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The serious and earnest task of holding a charity event that does justice to your charity's values and goals can weigh heavily on your mind when you are comparing your options for charity venue hire in the UK.

It may seem to you that no venue quite measures up - so we thought we'd suggest just three more reasons why making Shendish Manor your choice makes so much sense.

1. We're experienced

A charity event, of all of the events that you could possibly hold, needs to go right - from start to finish. You won't want any embarrassing hitches to distract you and your attendees from the charitable activities that should be your big focus throughout the event.

That's why it's lucky that we are so seasoned in overseeing all manner of events here at Shendish Manor, ranging from traditional afternoon teas and hen parties to weddings and celebrations of life. What's more, we have an exceptional track record in them all.

2. We offer the perfect combination of new and old

Yes, Shendish Manor's architecture and grounds may exude Victorian charm and splendour, but you shouldn't be deceived into thinking that means you'll be getting only a decrepit and out-of-date place to host your charity event.

Indeed, quite the opposite is the case. Our Apsley Suite may be a perfect demonstration of this - it's an air-conditioned space that has all of the contemporary comforts and amenities you'd expect, including a kitchen space. However, its elegant decor and sparkling chandeliers also serve as a reminder that you are holding your event in an atmospheric heritage property.

3. We give you some brilliant dining options

At some point before, during or after your charity event, you might want to give your guests the benefit of a hearty dinner, over which to chat with others about the event and what's next for your charity. Of course, it's also a great way to say 'thank you' to your attendees for helping to make your charity event successful.

Sure enough, here at Shendish Manor, we can arrange exclusive private dining in one of our gorgeous banqueting suites. Bear in mind that we can cater to specialised dietary requirements, not least by providing vegetarian options.

While there will doubtless be many other factors dictating which choice you make for your charity venue hire in the UK, here at Shendish Manor, we are confident that our venue is one of the best all-round options in Hertfordshire.

Contact our team now to discuss your needs for your next charity event and book one of our in-demand suites.
           

 

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We could say a lot about the wonders of Shendish Manor for birthday party hall hire in Hertfordshire – indeed, we long have on this blog, citing our pleasant and well-appointed suites as the perfect spots in which to while away hours of celebrations in the company of your family and friends.

But the pleasures of holding a birthday party at our venue aren’t restricted to the suites themselves, or even the ease with which you can reach us via road or rail. That’s because, as the complete Hertfordshire county house hotel, we also offer many other activities and attractions of which those choosing us as their birthday party venue may take advantage.

Fancy teeing off?

Hertfordshire is such a green and beautiful part of England that it should hardly be a surprise it is also such a hotspot for golfing – and there’s a very fine 5660 yard, par 70 course available right here at Shendish Manor, not just during the summer but right through the year.

You don’t need to be staying over at our hotel to be able to tee off on our USPGA-standard course, as we welcome ‘pay and play’ visitors. It doesn’t even matter whether you are a seasoned golfer or a curious novice, as we also have a PGA professional who can provide one-to-one or group lessons.

Enjoy fine dining

Even if you don’t specify any private dining as part of your birthday party with us, we can still provide you with a first-class gastronomic experience at our Orangery restaurant, where we produce mouth-watering cuisine made from fresh and often locally sourced ingredients.

Or maybe you could look further afield...

While our home county is tranquil, it is by no means ‘in the middle of nowhere’. That much is evident with one glance at the list of hugely popular tourist attractions that Hertfordshire is fortunate enough to boast, with many of them just a short drive away from us.

A mere five miles from Shendish Manor, for instance, is the Warner Bros. Studio Tour that is a must-visit for Harry Potter fans. You’re even just a 30-minute train ride away from central London, so why not combine visits to such sights as Tate Modern and the Tower of London during the day with a memorable birthday party at our hotel come the evening?

As you can see, we’re all about giving you the finest of local hospitality here at Shendish Manor! Get in touch with the booking team now to learn more about the many advantages of making us your choice for birthday party hall hire in Hertfordshire.

