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True love may be priceless, but unfortunately, the dream wedding does come with a price tag – often a very hefty one. That’s why, here at Shendish Manor, we thought we’d take a look at what we could do to help out many of you who would otherwise like to get married not in 2019, 2020 or beyond, but instead right now, in 2018 – this year.
We think you’ll like what we’ve come up with – a whole £500 off the price of your wedding when you book a date with us.
As long as your wedding is to take place at Shendish Manor sometime in 2018, you’ll benefit from the discount. However, there are also many other fine things to look forward to when you choose to tie the knot at our splendid mid-Victorian property.
The perfect setting for getting hitched
Of course, as it’s a wedding you’re planning, there’s little point in choosing a wedding venue that ticks all of the practical boxes, but does nothing to make your heart sing.
Thankfully, that’s never been an issue for those booking their Hertfordshire weddings with us, as our 160 acres of jaw-dropping parkland and formal gardens, charming manor-house architecture and exquisitely appointed wedding suites make abundantly clear.
Your wedding photographer and videographer will certainly be kept busy at our venue, taking advantage of all of the best backdrops and angles that the Shendish Manor estate makes possible.
A choice of utterly enchanting suites
Given that the suite in which your reception is held won’t just be for you and your beloved, but also for all of the guests you have invited, you’ll want to treat them to something special.
That’s precisely what they’ll get when you select Shendish Manor as your wedding venue – whether you ultimately book the Apsley Suite with its elegant decor and ample air-conditioned space for up to 320 people, or instead the Longman suite within the historic Manor House.
The latter is a fine choice for a more intimate occasion, still providing enough room for 96 attendees for a wedding breakfast. The Manor House’s maximum capacity – including evening guests – is 160.
Oh, and don’t forget our Wedding Fayre...
If you do like the idea of making the most of our wedding offer, there’s another date that you might want to put in your diary: Sunday 21st October 2018.
That’s when our next Wedding Fayre will be held, giving you the opportunity to meet representatives from various essential service providers, as well as our own seasoned wedding and banqueting co-ordinators. The event takes place from 11am to 3pm and is free to attend.
Ensure a both magical and affordable wedding by booking a date for your nuptials at Shendish Manor. Hertfordshire weddings have long been special regardless, but yours can be even more so when you choose a venue like ours that appeals as much to your head as it does to your heart.
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If you have been perusing your options for places to tie the knot this year, it might not have escaped your notice that there is an especially strong concentration of wedding venues in Hertfordshire. But what makes this county such a hotspot for weddings, and what might that mean for your own choice of venue?
You’ll struggle to find a greener and prettier county
One obvious reason to opt for Hertfordshire as a place to get married is its richly verdant scenery that lends itself so beautifully to photography opportunities. We certainly have no shortage of such picturesque landscape to share with you here at Shendish Manor, which is a splendid Victorian property set in 160 acres of parkland and formal gardens.
There’s history everywhere you look
Let’s face it: while there are plenty of fine modern wedding venues in Hertfordshire, for many of us, the dream is to be able to enjoy our big day on a traditional and historic backdrop. Luckily, this is one county that is blessed with resplendent and prestigious period properties, with few of them as impressive – from the inside or the outside – as Shendish Manor.
Strong transport connections
Yes, we realise it’s not exactly the most glamorous aspect of choosing a wedding venue, but it’s nonetheless crucial to hold your wedding at a location that all of your prospective guests can easily reach. Hertfordshire’s proximity to London – including its major airport, road and rail connections – is certainly invaluable here, and Shendish Manor itself is just 30 minutes away from the centre of the capital by train.
Expertise to ensure the day goes perfectly
One of the other big advantages of choosing to get married somewhere that sees a large number of weddings – such as Hertfordshire – is the easy availability of people who are highly skilled and experienced in helping couples to organise their nuptials. Here at Shendish Manor, we have our own knowledgeable Wedding Co-ordinators who are ready to guide and assist you with your planning, while a dedicated manager will also be present on site on the day to guard against any hiccups.
