that attract them, almost as much as the golf itself. Sure enough, a packed social calendar awaits those who become golf members at Shendish Manor and who make regular visits to the warm and inviting Clubhouse.
However, there are so many more ways to take advantage of all of the fabulous amenities of this leading golf club in the UK. You may opt for one of our good value but prestigious corporate packages, for example, or be a visiting society. But in whichever capacity you choose to visit the Shendish Manor golf course, and as long as you comply with our stringent dress code, you are sure to find your time here to be among the most memorable spent in our hospitality.
Start your new lives together at Shendish Manor
So Valentines has just been, and the lucky among you will now have dazzling engagement rings on your fingers. Congratulations! All you have to do now is plan for the big day, and of all the wedding venues in Hertfordshire, we think you’ll like ours the best. Firstly, we’re a sumptuous Victorian Manor situated in 160 acres of landscaped parkland. It’s easy to imagine servants dashing to the Master’s beck and call. Though these days, it is our staff who are only too ready to serve your every need.
We have a fully licensed bar, which opens onto our formal Dutch Gardens. It’s a spectacular view from the terrace, and at the reception itself, you can banquet 350 guests in fine style. Best of all, we know how to make your day really special. Our expert team of wedding co-ordinators are on hand to help with every aspect of planning. They will remember everything, so you can forget it all. The day will run smoothly, and you can concentrate on making memories to cherish for the rest of your lives together.
As for the particulars, we are licensed for civil ceremonies of up to 120 people, and special bedroom rates are available for your guests. The rooms themselves are stately. Picture a spacious and beautifully decorated space, which looks out onto a green vista. It’s perfect for the bride’s makeup session, as well as the honeymoon.
On the day itself, you will be assigned the services of a dedicated manager. How many wedding venues in Hertfordshire can boast all that? There is also coach space for hundreds should you have an army of in-laws, and we have small rooms for more intimate ceremonies. Furthermore, we can provide for every culinary background conceivable. We serve Kosher, Asian, Greek, or Italian and more. Just ask, and you shall receive.
Finally, we would like to wish you the very best of luck in your marriage. You will only do this once. So we promise to make it the best wedding day you can hope for out of all the wedding venues in Hertfordshire. For your one day, you deserve a proper wedding.
What makes Shendish Manor's the most practical wedding package in Hertfordshire?
It's well known that love makes no sense, but there's a great danger in failing to acknowledge the very real practicalities of choosing a wedding package in Hertfordshire. Yes, as one of the home counties, Hertfordshire is a very green and idyllic place in which to hold a wedding, but not all available venues and packages for a wedding ceremony and reception in the country necessarily make the greatest practical sense.
Of course, when seeking a wedding package in Hertfordshire, the loved-up couple should always make sure the venue is available on the right day and time, and that this day and time also makes absolute sense of all of the most important potential attendees. The price has to be right, too, but at some time, fantasy comes into it. It always does. Those who investigate Shendish Manor as their potential wedding venue, for example, never fail to be enchanted by the Victorian splendour of the main building, or the exquisite grounds in which partners can celebrate their union.
However, Shendish Manor is unlike quite a few wedding venues in this part of Hertfordshire in its sheer attention to detail and commitment to ensuring that each and every moment of each and every wedding lives up to the given couple's wildest expectations. The good impression that begins with the guests entering the hotel's gorgeous surrounding parkland continues inside, with the premises benefitting from the ultimate in modern design, intelligently combining the best of old and new.
Complimentary parking - including coach space - certainly makes things easier for guests from the start, with special bedroom rates also available for overnight stays. The choice of rooms, too, perfectly lends itself to all of the expectations that a couple may have of a wedding package in Hertfordshire. The Apsley Suite, for example, is perfect for those anticipating hundreds of guests, who will certainly be wooed by the space's sparkling chandeliers and elegant decor, and made comfortable by its extensive air conditioning.
But what if the guest list is expected to be much shorter, possibly less than 100? In that case, the love-struck couple can have the privilege of Shendish Manor's truly stunning mid-19th century Manor building. It is certainly quite the setting for a picture postcard wedding, with its combination of oak panelling, a Jacobean fireplace, high ornate ceilings and a sweeping staircase making for abundant photographic opportunities.
