10 Amazing wedding venues in the Southwest of England!
The Shuffles Band are lucky enough to play some pretty amazing venues for weddings and private parties. So we have compiled a list, in no order, of some of our favourites!
Kings Weston House
Distance: 10 mins from Bristol Centre
What we say: Large rooms, ran by lovely people, amazing entrance, cool and quirky and has an amazing central staircase! Kings Weston also have amazing house parties with a difference! Band friendly.
What Kings Weston Say:
“Kings Weston House is a Grade 1 listed building that was completed in 1719 and designed by Sir John Vanbrugh, who also designed Blenheim Palace.
The house boasts a plethora of 18th-century features, including magnificent ceilings, marble replaces, and a stunning suspended central staircase. It is elegant and characterful, yet retains the charm of a much loved family home.
Surrounding Kings Weston House are picturesque woodlands and green fields, all of which are accessible to our guests. The estate is situated just 10 minutes from Bristol city centre, and a short drive from both the M4 and M5 motorways. Extensive parking is available on site.
Kings Weston House is home to its owner Norman Routledge, who has restored the property to its former glory over recent years, bringing to your wedding a true feeling of warmth, care and love. Just as your special day should be.”
Quote from: www.kingswestonhouse.co.uk
Old Down Manor
Distance: 30 mins from Bristol
What we say: Exclusive use of house, lovely well kept gardens, very smart appearance, they have a pool! (you will need to ask Old Down about that!). Great staff and Band friendly.
What Old Down Manor Say:
“Old Down Estate is the home of wedding excellence; a stunning Manor house set in 66 acres of beautifully situated park land.
The Manor is a private country house so the entire property is exclusively yours for your wedding – reserved for just you and your guests. This precious benefit allows you the flexibility of tailoring your special occasion to your exact requirements. You and your guests will enjoy exclusive use whilst relaxing in a sumptuous environment where the service is second to none. Privacy and privilege are guaranteed.
Situated in the South West countryside, our Manor House has panoramic views across the River Severn to Wales and the rolling hills beyond. Our landscaped gardens, an abundance of colourful flowers and secret hedge-cut passageways surrounded by dozens of rose beds, are the perfect picture opportunity for any bride and groom.
Old Down Manor is licensed to hold civil ceremonies from 10 to 120 guests in our beautiful Orangery, Bernays Room, and magnificent Grand Hall. With breathtaking views of the River Severn and the Black Mountains, all our rooms provide the perfect atmosphere for your special day.”
Quote from: www.olddownestate.org
Distance: 60 mins South of Bristol
What we say: This venue is quirky, eccentric and we love it! Over spilling with character and artefacts. An Aladdin’s cave of collections so much so that there is probably a flying carpet in there somewhere! Lovely grounds and staff. Band friendly.
What Maunsel House say:
“Maunsel House, a magnificent 13th Century Manor, is one of the most charismatic wedding venues in England.
Exclusively yours for the occasion, whether for one day or a whole weekend.
From the moment you arrive at Maunsel you will be encouraged to treat it like home, with friendly staff whose sole aim is to make you and your guests' experience truly wonderful.
From your first meeting to your once in a lifetime event your own dedicated coordinator will be with you every step of the way. Every detail will be meticulously covered on your behalf.
The romantic charm of Maunsel lies in the family home atmosphere full of character, history and beauty. The glorious parkland, lakes and orchards are yours to enjoy, wonder round and visit the duck ponds and the ponies or enjoy a quiet moment by the roaring wood fire in the library like Geoffrey Chaucer, who wrote the Canterbury Tales whilst living here.
May it be a beautiful summer wedding under the pergola with 220 guests, a marquee on the lawn for 500 or an intimate winter wedding by candlelight with just close family and friends . Whatever it takes to make your dream wedding come true, we will do!
With 13 bedrooms in the house, 4 luxury suites in the South wing and five cottages on the estate within walking distance we can cater for all of your family and close friends in glorious style.”
Quote from: www.mansuelhouse.co.uk
The Glass Boat
Distance: Bristol city centre
What we say: You can have a party on water in the very centre of Bristol! how cool is that! Amazing views and scenery especially as the evening draws in and you can see Bristol light up. Band friendly.
What the Glass Boat Say:
“Glassboat is situated on Welshback in Bristol’s historic floating harbour.
Our tables look out to the water through large, restored wooden windows, with views around the harbourside and to the city. On the lower deck original oak panels and portholes create a unique atmosphere for private dining.
The whole boat is available to hire for exclusive use, and we cater for weddings, business functions and all types of special occasion.
The restaurant opened 30 years ago, having been pulled from the muddy river Severn and restored as a labour of love in the early 1980s. Since then we’ve built a reputation for wonderful food served in one of Bristol’s prettiest locations.”
Quote from: www.glassboat.co.uk
Distance: 45mins North of Bristol
What we say: Very band friendly. Full spec sound and lights system, party with the band rocking out with their specially designed function room made from mud from the grounds of the estate. Definitely a must see if you want to party without a worry. Helpful staff and lovely house.
What Elmore Court say:
“The house dates back to around 1580, though the Guise family have lived on this spot since 1274(!) and it is still first and foremost the family home. Anselm Guise, the current owner, spent several years scheming to turn Elmore Court into what it is now.
