14 Oct 2014
1. CHICHELEY HALL
Just recently we had the pleasure of an engagement shoot with the soon to be Mr & Mrs Dascombe at Chicheley hall.
Chicheley Hall is a fantastic English country house, built in the first quarter of the 18th century in the Baroque style, with plenty of soft natural light that every bride deserves for her wedding day. It boasts beautiful interior design with luxury and stylish furniture combined with a nice and warm feeling.
Outside, the hotel is surrounded by a big and amazing garden with a lake, where you have plenty of space for your family and friends and even a marquee.
This venue is full of history. During the Second World War, it was used by the Special Operations Executive as its Special Training School No. 46.
From 1942 until 1943, it was used for training Czechoslovaks for SOE parachute missions and later on as a location for many films and TV projects as Pride and Prejudice, A Village Affair, etc.
In 2007, Chicheley Hall was bought by the Royal Society. They renovated it and now it is an international centre who holds social events, conferences, seminars and weddings.
Chicheley Hall is located at Newport Pagnell, Chichely, near Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire.
2. HORWOOD HOUSE
Horwood House is a wonderful manor house, located just 11 miles from Milton Keynes, on the outskirts of Little Horwood Village, between Buckingham and Milton Keynes.
This lovely hotel is very elegant and perfect for your wedding day. It has the combined features of modern facilities, luxury of a historic manor house and warm and charming interior design.
Horwood house is set in 38 acres of garden. It has plenty of room for all your wedding guests (185 rooms!), bar, restaurant, gym and even a pool.
On our Photography point of view, it is an ideal venue to hold your wedding, in Summer or even Winter, because you have a beautiful interior design which you can use as a background during the Winter, in case it rains or if is too cold to be outside.
On the other hand, during Summer time, you can enjoy the landscape and its wonderful garden. You can even get married outside, as they prepare everything for you, on their pagoda, next to a lily pond. Also, the manor house building itself is a perfect background for your wedding pictures, taking your breath away in the final results.
If you are thinking about having a marquee, there is no problem, with such an incredible garden, the place holds up to 400 guests!
3. MERCURE MILTON KEYNES PARKSIDE HOUSE HOTEL
Mercure Hotel is set as a traditional country house, with 49 modern rooms, a restaurant and a Bar. The hotel is set on 100 acres of parkland - plenty of space for you and your wedding guests.
It is in the village of Woughton-on-The-Green and is the perfect venue to hold your ceremony and wedding reception.
If you dream to have your ceremony inside a church and hold just your wedding reception at the Mercure Hotel, no problems: 2 minutes walking and you are at St.Mary’s Woughton on the Green Church. No hassle, no worries about traffic between church and your wedding reception. A stress-free day!
4. THE MARLE INN
If you want something more private and quiet than a hotel, The Marle Inn is ideal for you.
This wonderful place is located in Great Linford Lakes, on the northern edge of Milton Keynes.
Summer or Winter, doesn’t matter, but this location gives you a stunning view mainly during the Summer, where you can enjoy the view of a beautiful lake with still waters from their terrace, appreciating your wine and the sunset. Very relaxing, private and peaceful.
The Marle Inn building has a Scandinavian-style that brings warmth and coziness to your day. Your wedding breakfast will be beautiful and charming and elegant from inside out! 😉
5. FLAXBOURNE GARDENS
If you don’t want a hotel, but still dream to have a stunning wedding, Flaxbourne Gardens is a great option.
Located about 7 miles from Milton Keynes, in Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, this venue has three acres of a wonderful and inspirational garden, with a small moated castle, a lily pond, a wind mill, a greek temple ruin, bridges and a Roman stone arched gateway - perfect features for a background for your wedding photography.
During the Spring and Summer time, there is a permanent marquee, that can hold up to 120 guests comfortably and if you want to have more guests than this, there is the option of extending the marquee. How cool is that!
Besides the marquee, you can also add lots of entertainment for kids such as bouncy castles or any other garden games. There is plenty of space!
If you're on a budget, there is a discount for hire of the garden mid-week so why not look into this venue and have your dream wedding with a big marquee combined with a stunning and unique landscape garden?
A venue in Bedfordshire but near Milton Keynes:
Moreteyne Manor is another great location to hold your wedding. Although it is in Bedfordshire, it is not far from Milton Keynes - just 19 minutes by car (less than 12 miles if you go by M1).
This place is a nice location for your wedding. It has a beautiful house, it can hold a nice and cozy marquee and you still can enjoy the garden during the Summer time.
The house itself is great for your wedding pictures as a background. It also has great customer service. It is completely worth visting this venue to see what they can do for you on your special day!
Let’s find out a little bit about the history of this beautiful house:
From 1562, it was occupied by the Lord of the Manor, Thomas Snagge. In his family for 4 generations, the house was sold in 1739 to the Duchess of Marlborough, Sarah.
- After Sarah’s grandson, John Spencer, the house was passed to the Allington Family.
- In 1873, the Duke of Bedford bought the property and he renovated the building in 1880.
- The farm and the house were sold in 1920 to the Franklin family. In 1948 it was sold to the present owners’ father, Mr E. J. Hillson.
- Let’s resume: The house was converted to a restaurant in 1983. Two years later, it changed its name to Moreteyne Manor.
- Since 1996, Chef Mark Hickman and his wife Jacqui acquired and re-opened the restaurant.