Your Devon and Cornwall Wedding - May/June 2023 (Issue 43)

MAY/JUN 2023 £3.55 FASHION, BEAUTY, GROOMS, HONEYMOONS, NEWS, VENUES, OFFERS AND MORE Barbie girl Movie-worthy wedding dresses Spotlight on... Venues in North and West Cornwall EXPERT ADVICE Local suppliers reveal all Little Silver Weddings has opened its doors for our styled shoot Something new EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY Cool ways with wedding catering LOVE AL FRESCO Tipis, yurts and outdoor spaces

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REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER A warm welcome from Claire 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the regions 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 62 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer big-day advice 93 COMPETITION Win a diamond and pearl necklace worth £1,100 CONTENTSMAY/JUNE 2023 VENUES 15 THE GREAT OUTDOORS Pick a tipi, marquee or a romantic outdoor space 21 SPOTLIGHT ON... Wedding venues in North and West Cornwall On the cover This photo was taken by Freeformimages Photography ( as part of an exclusive styled shoot in this issue. New wedding venue Little Silver Weddings was the location – check out all of the suppliers involved on page 47. 13 93 FEATURES 43 NATURAL WONDER The grounds of The Bedford Hotel in Tavistock in Devon provided the pretty backdrop for this styled shoot 47 SOMETHING NEW Little Silver Weddings is a new intimate wedding venue where this styled shoot took place 55 DRESS YOUR DAY YOUR WAY Local suppliers reveal their trend-setting styling ideas for celebrations this summer 59 COOL CATERERS We reveal what’s new in the wedding catering world 3

HONEYMOONS 86 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 88 HOORAY FOR HAMPSHIRE! Find out what makes the New Forest such a special spot for mini-mooners 90 THE CITY OF LOVE Discover why Paris is perfect for honeymoons 92 RIVERSIDE ROMANCE The Mitre Hampton Court is the perfect location for a night away for two FASHION & BEAUTY 64 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 65 I’M A BARBIE GIRL Take inspiration from summer’s most anticipated movie release with fun, flirty styles 71 SHORT AND SWEET The thigh’s the limit with this chic selection of shorter-length bridal dresses 74 FASHION AND BEAUTY Q&A What’s new and trending in the bridal beauty and fashion world 75 DESERT ROSE Your honeymoon suitcase shouldn’t take off without these summery staples 76 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with these must-haves for the bride-to-be 78 SKIN DEEP We caught up with Angela Langford whose eponymous brand offers a wide range of skin care designed to make you feel great 80 BRIGHTEN UP YOUR LIFE Celebrity hair stylist Michael Douglas, talks wedding dos and tells us about OGX’s new Colour Retention range 81 KEEP CALM AND MARRY ON Professional nutritionists at Wedding Wellness share their stress-beating tips 65 76 24 90 REAL WEDDINGS 24 ONE FINE DAY Devon wedding venue Shilstone provided the timeless backdrop for Melissa and Joshua’s big day 31 LOVE AL FRESCO Carina and Matt’s wedding enjoyed the stunning backdrop of Devon’s Harefield Barn 36 THE SEASON FOR LOVERS Demelza and Iain’s summer wedding in Plymouth enjoyed a colourful peacock theme GROOMS 82 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 83 WATCH THIS SPACE Expert advice on choosing a watch for your wedding 84 GREEN WITH ENVY We’ve rounded up some of the latest on-trend products for the groom-to-be 4

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I’m a big fan of Devon-based wedding venue Harefield Barn in Crediton so when the owner, Deborah got in touch with me with the real wedding of Carina and Matthew, I jumped at the chance to feature it. Their special day is shared on page 33. With Easter and the rainy spell a distant memory, wedding season is now upon us. For those of you who have just become engaged (maybe you enjoyed an Easter or coronation proposal) then congratulations, you’re at the beginning of your wedding planning journey and I’m hoping you’ll find some time to read this over the many May bank holidays that we have this year! For those of you putting the finishing touches to a summer celebration then take inspiration from our local real-life wedding couples and advice from a host of expert regional suppliers. That’s not all – there’s also all the latest wed-day news, exclusive offers, fashion, beauty and European hot-spots for dreamy honeymoons closer to home. Until the next issue... Claire x ISSN 2397-4133 Your Devon & Cornwall Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Events & Publishing Ltd. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility for advert content, or of the standing of advertisers or by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Your Devon & Cornwall Wedding is published six times a year. Claire Ridley, Editor In the summertime cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS Wow! This is my kinda mini-moon! Escape to a vintage American airstream in Dittisham, Devon, with Finest Retreats. Read all about it on page nine. This platinum blue sapphire and diamond ring will be your something blue. It’s from jewellers Monty’s located in Exeter, Devon. They pride themselves on their handmade precious items. Find out more on page 74. I adore bride Melissa’s wedding dress and her beautiful bridal bag that she chose for her big day at wedding venue Shilstone in Ivybridge, Devon. Read her wedding story on page 24. This outdoor wedding shot taken at The Bedford Hotel in the heart of Tavistock is from our exclusive shoot in this issue – I’m a big fan of this hotel and photographer Louise Richey’s work! Check it out on page 43. ADVERTISING Account Manager Tony Smith | 01376 538 562 @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and DESIGN 01376 535 616 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis | 01376 535 602 EDITORIAL Editor Claire Ridley | 01376 535 611 The new wedding venue Little Silver Weddings provided the beautiful backdrop for our second shoot in this issue. Turn to page 47 to see this delightful set-up photographed by the talented Freeformimages Photography. 6

