Here in the UK, we’re spoilt by the wide choice of venues in terms of style, age and wedding offering! Our particular favourite in the office are venues steeped in history. Living in the Chilterns, we’re very lucky to have many venues on our doorstep that tick this box.
In summer 2016 I was invited to stay at Rushton Hall in Northamptonshire. This is a magnificent Grade I listed hotel with restaurant and spa. The hall dates back to 1438 as the ancestral home of the Tresham family. Over the years the hall has been extended and is now a vast building settled in an estate of about 227 acres.
The hotel features 46 individually styled bedrooms, ours was located above the Stableyard Spa. Each room was named after a horse which was once housed in the original stable yard, such a lovely touch! The room was large, beautifully decorated with huge windows flooding the room with light. The bathroom was beautifully fitted out with modern amenities and decorated beautifully.
After unpacking our bags it was time for a wander around the hotel and estate. The building is vast with a beautiful garden in the centre of its courtyard. Many of the reception rooms, including the restaurant, feature views of the garden or across the rolling fields. Standing outside the hall was quite surreal, it felt like a movie set. The building is a fabulous backdrop to the garden and vice versa.
The Stableyard Spa is a fantastic addition to the hotel! The spa boasts a huge heated indoor swimming pool with an indoor and outdoor jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and a state-of-the-art fitness suite. For even more relaxation the spa has 5 single and 1 double treatment rooms. We fell in love with the swimming pool and spent a good few hours swimming and relaxing in the jacuzzi.
Later that evening we headed down to one of the main reception rooms for a drink prior to going to the restaurant. The restaurant is one of the top restaurants in Kettering and the only 3 rosette star restaurant in Northamptonshire. With all this in mind, we were looking forward to a very delicious dinner! We were of course, very impressed with the food offering. We both agreed it was one of the best meals we’ve had in a long time! The service was impeccable throughout and everything was served swiftly. The restaurant had a relaxing atmosphere with many original features on display including the beautifully crafted fireplace surround.
The next day prior to leaving, the marketing manager very kindly showed us where the new Orangery was being built. This is a very exciting time for the venue as wedding guests will have their own space to celebrate away from the main hotel building. The Orangery is being built with the same stone as the rest of the hotel, in keeping with the same style and architecture to fit in perfectly with the stately home.
We are very excited to see how the Orangery turns out later this year and recommend taking a look at this venue. We’re sure couples will be flocking to it once the Orangery is in full operation. Apparently, dates are already being booked for this space, so you’ll have to be quick!
For further information, visit the website, rushtonhall.com
Images courtesy of Rushton Hall Hotel & Spa