Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding - June/July 2023 (Issue 95)

BERWICK LODGE 0117 450 7605 | The interior of Berwick Lodge has everything you’d expect from a lodge: open fires, wood panelling and original stone fireplaces. However, it also features a subtle Turkish twist. Sumptuous, over-sized sofas and crystal chandeliers bring a luxurious feel to the place, while allowing it to retain a relaxed and welcoming ambience. A sweeping staircase leads to 14 beautiful bedrooms, all individually designed and named after ancient civilizations of the Anatolian period. Set in 18 acres of glorious gardens and woodland, Berwick boasts views reaching across to Wales. Features such as a walkway to Aphrodite’s Dome, ornate fountains, a peaceful orchard and a summer house make it a wonderful backdrop for those all-important photos. The venue caters for any type of wedding from the intimate elopement for two, to grand exclusive parties for 150. Mesopotamia is a light room in the converted stable block, the Mews. It can host civil ceremonies for up to 100 guests. This ground-floor space is home to sparkling chandeliers, pillars to decorate and large 180-degree windows offering views of the woodland and open countryside beyond. Summeria is the smaller upstairs room in the eves of the Mews, holding up to 30 nearest and dearest for the “I dos.” Its skylights offer countryside views and the stained-glass window door is a real feature. For those with a larger guest list looking to wed in the great outdoors, the venue offers three scenic locations among the gardens – Aphrodite’s Dome, The Fountain and The Archway. The dining room, Hattusa, can host wedding breakfasts for up to 100 guests and up to 150 for an evening do. It’s bright and airy thanks to its floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the gardens. Characterful features include an old London bar, original fireplace and an ornate pulpit ideal for speeches. The original wooden flooring makes for the perfect dancefloor and the cosy lounge was made for enjoying the quieter moments. LEIGH COURT 01275 373 393 | The Leigh Court Estate has a rich history as a religious sanctuary, a family home, and hospital and has been conquered by, gifted to and used as a safe haven by Kings for thousands of years. Shielded from the hustle and bustle of the city by Leigh Woods, the beautiful Leigh Court was designed by architect Thomas Hopper in 1814. You may recognise it more recently from various TV productions including Poldark and Bridgerton. The design of this graceful Grade II listed mansion combines elegant Palladian architecture with opulent Greek revival interiors and lavish 19th-century décor. The first room you’ll see at Leigh Court is the light and airy Outer Hall, which has an unusual domed ceiling encircled by eight marble pillars. You can choose to hold your ceremony in any of the five tastefully decorated rooms, depending on the size and style of your wedding, or in a marquee on the extensive lawns. All of the stunning ground-floor rooms are licensed for wedding ceremonies. The fairytale staircase, 40 skylights and working pipe organ in the Great Hall (120 ceremony guests) makes it a popular choice, but the blush-coloured Morning Room (65 ceremony guests) and exquisite golden Tapestry Room (65 ceremony guests) are also favoured by couples looking for an intimate location. Meanwhile, the Library and Salon (65 ceremony guests) are perfect if you’re hoping for a ceremony room that opens directly onto the lawns. When it comes to receptions, you’re spoilt for choice, as they can be hosted in one or all of the ground-floor rooms including the Tapestry Room (56 seated dining guests), the Library (109 seated dining guests), the Salon (56 seated dining guests), the Outer Hall, the Morning Room (56 seated dining guests), and the bar and lounge. When the weather is too good to stay indoors, guests can spill out onto the lawns directly from the Library and Salon. The venue also has a stretch tent located on the lawn, which you’re welcome to use. Overall, Leigh Court can hold up to 400 for the evening reception if you choose to hire a marquee. 16