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Organising a private event such as a wedding, birthday party or charity dinner can be a stress-inducing task even in the best of circumstances. That’s why it helps to establish exactly what you need to look out for, from the earliest stages of your search.

Here are just five things to bear in mind when seeking out the ideal private functions venue in Hertfordshire.

1.    A great location

Location matters for two obvious reasons: firstly, a visually pleasing setting could do so much to make the right impression on your attendees. Secondly, it helps for a venue to be well-placed for those travelling in from many different locations. Shendish Manor, for instance, is a mere 30-minute train ride away from central London.

2.    Suitable event spaces

Any venue that you choose should have suites or spaces capable of accommodating everyone on your guest list in comfort, while also offering all manner of other benefits. Is your chosen suite air conditioned, for example? Is it a visually interesting space, perhaps because of historical or other distinctive features or fittings? Does it have its own lounge area and bar?

3.    Good dining options

Sooner or later, those visiting your chosen private functions venue in Hertfordshire are going to get hungry – at which point, it helps to be able to give them the benefit of succulent cuisine in a pleasant setting. Shendish Manor, for instance, can provide the fine dining experience that perfectly matches any size or type of private event, with our delicious food being personally prepared by our Executive Chef and his team to meet your most specific needs.

4.    A strong track record

With so many venues now offering to hold special events even if they have little or no track record in doing so, it really does help to look for a proven venue. Here at Shendish Manor, we hold a variety of special events throughout the year, including the likes of hen parties, traditional afternoon teas, graduations, prom celebrations and baby showers, and are well-regarded in our community and beyond. 

5.    All of the other extras you might need

There are all manner of things that you might find yourself thankful for having in your chosen private functions venue in Hertfordshire. One obvious tip is to consider a hotel as your venue, so that if people do arrive at your event and end up staying late, they’ve got the option of simply staying over there instead of battling back in the car in the dark – as long as there are still rooms available, of course.

Do you want to be able to place the utmost trust in your chosen private events venue in Hertfordshire? Here at Shendish Manor, we’ve got all of the basics and so much more covered! Just contact our friendly and professional team today to discuss your specific requirements and book one of our spaces for an event that every attendee will remember, for the right reasons.

   

 

 

 

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It’s fair to say that the country house known as Shendish Manor in Apsley has assumed no shortage of identities over its long history. While our current building dates back to Victorian times, the history of the site stretches back to the 13th century, when land in the area was granted to Ralf de Chenduit – and it seems that this beautiful spot in Hertfordshire has been very nearly ‘all things to all men’ (and women) ever since.

For much of the 19th and 20th centuries, for example, our building was in the possession of the Longman family of publishers, and it served as a British Army camp in the First World War.

The property was later purchased by John Dickinson Stationery and became a sports and social club. Then, when it was turned into a hotel and conference centre in the 1990s, yet another new chapter in its distinguished history began – leading to its present reputation as one of the finest options for birthday party hall hire in Hertfordshire.

A building with a great past, but which can also create future memories

While there is no shortage of practical reasons to choose Shendish Manor as your birthday party venue, including the ease with which it can be reached from London, Watford and Hemel Hempstead, we have to be honest: this is a venue for the heart, even more than it is for the head.

The Victorian splendour of the building itself, for instance, is almost unparalleled even by the many other fine historic venues in this most beautiful of counties. Much the same can be said for the 160 acres of surrounding parkland and formal gardens, and as for the suites in which you can hold your main birthday celebrations – well, they really do have to be seen to be believed.

Whether you fall in love with the Apsley Suite in our east wing with its elegant decor and sparkling chandeliers, or instead the timeless Manor House incorporating such marvellous original features as a Jacobean fireplace, sweeping staircase and high ornate ceilings, if you are a history buff, you will be more than grateful for having made Shendish Manor your choice.

Don’t compromise when it comes to birthday party hall hire in Hertfordshire. Choose the dream historic venue that also makes a lot of sense in ‘real life’ – Shendish Manor.
   

 

 

 

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With so many fine options for charity venue hire in the UK, you can be forgiven for feeling a little overwhelmed when attempting to choose one for your next big fundraising event. It’s a public event, so should you opt for somewhere that is visually spectacular, even if it is less than well-equipped and difficult for many of your attendees to reach? Or perhaps somewhere a little more ‘cheap and cheerful’ might make more sense for what is, after all, a charity event?

Here at Shendish Manor, we don’t think that you should feel bound by such contradictions. We think it’s possible for you to choose a venue for your charity event that appeals to both your head and your heart, and that appeals to all of your fantasies for what your charity event could be, without neglecting the basic practicalities.

