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A stay at Shendish Manor - suitable for everyone
If you have spent any time at all browsing our website, you will likely be well aware of the many reasons to stay at Shendish Manor, including our stunning rooms, world-class golf course and our status as one of the leading wedding venues in Hertfordshire.
Despite the high-class nature of your surroundings during your time here, we assure you that everyone is welcome to stay with us and that our friendly team will do everything in their power to cater to your needs.
Everyone has the right to a luxurious break
Every family is welcome to bring children with them during their stay with us. As well as having several family rooms available, we offer interconnecting rooms if you would still like some privacy without any compromise to your peace of mind.
For the elderly or less able, bedrooms are available that are fitted with several aids, including handrails, as well as a roll-in shower and en-suite wet room.
If any members of your party suffer from allergies or intolerances of any kind, no matter how minor, please inform our team before and/or during your stay. When it comes to dining with us, our experience kitchen staff will do everything possible to reduce the risk of allergens being present, but please be aware that like any other restaurant or bar, we can’t eliminate the risk entirely due to cross-contamination and other factors.
As well as this, every single one of the beds in our rooms is fitted with hypo allergenic pillows and duvets for the most comfortable stay possible.
These features and facilities are also available to those who visit or stay with us for a meeting, event, wedding or golfing break. If you have any concerns regarding needs or requirements that we haven’t mentioned, please don’t hesitate to contact our team.
Get in touch with us about the complete break
We believe that everyone deserves a stay with us. Our expertly-designed hotel is located within 160 acres of stunning parkland and gardens, so you’ll have a stunning view inside and out.
Shendish Manor is conveniently located near road and rail links and is also only five miles away from the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour - what better reason could you have to bring the kids with you?
For more information on staying or booking an event with Shendish Manor, please get in touch with our friendly and professional team today.
Thinking of staying with us? Find out more about our stunning rooms
Shendish Manor is a widespread first choice for golfing holidays in Hertfordshire, as well as a world-class wedding venue. Our rooms, meanwhile, live up to the same high standards that our golfing and wedding facilities do...
A world of choice
We have a choice of 70 stunning bedrooms to offer our guests. 18 of them are located in the original Manor House, and as modern as they are, they still reflect the character of the historic estate. For an extra-special stay with us, we recommend one of the Four Poster or Superior rooms.
The remainder of our rooms is situated in the modern wing. We have specially selected the furnishing and decor ourselves, and all of the rooms are fitted with an array of extras including:
· Hypo allergenic pillows and duvets
· LCD television
· Complementary Wi-Fi
· 24-hour room service
· En-suite bathrooms
· Ironing station
... and much, much more.
A stay with Shendish Manor is for everyone
If you are travelling with your family, we have a range of options to suit your needs. These options include spacious family rooms, as well as interconnecting rooms that offer more privacy while still give you the utmost peace of mind about the wellbeing of any relatives that you have brought with you.
Do you or a fellow guest struggle with mobility? In that case, you will be pleased to know that several of our rooms are fitted with handrails and include a full en-suite wet room and a roll-in shower. If you have any additional needs or requirements that need to be accommodated, don’t hesitate to contact our team before your stay.
The hotel itself is situated within 160 acres of lush parkland, with strong transport links nearby. As well as golfing breaks and weddings, we can cater to a wide range of events that you may be interested in hosting at our venue, including meetings, parties and conferences.
We can offer you a generous selection of dining options, with our helpful team being happy to provide for whatever dining requirements you may have.
Whether you simply fancy a short stay or are planning the wedding of your dreams, don’t hesitate to contact our team today.
Indulge in an unforgettable golfing break at Shendish Manor
Shendish Manor is one of, if not the best location for golfing holidays in Hertfordshire. If you have been considering a golfing break for a while now, no matter what length of holiday you have in mind, we should like to persuade you to do so with us!
A world-class golf course
You are welcome to use our course if you are a hotel resident, a pay and play visitor or interested in membership. Visiting golf societies and corporate clients can also take advantage of our golfing facilities.
The 5560 yard, Par 70 course is available to use all year round - weather permitting, and at the discretion of the Head Green Keeper. Our course is designed to USPGA specifications and offers a variety of hazards suited to all skill levels.
We encourage you to enjoy our golf course, even if you have little to no experience of golf. Our PGA Professional is on hand to offer one to one or group lessons for the inexperienced, or for those who simply want to refine their golfing skills.
A membership to suit you
If you are planning on regular visits to our golf course, why not take advantage of one of our memberships? As well as regular memberships, we offer tempting options specifically for seniors, children and groups.
More than just a golf course...
Our Coach House bar offers a wide range of refreshments, including all-day breakfasts, and is the perfect way to start or round off your day. Buggies and trolleys are also available to hire from the Coach House.
Don't forget to familiarise yourself with our dress code
Those using our course must look smart and presentable at all times. We must stress that the following are not permitted;
· Trainers (please wear golfing shoes instead, hard or soft spikes are permitted)
· Denim jeans (long trousers must be either tailored or appropriate to golf)
· Football-style shirts
· Collarless shirts (golf shirts must have collars and either long or short sleeves)
· Training or athletic shorts (tailored Bermuda shorts are permitted)
Whatever your skill level or length of stay, we would urge you to contact our team here at Shendish Manor to discuss the components of your perfect golfing break with us, before booking it at a highly competitive price.
Aim high with your choice of wedding venue
Do you require an outstanding wedding package in Hertfordshire? Maybe you are determined to secure an exquisite wedding venue that would form an epic backdrop to your nuptials? If so, take a look at Shendish Manor.
We can cater for you if you are targeting luxurious wedding venues that are as picturesque as they come. Shendish Manor is the ideal place for the bride and groom to take centre stage, and we always do everything in our power to ensure our clients and their guests enjoy a magical day that runs like clockwork.
