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When you are looking at your options for charity venue hire in the UK with an interest in making your latest event your most successful yet, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by just one or two great things about a specific venue, which may mean you fail to consider the bigger picture.

 What do we mean by“the bigger picture”?

Well, you may, for example, be wooed by a certain venue’s history and physical presence, and there’s no doubt that our own charity event venue, Shendish Manor, has no shortage of both.

This former country house’s Victorian splendour gives just a hint of its rich past, which also includes its ownership by the famous Longman family of publishers and use as a British Army camp during World War I. But on the inside, it’s no less formidable, not least thanks to such spaces as the Apsley Suite and the elegant and historic Manor House, with its Longman suite.

Indeed, this brings us nicely onto the subject of practicality when you are considering charity venue hire in the UK. Shendish Manor has become one of the most popular and respected wedding and meeting venues in Hertfordshire, in large part due to the large capacity of our suites and our many spacious and comfortable bedrooms for attendees who need to stay overnight.

The given venue’s location and transport connections also count for a great deal if you want as many people as possible to be able to attend your charity event. Despite its green and rural setting, Shendish Manor is just 30 minutes away by train from central London, while it takes less than 10 minutes to drive here from such other nearby towns as Watford and Hemel Hempstead.

Anyone who does stay overnight with us in one of our well-appointed rooms can even relax by teeing off on our venue’s very own acclaimed 5660 yard, par 70 golf course, designed to USPGA specifications.

Make us your preferred option for charity venue hire in the UK

Truly, if you are on the lookout for the ‘complete’ charity event venue, you would struggle to find a better option anywhere in the UK than Shendish Manor – if we dare say so ourselves!

Contact us now about how you can book one or more of our spaces for your charity’s next big event, and we will discuss with you all of the other measures that our team can take to help make it the same kind of hugely successful undertaking as the rest of the special events we hold. May we wish you the very best of luck!

 

 

 

 

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Sometimes, when you have a special event planned and you want to make sure it really is special, it doesn’t feel like enough just to hold it at home.

Indeed, to fulfil all of the practical requirements for your private function, you may need to look for a renowned private functions venue in Hertfordshire like Shendish Manor.

Your special event really can be special with us

If you want to get a sense of just how special a private function with us can be, you could – of course – visit our venue in person and admire the splendid Victorian architecture and surrounding 160 acres of gorgeous parkland and gardens.

On the inside, meanwhile, are some great spaces for hosting a private function. They include our mid-19th-century Manor House that offers no shortage of charm thanks to its spacious and refined lounge area and private bar, as well as the more contemporary Apsley Suite with its abundance of air-conditioned space.

But there’s another way to appreciate our fine venue...

...and that way is to consider the astounding range of private events that we have long held at Shendish Manor, and are likely to hold in the future.

We are a very well-established wedding venue in the Hertfordshire area, but before all of that, we can hold your hen party, with our standard package involving a toast to the bride-to-be with a glass of Champagne, followed by an elegant traditional afternoon tea. However, you may also have your own ideas for what you want your hen party to involve, for which we can provide a bespoke service if necessary.

Other events that we are proud to host at our well-regarded private functions venue in Hertfordshire include graduation and prom celebrations involving exclusive use of the Apsley Suite and use of your own private gardens until 9pm. Delicious catering and an experienced DJ can also be provided, although packages are available with the flexibility to suit your budget.

Then, there are the baby showers that we are also delighted to host. Our baby shower package presents the perfect opportunity for Mum to get together with her family and friends, and includes the likes of a traditional afternoon tea, a single stem flower for each friend and a bouquet of flowers and balloon for the mum-to-be.

Contact us now about your next private function

Has all of the above given you inspiration for your own next private event? If so, contact the Shendish Manor team now to learn more about availability, packages, prices and all of the other things that have long helped to make us a truly leading private functions venue in Hertfordshire.
       

 

 

 

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Whether you’re interested in holding a birthday party for a kid or merely a big kid, you will need to think carefully about the venue.

Of course, you could always have such a birthday bash at home, but for others, the sense of occasion desired or even just the practicalities mean that an alternative must be considered.

Certainly, when it comes to birthday party hall hire in Hertfordshire, here at Shendish Manor, we think we’re among the very best options out there.

What makes us such a special place to hold a birthday party?

You only need to look around our building – both inside and outside – to get a sense of why so many people book us for events, whether for birthday parties or the likes of proms, graduations, hen parties, weddings and baby showers.