We could continue mentioning so many more of the excellent reasons to compare wedding venues in Hertfordshire, but in truth, the heart wants what the heart wants – and we’re confident that you will be simply captivated by what our own county has to offer.
Nor could it be easier to enquire about Shendish Manor as the place to hold your nuptials. Simply call our team today, on +44(0)1442 232220, to find out more about our highly rated packages.
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Your wedding will be the most special day of your life – or at least, it should and deserves to be. That’s why it really is important to ensure every last detail has been covered.
Here are a few aspects of your upcoming wedding in Hertfordshire that our experts here at Shendish Manor urge you not to ignore.
Yes, there may be a certain dream venue that you have your eye on, but is it also easy to reach for everyone who could conceivably wish to attend your wedding?
Thankfully, here at Shendish Manor, we have a venue that appeals to the head as well as the heart. You’ll find us in the 19th-century mill village of Apsley, just a 10-minute drive from the towns of Watford and Hemel Hempstead, as well as a mere 30-minute train ride from central London.
On the subject of the venue, do you also know the main space in which your matrimonial celebrations will be held? If you’re anything like so many couples, we’re sure you’ll want it to be a romantic and inspiring backdrop. However, it’ll also naturally need to be large enough to accommodate all of your intended guests.
We give you not one, but two great spaces to choose from here at Shendish Manor – our Apsley Suite and the main Manor House, the latter containing the Longman Suite.
Is there a certain culinary theme that you have in mind for your wedding reception? If so, would you prefer to use caterers sourced by the venue, or is there a specific speciality caterer that you would like to have the freedom to use?
Shendish Manor can accommodate both of those paths. You can hire our Apsley Suite on a venue-hire-only basis, or you may wish to tap into our longstanding relationships with various Kosher, Asian, Greek and Italian caterers within the Home Counties.
The overnight accommodation
If you’re travelling from far afield to have your wedding in Hertfordshire, or even if there are simply certain guests of yours who may appreciate the overnight accommodation, we can help you here at Shendish Manor. Our special bedroom rates for guests are continually in demand.
The people helping you
As invaluable as it is to have your family and friends assisting you with the planning of your wedding in Hertfordshire, if no one in your party has organised such a significant event before, mistakes can easily be made.
That’s why those who hire Shendish Manor as their venue are routinely thankful for the diligent work of our knowledgeable team of Wedding Co-ordinators, who will help to ensure that every detail of your special day is just so.
Don’t accept less than the finest when it comes to your own wedding in Hertfordshire. Enquire now about booking one of our prestigious suites for your celebration, by calling +44(0)1442 232220.
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Green, leafy and affluent Hertfordshire isn’t exactly a part of the country known for its lack of golf courses. You may therefore be wondering why you should specifically make Shendish Manor your next golfing destination, even if you don’t intend to stay the night with us.
The truth is that while our Victorian manor house exudes charm and comfort as a place to reside for the night, we have also attracted particular acclaim in recent years as a golf country club in Hertfordshire – and there are so many ways for you to make the most of our course and premises.
First, let’s consider the course itself...
The benefits of our golf course aren’t restricted to its wonderfully tranquil and picturesque setting and easy-to-reach location, a less than 10-minute drive away from Watford and Hemel Hempstead.
That’s because our 5660 yard, par 70 course also provides a thrilling experience for novice and seasoned golfers alike, with its varied hazards through both parkland and woodland copses, all designed to US PGA specifications.
...but there are so many other amenities to enjoy
Every good golf country club in Hertfordshire knows that a rewarding golfing holiday, break or visit is about so much more than the golf itself – and sure enough, our facilities are among the best that you will find anywhere in the county.
Head towards the 19th hole, for example, and you will find the Coach House, from which buggies and trolleys can be hired. There’s also an excellent bar here for when you fancy a satisfying breakfast or meal.
