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Shendish Manor’s dedicated wedding managers will help you to tie the knot without a hitch 

People organising a wedding in Hertfordshire are usually well-versed in the benefits of using a wedding planner to get everything organised in advance, but what advantages do you get from an on-the-day manager?

Well, no matter how long you’ve spent planning things out, it’s hard to appreciate just how many things will be going on in the background of a wedding until the day itself comes. You’ll need to make sure that entertainers, photographers and catering staff are all properly organised, in addition to ensuring that all of the guests are coordinated – Shendish Manor's own Apsley Suite can accommodate up to 350, so that in itself can be a real challenge!

It’s likely you won’t have done anything like this before, and what’s supposed to be one of the happiest days of your life is not the time to start. However, a wedding manager will have helped to conduct many ceremonies and receptions in the past, so they’ll know the whole process from back to front. Of course, our wedding managers are also incredibly familiar with Shendish Manor itself and have established strong relationships with the staff, as well as many of the caterers and entertainers.

A good wedding manager will be constantly moving between all the people hired to make your wedding memorable, allowing you to simply enjoy the day. For example, they’ll ensure that your chosen song is on standby when you cut the cake, as well as that all of the cameras are ready to capture that magical moment, without you even having to think about organising any of it yourself.

Also, if there’s one constant across weddings, it’s the development of small hiccups during the day. It seems that however meticulously the proceedings are planned, something unexpected will always crop up during the celebrations. The intervention of an experienced wedding manager is often the difference between this issue becoming a real problem or being effortlessly resolved. You shouldn’t have to worry about this during your special day and, with Shendish Manor, you won’t have to.

When you choose to hold your wedding at Shendish Manor, you don’t need to decide whether or not to hire an on-the-day manager. We’re so aware of how much more you’ll enjoy yourself when everything is being taken care of that, unless you choose to hire the venue only, we’ll supply one for you as part of the package. Have a special wedding day with Shendish Manor!

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Shendish Manor: providing everything that your wedding guests require

Wedding venues in Apsley always have been in high demand, and if you are eager to find such a venue that really impresses your guests and gives them an unforgettable time, then you should look no further than Shendish Manor.

We’re under an hour’s drive from Central London, with Hemel Hempstead station only four minutes away, so guests will have no trouble finding us and won’t be in danger of turning up late. Once they arrive, your guests will drive through part of our stunning 160 acres of parkland, before finding themselves outside the majestic presence of Shendish Manor itself.

Still stunned by the establishment’s gorgeous grounds and breath-taking exterior, guests will be guided to either the building’s east wing, if you’ve chosen to use the Apsley Suite, or through the private entrance of the enchanting Manor building. Each venue is bursting with historical character, boasting anything from oak panelling and Jacobean fireplaces in the Manor House, to glittering chandeliers in the case of the Apsley Suite.

We have great relationships with a variety of local caterers, including those from Asian, Jewish, Greek and Italian communities.  If you hire the Apsley Suite, you can even bring in your own caterer! The outstanding choice of food options means that you can feed your guests whatever type of culinary delights they’ll enjoy the most.

After their night of mouth-watering food, delicious drinks and plenty of dancing, most guests would rather head straight to bed instead of facing the journey home. Shendish Manor has 70 rooms available for wedding guests to crawl into after enjoying the celebrations, each with hypoallergenic pillows and duvets, 24-hour room service, complimentary broadband and an LCD television.

We’ve found that the option to stay the night is particularly beneficial for anyone planning to bring children to the wedding. Parents can put them to sleep at their regular bedtimes, before heading back to the celebrations.

Of course, we’re aware that the most important people at a wedding are the bride and groom, but we also know how stressful it can be to worry about the comfort of each friend or family member who attends. At Shendish Manor, you can rest assured that everyone will find the day almost as enchanting as you will. 

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Shendish Manor: an ideal location for weddings large and small 

Form the moment an engagement ring slips onto a bride-to-be’s finger, it’s hard for lovebirds not to start considering the often dizzying task of putting a wedding together. Of course, one of the most important elements to consider is where you’re going to tie the knot.