The Court is a wonderfully eclectic mix of different architecture, from Elizabethan through to Victorian and almost all of the alterations over the years were done specifically to entertain, an intention we are faithfully continuing.
Elmore has always had a reputation for being the perfect house for parties and gatherings and has many great and historical rooms, corridors, nooks and staircases and during your stay, it can be fully enjoyed and will feel completely your own.”
Quote from: www.elmorecourt.com
St Audries Park
1 hour 20 mins South of Bristol
What we say: Lovely long driveway going down to the house surrounded by green hills and views of the bay. Large venue amongst very well kept grounds with accommodation. Band friendly.
What St Audries Park say:
“Are you looking for wedding venues in Somerset? St Audries Park is the perfect location for both your wedding and reception. Situated within 100 acres of tranquil deer park, overlooking the rolling Quantock Hills and the Bristol Channel beyond, this fairytale manor house provides the perfect exclusive use venue for your special day and was voted ‘Best Wedding Venue’ in 2013 by the readers of Wedding Ideas Magazine.
There are also 38 luxury bedrooms reserved exclusively for your wedding night ensuring the perfect end to your perfect day. Additionally a hidden cottage in the grounds can accommodate the Bride and Bridesmaids the night before the wedding and Peregrine House can accommodate the Groom and his party the night before the wedding too. The new addition for 2014 of Church Lodge, a delightful house in the grounds, now completes the former estate of St Audries Park, bringing it all back to its former glory and meaning that St Audries Park can now sleep up to 40 guests for the night before and over 100 guests for the night of your wedding.
The Victorian Orangery offers a unique setting for your wedding ceremony and the stunning banqueting hall can seat up to 130 guests for the wedding breakfast. As we offer exclusive use of the entire house you can also invite up to 250 guests for the evening wedding reception and party.”
Old Oak Farm
Distance: 1 hour 10 mins south of Bristol
What we say: Rustic, cool and great attention to detail. Perfect if you are looking for a summer outdoors venue. Cocktail bar, secret garden, fairly lights and fire pit. Extremely well thought out outdoor venue.
What Old Oak Farm Say:
At Old Oak Farm, the only limitation is your imagination - a blank canvas for you to create your perfect country, rustic wedding.
Just 12 miles from Taunton, and 14 from Yeovil, it is perfectly accessible for your wedding party and guests too.
With a relaxed and informal ambiance, and 9 acres of rolling countryside, Old Oak Farm is the ideal location, offering clients a venue with few restrictions, catering for everything from intimate parties to large wedding receptions.
This venue offers more than just your run-of-the-mill marquee wedding, with unique and quirky touches to make your day extra memorable.
With our own rustic stable bar and secret garden, Old Oak Farm truly is your alternative venue.
Quote from: www.oldoakfarm.co.uk
Distance: 1 hour and 22 mins south of Bristol
What we say: Lovely large old barn or smaller barn for smaller parties, good stage in main barn, lots of space, well kept gardens nice Mill features. Band Friendly.
What Haselbury Mill say:
“Often described as “Probably the most beautiful setting in the South West of England” The original buildings date back many centuries and are of great local interest with a history stretching back to the times of William the Conqueror and are reportedly mentioned in the Doomsday Book. Haselbury Mill is truly the ultimate somerset venue to commemorate and celebrate the special days in your life.
The three magnificent listed buildings & newly built Tithe Barn provide the focus of this superb conference, restaurant, hotel & wedding facility. The Georgian Mill owner’s house & adjacent cottages have been transformed into a luxuriously appointed 21-bedroom hotel all with high-speed Wi-Fi Internet connection. All rooms are en-suite and are exquisitely appointed to add that little touch of luxury to the beautiful surroundings.
The original Mill buildings have been sympathetically converted to a stylish restaurant and underneath can be found a traditional local's bar with flag stone floors and oak-paneled walls. The four-storey Granary building nearby encompasses a lakeside bar and restaurant and further function and conference rooms.”
Quote from: www.haselburymill.co.uk
Sandy Cove Hotel
Distance: 2 hours South of Bristol
What we say: If you like views of the sea and cliff tops this is the venue for you! Truly unique in its surroundings and breathtaking on a sunny day. Worth booking for the view alone! Also great venue with facilities. Band friendly.
What Sandy Cove Say:
“Set on a North Devon cliff top in an area of outstanding natural beauty Sandy Cove Hotel has views overlooking the sea and magical Exmoor. It’s the sort of place which draws people back time and time again to enjoy the amazing location along with the warm relaxed atmosphere of the hotel. Come and enjoy superb local produce and let our welcoming, dedicated team of people working here help you to relax and unwind.
Sandy Cove is situated right next to Broadsands Beach which has just been featured as being third in both the Times newspaper's & the Telegraph's top ten hidden beaches in the UK.
Here at Sandy Cove we will make your wedding day a truly special day for both you and your guests.
Our stunning & spectacular location makes the whole day unforgettable, from your wedding ceremony to the reception and evening celebrations. The setting is awesome with breathtaking views across the sea, the Atlantic coast and Exmoor - just the most perfect backdrop for amazing photos and memories.”
Quote from: www.sandycove-hotel.co.uk