Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding - February/March 2024 (Issue 99)

CROWCOMBE COURT 01984 618 478 | Crowcombe Court is a Grade I listed Georgian mansion located in the picturesque village of Crowcombe, around eight miles west of Taunton. The magnificent English Baroque-style house was built in the 1730s from amber-coloured bricks with Bath stone for the pilasters and frontispiece. Set in the foothills of the Quantock Hills, the beautiful grounds boast many a stunning photo opportunity from the lake to the croquet lawn. There’s also a wild woodland and guests are welcome to explore throughout the wedding celebrations. The Great Hall is a magnificent room for a civil ceremony and can seat up to 100 of your nearest and dearest. The intricate, original Italian plasterwork provides a grand and luxurious backdrop to your vows. What’s more, with flexibility in the room’s configuration you can set up the space just as you’d like it. The Carew Room is ideal for more intimate nuptials, and if the sun is shining, the Gazebo is a stunning option for an outdoor ceremony set amongst traditional English country gardens. The high ceilings of the Victorian Ballroom, adorned with crystal chandeliers offers a showstopping setting for your wedding breakfast and can seat up to 100 of your loved ones. The venue’s maximum capacity for an evening reception is 150. The combination of bespoke in-house catering, a reasonably priced wine list, the bar, and dancing in the Vaulted Undercroft gives you plenty of exciting options when planning your big day. As with all Gilchrist Collection venues Crowcombe Court has a bright and airy Getting Ready Room to prepare for the big day ahead, and a sumptuous honeymoon suite with a four-poster bed and roll-top bath to relax at the end of the night. Crowcombe Court also has a further 12 bedrooms and three apartments on site to accommodate guests. DUNSTER TITHE BARN 01643 821 658 | Dunster Tithe Barn, a stunning and unique venue, might be ancient but it boasts all the mod-cons, is fully accessible and has its own car park. This vast structure with huge oak doors benefits from heated wooden and stone floors, a fully-equipped commercial kitchen, and a centrally-located bar. Outside, you have direct access to the linhay and extensive walled gardens (hired separately via the Village Gardens Trust). These spaces are ideal for champagne, canapés, and garden games, and are adjoined by the church and dovecote. The folly Conygar Tower and Dunster Castle loom large, and to the north are extensive views across the Bristol Channel with nostalgic sounds of the steam railway to be heard from just a short distance away. The fully-beamed medieval Main Hall with impressive oak doors and minstrels gallery can host ceremonies for 120 guests seated. Alternatively, for more intimate “I dos,” the Meeting Room can host 60 guests seated. It’s more modern and carpeted but has been designed sympathetically to complement the Main Hall. Receptions too can be hosted in both the Main Hall and Club/Meeting Room. Maximum seated dining capacity for the former is 120, while more guests can be accommodated for an evening reception. 14