People often choose wedding venues in Hertfordshire because they combine a proximity to the capital with picture-perfect country landscape, but not every venue can cater to individual size requirements. Do you want a large location to entertain a vast network or friends, family and colleagues, or are you seeking a more intimate affair for your nearest and dearest? At Shendish Manor, you can have both!

Shendish’s Manor House is perfect for a small or medium sized wedding, with a maximum capacity for 160 guests, while the separate Longman suite can hold up to 96 guests for a wedding breakfast.

Of course, a smaller wedding still requires its own sense of grandeur, and that’s exactly what you’ll receive from the Manor House. The Manor House was first constructed in the middle of the 19th century, and it shows off its historical pedigree with a number of period features and an ageless sense of classical charm. With its own entrance and a spacious lounge area with private bar, as well as an opening out onto our exquisite Dutch Gardens, it provides a stunning location.

If you’re looking to put together a larger celebration, then you should consider taking advantage of the Apsley Suite - found in Shendish Manor’s east wing - which provides an abundance of light, airy space to host up to 350 guests comfortably.

Look up the word ‘grand’ in the dictionary, and you might just find an illustration of the Apsley Suite. The décor is truly lavish, with dazzling chandeliers hanging from high ceilings and an entrance opening out onto the suite’s own exclusive private gardens. We know that for wedding celebrations that entertain more people, you may prefer to use your own speciality caterer, so the Apsley Suite’s kitchen space may be hired out with the venue to accommodate this need. This is one of the most ideal wedding venues in Hertfordshire for holding larger celebrations.

Whether you want your wedding to be big or small, Shendish Manor offers an option for you within our idyllic country location, so contact us today.

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Shendish Manor: practicality and beauty, married at last 

A lot of people look for wedding venues in Hertfordshire, and it isn’t hard to ascertain why. Hertfordshire is one of the most idyllic of the Home Counties that surround the capital, and this proximity to Greater London puts it in touch with a number of fantastic road, rail and even air links that make it remarkably easy to get to.

At the same time, the county is located far enough from the bustle and congestion of the capital to give it a truly rural feel, with sweeping countryside and gorgeous rolling hills. Hertfordshire’s handy location and stunning natural beauty truly represents the best of both worlds for anyone planning to tie the knot.

That’s one of the reasons why Shendish Manor is so sought after as a wedding venue in Hertfordshire, reflecting as it does the perfect blend of these two ideals. Dating back to the 13th century, Shendish Manor is a country house so quintessentially evocative of traditional English architecture that it seems to have leapt from the pages of a Jane Austen novel.

We know the value of that tradition, so we’ve kept as many original features as we can, while still keeping the premises as comfortable as guests would expect from a modern hotel. The hotel contains 18 character rooms from the original Manor House, while our wedding venues boast genuine character features such as sweeping staircases, ornate wood panelling and a Jacobean fireplace.

You might not expect a wedding venue with such majestic history to be close to transport links, but Shendish Manor makes excellent use of Hertfordshire’s location. Incredibly, the hotel is less than an hour’s drive from Central London.

For guests arriving by train, Hemel Hempstead and Apsley Station are only five minutes’ drive from the hotel, and both can be reached from London Euston in just over half an hour. Nor do you have any need to worry if you have guests coming from overseas, as the UK’s busiest airport, London Heathrow, is just 45 minutes away by car or taxi.

By choosing Shendish Manor for your wedding venue, you’ll be getting a fantastic looking location that is also incredibly convenient, leaving you free to plan other parts of your big day and look forward to the event without worrying about people turning up late!

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Shendish Manor makes your wedding glow with historic splendour 

Shendish Manor is one of the most distinguished and sought after wedding venues in Hertfordshire, and it isn't at all hard to see why. What comes to mind when you picture the perfect setting in which to tie the knot? If you imagine scenic English countryside and a charming, historical country estate, then you're probably picturing Shendish Manor.

Situated among the breathtaking Chiltern Hills in the charming mill town of Apsley, the history of Shendish Manor reaches back to the 13th century, and a wonderful sense of the past penetrates its grounds and interiors to provide a magical setting for your big day.