In short, without wanting to be too boastful, we look amazing, whether you marvel at the Victorian architecture of our building from the outside, or instead our scenic grounds or any of our many fine internal areas.

The latter include the Dickinson and Longman suites that you can find in our Manor House, and which can accommodate as many as 80 guests – more than enough for even the best-attended birthday party! These suites incorporate tasteful original features such as high ornate ceilings, traditional fireplaces, carved oak panelling and chandeliers.

If, however, you’re more interested in an unashamedly contemporary setting to suit an unashamedly contemporary birthday party, you only need to look to our versatile and air-conditioned Apsley Suite. Its capacity of 400 people may seem rather high for a birthday party, but the room can be divided into smaller identical rooms to preserve that more intimate atmosphere.

We aren’t just about birthday parties

As we mentioned above, while we certainly have a thing for birthday parties here at Shendish Manor, it’s far from our only speciality.

Yes, that’s right – such benefits as our complimentary wireless broadband, complimentary parking, AV equipment and comfortable hotel rooms can also be enjoyed by those holding any of the aforementioned events with us. Our team is also on hand to help take the stress out of holding a private event, whatever type of event it may be.

Simply contact the Shendish Manor team today about the fun-filled and memorable birthday party that you could hold with our help – and at the most competitive rate. We’re confident that you won’t find a better option for birthday party hall hire in Hertfordshire.

 

 

 

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The unassuming suburb of Hemel Hempstead known as Apsley may not seem the most likely wedding location to casual observers, but it certainly has no shortage of hidden charms – not least as the home of Shendish Manor, which is one of Hertfordshire’s most impressive country houses.

Our venue has a compelling past and present

Here at Shendish Manor, we can look back on a long history that has seen our site used for many purposes. From the mid-19th century, for example, it was in the ownership of the Longman family of publishers, prior to its becoming a British Army camp during World War I.

Later in the 20th century, Shendish Manor came to be used as a sports and social club, before its conversion into a hotel and conference centre in the 1990s. Today, we set the benchmark among wedding venues in Apsley with our stunning rooms and grounds – but for what other reasons may you be interested in getting married here?

There’s more in Apsley than meets the eye

Apsley is certainly a historically fascinating settlement. In the 19th century, it was a mill village playing a key role in Britain’s rise during the Industrial Revolution. That was thanks in no small part to a man called John Dickinson, the inventor of a continuous mechanised papermaking process who bought an existing mill in the Apsley area in 1809.

Dickinson’s business saw considerable expansion during the 19th century, with production peaking during World War II. The subsequent decline in papermaking in the town saw the closure of the last John Dickinson warehouse in 1999, although another mill – Frogmore Paper Mill – still survives as a working paper mill, producing about 100 tonnes of specialist grade paper a year.

Today, Apsley remains home to various other landmarks signalling its rich past, including the late-19th century St Mary’s Church, which was built to inspire the workers of the paper mill that was once based nearby; a supermarket now occupies the site.

Enquire now about making Shendish Manor your wedding venue

Whether you live in or near Apsley or have other reasons to take an interest in wedding venues in Apsley, there’s no need to look any further when you can choose the very best – Shendish Manor. Contact us now with the basic details of your wedding and its intended date, and we will soon get back to you about how we can ensure your special day is firmly one to remember.

 

 

 

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Of all of the days during your life, your wedding day is one that you will want to be very special indeed. It therefore pretty much goes without saying that you will want to give a great deal of thought to the location where it all happens.

As you might expect, we’re big fans of the beautiful, green county in which we are based here at Shendish Manor. But with so many other fine places to potentially tie the knot, what are five of the best reasons to have your wedding in Hertfordshire?

1.    It’s one of England’s most romantic counties

The mere fact that Jane Austen’s novel Pride & Prejudice is primarily set in Hertfordshire should be enough to confirm to you the county’s romantic credentials – although of course, it’s also full of plenty of enchanting greenery and historic sites to really get the loved-up mood going.

2.    There’s a lot to go and see

Your wedding shouldn’t just be about the ceremony itself – so why not choose somewhere that offers an abundance of things to see and do during all of that time you aren’t getting hitched?

Hertfordshire is home to an incredible assortment of attractions, ranging from charming country houses like Hatfield House and Knebworth House, right through to the Roman city of St Albans and the sculpture park of the Henry Moore Foundation in Perry Green.