Shendish Manor is synonymous with breath-taking architecture, elegant grounds and exemplary customer service. Choose the wrong kind of venue for your big day and you may come to regret it deeply, so why not opt for a famously luxurious choice that will set hearts racing?
Our powerfully romantic venue is ideal for anyone wishing to marry indoors or 'al fresco', with our beautiful gazebo holding up to 120 guests and one of our exceptional banqueting suites being licensed for a maximum of 280 guests. Whether you are planning something intimate and low-key or a more lavish affair, rest assured that we can cater for you.
We have vast experience when it comes to organising weddings. Our wedding co-ordinators are quite rightly recognised as some of the most reliable and knowledgeable in the area, and you can count on them to ensure everything runs fantastically smoothly.
We are here to listen to your thoughts and seamlessly turn them into reality. Although we are known for our mouth-watering cuisine, you can also hire our modern, striking Apsley Suite if you would rather bring your own catering team in.
Get in touch today if you would like to learn more about our very special Hertfordshire wedding packages. Your guests are bound to be won over by our special room rates, and we are able to accommodate a great number of vehicles, which should leave none of your guests struggling to find a parking space.
It is best to book our venue as soon as possible as our calendar does fill up early, so why not get in touch today to make sure your chosen wedding venue is one that will make jaws drop right across your range of guests?
Catering for a wedding is easier than ever with Shendish Manor
As one of the leading wedding venues in Hertfordshire, we have planned and hosted many a memorable and romantic wedding over the years.
We are also highly experienced in the finest of fine dining. Food is an important aspect of a wedding, after all, and can often make or break a reception - no one wants their guests to go hungry.
Here at Shendish Manor, we have therefore decided to give you some tips and tricks on catering to the needs of you and your guests.
Leave us to do the hard work
We are very happy for you to have your wedding with us and choose your own caterer - our Apsley suite comes with its own kitchen space - but with such a great team of chefs, caterers and kitchen staff, why not choose us to supply you with your menu for the big day?
Our Executive Chef has years of experience and is happy to provide you and your guests with satisfying, creative food.
Keep it varied
Make sure you mix it up a bit. Guests will get bored if the same food is provided throughout the day, or too much of the same food is provided. Also, anyone who isn’t fond of the food , or even allergic/ intolerant, will be left with a rumbling tummy.
Allergies and intolerances
We can’t stress enough how important it is that you point out any allergies or intolerances to our team. Although we can cater to a range of dietary requirements, we can’t guarantee total elimination of cross-contamination, especially with finger buffets.
If any serious allergies/intolerances are present in your guests, we suggest using a trusted caterer of your own for utmost piece of mind.
For more information and advice on dining or catering for a wedding, please contact our friendly and helpful team today.
More about the hotel
Shendish Manor is situated within 160 acres of lush parkland and formal gardens, with major road and rail links nearby to ensure that all of your guests can make your big day.
Even better, we offer special rates for our 70 luxurious bedrooms to your guests if they choose to stay with us - so why hesitate to enquire today about how Shendish Manor can help to put together your dream wedding?
We go the extra mile with weddings at Shendish Manor
We’re sure you are aware that Shendish Manor is already one of the top wedding venues in Hertfordshire, but did you also know that we always aim to go the extra mile to make our guests feel welcome and well catered-for?
We do this even more so when you decide to have a wedding with us.
Our staff are here to help
As well as our caterers, receptionists and the rest of our amazing team, we have some special people on hand to help you out with your big day.
We have a trustworthy team of wedding co-ordinators to help you plan your wedding, right down to the very last detail. They will give you just as much help as you need - your day has to be unique to you, after all.
On the day itself, we have an experienced and friendly wedding manager, who will help you to run the wedding and make sure that your day plays out exactly how you want it to.
Welcoming for all
We offer a wide array of options when it comes to food here at Shendish Manor. We offer everything from buffets to outdoor barbecues, encompassing a variety of cuisines including Italian, Asian, Kosher and Greek.
If you or your guests have any special requirements, please let us know, and our creative team will be able to accommodate your needs. After all, you don’t want anyone to go hungry on your big day.
In the event that you or your guests wish to stay with us after the big day, we also offer special bedroom rates for wedding guests; we may even throw some extras in for the happy couple.
Our wedding venues are also licensed for civil ceremonies.
For any more information on what’s on offer what you choose to have a wedding with us, please feel free to contact the friendly and professional Shendish Manor weddings team.
More about Shendish Manor
Shendish Manor Hotel & Golf Course is located within 160 acres of parkland and formal gardens in West Hertfordshire. With a wide choice of rooms and spaces for weddings and a world-class 18 hole golf course, it’s ideal for anything from a quick getaway to a baby shower.
Just get in touch with our capable team today for more information about our full range of services and expertise here at Shendish Manor.
Want a great venue for your Hertfordshire golfing holiday? Step this way...
Here at Shendish Manor, we pride ourselves on being one of the premier venues for golfing holidays in Hertfordshire - and if there's just one good reason for that, it is undoubtedly our stunning par 70 golf course. Designed to USPGA specifications, it is suitable for all ability levels and is even open for 365 days a year, weather permitting!
We have a PGA professional on hand who will be happy to help you if need be. Lessons can be arranged, with private or group options available. Although we do tend to operate on a “pay and play” policy, a range of membership options is available if you plan to make regular visits to us. We also offer the opportunity to hire buggies and trolleys if you require them.
We like to enforce a dress code for all who use our golf course, and we would greatly appreciate it if you could follow it. Not only must all users of our course look smart and presentable at all times, but they must also not wear any of the non-permitted items such as trainers, denim jeans, football style shirts, collarless shirts or tracksuits.
Golf shirts worn are also required to have collars in addition to either long or short sleeves, and long trousers must be tailored or at least appropriate to golf. We also do not permit the wearing of training or athletic shorts, although we do allow tailored Bermuda shorts.