Either enjoy the sensational architecture and lavish grounds from our beautiful gazebo, or choose to move into one of our historic banqueting suites. The Apsley Suite provides a wealth of space for up to 350 guests, while its doors open out into its own private garden, so guests are free to move between the splendour of the hall and the beauty of the grounds.

The Manor House boasts its own exclusive entrance and a wealth of original features. The Manor's Longman suite provides an intimate wedding setting for up to 96 guests. The ceilings are ornate and the walls are panelled with deep, smooth oak.

This ageless elegance is further expressed by a genuine Jacobean fireplace and a large, sweeping staircase that seems to have jumped straight out of a period drama. Opening out into the grounds of the hotel and the captivating Dutch gardens, both the Manor House and Longman suite are striking examples of English architecture and style.

For those choosing to stay at the hotel, Shendish Manor offers the most unique selection of rooms of all of the wedding venues in Hertfordshire. Guests can elect to stay in one of the distinctive original bedrooms, or in one of the rooms in our modern wing.

Our modern rooms contain all the conveniences that you would expect of first-class accommodation, while still maintaining the tasteful décor expected of historic wedding venues in Hertfordshire. Our original manor bedrooms are each unique, designed to showcase the wealth and majesty of Shendish Manor to all of those that it entertains. 

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Plan your festive activities now with Shendish Manor 

Now's the time to start thinking about Christmas hotel packages if you haven't made plans already. Shendish Manor is one of the most acclaimed venues in the region and there are a number of deals on offer to those seeking somewhere to stay or dine this festive season. Our picturesque grounds exude prestigious charm and you can download our special Christmas brochure by completing the form on the website.

The hotel itself offers a fusion of Victorian and modern styles and is synonymous with luxury. Why not take a look around the website today if you're looking for sophisticated Harlow hotels? You can choose from 70 different luxurious bedrooms, many of which offer epic views of the countryside surrounding the venue. Although the hotel has been renovated over the years, any changes made have been executed to avoid compromising the venue's timeless character.

One of the festive offers that we are currently promoting is the Ladies that Lunch Christmas Special. This event – taking place on Thursday 4th December - includes a sumptuous two-course Christmas lunch with a glass of mulled wine or a soft drink for the exceptional price of £19.50. You'll be able to stock up on gifts at the special stalls too, so if you're a lady in business or simply desire a delicious festive lunch with friends, call our team today on 01442 232 220 to secure your place.

What if it's a place to stay that you really need? In that case, you can choose from one of our 18 historic rooms in the original Manor House or one of our contemporary, yet no less elegant modern rooms in our newer wing. We endeavour to help you to enjoy a glorious night's sleep in a magical setting and can provide you with a wealth of convenient facilities, including complementary broadband and an LCD television.

Why not treat yourself or a loved one to a stay in our luxury hotel this festive season? Couples can request luxury chocolates, hand-tied flowers and champagne to make things extra special. Create Christmas magic with us. Our staff are determined to ensure that you enjoy one of your most memorable Christmases ever. Contact us to sign up for one of our Christmas hotel packages today. 

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Create a magical big day with Shendish Manor 

Shendish Manor is one of the most acclaimed wedding venues in Apsley and is renowned for its elegance. We go the extra mile as far as hospitality is concerned, and are passionate about helping couples to marry in style. Our picturesque grounds are ideal for wedding photos and are overlooked by some of the most epic scenery in the country.

There are also many different rooms to choose from when it comes to your wedding ceremony and we even have banqueting suites for up to 350 different people. Our wedding co-ordinators are experts in their field and you can count on them to ensure that your day runs like clockwork.

We can also provide catering and offer dishes to suit people of all tastes. Special room rates are available for your guests. Guests can choose from a rustic room in the Manor House or one of our ultra-modern air-conditioned rooms that are located in the modern wing. Residents are offered special rates for the golf green too. Why not get in touch today to talk about marrying in our stunning Victorian hotel?

The hotel is located within 160 acres of gardens and parkland and although the building has been renovated over the years, it is has lost none of its timeless charm. Our rooms are famed for their ambience and are designed to offer an unrivalled standard of comfort.