 

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When you are planning a hold a special event of some kind such as a birthday party, graduation party or baby shower, but find that you are unable to accommodate all of the expected guests in your home, you will need to consider hiring a separate private functions venue.

There are many such venues out there, and amid all of the other obvious factors – such as whether the suite you are considering has enough space, and what other amenities are immediately available – you might wonder just how important it is for your chosen venue to be based nearby.

‘Local’ can be a very relative term...

Of course, there is a big issue with the term ‘local’ – just how local is ‘local’? If you are a London resident, for example, you might initially intend to hire somewhere in the city. However, it may be difficult for some of your guests to get to your chosen venue in time, and the setting may not lend itself to a more low-key, intimate or relaxing event.

This is where our own private functions venue in Hertfordshire truly comes into its own. The country house of Shendish Manor in Apsley has no shortage of history, boasting impressive Victorian architecture that is sure to delight your guests. Our suites, too, are spacious and well-equipped, and we are surrounded by 160 acres of breathtaking Hertfordshire parkland and gardens.

You can probably begin to appreciate why so many people – even based far afield from Shendish Manor – choose our venue in this enchantingly green, rural and tranquil part of England. We are in close proximity to all manner of attractions that you and your guests may wish to visit while here, such as Berkhamsted Castle and Hatfield House, and our comfortable and stylish rooms even give your guests the perfect place to stay overnight, should they wish to do so.

Above all else, though, we are so much easier to reach than you might imagine us to be! We are only 30 minutes away by train from Central London, for example, and any of your guests who are visiting from Watford or Hemel Hempstead will be less than 10 minutes away by car.

Find out whether we could be your perfect private functions venue in Hertfordshire

Whatever the private function you may intend to hold with us, we’re confident that we will be able to accommodate all of your pressing needs – and guests!

Just get in touch with us today to learn more about our facilities and to book our splendid and surprisingly affordable venue in this especially beautiful part of the UK.

 

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Here at Shendish Manor, we’ve long known a thing or two about hosting special events. Since our historic property became a hotel and conference centre in the mid-1990s, we’ve steadily grown a stellar reputation across Hertfordshire for organising and holding wedding receptions, hen parties, graduation and prom celebrations, baby showers and other, similar events.

If there is an explanation as to why we have achieved consistent success and acclaim across all of those categories of event, it is because our team is supremely adaptable and experienced in overseeing such events and helping to ensure they run like clockwork.

It’s a similar situation when people approach us searching for charity venue hire in the UK. But your event isn’t just about your own convenience – it’s also about your guests, and below are just some reasons why people love to come to charity events held under our roof.

We provide the perfect backdrop

Yes, when you are holding a charity event, you won’t want your chosen venue to overshadow the very important work that your charity does. However, you will also desire a venue that reflects well on you and your charity.

This is what you can expect when you choose Shendish Manor, thanks to our gorgeous and well-equipped suites, pleasant surrounding countryside and the all-round Victorian splendour of our building that has enjoyed such a distinctive history under a succession of owners.

It’s easy to reach us

As mundane a factor as it may seem to discuss, the fact remains that your charity event attendees will appreciate a venue that is not so awkwardly located that they spend hours stuck in traffic both on the way there and while they are travelling back home.

Despite the 160 acres of parkland and formal gardens surrounding Shendish Manor, we are by no means in the middle of nowhere. You can get here from Central London in about 30 minutes by train, and if you have any guests living in Watford or Hemel Hempstead, they’ll have an even more relaxing journey, as we are a less than 10-minute drive away from both towns.

Every other conceivable perk is available to visitors

Are you trying to decide between charity event venues that are known for their fine dining, or perhaps for having a great golf course that guests can try out, or even comfortable hotel rooms should they wish to stay overnight after the event is over?

When you choose Shendish Manor for your next charity event, you don’t need to compromise. We can offer all of the above and more, making us truly one of the best all-round options for charity venue hire in the UK.

Get in touch with our receptive and accommodating team now, and you can learn more about our hire prices and why we really are so adored by those both organising and attending all manner of special events from far afield.

 

 

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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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