For the perfect finishing touch to your day, our Coach House bar provides a range of food and drink, including our all day breakfast options. The hotel itself also offers a range of dining options including our amazing Orangery restaurant and our High Tea menu.
Another reason to make us your choice for your next golfing holidays in Hertfordshire is, of course, our accommodation itself, the hotel being situated within 160 acres of lush parkland and located near all major transport links. We have a range of 70 stunning and spacious bedrooms, together with a lounge area, bar and restaurant complete with its own terrace. We are even a popular wedding venue, should you ever decide to tie the knot!
Contact Shendish Manor today for more information about our golfing holidays or accommodation, or to arrange a booking. There is simply no more stylish place to tee off than Shendish Manor!
Fine tune your golfing acumen in Hertfordshire
If you are already growing weary of the looming winter and your attentions have turned to golf holidays in Hertfordshire, you really couldn't choose a better venue in this green English county than our own resplendent Victorian country house hotel and its fantastically challenging golf course.
Shendish Manor is home to one of the region's best-loved golf courses. We can deliver a first-class golfing and hospitality experience and can cater for you whether you are visiting as part of a group of friends, work colleagues or golf society - or indeed, on your own.
Our hotel is fully equipped to offer the exhilarating golfing experience that you require. The course is designed to USPGA specifications and is used all year round by people of all ability levels. Of course, you are welcome to get in touch with us at any point if you do have any queries about the course or its associated facilities.
Whether you are serious or relaxed about golf, we can help. We offer a 5660, Par 70 course that provides an exciting mix of hazards and takes in woodland copses as well as parkland. You can hire buggies and trolleys from our Coach House bar if you wish, and we can even lend you the services of a PGA Professional if you require guidance in order to derive as much value as possible from our facilities.
Although we are happy for you to simply 'Play and Play', a number of membership options are available if you do wish to start visiting us regularly. The course is available for use 365 days a year, weather permitting.
The quality doesn't stop there, with Shendish Manor being one of Hertfordshire's most impressive hotels. Sitting in 160 acres of picture-perfect parkland, we are located near various useful transport links and can offer mouth-watering cuisine via our well-known Orangery restaurant, which comes with a bar as well as a terrace that stretches out into our fine Dutch gardens.
Why wait any longer to get in touch if you wish to embark on a magical, relaxing and rewarding golfing experience? Shendish Manor is the ideal place to mix play with relaxation, and we always do everything in our power to make your experience a first-class one.
Get in touch today to learn more about what we can do for you. We're proud to run one of the finest golfing facilities in Hertfordshire, so contact us if you are interested in experiencing it for yourself.
Why Shendish Manor is among the very best local wedding venues
Those seeking quality wedding venues in Hertfordshire are catered for wonderfully by Shendish Manor. Here at Shendish Manor, we consistently go above and beyond what is expected in order to help our clients create magical memories that they can cherish forever.
We are one of the best-equipped wedding venues in Hertfordshire and can provide you with the perfect backdrop for your nuptials. With elegant banqueting suites catering for up to 280 people and a fantastic gazebo holding 120, we can tailor our spaces to your needs whether you are interested in putting on a low-key event or something more lavish. You can get in touch with us at any time if you require in-depth information about marrying at Shendish Manor.
Our wedding co-ordinators are among the best in the business. They have years of experience to draw upon and always work tirelessly in the background and before your big day itself to ensure that everything goes without a hitch. Our catering team is renowned for the mouth-watering cuisine it provides, but you can also bring in your own caterers if you wish – our Apsley Suite is ideal for anyone choosing to go down the self-catering route.
Shendish Manor offers a picturesque blend of classic Victorian and contemporary styles that attracts guests from across the world, not just the UK. Those guests soon discover that we also offer vast complimentary parking, so there's no need to worry about your attendees not being able to find a space even if you are marrying in front of a sizeable audience – and we can cater for coaches too.
We can also offer all manner of special packages to cater for a host of preferences and requirements. Guests are always overjoyed to hear about our fantastic room rates, while we are also located near various useful transport links and regularly welcome guests wishing to simply unwind away from it all for the weekend and enjoy facilities like our famed Orangery restaurant, formal Dutch gardens and atmospheric terrace.
We will do everything in our power to make your big day breathtaking for all of the right reasons, and have an excellent track record of achieving just that for a long list of happy newlyweds - so why get in touch today to learn more about having your nuptials right here at Shendish Manor?
Revel in a lovely golf holiday in this greenest of English counties
Are you an avid golfer looking to hone and show off your skills in a fantastic setting? If so, Shendish Manor could just be the place for you. We can offer you not only the highest standard of accommodation, but also an exceptional gold course, with passionate golfers from all over the world having travelled to see us and take advantage of our highly-rated facilities.
Shendish Manor is the perfect place to catch up with friends and unwind away from the stresses of day-to-life, and it's also the perfect place to talk business with an associate while enjoying hours of fulfilling golf. We want to hear from you if you are eager to book golf holidays in Hertfordshire.
Our golf course is a favourite among hotel guests, corporate clients, golf societies and people interested in joining us a member. It's as ideal a match for highly experienced golfers as it is for beginners, having been designed in line with USPGA specifications, and it is now able to be used all year round. Get in touch with us today if you wish to learn more about our 5660, Par 70 course. The course features a host of hazards designed to result in exhilarating play, including parkland and woodland copses.
You are welcome to opt for a one-to-one or group lesson with an esteemed PGA Professional and can even enjoy a top-class breakfast at our Coach House bar before play commences. Indeed, the bar is also the perfect place to hire trolleys and buggies. We also offer a range of membership options to suit a wealth of needs, although you can also simply 'Pay and Play' if this would be your preference.