However, putting together the right wedding package in Hertfordshire is never as easy as having the most impressive buildings and rooms, something that all too many venues in the county fail to fully understand. Thankfully, that is not a worry for those taking advantage of Shendish Manor for their nuptials, with a knowledgeable team of wedding co-ordinators being on hand, in addition to a seasoned and capable manager on the day.
These are the elements that truly contribute to the ideal wedding package in Hertfordshire, as Shendish Manor takes such considerable pride in offering.
Great reasons to stay in Hertfordshire
It isn't difficult to see why so many people are attracted to the hotel deals in Hertfordshire that enable an affordable stay in this especially pretty part of the world. As one of the home counties, Hertfordshire offers a wealth of attractions, from charming market towns and fascinating art galleries and museums to nature reserves and historic landmarks, and it couldn't be nicer when one books a night or two in an advantageously placed hotel like Shendish Manor.
There may be many sound reasons to spend time at Shendish Manor, from its distinctive blend of modern design and Victorian splendour to its spacious and beautiful rooms. But it is also very well-placed, with excellent transport links enabling easy access to all of the attractions and activities of wider Hertfordshire. With the county's many places of interest including not only the aforementioned, but also the likes of animal sanctuaries, parks and gardens, open farms and zoos and night clubs, it's hardly surprising that Shendish Manor is such a focal point for hotel deals in Hertfordshire.
It's easy to pinpoint places to visit when spending time at Shendish Manor, with every settlement from Baldock, Berkhamsted and Bishops Stortford to Ware, Watford and Welwyn Garden City offering a wealth of attractions big and small, new and historic, obvious and unsung. Visitors to Berkhamsted, for example, may take in the Ashridge Estate that is run by the National Trust and spans 4000 acres of woodland, heath and open parkland, or even the ruins of Berkhamsted Castle, which was originally built just after the Norman Conquest and was once one of England's most important castles. Today, a crumbling motte, bailey and unique huge double moat survive.
However, others taking advantage of hotel deals in Hertfordshire may be more drawn to Hatfield House, the traditional Elizabethan style dwelling of Robert Cecil, or Knebworth House, which began as a Tudor manor house in 1492 and is the long-time home of the Lytton family. Those with more literary tastes, meanwhile, may be intrigued by Shaw's Corner, an Edwardian house and garden that was the residence of George Bernard Shaw until his death in 1950, aged 94. The interior decor and furnishings have been barely altered since then, while there are also many literary and personal effects to view, and even a generous rear garden.
But there's also a certain other attraction that simply must be mentioned, not least as it is a mere five miles away from Shendish Manor: the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour at the Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden. This is the perfect opportunity to see such sets, props and costumes from the Harry Potter film series as the Great Hall, Dumbledore's Office, the Ministry of Magic, Diagon Alley and Hagrid's Hut - as well as a 1:24 scale model of Hogwarts Castle. It may be the deciding factor behind someone's decision to take advantage of one of the many available hotel deals in Hertfordshire - and it is certainly a good one!
Selecting the right venue for a special wedding in Hertfordshire
It barely needs to be said that for the ideal wedding in Hertfordshire, everything needs to go right - meaning plenty of often intricate advance planning. The love-struck couple will need to investigate various suppliers of vital wedding services, from photographers and videographers to providers of the perfect wedding dress and car. Then, there is the matter of what wedding venue in Hertfordshire to choose.
Many couples will be familiar with the basics of ensuring that the chosen wedding venue meets with the satisfaction of all parties. They will recognise the importance of a conversation about what kind of wedding they wish to have, including whether they would like the setting to be historic or contemporary, as well as whether they would prefer an intimate or more extravagant ceremony - such choices also obviously subject to practical and budgetary considerations.
It will also need to be considered how many guests are likely to turn up, in order to avoid disappointing those that would like to attend after having chosen too small a venue, while an overly large venue can be underwhelming if only a small crowd turns up. The chosen venue for one's wedding in Hertfordshire will also need to be well-placed for the convenience of those guests, with strong nearby transport links. Contacting the venue in good time ahead of the date - potentially many months or even a year in advance - is another sound decision.
Beyond these specific considerations, however, there are certain constants in the most suitable venue for a Hertfordshire wedding. Couples may wish to ask themselves whether the venue has the rooms for the lavish or intimate affair that they may have in mind, or as well as whether catering is included - although some may request venue hire only, enabling them to bring in their own speciality caterer. The bride and groom to be may also wish to have a closer look at the architecture and grounds, to ensure the best possible photography opportunities.
