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

ORCHARDLEIGH ESTATE 01373 472 550 | Nestled amidst 500 acres of parkland and lakes, Orchardleigh is a family-owned country estate in Somerset. The estate boasts a beautiful 19th-century stately home, romantic island church, 18-hole golf course and plenty of luxurious accommodation. Orchardleigh House and grounds will be exclusively yours for the duration of your day complete with plenty of stunning backdrops for your photographs. Ceremonies can be held in The Ballroom (up to 100 guests), The Great Hall (up to 130 guests), The Belvedere (up to 144 guests), or in the magnificent Orchardleigh House Gardens looking over the lake ( up to 150 guests). Alternatively, the estate’s island church is a super-romantic place to exchange your vows. Lit purely by candlelight, St Mary’s Church is situated on an island at the heart of the estate. The terrace and gardens offer a breath-taking spot for reception drinks and offer sweeping views across the estate. The Ballroom has a capacity of 150 for a memorable wedding breakfast, bursting with elegance it boasts high ceilings and feature windows. What’s more, because Orchardleigh is a private house, residents and guests can celebrate until dawn! The house can sleep 95 guests within 41 opulent bedrooms, with further accommodation potentially available in the estate cottages if required. QUANTOCK LAKES 07879 812 516 | Quantock Lakes is a multi-award-winning barn wedding venue nestled close to the famous Quantock Hills in Somerset. The venue hosts a limited number of weddings each year, ensuring an exclusive and personalised experience for its couples. Choose from a variety of wedding-day options as you arrive on wedding eve, stay for at least two nights and marry on a Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday. As you drive through the tree-lined entrance, escape the ordinary and immerse yourself in a tranquil world. This family-run, exclusive-use venue with accommodation sets the stage for an unforgettable celebration. Exchange vows in the enchanting Rustic Barn, illuminated by fairylights and offering panoramic views of the lakes and iconic Quantock Hills. Accommodating up to 100 guests, it’s a romantic setting for your “I dos.” Alternatively, the majestic Quantock Barn with tall ceilings, an inglenook fireplace, and stunning views is perfect for larger gatherings, hosting up to 250 guests. In fair weather, consider the picturesque lake pontoon for an al fresco ceremony. Continue the celebrations in the elegant Meadow Barn with bi-fold doors and a quartet of chandeliers, providing a delightful backdrop. Conclude the night in the Quantock Barn, where fairylit beams and a hand-crafted oak bar set the stage for an unforgettable party. After the festivities, continue your celebrations in the accommodation and in the morning, relish a full English breakfast, before bidding farewell to your guests. 20