The hotel itself is renowned for its breathtaking mix of Victorian architecture and modern features. We are located in close proximity to major transport links, albeit within 160 acres of stunning parkland. Shendish Manor is also a popular wedding venue, with many grooms embarking on a soothing round of golf here before their nuptials begin. The Orangery restaurant is one of the most highly regarded of its type in the area, while our terrace stretching out into the picturesque Dutch garden is simply a sight to behold.
Why wait any longer if you are interested in using our ever-popular golfing facilities and getting away from it all for a night or two? You can count on us to do everything in our power to make your stay a success, so why not get in touch with the friendly and capable Shendish Manor team right now to find out more?
Enjoy the perfect Hertfordshire wedding on us!
When it comes to Hertfordshire weddings, Shendish Manor leads the way. We can provide the backdrop to the best day of your life, so why not talk to us to learn more about our facilities today? Opt for a substandard venue and you may come to regret it for the rest of your life. We oversee one of the most talked-about and picturesque wedding venues in Hertfordshire, and our team always works tirelessly to ensure that everything runs like clockwork on the big day itself.
Here at Shendish Manor, there are numerous options available to you when you are planning your day and choosing the right facilities. Our gazebo, for instance, is perfectly suited to outdoor weddings and can hold as many as 120 guests. Our elegant banqueting suites, meanwhile, can hold 280 guests. No wedding is too big or intimate for us. We know that no two couples are the same, which is why we work hard to tailor our packages towards the exact needs of our clients.
Shendish Manor's wedding co-ordinators have vast experience in the organisation of big events - yet another reason to choose us. You can even bring your own caterers into the venue if you wish, although if we do prefer to leave things to us, we can provide mouth-watering cuisine that your guests are almost guaranteed to love. While the Apsley Suite is all set up for couples arranging food themselves, we also have long-lasting relationships with a number of leading Asian, Greek, Italian and Kosher caterers - the choice really is yours.
Your guests won't struggle to find somewhere to park, thanks to our huge number of car and coach parking spaces. If your guests would rather stay with us than find accommodation elsewhere, we can offer exceptional rates for our bedrooms. People from across the country come to Shendish Manor to see our gorgeous Victorian-built hotel for themselves, albeit with the most sophisticated contemporary facilities also available to them.
There are 70 bedrooms to choose from in our distinguished hotel, with key facilities including our popular terrace, formal Dutch gardens and the much-acclaimed Orangery restaurant. We are confident that we can provide you with the ideal wedding venue, so why not get in touch with us today to learn more?
Show off your golf skills on a beautiful rural backdrop
Are you seeking top quality hotel rooms at a leading golf country club in Hertfordshire? Then take a closer look at Shendish Manor. We have been welcoming people from across the country and beyond to our first-class golf course for many years, so if you're keen to brush up on your golfing skills and unwind with friends or associates in a leafy Hertfordshire setting, talk to us today.
Our golf course is open to corporate clients, hotel guests, golf societies and would-be members. It is designed to USPGA specifications and is suitable for year round golf, as well as for people of all ability levels.
Our 5660 yard, Par 70 course offers a thrilling mix of hazards, taking in parkland and woodland copses. A day at our course can begin or end with an all-day breakfast at our Coach House bar, where buggies and trolleys can be hired. If you wish to enjoy a private one-to-one or group lesson with a PGA Professional, simply let us know as this can be arranged. Various membership options are available, and you can easily 'Pay and Play' if you wish. The course is open for 365 days a year, weather permitting.
However, it isn't just our golf course that you will be marvelling at on your stay here, with our hotel itself also being a true visual standout - a splendid Victorian house in extensive grounds, amid all of the beauty of rural Hertfordshire. Our venue also makes plenty of practical sense, on account of its close vicinity to excellent rail and road connections.
The hotel is perfectly suited to those visiting the area for business and pleasure and is one of the most popular and exquisite wedding venues in the region. It is also home to the acclaimed Orangery restaurant, which features a bar alongside a terrace stretching out onto picture-perfect Dutch gardens.
We would like to hear from you if you're keen to take advantage of our golfing facilities or wish to unwind in an epic rural setting for a couple of days or so. Our team always goes the extra mile to satisfy our guests and is always on hand to respond to individual requests. Why not talk to us today to find out more about our hotel and the various services and facilities that we offer?
Marry in the idyllic setting of a Victorian manor house
Don't settle for a lacklustre venue if your nuptials are coming up and you still need to choose the right location. Shendish Manor is one of the most prestigious venues in the Hertfordshire region, and our team always goes the extra mile to make your day an overwhelming success. Our romantic grounds and stunning architecture offer the perfect backdrop for your wedding and are a photographer's dream.
There are many options available to you if you are considering holding your wedding proceedings at Shendish Manor. Our picturesque gazebo can cater for up to 120 guests, with one of our exquisite banqueting suites offering space for as many as 280 people. Whether you are opting for a busy or intimate event, we can provide you with the quality you would expect. Shendish Manor is regarded as one of the most elegant wedding venues in Hertfordshire.
You can count on our highly-experienced wedding co-ordinators to ensure everything runs like clockwork, so that you can focus on enjoying one of the best days of your life. Some of those who book our premises prefer to bring their own caterers in, and if you are one of them, our Apsley Suite will be the ideal match as it comes with its own kitchen space. We enjoy robust relationships with a range of Italian, Asian, Greek and Kosher caterers, so why not pick up the phone for an informal chat today if you think that we could be the venue for you?
We are licensed for civil ceremonies and offer vast complimentary parking that includes space for coaches. A range of special packages are available, and your guests can even keep their costs down via our fantastic special bedroom rates. The venue itself is much-loved for its fusion of Victorian character and modern styles, as well as the fantastic transport links it offers. People travel to Shendish Manor from across the country, not just to marry, but also to unwind away from the stresses of day-to-day life.