Amenities in the most suitable venue for a wedding in Hertfordshire may also include a gazebo in the grounds that is licensed for a civil ceremony, and again, as with the banqueting suites, questions will need to be asked as to whether the capacity is appropriate. Couples are also likely to appreciate extensive complimentary parking for their guests, as well as special bedroom rates if the venue is a hotel. The personnel assisting with the day will also naturally have to be of the highest calibre, and would ideally include an extensive team of knowledgeable wedding co-ordinators, as well as a seasoned manager who can help to ensure no hitches on the day.
The outcome of such a combination of ingredients would be a wedding in Hertfordshire to match the very finest that have been held in the county - with few venues able to match the standards shown by Shendish Manor, one of the region's undoubted leading wedding venues.
Shendish Manor offers everything to get your New Year off to the best start
Exuding Victorian splendour but also with all of the advanced and comforting amenities that one would expect from a truly 21st century hotel, Shendish Manor (http://www.shendish-manor.com) is certainly an alluring place to spend at least part of your New Year. But its attractions are firmly practical, not to mention extensive, as befits one of the finest meeting, dining and wedding venues in Hertfordshire.
Those who come here to eat, for example, can take their seat in the prestigious and welcoming Orangery restaurant, with its welcoming bar and a terrace that leads out onto the formal Dutch Gardens. Similarly, there are truly unparalleled banqueting and conference facilities, with various different room styles and sizes to choose from. Nor can one forget the all year round golf club in UK, offering the golden opportunity to tee off and shed those pounds after what may have been a self-indulgent festive season.
However, there is another key aspect of the West Hertfordshire venue making it a must-visit for those planning a happy, fruitful and productive 2014: its generous host of special events. Not surprising for anyone who is aware of Shendish Manor’s lofty reputation among wedding venues in Sawbridgeworth is the 12th January Wedding Fayre, for example, which affords love-struck couples the chance to better plan their big day by meeting with representatives from our recommended essential wedding service providers. Admission is free, with exhibition stands also still available.
But an upcoming wedding reception also often means an upcoming hen party, with the hen party packages of Shendish Manor being the very best. Our establishment is the top choice for a classy hen party, starting with a glass of Champagne for toasting the bride-to-be, and continuing to an elegant traditional afternoon tea and an assortment of activities, pampering, dining and night life. All the while, the Events Team will work hard to give you a hen party that is as unique as you are.
Traditional afternoon tea is also available as a standalone package, and is a popular choice for celebrations and get-togethers between friends and family. Take your chance to tuck into freshly made scones, delicate cakes and dainty finger sandwiches in this most suitable of settings! But the love theme does not cease at Shendish Manor after the New Year period, with this most renowned of venues for Hertfordshire weddings also hosting a dedicated Valentine’s Day event on Friday 14th February, delicious three course dinners set to be served in the beautiful Manor House.
Finally, Shendish Manor (http://www.shendish-manor.com) is also proud of its stylish baby showers, where the mum-to-be is toasted with a glass of Champagne and then treated to an elegant afternoon tea, with various activities, pamper packages and dining options also available. Baby showers at our hotel are truly unique – as are so many of our other New Year events in Hertfordshire that help you to realise some of your most treasured hopes and dreams for 2014.
Fancy a spot of golf? You can do no better than Shendish Manor
If there's one part of the country that is the perfect place to tee off, it is surely Hertfordshire, which is world-renowned for its rolling green expanses and leafy gardens. When you are looking for the perfect golf club in UK, it is therefore difficult to overlook Shendish Manor (http://www.shendish-manor.com) Hotel & Golf Course, with its 5660 yard, Par 70 course that has been designed to USPGA specifications and poses a challenge to even the most seasoned and capable golfer.
At any time of year, you are free to come to Shendish Manor to test yourself on our course's parkland and woodland copses - whether on a 'pay and play' basis or as a member, hotel resident, corporate client or visiting golf society. Hire buggies and trolleys from the Coach House, or arrange one to one or group lessons with our PGA Professional. Indeed, the Coach House is a major focal point when you come here to play golf, with the bar there being perfectly placed for the 19th hole and guaranteeing a warm welcome. It's the perfect place for mouth-watering all-day breakfasts.