What’s more, we believe that Shendish Manor is that venue. Allow us to explain...

We can certainly do the mundane stuff...

Central to whether your next charity event turns out to be a success or failure is good preparation and organisation – and you can be assured of the highest standard of both when you make Shendish Manor your preference for charity venue hire in the UK.

We have hosted all manner of special events down the years, including the likes of traditional afternoon teas, wedding fayres, hen parties, graduations and celebrations of life, so we are more than capable of assisting you to ensure that your big fundraising event goes without a hitch.

...but we’ll also get your pulse racing

Who wants to hold an all-important charity event in a soulless concrete box? Yes, we know that the worthy causes that your charity exists to support need to be the principal focus of your event. But the evening’s activities will also be much more memorable – for the very best reasons – when they take place in a stunning, but not too overwhelming setting.

 Shendish Manor provides precisely that setting. On the outside, our building is a masterpiece of Victorian splendour... while on the inside, our suites are similarly resplendent. There’s a good reason why we are such a popular choice of venue for weddings, for example – Shendish Manor is definitely a place that captures the heart, and not just the head.

Do you like the sound of all of these things in your choice of charity venue hire in the UK? If so, simply get in touch with our special events team now for more information about the availability and prices of our sought-after events spaces.   

 

 

 

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Few people can doubt that Hertfordshire is an extremely green, pleasant and charming place to while away some time, with no shortage of great attractions to visit and activities in which to partake. This makes the county an obvious spot for a private function, not least when its strong transport connections to the rest of southern England and the UK are also considered.

However, there is still such thing as a goodprivate functions venue in Hertfordshire, and a bad one - and we are delighted to offer all of the essential characteristics of the former here at Shendish Manor.

Historic splendour, combined with contemporary facilities

Whether you are planning to hold a wedding, birthday party, fundraising event, baby shower, hen party or a completely different kind of private function, if your idea of the perfect venue is one that exudes history, you should be more than pleased with Shendish Manor.

After all, our distinguished past stretches back to the 13th century, and our present building is a masterpiece of Victorian splendour. When we say that, we are referring to not only the exterior, but also the interior of our country house, which sports various original features including high ornate ceilings, oak panelling and a sweeping staircase.

However, we also make great practical sense as a private functions venue in Hertfordshire, not least as we are so easy to reach, with central London a mere half-hour train ride away. When you also consider our fine dining facilities, challenging golf course and 70 comfortable and stylish guest bedrooms, it should become clear to you just how well-rounded we are as a place to hold your event.

Book your special event with us today

We are more than experienced when it comes to special events, having long held everything from traditional afternoon teas to graduation and prom celebrations under our roof. With our experienced and capable team also on hand to help ensure that every moment of your private function goes like clockwork, there's really no need for you to consider any other venue.

For a private functions venue in Hertfordshire that truly offers it all, simply look to Shendish Manor - just get in touch with our team today to make your booking.

 

 

 

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If you are a Hertfordshire resident looking to host a birthday party – whether for yourself or someone else, and whether that person may be a kid or merely a ‘big kid’ – it’s easy to forget that you do have the option of hiring a venue, rather than merely holding all of the celebrations at home.

A home-based party, after all, inevitably brings certain risks. The party may involve the attendance of a lot of people who could leave you with a massive mess to clear up once they have gone home, or you may be concerned about the potential for noise that angers your neighbours.

So, you’ve decided on birthday party hall hire in Hertfordshire, but how can you be sure of the venue you choose being the right one?

A great birthday party venue will give you a lot of options

One of the first priorities that you will have for a birthday party venue will be that it is easy to get to – our own venue of Shendish Manor, for example, is just a 30-minute train ride away from Central London.

On the subject of location, you may also want to check whether there are any interesting nearby attractions that everyone attending the birthday party might want to check out together, before or after the party itself takes place at your chosen venue.

What about the setting – is it somewhere green and pleasant, or a grimy inner city where your guests might worry about being mugged or finding a safe place to park their car? Does the venue also have a choice of well-presented suites with all of the amenities that you and your guests might need?

You should also think about the team behind the venue on which you have your eye, and whether they are experienced and have a strong track record in the hosting of such special events as weddings, hen parties, graduations, baby showers as well as – of course – birthdays.

Could Shendish Manor be your dream birthday party venue?

Naturally, our answer would be “yes!”

Set in 160 acres of enchanting parkland and gardens and with road and rail links and a choice of suites matched by few other options for birthday party hall hire in Hertfordshire, Shendish Manor could be just the place to blow out the candles on your cake and enjoy the party of your life.

Simply contact our highly professional and receptive team right now to find out more, as well as to make your booking.
   

 

 

 

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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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