Shendish Manor plays host to 70 bedrooms, the remarkable Orangery restaurant, formal Dutch gardens and an idyllic terrace. Talk to us today if you are looking for the perfect wedding venue in Hertfordshire. Our expert team can help you to make your day a true five-star occasion.
How to choose the perfect wedding menu
Even after choosing Shendish Manor among all of the delightful wedding venues in Hertfordshire, many couples still have trouble planning the rest of the ceremony. One of the biggest concerns comes with choosing the right menu.
Luckily, we stand out from other wedding venues in Hertfordshire by allowing you to use your own speciality caterer when you book the contemporary Apsley Suite, which comes with its own kitchen space. Here’s our quick guide to help you choose the right wedding menu.
Vary food between courses
Take the whole menu into account to ensure that you aren’t providing your guests with too much of the same throughout the day. You don’t want any combinations that are too unusual, but you’ll want to avoid, for example, offering seafood for both the starter and the main course. Anyone who isn’t a particular fan of that type of cuisine will be left going hungry.
Consider the feel of the wedding
As well as taking the whole menu into account, you should think about how much the food will mesh with the general atmosphere of the day. If you are having a very traditional wedding, then you probably want to avoid anything too offbeat; if you want lots of dancing into the wee hours of the night, it might be overly heavy food that is the no-no.
Think about the season
It’s all too easy to plan on serving a roast dinner when you’re sitting at home in the depths of winter, but what if the day itself won’t be until summer? If so, your guests might not particularly enjoy a roast. Try to consider two things when it comes to the timing of your wedding. Firstly, take the weather into account. Secondly, consider which ingredients will be in season.
Allow the food to reflect yourself
Ultimately, this wedding is for you, so don’t feel like you need to serve anything that you yourself won’t enjoy. If you’re a fan of sushi, try having it as a starter. If you have a passion for Indian food, don’t feel that holding your wedding in such a traditionally English setting as Shendish Manor should necessarily mean going for traditional English food.
Shendish Manor has developed long standing relationships with numerous Kosher, Asian, Greek and Italian caterers throughout the Home Counties, so we’re always ready to help. Just keep these tips in mind to plan the perfect wedding menu for you.
Have you decided on the size of your wedding party?
If you’re looking for wedding venues in Hertfordshire, you’ll need to decide whether to keep it small and intimate, with only a select group, or invite all your friends and family members to enjoy a larger affair. There are benefits to both approaches – you’ll just need to keep your own needs in mind.
Smaller wedding advantages
The most obvious advantage of a small wedding is the reduced cost. A smaller venue won’t set you back as much, and you’ll also save substantially on catering, given the fewer mouths to feed. Dropping a hundred people from your guest list might be tough, but it can mean significant savings. You’ll then be able to use that money somewhere else. If you want more flowers, a designer dress or a longer honeymoon, smaller guest lists can certainly help out.
They’ll also feel a lot more personal. Couples can spend time with all of their guests instead of feeling like they should constantly circulate around the room, and many find an intimate setting more meaningful. Of course, this is ultimately down to personal preference.
Larger wedding advantages
Smaller weddings are often harder to plan than larger ones once you start writing the guest list. It can often be difficult to cut enough people, especially when parents – who are possibly helping financially – have already chosen to invite an extended list of family members and friends. If you want everybody to be part of your special day, a larger wedding is the obvious choice.
Additionally, the event itself will inevitably be livelier, with the sort of energy that you’d associate with a big party. This makes people feel more like celebrating and dancing – few find an almost-empty dance floor as inviting as one that is teeming with guests.
Whichever you decide upon, wedding venues in Hertfordshire don’t get much better than Shendish Manor. The Apsley Suite is perfect for large events, with air conditioned space suitable for up to approximately 350 guests, while the Manor House’s Longman Suite can accommodate up to 96 for a wedding breakfast or 160 in the evening. Just contact us today for more information concerning our wedding facilities.
Why does Shendish Manor employ a PGA professional?
Our 5660 yard, Par 70 course– designed to USPGA specifications – is just one of the reasons why Shendish Manor is such a well-regarded golf country club in Hertfordshire. Of course, we also offer enviable accommodation in any of our hotel rooms and both delicious refreshments and good company at the Coach House bar. To help make you a better golfer, we can even arrange either one-on-one or group lessons with our PGA professional.
Our golf country club in Hertfordshire strives to help you to improve, not merely enjoy your game. Experienced golfers often feel as if they don’t require any additional lessons, but they soon change their mind once they have benefited from a few. Every golfer wants to shoot a low score and keep going lower as they continue to play, but many of them instead find themselves with the same handicap over a prolonged period of time. Practice is always important, but it rarely beats the assistance of a good teacher.
The PGA professional here at Shendish Manor can apply an expert eye to your posture, grip, alignment and swing to make sure that every element of your game remains strong. They will also be able to provide instruction on how best to approach various standard shots, such as driving, chipping, putting and sand-shots. These skills might seem fine, but self-assessment is notoriously difficult, and it is incredible how quickly bad habits can take hold.
Even strong golfers have the opportunity to hone their game by learning more advanced techniques. These might include controlling the shape of the shot, controlling the loft or using uneven ground.
Best of all, you are able to schedule a one-on-one lesson every few weeks. This means that you can avoid slipping backwards, losing the techniques that you managed to refine during your first set of lessons. It’s all too easy to grasp a skill during a lesson and then lose it once you play alone, but having a PGA professional right at the golf club can help to prevent that happening.
When you are looking for a golf country club in Hertfordshire that provides a PGA professional to help perfect your game, there’s no better choice than Shendish Manor.
Why are golfing and business so well-suited to each other?
Golf has always been linked to the world of business, with many professionals continuing to embark on golfing trips to Hertfordshire in the knowledge that it could not only give them a break from the boardroom, but also boost their career. Here are just a few ways in which a round of golf on Shendish Manor’s well-maintained course can help you to get ahead.