Ours is one of the leading golf courses in Hertfordshire for dedicated golf breaks, with many lovers of the sport appreciating our flexibility, fine hospitality and excellent value for money - as well as, of course, the challenging course. Get in touch with our friendly and professional reservations team, and they will offer you a choice of standard golf break packages, as well as a tailor made service, should you have more specific needs in mind.
Choose us for a golf break, and you can expect - as well as some exhilarating rounds of golf - a relaxing stay in a twin or double bedroom, alongside a fulfilling breakfast and delicious three course dinner in the Orangery restaurant. We are also known for our many seasonal golf break promotions, which you are welcome to enquire about. There are so many ways in which you can visit this golf club in UK, including as a visiting society or as part of a corporate golfing day. Whichever circumstances apply to you, you will still get the same great experience of teeing off on a truly challenging course, amid stunning views of the surrounding Hertfordshire countryside.
However, for some, even our many attractive menu options and competition formats, as well as potential additional arrangements like an informal drinks reception, presentation or private gala dinner in one of the hotel's gorgeous banqueting suites, isn't quite enough. That's because they wish to take advantage of one of the leading golf courses in Hertfordshire on an all-year-round basis, complete with the inviting and warm Clubhouse and exciting social calendar that membership brings.
To find out more about our full range of golf club membership packages, as well as to learn about our many associated hotel deals in Hertfordshire, simply visit the Shendish Manor website now, at http://www.shendish-manor.com.
There's no better base for events in Hertfordshire than Shendish Manor
As soon as one arrives at Shendish Manor (http://www.shendish-manor.com) Hotel & Golf Course, it's clear why this is one setting that has hosted a vast range of events, from corporate dos to the finest Christmas events in Hertfordshire. One could barely hope for more charm, history and character from any hotel, with the Victorian splendour of the main building and surrounding parkland and formal gardens only matched by a suitably contemporary interior and facilities, not to mention strong road and rail links.
New arrivals are greeted by complimentary parking for 200 cars alongside those 160 acres of greenery, and the hotel makes just as convincing a venue for events in Hertfordshire on the inside, with the relaxing lounge and fabulous Orangery restaurant only adding to the attraction of the 70 commodious and beautiful bedrooms. But of course, the biggest draw from this perspective will always be the events themselves.
Such a strong assortment of backdrops makes Shendish Manor a highly suitable base for events ranging from birthdays, celebrations and anniversary meals to baby showers, christenings, weddings and commitment ceremonies. The typical baby shower at this venue, for example, involves the toasting of the 'mum-to-be' with a glass of champagne, prior to an elegant traditional afternoon tea. It is the kind of event that can be made completely and utterly unique, thanks to the various pamper packages, activities and dining options from which one can select.
Or perhaps you haven't reached that life stage just yet, but are looking for the perfect venue for a hen party? Again, the format of proceedings is much the same, with all of the activities, pamper packages and options necessary to ensure a truly memorable last night of freedom. Other upcoming events at Shendish Manor that love-struck couples will find difficult to resist as we enter 2014 include the Wedding Fayre due to take place on 12th January.
Here, between 11am and 4pm, various wedding exhibitors will be on hand from across the full range of wedding service providers that you may need to speak to ahead of your special day. Admission is free, and should you wish to speak about your requirements in more detail, you are welcome to approach our seasoned wedding and banqueting coordinators. After all, it is as part of our renown as a base for events that we are also one of the most distinguished wedding venues in Harlow.
Following that date on Friday 14th February is a truly special night of sensuality, relaxation and indulgence for Valentine's Day, the ultimate luxurious escape for two encompassing a glass of chilled Champagne on arrival and later a delicious three course Valentines meal, served at our resplendent Manor House.
But of course, for all of December, guests are also welcome to enjoy our Christmas afternoon tea, while Shendish Manor (http://www.shendish-manor.com) is even a frequent choice for the hosting of all manner of corporate events in Hertfordshire - including gala balls and product launches. Contact us now to find out more.
Shendish Manor - providing enchanting surroundings in which to tie the knot
There's no question that there are plenty of wedding venues in Hertfordshire that offer all of the facilities that one could need for their special day - but there are few that can lend quite the same sense of occasion that Shendish Manor () Hotel & Golf Course can. With its excellent local road and rail links and stunning parkland and floral setting, covering some 160 acres, the hotel combines practicality with a picturesque and tranquil backdrop to rival any in the county.