Why not make a break out of it?
While we have various membership options from which you can choose – and which are likely to be of particular appeal if you are based close to our hotel – we are also renowned for our highly flexible, value-for-money and stimulating golf breaks.
If it’s the latter that you wish to book, our reservations team will make the entire process easy for you. We offer not only standard golf break packages, but also a tailor-made service if you would like your next golfing holiday to cater to even the finest details.
But even just a typical golf break with us gives you so much of the best that we have to offer as a golf country club in Hertfordshire. Several enthralling rounds of golf, a relaxing stay in a twin or double bedroom, a satisfying breakfast and a delicious three-course dinner can all be included in a golfing package with us, at a very reasonable price.
With various interesting offers and promotions running throughout the year, if you’re on the lookout for the perfect golf country club in Hertfordshire, we reckon here at Shendish Manor that your search may just be over.
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It may seem as if almost anywhere can serve as a wedding venue these days, but let’s be honest: when it comes to the most romantic day of our lives, great numbers of us like to keep things traditional. English country houses continue to attract loved-up couples who want to get married in a truly idyllic setting – but Shendish Manor has a more fascinating history than most other venues.
Our original Manor House may date from the mid-19th century, but the site’s developed history goes as far back as Norman times. It is thought that William the Conqueror’s brother sublet the farmhouse that then occupied the Shendish Manor site to Ralf de Chenduit, with the corruption of his surname over time gradually leading to the present Shendish pronunciation.
At the forefront in the Victorian era
The Victorians transformed the UK in more ways than one. The Shendish site had remained a farmhouse, with some 300 acres, right up to 1853, when it was purchased by Charles Longman, whose fortune partly came from the famous publishing family of that same name. However, he was also a partner in the papermaking business of the local inventor, John Dickinson (1782-1869).
Strong links with the Dickinson family
John Dickinson will always be irrevocably associated with the Apsley area in which Shendish Manor stands. It was he, after all, who invented a continuous mechanised papermaking process and founded paper mills that played a dominant role in the local economy. His company – John Dickinson Stationery Limited – acquired Shendish Manor in 1936, using it as a sports and social club.
Truly impressive wedding suites
Shendish Manor may have been a hotel and conference centre since the 1990s, but it is also now one of the most sought-after wedding venues in Apsley, in part due to its impressively well-preserved historical fabric. The Manor building itself boasts such original features as a Jacobean fireplace, high ornate ceilings, oak panelling and a sweeping staircase. The all-round setting is unspeakably romantic, and evocative of how it would have been like in Charles Longman’s day.
Would you like to immerse yourself in a piece of true living history when you get married? If so, don’t hesitate to enquire to the Shendish Manor team about how we can help you to plan the nuptials that you will remember for – hopefully – many years and decades to come.
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As conditions get brighter and warmer and many of us look to the spring and summer, you might be contemplating what kind of short break you want to take this year. Perhaps you should book a weekend away in the city, head to the countryside or even book a golf package?
Or maybe you could more-or-less do all three, by booking a golf break at Shendish Manor?
We give you everything in a golf break
You might be wondering how any golf holidays in Hertfordshire could possibly tick all of the above boxes – after all, Shendish Manor may be many things, but it is certainly not in a city. We’re actually situated in a 19th-century mill village called Apsley, in a valley of the Chiltern Hills.
We are, however, also a hugely popular hotel located a mere 30-minute train ride from central London, with all of its typical big-name urban attractions ranging from the Tower of London and the London Eye to the National Gallery and St Paul’s Cathedral.
But even if you don’t want to wander very far from your hotel on your golf holidays in Hertfordshire this year, booking a stay at Shendish Manor makes a lot of sense.
After all, our 5660 yard, par 70 course is an immensely rewarding one on which to play, being designed to US PGA specifications and offering just the right mix of hazards through both parkland and woodland copses to keep you stimulated and challenged for round, after round, after round.