No pressure networking
Golfing provides an ideal environment for professionals to interact away from the stresses of the office environment. Contrary to popular belief, it isn’t common for deals to be made on the green. However, you will be able to build connections with both existing and potential clients, something that could be incredibly advantageous in the long run.
Golf is a sport with global appeal, and is an activity that people can easily bond over. Knowing about golf allows you to easily talk to numerous different people, whether the subject is favourite courses or legendary shots. Of course, playing together on Shendish Manor’s USPGA course makes those connections even easier to make, as you share experiences and team up over the day.
Ease of play
There are other sports that you can pick up with your colleagues and clients, but there’s a reason why golf is the most popular among professionals. Although it takes years to master, the barriers to entry are rather low, so golfing trips in Hertfordshire can be enjoyed by almost anybody. Additionally, golf is an activity that can be played throughout your life - it’s not just a young man’s game. There’s plenty of time to relax as you walk around the course, so you can always maintain a good conversation.
Golf courses are designed to encourage the social aspects of play. For example, Shendish Manor provides golfers with entry to the Coach House bar, where they can enjoy drinks and meals with their friends and colleagues. Rounding off your game with some light refreshments is the perfect way to maintain a strong relationship with anyone you may bring with you. We even have five or seven day corporate packages available to turn your golfing trip into a golfing holiday.
To arrange a golfing trip in Hertfordshire with your clients or colleagues, simply contact one of the members of the team at Shendish Manor today.
We work harder to make your wedding a success
If your nuptials are coming up and you are yet to select a venue, why not consider the sheer Victorian splendour Shendish Manor? Our luxurious hotel and lush grounds have made us one of the most popular wedding venues in the Hertfordshire region, with our dedicated staff having the vast experience and expertise needed to make your day run like clockwork.
We spend a great deal of time listening to what our clients have to say in order to come up with packages that suit them perfectly, and we can cater for you whether you would prefer an indoor or outdoor wedding. We can offer the ideal wedding package in Hertfordshire.
We are perfectly equipped to cater for big, lavish celebrations as well as intimate, low-key ceremonies. Our outdoor gazebo is licensed for as many as 120 guests, while our banqueting suites are ideal for bigger gatherings of up to 350 guests. Whatever you decide, you can rest assured that our team will work tirelessly to make your day a magical event.
Our picturesque grounds are a wedding photographer’s dream, while our catering services are diverse enough to make all of your guests smile. We have long-standing links with various Italian, Greek, Asian and Kosher caterers, but you can bring your own caterers into our state-of-the-art Apsley Suite if you wish. Nonetheless, we promise that you won’t be disappointed if you leave the cuisine to us - after all, our Orangery restaurant is also one of the most talked about culinary facilities in the region.
We’re sure that your guests will love our generously-discounted room rates and facilities including an acclaimed golf course. There are 160 picture-perfect acres of parkland and formal gardens to explore, with your guests getting the pick of 70 luxury bedrooms to unwind in after an epic night. Your guests shouldn’t struggle to find somewhere to park from the 200 spaces on offer.
Don’t forget that we can also welcome you if you are looking for a venue for a christening, business event, gala ball, baby shower or anniversary meal. Our versatile venue has the facilities for hosting a wealth of events.
5 reasons to go on golf holidays in Hertfordshire
You might have read a lot of things about why it's a great idea to play golf - as well as why you should go as far as booking a golfing holiday. But what about doing so in Hertfordshire, particularly with ourselves here at Shendish Manor?
Here are the five best reasons to contact our team today about our highly rated golf holidays in Hertfordshire.
1. Hertfordshire is extremely green
It's extremely difficult to think of a more lushly green area of England than Hertfordshire, large parts of the county having long been given over to architecture. Even Shendish Manor's own 5,660 yard, Par 70 course is set among 160 spectacular acres of parkland and formal gardens.
2. You have access to the best golf courses
That aforementioned course is just one among many in Hertfordshire, but nonetheless, you're unlikely to want to look elsewhere after sampling its challenging hazards. Whether you have never before teed off or are instead a seasoned professional, you can depend on our course to stimulate you to improve your game.
3. The associated facilities are especially strong
Choosing a golf course in Hertfordshire is never just about the main course - it's also about such things as our Coach House, where you can hire buggies and trolleys and enjoy some timely refreshment in the bar. A PGA professional is also on hand to give private one-to-one or group lessons.
4. Golfing breaks can be tailored as you want them
From the first moment you get in touch with our reservations team, you'll realise that flexibility is a key aspect of our golf holidays in Hertfordshire. We offer both standard golf break packages and plenty of scope for tailoring a golfing holiday with us to meet your most specific requirements.
5. Great deals are available for local hotels
Don't forget that our golfing holiday packages here at Shendish Manor also include a stay in one of our wonderfully comfortable, spacious and well-equipped hotel rooms. Indeed, if you become a member at our golf country club, you can take advantage of discounted rates for your guests, as well as other discounts elsewhere across the site.
All in all, there's many a fine reason to enquire about golf holidays in Hertfordshire - particularly to the highly capable team here at Shendish Manor, an unashamedly contemporary hotel that also exudes Victorian splendour.
For one of the most historic wedding venues in Apsley, choose Shendish Manor
In the valley of the Chiltern Hills can be found a neighbourhood of Hemel Hempstead that is so much more than may initially meet the eye. Apsley today is a thriving commercial centre, boasting newsagents, retail parks, offices, restaurants and public houses... and yet, it also has the feel of a place that is somewhat different from the norm.
Everywhere one looks in Apsley, there is history. Even on visiting the modern Sainsbury's supermarket, for instance, one cannot avoid spotting the late 19th century St. Mary's Church that overlooks the car park. Its location can be explained by the fact that the supermarket site was once occupied by a paper mill, and indeed, it was as a mill village that Apsley gained wider importance.