One only needs to pay the briefest visit to Shendish Manor to appreciate just why it is in such demand for Hertfordshire weddings. This is a venue bringing together the finest in modern design and Victorian splendour, lending a definite sense of occasion, but also not neglecting any of the amenities that one might require for the most important day of their life.
Although the venue is used to hosting all manner of events, from meetings and seminars to networking events and award ceremonies, there's something about the exquisite grounds with their charming gazebo, licensed for civil ceremonies for as many as 120 guests, that seem to mark it out as somewhere to wed. Further distinguishing Shendish Manor from other venues for wedding receptions Hertfordshire are the Wedding Co-ordinators, who go to such lengths to ensure that the day is a success.
Choose Shendish Manor from the wide range of other wedding venues in Harlow, and you can benefit from a room that is perfectly suited to the reception that you have envisaged - whether that is an intimate, low-key affair or a much more lavish celebration. Opt for the mid-19th century Manor House for your wedding, with its own entrance, spacious and refined lounge area and many original features encompassing oak panelling, high ornate ceilings, a Jacobean fireplace and sweeping staircase, and you will have the ideal setting for photographic opportunities, exuding charm and timeless elegance.
The Manor House's maximum capacity, including evening guests, is 160, with 92 of them able to be accommodated in its largest suite, the Longman suite, for a wedding breakfast. With the Manor House opening out onto the estate and Dutch gardens, there's plenty of room in an enchanting setting for a romantic drinks reception.
Alternatively, for those that need to accommodate more guests - as many as approximately 350 - there is the option of the Apsley Suite, which is licensed for civil ceremonies and offers plenty of air conditioned space, with its elegant decor and sparkling chandeliers only further enhancing the magical atmosphere. It's also a sound choice for those wishing to make use of their own speciality caterer, with the suite complete with kitchen space able to be hired on a venue hire only basis.
By getting in touch with Shendish Manor () Hotel & Golf Course, you can soon book what has unquestionably become one of the best-regarded wedding venues in Sawbridgeworth, Harlow and wider Hertfordshire.
What distinguishes the finest wedding venues in Hertfordshire?
Even the very mention of wedding venues in Hertfordshire conjures up wondrous images of enchanting country houses in resplendent garden settings, and those who are looking to live that dream on their special day will certainly not be dissatisfied by what Shendish Manor (http://www.shendish-manor.com) Hotel & Golf Course has to offer.
It's easy to think that choosing a suitable venue from the many wedding venues in Stortford is as simple as opting for the place with the most fascinating historic architecture and exquisite, formal gardens - in which case, visitors to Shendish Manor will already be sold. Gracing the grounds of the estate is a beautiful gazebo, which is licensed for civil ceremonies with up to 120 guests, while as many as 350 guests can be accommodated in one of the hotel's stunning banqueting suites.
Certainly, great wedding venues in Harlow will foster a loving and magical atmosphere on this most important day of your life, but the very real practical considerations that are so vital to achieving this shouldn't exactly be neglected, neither. No special day will be quite as special as it could be if it hasn't been planned to every intricate detail. That is why we have knowledgeable Wedding Co-ordinators on hand to guide and assist you, as well as, on the day itself, an experienced manager who helps to ensure that your wedding goes without a hitch.
Such professionals know what is involved in making a wedding truly special for the couple and every guest, which helps to make us one of the premier wedding venues in Sawbridgeworth. Your celebration may be small and intimate, or large and extravagant. Whatever you desire from a wedding, it can be accommodated, thanks to not only our choice of suites, but also the local Asian, Kosher, Greek and Italian caterers with which we have enjoyed a long relationship. If there is a speciality caterer of your own that you would like to use, then you are entitled to book our contemporary Apsley Suite - with its own kitchen space - on a venue hire only basis.
There's plenty of air conditioned space in the Apsley Suite to make the day a pleasant one for as many as 350 guests, and if its sparkling chandeliers and elegant decor aren't sufficiently inviting for those with whom you are celebrating your union, there's always the option of opening the doors out into the private garden. This is the best choice of suite for those desiring a larger celebration, but those with a smaller guest list of up to 92 guests for a wedding breakfast may wish to investigate our Manor House building, a mid-19th century structure of true charm and elegance - characteristics extending to its own entrance, a refined lounge and gorgeous sweeping staircase.
Contact Shendish Manor (http://www.shendish-manor.com) Hotel & Golf Course today, for information on the wedding package in Hertfordshire that would best suit you and your beloved.
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