Then, there are the rooms in which you can stay when you choose Shendish Manor. 18 beautiful bedrooms are to be found in our elegant original Manor House, which is the epitome of mid-Victorian charm. An additional 52 further air-conditioned rooms can be booked in our modern wing, and are superbly equipped for all of your needs throughout your holiday.
Few hotels offer such attractive golf break packages
We can be very flexible when you are booking a golf break with us. However, as a guideline, a golf holiday at Shendish Manor tends to combine several rounds of golf with a night or two in one of our twin or double bedrooms, a satisfying breakfast and a succulent three-course dinner in our Orangery restaurant.
Plus, with golf holidays in Hertfordshire also giving you ample gorgeous countryside to enjoy, you couldn’t hope for a more inspiring and tranquil backdrop on which to tee off.
So why not find out more today about what a golf break with us entails and to make your booking, by emailing email@example.com or calling 01279 603547?
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Shendish Manor has been hosting special occasions for longer than most Hertfordshire wedding venues. After all, our historic country house was built in the mid-19th century, and there has been a manor here since around 1300.
Weddings in Hertfordshire, of course, are usually pretty magical already, given that this is one of England’s greenest and most beautiful counties.
But you’ve also got no shortage of fine venues to choose from in this jaw-dropping part of Britain. So what are the many ways in which Shendish Manor makes the nuptials of those who book our venue thoroughly enchanting for everyone in attendance?
We get the basics right!
Such is the splendour of our venue that it can be easy to forget the almost endless list of mundane aspects of a wedding that must be dealt with if the day is to be a success.
That’s why we work extra hard in this area – or rather, our knowledgeable Wedding Co-ordinators do, guiding and helping you with your wedding planning before handing over to an experienced manager who will be able to oversee your celebrations on the day.
It’s the kind of fastidiousness for which we have long been renowned, and which assists in ensuring there are no unexpected nasty shocks on the date itself.
We provide the suites that will leave you gasping
The setting is all-important when you are selecting a wedding venue, so it’s just as well that Shendish Manor offers several breathtakingly romantic suites.
The largest of them, the Apsley Suite, offers all of the air-conditioned space necessary for as many as around 320 guests to celebrate in style, with the elegant decor and sparkling chandeliers helping to set the perfect tone.
Meanwhile, our Manor building exudes Victorian charm, its many fine original features including high ornate ceilings, oak panelling, a Jacobean fireplace and sweeping staircase. The largest suite in this part of the property is the Longman suite, which has a capacity of 96 guests for a wedding breakfast.
Both the Manor House and Longman suite also open out onto the grounds of the estate and the Dutch gardens, which provide you with an idyllic spot to enjoy a drinks reception with your family and friends and have some snaps taken by your wedding photographer.
We do everything else needed to make your wedding a triumph
Whether you wish to use your own speciality caterer, take advantage of special bedroom rates for your guests or enjoy all of the convenience of complimentary parking including coach space, there’s little need to look further than Shendish Manor for your choice of venue.
Contact us now to learn more about why no venue does weddings in Hertfordshire quite as well as Shendish Manor does.
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Much has been made in recent times about how we are now firmly in the era of the British 'staycation', in which many of us - rather than jetting off to faraway exotic climes - are renewing our acquaintance with the things that make the UK a fine holiday destination in its own right.
So with that in mind, what do our golfing trips in Hertfordshire offer that makes them such a great alternative to a similar holiday anywhere else in the world?
A suitably challenging course
How does a US PGA-specification, 5660 yard, par 70 course sound for your golfing holidays? Our course here at Shendish Manor is open right through the year, and provides the perfect mix of hazards through both parkland and woodland copses. Whatever your golfing experience and ability, you can expect a rewarding game.
A stunning backdrop
If there's one definite benefit of basing your golfing trips in Hertfordshire, it's the jaw-dropping rural surroundings that you can expect as you tee off. Our own golfing venue doesn't disappoint - after all, we are set in 160 acres of beautiful parkland and formal gardens in one of the prettiest corners of West Hertfordshire.