Water mills were established here to serve local agriculture, the location chosen on account of a lack of surface water. The area's rise to industrial prominence began after the construction of what was later to be known as the Grand Union Canal between London and the Midlands, passing through the valley in 1798. This canal allowed for the easy transportation of raw and manufactured products to and from the mills.
Why we are mentioning all of these things? Well, here at Shendish Manor, one of the most distinguished wedding venues in Apsley, we have a very special association with the wider area's proud past. The inventor of a continuous mechanised papermaking process, John Dickinson, began his association with Apsley through the purchase of an existing mill in the area in 1809. His business went on to be one of the life-bloods of Apsley.
Where was the housing for the managers of this burgeoning business built? Why, it was constructed on the old Manor Farm, in what are now our own grounds right here at Shendish Manor. Our Manor building - in which one of our wedding suites is now based - dates back to 1853, the year the estate came into the ownership of publisher Charles Longman.
The current splendid Shendish Manor country house and the extensive surrounding grounds are therefore inextricably linked to the similarly splendid broader history of this beautiful and ever-fascinating part of Hertfordshire. If you are looking to make your own history with your beloved in one of the very finest and oldest wedding venues in Apsley, you simply cannot make a better choice than Shendish Manor.
Turn your wedding dreams into a reality at Shendish Manor
At Shendish Manor, we have everything required to make your wedding day a success. Our luxurious hotel is equipped to form the ideal backdrop to your wedding day, and you can rely on our experienced, expert team to go the extra mile to cater for your requests. We oversee one of the most exquisite and elegant wedding venues in the region and are waiting to hear from you, whether you require an indoor or outdoor wedding. Talk to us today if you’re seeking the perfect wedding package in Hertfordshire.
Our banqueting suites are equipped for as many as 350 guests, while our gazebo can cater for 120 people and is fully licenced for up to 120 guests. Our unique venue has already formed the backdrop to a host of unforgettable, magical weddings. Our wedding co-ordinators have years of experience between them and possess the skills and expertise needed to ensure everything runs like clockwork.
We work hard to surpass our clients’ expectations rather than just meeting them and can cater for you whether you require a lavish celebration or something far more low-key. Meanwhile, our robust relationships with a number of Asian, Greek, Italian and Kosher caterers mean that you and your guests can look forward to a mouth-watering dining experience. Should you wish to bring in your own caterer, you can hire out our modern, striking Apsley Suite, which comes with its own kitchen space.
Your guests can take advantage of extremely generous rates and are even welcome to tee off on our famous golf course. Shendish Manor is set in 160 glorious acres of parkland and formal gardens and offers 70 spacious, comfortable and elegant bedrooms. Complimentary parking for as many as 200 cars is on offer, with our Orangery restaurant being one of the most talked-about dining facilities in the area. Our stunning venue has been used for everything from meetings, networking events and gala balls to weddings, christenings, baby showers and anniversary meals.
We’re waiting to hear from you right now if you require an exceptional wedding package in Hertfordshire - there's simply no better venue to look to than Shendish Manor.
How to make an inspired choice of wedding photographer
When you are choosing wedding photographers, it’s important to go the extra mile to find someone that you can trust. Wedding photographers play a key role in capturing your big day for posterity, but many couples have been left disappointed after opting for cheap photographers who lack experience.
It’s essential that you seek out a photographer with an exceptional track record. Most couples draw up a shortlist of four or five wedding photographers before making a final choice, and usually only come to a decision after looking at multiple examples of their work. Finding a great photographer is just as important as making the right choice from the wide range of available wedding venues in Hertfordshire.
You should feel welcome to discuss your needs and requirements in depth with a given photographer before you sign on the dotted line. Any reputable photographer will listen closely to what you have to say and will be only too happy to take certain special requests on board. It’s a good idea to look for photographers who are part of respected industry bodies like the Society of Wedding Photographers.
Your wedding photographer should be able to put you at ease in front of their camera. You should choose a photographer who makes you feel relaxed and who can capture you to brilliant effect in the most interesting poses. Opting for a poor-quality photographer could mean being stuck with lacklustre images that fail to capture the magic of your big day. Some photographers will even give you testimonials from their past clients to give you a better insight into what to expect.
Shendish Manor forms the ideal backdrop for wedding photos. Our country house hotel comes complete with its own golf course and is the perfect place to say your vows. We can cater for everything from weddings to birthday meals, christenings and business events. The venue is renowned for its picturesque architecture as well as its splendid, unspoiled scenic grounds.
There is also a fine range of exquisite banqueting suites to choose from here at Shendish Manor, along with a popular Gazebo that is fully licenced for civil ceremonies. Shendish Manor is one of the most prestigious, sought-after wedding venues in Hertfordshire, so why not talk to us today if you’re yet to find the right setting for your nuptials?
How to plan the dream wedding in Hertfordshire
The county in which the splendid Victorian Shendish Manor is situated may be one of England's most green and idyllic, but that doesn't automatically make any wedding in Hertfordshire a dream - you'll still need to carefully plan ahead, as you would anywhere else. Indeed, our own appreciation of this is why we work so hard to turn those dreams into reality.
But of course, there is still some work that you will be required to do, and with so many of the county's most popular venues rapidly becoming fully booked, the planning process for a wedding in Hertfordshire necessarily begins early. 12 months in advance is a good time to decide on a desired wedding date and begin researching venues, and if you do find your favoured venue available, it is advisable to book immediately, so that you can plan the associated services around it.
In the period between nine and 12 months in advance of your intended date, you will probably have a lot of vendors to research and book. Who will provide the bridal gown? What about the suit for the groom? Have you looked into photographers and/or videographers? Is anyone arranging transport to and from the venue? Have you got a particular hair and beauty stylist in mind? Who's making the wedding cake? The list of questions like this will be a long one.