3.    The transport connections are second to none

It’s only natural that you will want all of your guests to be able to get to your chosen wedding venue and enjoy the festivities, so you will probably prefer somewhere that isn’t in the middle of nowhere.

With its major road and rail connections to London and the rest of the UK, Hertfordshire really does give you and your guests no excuses.

4.    You’ll find no shortage of history, too

We know this well enough ourselves here at Shendish Manor – our resplendent property is on a site with a distinguished history going right back to the 13th century.

However, everywhere you look in Hertfordshire, there are reminders of a fascinating past, providing the perfect backdrop on which to plot a rewarding and exciting future with your beloved.

5.    Finally, you’ve got a lot of fine venues to choose from

Hertfordshire has a formidable inheritance of distinguished properties providing everything from jaw-dropping photography opportunities to all of the amenities and support staff that you require to ensure your wedding day passes with the maximum celebration and the minimum stress.

If you fancy making the venue for your own wedding in Hertfordshire Shendish Manor, our friendly and professional team is easy to contact at any time.

 

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 At this time of year of all times of year, it’s understandable that many people may be very much in the mood to propose to their beloved and tie the proverbial knot. However, getting married isn’t just about convincing that special someone to say “yes” – it’s also about attending to all of the practicalities surrounding one’s big day.

This is where we (potentially) come in. All of the things that you can imagine making up the dream wedding package in Hertfordshire – a gorgeous historic venue in beautiful grounds affording the most romantic photography opportunities, complete with sumptuous suites and the support of dedicated and experienced Wedding Co-ordinators – is present and correct at Shendish Manor.

It also, of course, all takes place in one of England’s greenest and most idyllic counties – and with special guest bedroom rates also available, all of your family and friends can also enjoy these wonderful surroundings while celebrating the formalisation of your union.

Suites that will take your breath away

As romantic as your wedding or civil partnership promises to be, you will also doubtless want your choice of venue to cater to all of the obvious practicalities.

This is certainly the case with our wedding suites – the Apsley Suite, for example, can accommodate about 350 guests, while the mid-19th century Manor House is home to our Longman suite, with enough space for 96 guests for a wedding breakfast. With evening guests included, the Manor House has a full capacity of 160.

However, our wedding suites here at Shendish Manor don’t merely “do the job” as they also exude all of the charm and elegance that help to make the difference between a pleasant wedding and an unforgettable one. The Manor House’s many original features, for example, include a sweeping staircase, oak panelling and high ornate ceilings, while the Apsley Suite boasts sparkling chandeliers, pleasing decor and doors that open out onto a private garden.

Why hesitate to make your booking?

With the finest wedding venues so often reserved far in advance, if you wish to secure some time with that special someone in your life right here at the resplendent Shendish Manor, now is the time to enquire to our friendly and professional customer service team.

The dream wedding package in Hertfordshire could be yours – so why not call us now to discuss how we can help to make your big day one that you will remember for all of the best possible reasons?

 

 

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There are many ways to celebrate Valentine's Day. You could spend the whole of 14th February indoors with your beloved, watching the TV while nibbling on treats... or you could go out together for a romantic dinner or attend a Valentine's-themed event. Alternatively, you could combine all of these things and more into one astonishing break in the idyllic, green surroundings of a splendid Victorian property in West Hertfordshire.

We are - of course - referring to the opportunity offered by ourselves here at Shendish Manor. You may already be familiar with us as one of the finest wedding venues in Apsley, and indeed, you might have even tied the knot with us. Alternatively, you may have never ventured to this corner of one of England's prettiest and also surprisingly well-connected counties.

Whatever the situation, when it's romance, romance and more romance that you seek in your choice of hotel, you really couldn't hope to make a better choice than Shendish Manor.

We're about so much more than weddings

We can't deny that we have long provided quite the spectacular setting for an exceedingly wide range of weddings and civil partnerships, helping to make lifelong dreams come true.

Those who hold their nuptials with us do so on account of such alluring features as our venue's breathtaking architecture, beautiful gazebo and well-prepared team of Wedding Co-ordinators who help to ensure that every aspect of the big day progresses without a hitch - except for the getting hitched.

However, our weddings are far from the only aspect of Shendish Manor that spells out 'romance'. We do, after all, also host wonderfully fine dining in our Orangery restaurant, and we are in close proximity to enchanting attractions such as the 17th century Hatfield House and the Norman Berkhamsted Castle.

 Why not spend Valentine's Day with us?

