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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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You might follow the age-old tradition of cramming your family into the living room over Christmas, watching The Snowman and staying in the kitchen while you scrutinise the Christmas pudding to stop it catching fire. However, the stresses of food preparation and present shopping can take their toll and make the festive season less than peaceful.

That’s why, here at Shendish Manor, we are welcoming one and all over the Christmas period. We want to make sure that everyone has a good time over Christmas without the worries of shopping, cooking and keeping the kids in check.

Here are just a few reasons why you should break the mould and go away this festive season.

No queuing or cooking

Regardless of how well you think you’ve prepared for the holiday season, you will still need to brave the Christmas queues to get the turkey and chipolatas.

Here at Shendish Manor, we will be putting on a delicious spread for every meal. We offer fantastic private dining areas for hire, plus our Orangery restaurant, serving gourmet food every single day.

This includes Christmas Day, when we’ll have a traditional turkey dinner available with all of the trimmings, plus other delicious salmon and beef dishes and vegetarian options. Leave the cooking to us this Yuletide!

Perfect for entertaining the family

Having the family around over Christmas is always nice, especially if they’ve travelled far to be with you, but it can quickly become very uncomfortable when you realise there aren't enough seats for your family in the front room.

Shendish Manor provides guests with spacious bedrooms for accommodating families and unwinding after you’ve had your fill of delicious Christmas food.

For large family get-togethers with a sense of privacy, we have plenty of suites available for hire over the festive season – meaning that you can be sure of having enough space for everyone for your seasonal celebrations.

However, there’s so much more that we can do this season to make your Christmas getaway an interesting one. Why not forget Christmas TV this year and shake things up with a bit of golf, for instance? Our golfing green gives our guests a great challenge and an excellent alternative to the typical festive entertainment of charades and dated cracker jokes.

Come to Shendish Manor for a truly relaxing Christmas

For more information about our Christmas hotel packages, feel free to get in touch with the Shendish Manor team. We really are committed to doing everything necessary to make your Yuletide season this year a truly memorable one – for all of the right reasons!
 

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Staying at Shendish Manor over the Yuletide season will enable you to explore the Hertfordshire area and its festivities. You can enjoy Christmas fayres, see the charming St. Albans Clock Tower and street market or witness the sets of Harry Potter.

Don’t mill around the house this Christmas! Do something exciting for you and your family and take advantage of our Christmas hotel deals before we fill up.

Magical Christmas fun throughout Hertfordshire

Where better could there be to visit in Hertfordshire than picturesque St Albans, which is just a short drive away from Shendish Manor? The city holds several festive fayres that are fun for all of the family. When the historic splendour of the city is also considered, you’ll feel like you’ve travelled back in time.

You can also take a trip on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour to visit authentic movie sets for the Harry Potter films. Grab tickets for Hogwarts in the Snow, and you will be able to see the sets draped in a blanket of snow, bringing out the true magic of Harry Potter.

Great banqueting plus amazing golf facilities

Don’t worry about missing out on Christmas dinner. Shendish Manor has a broad range of succulent banquets and some exquisite three-course meals to cover Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

 If you are firmly of the belief that Christmas isn’t Christmas without a turkey, rest assured that we will have a delightful roast turkey dinner available with all of the traditional trimmings.

It may be cold outside, but that won’t stop seasoned golfers and enthusiasts from clambering to our green. Shendish Manor has a fantastic golf course for members and guests to enjoy throughout the Christmas season. Just be quick to guarantee your place on the green!

Book your room to experience the finest of Hertfordshire at Christmas

We’ll give you a direct line to everything that Hertfordshire has to offer over the holiday season, plus give our guests the chance to get a few rounds of golf in before Christmas dinner.

Not only can we provide huge bedrooms with plush beds to let you take the weight off your feet, but we also keep our golfing facilities available to all of our guests over the festive period.

For a comfy stay away from home, come to Shendish Manor for golfing, luxurious comfort and meals and banquets so delicious that you’ll never want to leave. Contact us today to book your place over the holidays.  

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Our incredible Christmas hotel deals see us welcome guests and large parties with open arms, bringing them a variety of amazing banquets and events this holiday season.

Bring the whole family or sneak away with your partner to Shendish Manor, where we love to go all-out for Yuletide.

Christmas and Boxing Day lunch and parties

We will be hosting a delectable pre-Christmas lunch on the 18th, with a three-course meal made up of a selection of our gourmet menu dishes. When Christmas Day comes around, we will have an exceptional selection of festive dishes.

Choose from our range of perfect party meals, such as slow-cooked pork duck terrine and goats’ cheese salads for starters, stuffed pepper and roast butternut squash and, of course, a delicious roast turkey parcel dish, with chipolata sausages and all of the other trimmings.

Our Christmas lunch will also consist of a tasty traditional turkey dinner, plus various other alluring morsels, including our baby spinach, chive and wild mushroom vol-au-vent, slow cooked beef fillet and pan-fried cod fillet with parmesan gnocchi.

Disco dancing this New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve wouldn’t be complete without our fabulous Gala Dinner. We provide a menu of delicious meals and complement your dining experience with our resident sax and clarinet player, playing some laid-back music for your enjoyment.

However, we have more than just feasting in store. Our Christmas night will feature a disco for people to get up and burn off the food they’ve eaten, playing music from the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and modern times.

We’ll also be holding a fun-packed disco on New Year’s Eve, with plenty of drinks available at the bar and our resident DJ playing great dance classics and plenty of modern classics to boot.

Take advantage of our enticing Christmas hotel deals

We’re dedicated to providing the utmost care for our guests, both during and outside the crucial holiday seasons. To learn more about what we have in store over the Christmas period, simply get in touch with a member of the Shendish team, who will also be able to book your place at any of our festive events.

 

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