The Manor House is ideal is you're inviting up to 92 guests to the ceremony and can hold an additional 68 people in the evening. This Jacobean venue is characterised by high ceilings, oak panelling and a picture-perfect fireplace. The hotel also features Superior or Four Poster rooms and you can even order flowers, chocolates and champagne to your room.

Our staff are hospitable, understanding, attentive and provide the highest standards of customer care. We're confident that you won't regret choosing Shendish Manor as a venue for your big day. We're passionate about helping our guests to create magical memories that they'll cherish forever, so look no further if you're interested in wedding venues in Apsley. 

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Marry in a glorious setting at Shendish Manor 

When it comes to picking wedding locations, it's best to opt for the most elegant and hospitable venue you can to avoid feeling disappointed later. At Shendish Manor, we can offer you an exceptional wedding package in Hertfordshire and are passionate about seeing you marry in style. Shendish Manor is located within idyllic grounds that are ideal for photo opportunities and boasts some of the most stunning architecture in the area.

We offer a range of locations for you to hold your wedding ceremony in, from our special gazebo designed for upwards of 120 guests to our acclaimed banqueting suites that are licensed to cater for up to 350 people. We're never happy until we feel that you are completely satisfied with the service that we provide. Our team of highly-experienced Wedding Co-ordinators can talk you in-depth about your needs to ensure that your big day runs as smoothly and as brilliantly as possible.

Your wish is our command when it comes to weddings at Shendish Manor, and we can cater for you no matter how grand or modest your needs are. If you'd rather bring in caterers from outside, this can be arranged when you hire our contemporary Apsley Suite, although we can also provide you with in-house catering that we're sure your guests will love too. We can offer special reduced rates to any guests wishing to stay at the hotel and if you ask us to provide the catering, you'll be supplied with your own special dedicated manager on the big day.

Our hotel is located within 160 acres of stunning gardens and parkland, with a number of the rooms offering astonishing views of the countryside that surrounds the venue. The hotel itself is regularly praised for its timeless elegance. Your guests can opt for rooms in the original Manor House or one of the 52 modern, air-conditioned rooms in the modern wing. Facilities include broadband, an LCD television and an ironing station. Special rates for the golf green are on offer to residents alongside complementary parking. Talk to us today to arrange your perfect wedding package in Hertfordshire. 

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Experience luxury like you've never experienced before at Shendish Manor 

There's no need to pay over the odds for luxury when you simply don't need to, so if it's high-end accommodation in the south-east that you're after, why not take a closer look at hotel deals in Hertfordshire from Shendish Manor? As one of the most acclaimed hotels in the region, Shendish Manor has the luxury, comfort and facilities to provide you with the perfect night away from it all. The venue is renowned for its stunning Victorian charm and is regularly used for not only breaks, but meetings and weddings too.

The Hemel Hempstead hotel is set within a mammoth 160 acres of glorious gardens and parkland. Shendish Manor plays host to 70 different bedrooms, each one designed to offer the utmost opulence and practicality. Many of the rooms offer cinematic views of the surrounding countryside, allowing you to wake up in an idyllic, quintessentially English setting. The hotel's guests consistently compliment us on the timeless, classic elegance of our building, with any renovations that have been made over the years having been fine-tuned to pay respect to its splendid, traditional character.

There are 18 rooms to choose from in the original Manor House and 52 more air-conditioned spaces to be found in the modern, yet no less splendid modern wing. The rooms are renowned for their soothing ambience, which makes it easy for you to enjoy a wondrous night's sleep regardless of the reason for your visit. Other facilities include an LCD television, telephone, ironing station, broadband Internet and a hospitality tray to name but a few.

Whether you're arriving as a family, couple or lone traveller, Shendish Manor can surpass all of your expectations. If it's a special occasion, why not book one of our Superior or Four Poster rooms to create memories that you'll never forget? You could even add further magic by specifying hand-tied fragrant flowers, luxury chocolate and champagne.

As a resident, you'll be able to benefit from special golf green rates as well as complimentary parking. We're here to help you to make your stay as pleasant and memorable as possible, so get in touch today if you're on the lookout for fantastic hotel deals in Hertfordshire.

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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. 

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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. 

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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?  

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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. 

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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.

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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? 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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!

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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 Hertfordsh