Nestled in a picture-perfect setting on the outskirts of Bristol, Clevedon Hall certainly makes a striking first impression when you arrive at the 17th century grand mansion.
As the editor of SoBristolWeddings, I was delighted to be invited to discover the family-owned wedding venue which has just completed a six-year £4.2 million refurbishment, transforming it into an even more desirable place to say ‘I do’.
Having got married a mere 10 days previously, it felt like a proper treat and a bit like an extended minimoon, to be able to enjoy a night at the prestigious venue with my new husband in tow.
The exclusive-use venue, used solely for bespoke events, is housed in a grade II-listed building and set on 17 acres of manicured grounds, with 25 spacious and elegant guest rooms offering ample space to house the wedding party on the night of the big day.
After enjoying a drinks reception and canapés on the grounds we got to explore the different spaces where couples can tie the knot, spanning the vast Great Hall, which can accommodate up to 150 guests and offers the unique chance to have aerial wedding shots; to the intimate light-filled Orangery that’s ideal for smaller celebrations.
The revamp of the interiors of the downstairs rooms was the final stage of the venue’s extensive overhaul, with the elegant reception and dining rooms transformed to reflect the property’s history and architectural features.
During the tour, the venue’s wedding coordinator, Leonora Fox, explained how the team at Clevedon Hall work closely with brides and grooms to ensure that their weddings are truly personal and bespoke for every couple.
The venue also recently became licensed to host outdoor weddings, with the introduction of its bespoke wooden gazebo giving couples even more choice when getting married at Clevedon Hall.
Couples hosting their weddings at the venue can select from a varied menu brimming with seasonal delights devised by the Michelin-trained head chef, Alan Jones, who can also create bespoke choices to suit couples’ personal tastes.
On the night, it was a delight to be able to sample some of the chef’s dishes which included a starter of Cornish crab and avocado with slow cooked cherry tomato and lemon olive oil; a trio of suckling pig with potato purée with caramelised apples, pork popcorn and spiced jus for main; with honeycomb parfait with mini doughnuts and a banana and rum milkshake for dessert. Not forgetting the coffee and chocolate truffles to round off the feast in style!
After a wonderful night’s sleep in one of the vast bedrooms and a soak in the huge roll top bath, we took advantage of the delicious breakfast on offer. Served in the Orangery and with the autumn sun streaming in through the expansive glass windows, you can see why couples fall for this light-filled space.
Visiting Clevedon Hall and experiencing the splendid setting, delicious food and warm welcome, it’s clear to see that the Bristol manor house offers a charming choice for couples looking for a versatile, elegant and truly memorable venue for their special days.
For more information see Clevedon Hall or call (01275) 795895.
Thursday 06 October 2016
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