The assistance of a professional
The best golfing holidays are never just about the enjoyment - they also represent the ideal opportunity for you to improve your game. That's why you may well be interested in arranging private one to one or group lessons with our own PGA professional.
Whether you're enjoying the delightful breakfast served in our Coach House bar that also happens to be conveniently placed for the 19th hole, or tucking into the complete exquisite three-course dinner at our enchanting Orangery restaurant, Shendish Manor provides an amazing gastronomic experience.
A comfortable stay
Across both our original 19th century Manor House and a sophisticated and tasteful modern wing, we offer rooms in which to stay that are highly inviting and equipped with all of the essentials you would expect on your golfing break. By that, we mean the likes of multi-channelled LCD television, complimentary broadband Internet access, hypoallergenic pillows and duvets, and so much more.
Both standard and bespoke golfing trips to Hertfordshire are available to be booked from the Shendish Manor team right now - so why not call 0844 879 7417 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about them or make a booking?
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If you're still looking up and down the country for the perfect venue at which to tie the knot with your beloved, you may be interested in learning about the many things that make the county of Hertfordshire, in southern England, the ideal place to invite all of your friends and family.
It's just so... green
Hertfordshire is one of the UK's most beautifully rural counties, a quality preserved in large part thanks to the continued extensive use of its land for agriculture. Such jaw-dropping verdant scenery makes a fine backdrop for wedding photos, of course, and when you get married at Shendish Manor, your heart is also sure to be captured by our 160 acres of surrounding parkland and gardens.
You will be well-connected
Do you have friends and relatives that you would like to invite from London or the Home Counties? What about further north, or beyond the UK? Whatever the situation, you can be sure of your guests being able to easily reach us. Our venue is located a mere 30-minute train ride from central London, and the road and rail links to other parts of the UK are strong, too. As for airports, two of Britain's biggest - Stansted and Luton - are within 10 miles (16 kilometres) of Hertfordshire's borders.
Few counties offer so many incredible venues
One of the biggest reasons why there are so many Hertfordshire weddings is the simple fact that there are so many venues that lend themselves beautifully to a ceremony and reception that are memorable in all of the finest ways. We would like to think we very much live up to the county's formidable reputation in this regard here at Shendish Manor, with our splendid Victorian country house and prestigious and spacious suites.
There's plenty to see and do away from the venue
If you're travelling to what may be the opposite end of the UK or even the world to see someone get married or to formalise your own union, it doesn't hurt to be somewhere that is also a delight to visit in its own right. Hertfordshire serves up no shortage of appealing attractions and activities, ranging from Berkhamsted Castle and the Henry Moore Foundation to Hatfield House and Watford Museum - to say nothing of the delights of nearby London.
When Hertfordshire weddings can be as magical and as memorable as those that we hold here at Shendish Manor, why should you feel the need to consider any other venue? Call us now, on +44(0)1442 232220, to learn more about the merits of our exquisite setting for your nuptials.
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If you have been perusing your options for places to tie the knot this year, it might not have escaped your notice that there is an especially str… Read more…
Your wedding will be the most special day of your life – or at least, it should and deserves to be. That’s why it really is important to ensure ev… Read more…
Green, leafy and affluent Hertfordshire isn’t exactly a part of the country known for its lack of golf courses. You may therefore be wondering why… Read more…
It may seem as if almost anywhere can serve as a wedding venue these days, but let’s be honest: when it comes to the most romantic day of our live… Read more…
As conditions get brighter and warmer and many of us look to the spring and summer, you might be contemplating what kind of short break you want t… Read more…
Shendish Manor has been hosting special occasions for longer than most Hertfordshire wedding venues. After all, our historic country house was bui… Read more…
Much has been made in recent times about how we are now firmly in the era of the British 'staycation', in which many of us - rather than jetting o… Read more…
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