Your Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wedding - February/March 2023 (Issue 99)

HORWOOD HOUSE, MILTON KEYNES, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE Nestled in the rural tranquillity of the Buckinghamshire countryside sits this Grade II listed manor house hotel and spa, accessed via a tree-lined approach surrounded by perfectly manicured blossom gardens and a picturesque lily pond. Designed in a Jacobethan style and built in 1911, the manor house is the focal point of the hotel with its tall brick chimneys, bay windows and Bath stone surfaces with handmade red brick walls and original stone steps leading up to it. Inside, the stunning sweeping staircase provides a picturesque spot for big-day portraits. Perfect for a cosy escape, the hotel’s new Manor Suites are located on the top floor of the original house offering spacious, elegant lounge areas, deluxe super-king beds and Art Deco-inspired bathrooms. The luxurious H Spa is ideal for some pre-wedding pampering, home to a 15-metre swimming pool complete with tranquillity beds, a thermal sauna and a steam room. Guests can also book a table at Harry’s Bar & Kitchen and tuck into their delicious menu, which has been curated by executive chef Will Dimartino. With two ceremony locations to choose from, the newly refurbished Drawing Room is brimming with grand features and has been delicately refreshed to provide a neutral ethereal space for the exchanging of vows for up to 80 guests seated. It features high ceilings with magnificent detailing, an impressive stone fireplace and a stunning bay window presenting a light and airy stage. Subtly glistening wall coverings and soft botanical prints finish off the look in this romantic room. For a picturesque outdoor ceremony, a white wedding arbour is situated within the blossom gardens, creating a truly romantic oasis to be enjoyed throughout the summer months, from April to September, with a capacity for up to 190 guests. Couples can also choose a less traditional setting for a wedding blessing or renewal of vows, such as the steps of the manor house framed by elegant wisteria, the magical well that’s hidden amongst the woodland or under the boughs of the ancient oak tree. The neutral and spacious settings of the Eyre and Cook Suites can be decorated to any chosen style for the wedding breakfast and reception, seating up to 190 guests. There’s the option to add a dancefloor and space for a DJ. The Eyre Suite provides direct access to the terrace and out into the pretty gardens. For a more intimate affair with smaller numbers of between 40 and 80 loved ones, the manor house is an idyllic setting to host the entire day in the ethereal-inspired Drawing Room, Lounge and Manor Bar with terrace space just down the original stone steps. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01296 722 100, We love... that the couple can enjoy a menu tasting before their big day. The Classic Package includes a Deluxe double room for the night before and a beautiful Executive Room for the night of the wedding. The Wisteria package includes an Executive Suite the night before and a grand Manor Suite the night of the wedding. The team also encourage couples to return to the hotel, again and again, to relive memories, celebrate anniversaries and mark milestones. To encourage this, they include a complimentary first-anniversary dinner at Harry’s Bar & Kitchen for all couples who have booked a wedding at the property. Turn to page 13 to take advantage of our offer with Horwood House in association with Aromatherapy Associates! 24