Amanda Taylor onby
We had a lovely wedding reception. The bridesmaids and bride stayed at the hotel on the night before, having a delicious meal and a chat with their guests in the bar, by an open fire. We have always liked the look of the hotel, the olde worlde charm of the main hotel and its location by the picturesque canal. The garden was lovely for photos. Part of the hotel is a modern block where the majority of the rooms are. The large bridal suite is in the old part of the hotel and has a four poster bed complete with new mattress. Our reception, in the separate Caroline suite, has been tastefully refurnished. Self-contained with its own adaptable function room, bar area and toilets. Also windows overlooking "our" private garden and terrace. The hotel staff were all friendly and professional. I was particularly impressed with staff you changed the function room over to our wedding breakfast layout. They had an event in the room the night before our wedding and the majority of the change over was after the event - a late night. On several visits to the hotel we saw a range of room layouts, including partitioning the room to allow a ceremony and a meal. We met with the staff the day before the wedding to tell them how we wanted the room to look and they did a lovely job. (Note: Usually if the room if free the wedding party can arrange the room themselves).
The terms and conditions make it clear from the beginning how the hotel works with you. Fred Metcalfe the wedding co-ordinator was professional and prompt in responding to our emailed plans. Emmanuel looked after us well on the day keeping everything on track. You can tell this hotel has done many weddings as they have it down to a fine art. I would also like to thank all the unseen helpers for the day, catering, housekeepers, waiters and room organisers who make it all look so effortless and without whom there would be no reception!