Fast-forward to just a few months prior to your wedding in Hertfordshire, and if you have planned well, you will be getting in touch with your florist to finalise arrangements, ordering wedding stationery and booking wedding transport, among other things. By the time there's just a week remaining, it's a good idea to reconfirm everything with your vendors, one last time. On the morning of the wedding, you should be having your hair and makeup done and begin dressing two hours before the scheduled beginning of the ceremony.
It all sounds like a lot to remember, but there's not quite as much to remember when you make Shendish Manor the base for your wedding in Hertfordshire. That's in large part due to our knowledgeable Wedding Coordinators, who go to the greatest lengths to help you out with the wedding planning process, in the knowledge that everything about your big day has to be just right.
In fact, you couldn't hope to choose a more dependable partner - not just venue - for your wedding in Hertfordshire than Shendish Manor.
Golfing holidays sharpen the mind, improve the body and decrease stress levels
Taking a golfing holiday in Hertfordshire is an extremely rewarding way to treat yourself. Not only will you enjoy our beautiful 5660 yard, Par 70 course - which is designed specifically to USPGA specifications – but you’ll also feel the benefits across your entire body.
Brain training with a view
Golf might sometimes be emotionally demanding – especially when you’re trying to make that last hole – but the sport is rarely one of the first things that comes to mind when you try to picture something mentally challenging.
However, this is far from true. The mere act of swinging your club involves building and strengthening neural pathways related to hand-eye-coordination, planning and concentration. Golf requires you to focus your mind, and this is just the sort of activity that it needs to remain strong.
Engaging in activities such as golf improves both blood circulation in the brain and the connections between nerve endings, something thought by experts to combat dementia.
Excellent cardiovascular exercise
Even fans of the game like to quip that golf is a great way to spoil a good walk. Humour aside, golfing really is fantastic exercise, especially when you forgo the traditional cart. Taking the course by foot can often involve walking five to seven miles, and you don’t even notice the distance when you’re strolling a beautiful course like the one found here at Shendish Manor.
Even better, unlike most workouts, the exercise you get during golfing holidays in Hertfordshire won’t put too much pressure on your body, and there are plenty of stops, so even people who don’t exercise regularly can feel a little fitter. In fact, the link between golf and health is well established; a recent study demonstrated a 40 per cent decreased mortality rate among those who golfed as they grew older.
Releasing your stress
Last but not least, there are few more pleasant ways to unwind than taking a golfing holiday in Hertfordshire – one of the most beautiful and unspoilt counties in England. Breathing the fresh air, hearing the sound of your club perfectly connecting with the ball, walking back to the hotel to enjoy a delicious meal with your friends and then heading up to a warm bed - all of this helps you to let all of life’s stresses melt away.
Shendish Manor possesses everything that you need for a fantastic golfing holiday, so why not contact one of our team today to arrange your getaway?
For the complete golf holidays in Hertfordshire, look no further
If there's one thing that the beautiful English county of Hertfordshire is known for, it is its seemingly endless lush, green land... and if there's one thing that is commonly associated with such land, it is golf. The finest golf holidays in Hertfordshire and the jaw-dropping local hotel Shendish Manor are therefore natural bedfellows.
Of course, it goes without saying that the best hotels for golf holidays in Hertfordshire are those with their own golf course, and Shendish Manor's own Par 70, 18 hole course certainly lives up to even the highest expectations. You may be a complete newcomer to the game of golf, someone slightly more experienced or a high-performing veteran - whatever your status, you are sure to appreciate the challenging combination of hazards that Shendish Manor's course serves up through its parkland and woodland copses.
The reasons to book one of Shendish Manor's highly acclaimed golf holidays in Hertfordshire don't stop there. After all, our establishment also has all of the facilities that you could possibly require for enjoyable teeing off, the Coach House near the 19th hole offering buggies and trolleys for hire, as well as a bar that serves mouth-watering all-day breakfasts. Once you feel ready to return to the green, there's a PGA Professional on hand who can provide private one to one or group lessons.
However, even if you take the course out of the equation, there are still so many great reasons to book a golf break with us. A true Victorian architectural gem, Shendish Manor makes its visitors fall in love at first sight, and the romance continues inside, where a relaxing lounge area and delightful restaurant and bar are to be found - not to mention 70 spacious and luxurious bedrooms. Head back outside, and you will discover the wider estate's stunningly picturesque grounds.
This is the kind of setting on which you will tee off when you pick Shendish Manor for your next golf holidays in Hertfordshire - and the booking process for such a holiday is even more relaxing. Typically, a golf break here includes not just the golf itself, but also the bedroom stay, a hearty breakfast and a succulent three course dinner. Get in touch with our reservations team today, and they will help to assemble the perfect golf break package for you, taking into account all of your needs.
Golfing holidays in an idyllic setting
Here at Shendish Manor, our guests love the flexibility of our golf breaks. Our challenging course provides our guests with a fulfilling golfing experience and caters for people of all ability levels. We’re waiting to hear from you today if you’d like to find out more about golfing trips in Hertfordshire. Our packages represent exceptional value for money, and you can count on our reservations team to go the extra mile to make your trip an unforgettable one. We offer standard golf break packages, as well as bespoke services that allow us to cater for your specific requirements.
Book a golfing holiday at Shendish Manor and you’ll be able to partake in a couple of rounds of compelling golf, stay in one of our luxurious twin or double bedrooms and enjoy a hearty breakfast and a mouth-watering three course dinner in our popular Orangery restaurant. We offer a variety of special golf packages throughout the year. You can get in touch with us for an informal chat about our deals by contacting our reservations team today.
Our regular guests have come to expect the warmest of welcomes. We cater for individuals, families, visiting golfing societies and businesses booking corporate get-togethers. Our venue offers spectacular views of the rolling Hertfordshire countryside and allows you to show off your golfing skills in style, while engaging in testing challenges. There’s a variety of competition formats and menu packages to choose from, but don’t forget that we