However, the ultimate reason to visit Shendish Manor this 14th February may well be our Valentine's at Shendish Manor event. It takes place thrice over the month - on the 11th, 14th and 18th - and those reserving a place have two other options: to simply enjoy a glass of Champagne and three-course dinner, or combine the aforementioned two with an overnight stay in one of our 70 spacious and luxurious bedrooms.

Why not book today by calling 01442 232 220, to ensure that you and your special someone's Valentine's Day 2017 is more than well-spent?

 

 

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Shendish Manor has long been one of the prime spots for wedding receptions in Hertfordshire, for more than a few very good reasons. Naturally, some couples cite the idyllic greenness of the county itself, while others express their admiration for our venue's all-too-rare combination of Victorian splendour and truly modern amenities. Still others may talk about our well-appointed wedding suites - but there's one other factor that may persuade you to choose us for your nuptials.

That factor is our Wedding Fayre and Showcase Event, which makes its triumphant return to Shendish Manor between 11am and 3pm on Sunday 15th January. Free to access, the event has long proved a vital one for couples wishing to prepare in the best possible fashion for their special day by talking to the region's leading special event service providers, face to face.

What is our Wedding Fayre so useful and significant?

Whatever service you could conceivably require for your wedding, you can almost certainly count on finding the perfect provider at our Wedding Fayre. By talking to various business representatives, you can help to ensure that every aspect of your big day is just so, and of course, here at Shendish Manor, we believe very strongly that the most crucial aspect of all is the venue.

It's why our very own Wedding and Banqueting Co-ordinators will also be present to discuss your needs. In due course, you will be able to sample Shendish Manor itself, enjoying a Light Lunch or Traditional Afternoon Tea in our Orangery Restaurant and surveying the impressive architecture and 160 acres of parkland and formal gardens that make for an abundance of photography opportunities when you do come to tie the knot here.

Talk to us about your most specific requirements

But there's no reason why you need to wait for the Wedding Fayre itself to start getting your wedding preparations underway in earnest. Call our experts in all things wedding receptions in Hertfordshire right now, and they will be able to talk you through your options when you base your wedding or civil partnership ceremony here.

Would your ceremony be best suited to the gorgeous gazebo in the grounds of our estate, or one of our jaw-dropping banqueting suites? What about the catering arrangements, the bedroom rates available for your guests or the invaluable support that can be provided on the day by one of our dedicated managers?

Contact Shendish Manor today to learn more about these and so many more of the most important elements of what will almost certainly be the most important day of your life.

 

 

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Christmas is a time to relax, spend time with your family and enjoy the few days you have off work. Naturally, you probably don’t want to be cooking Christmas dinner for your entire family over the holidays.

On top of our fantastic luxury suites and amazing golfing facilities, here at Shendish Manor, we offer plenty of choice when it comes to food. Our delicious gourmet dishes will get you salivating, with plenty of Christmas dishes available, plus many tasty alternatives to traditional Christmas food.

Embrace the tradition of overeating over the holidays with the exquisite menu options we have available throughout the holidays.

Festive lunches

Before the big day, we’ll be serving a lavish three-course Table d’hote menu. From the 18th December all the way up to early next year, we’ll be serving festive lunches at our fabulous Orangery restaurant.

Shendish Manor will also be serving festive afternoon tea with a local choir present to sing as you enjoy our extensive buffet. We’ll be providing some traditional Christmas novelties with your meals too, to get you firmly into the festive spirit.

 Christmas Day

We have a team of chefs dedicated to cooking you a truly special Christmas lunch. We’ll be offering up some amazing main courses, including a beef carpaccio dish, home cured salmon and many more.

Of course, we’ll offer a traditional turkey dinner on the day as well, with all of the trimmings. We’ll also provide some high-quality champagne for each of our diners.

New Year’s Eve

We have two options for dinner over New Year’s Eve. For the Gala dinner, we’ll be offering a canapé reception, plus an array of exquisite dishes guaranteed to impress.

If you’re looking for something a little simpler, we will also be hosting a meal at our Manor House, with our resident DJ playing music throughout the night.

Why not work off the extra food on the dance floor? We’ll be hosting a disco on New Year’s Eve to help you see in 2017 in the finest style.

Leave Christmas to us…

Bring your family to Hertfordshire this year and enjoy luxurious bedrooms, amazing food and direct access to the picturesque St Albans.

Shendish Manor can bring you all of the magic of Christmas without any of the stress when you take advantage of our attractive Christmas hotel deals. Call today to enquire about booking a place this holiday season.

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