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Nearlywed The latest news from both counties THE MOLE RESORT IN DEVON SET TO UNVEIL ENERGY POSITIVE LODGE As part of its ongoing commitment to the environment and target to be a Net Zero resort, L+R Hotels has designed a ground-breaking Energy Positive Lodge for its newest development, The Mole Resort in Devon. The lodge produces more energy than it consumes – generating its energy through an array of solar PV panels and with a fabricfirst approach at the heart of its design. A showcase of sustainable development and energy efficiency, this innovative lodge allows guests to play their part in tackling the climate crisis by offering them a stay at the Mole Resort, knowing they will not only be in a lodge that is first of its kind but also setting new standards in green energy. Features of the Energy Positive Lodge include: •Shower heat recovery – a heat system that works by extracting the heat from waste water from baths and showers. This is used to heat the incoming mains water for showers, reducing the requirement for the energy to heat water to temperature. •Sustainable lighting is used throughout the lodge. •Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) systems use a heat exchanger to capture the warmth of stale air from inside the building to heat the incoming air and are highly efficient - up to 85% of energy is retained. •Insulation - high-performing and well-insulated building fabric has been used. •Triple glazing - the third pane of glass located halfway between the inner and outer panes of double glazing, creates two air locks which improve the energy performance of regular double glazing by around 50%. •High-Temperature Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP) - used as part of an efficient all-electric heating solution which includes heating the hot tub - ERP rated A++ •Sunamp - heat batteries use a patented phase change material that provides a low-carbon, reliable space-saving thermal battery storage system. The energy is released to deliver hot water. •7KW electric vehicle charging point. Many of the features have been adopted on other lodges at the resort, delivering an average reduction in CO2 of 43.68%. John Allen, development director at L+R Hotels, commented: “People are aware of the climate crisis as the greatest challenge facing our society at the moment. Being eco-conscious is at the heart of everything we do, and I believe this lodge is leading the change in terms of green buildings in the leisure sector - we think it’s the first of its kind.” He added, “Our team spoke at the early stages of The Mole about the design, and is committed to reducing the environmental impact of the construction, to provide cleaner, more sustainable developments for future generations. I genuinely believe we’re the first to offer this to the holiday lodge market and we’re sure with such exceptional green credentials it will be very popular.” To book, visit NEWS ENJOY A DEVONSHIRE MINI-MOON IN A VINTAGE AMERICAN AIRSTREAM WITH FINEST RETREATS Couples wanting a mini-moon in Devon will love the 1956 vintage American airstream available to book through Finest Retreats. The classic trailer is a Sovereign of the Road model that’s hidden away in a secluded corner within a private woodland setting in the Dartmoor hills offering quirky accommodation for two people. It boasts a large outdoor deck with a dining table and chairs, a parasol, a barbecue, sun loungers, a double hammock, outdoor chess and table football, and an indulgent outdoor oak Japanese wood-fired spa bath. There’s also a smart TV, sound system, Wi-fi, combination oven, induction hob, fridge, dishwasher, power shower, and even under-floor heating and air conditioning. Short stays are available with a minimum of two nights. To book, visit rentals/chalet-dittisham-vintage-american-airstream NEW AMBITIONS FOR DRAKE’S ISLAND IN PLYMOUTH Devon businessman and owner of Drake’s Island, Morgan Phillips, has purchased the six-acre fortress located off the coast of Plymouth. He is now planning for the future of the island, looking to build two hotels, a museum, and a well-being centre on it. Drake’s Island was named after Sir Francis Drake, who set sail from there in 1577 to circumnavigate the globe – and Mr Phillips says there are no plans to ever change the name of the island which is an integral part of the city’s history. Read the full interview at 9 LOCAL NEWS

DEVON VOTED BEST UK COUNTY Devon has always been a popular destination to visit. It’s well-known for its breathtaking coastlines, medieval villages and inspiring landscapes. Telegraph Travel experts have named Devon as England’s greatest county and after a few trips to Bovey Castle, nestled in the rolling valleys of Dartmoor National Park, we couldn’t agree more. According to their methodology, Devon scored a total of 828 points, a 79-point lead ahead of second place. The list compared the 48 counties across four categories including ‘Natural Wonders’, ‘History & Culture’, ‘Luxuries’, and ‘Peace & Quiet’ – all of which Devon thrive in. To book a stay, visit and read more about weddings at this property on page 17. DEVON PHOTOGRAPHER MARTYN NORSWORTHY RANKED NUMBER ONE Devon wedding photographer Martyn Norsworthy has been awarded Finalist status in this year’s One Eyeland Top 10 Wedding Photos 2022. His award-winning photo titled ‘proud mother’ was captured at Charlotte and James’s wedding at Salcombe Harbour Hotel last September. Shot during the bridal reveal, it shows Charlotte and her dad embracing, but it’s the background image of her proud mother that makes it too - these moments are priceless. This is the third year that Martyn has been lucky enough to be granted this status. Pushing his rankings up in the One Eyeland Wedding Photographers list to Number One in the UK. To book Martyn for your wedding, visit UK ROAD TRIPS OFFER RENTAL HOMES WITH A SUPERCAR IN DEVON Take a road trip to remember in a Ferrari F8 Spider or Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante on one of the UK’s stunning driving routes – from the Cotswolds to coastal roads through Dorset and Devon. StayOne - the community of like-minded owners and guests of the top percentage of the world’s finest properties - has partnered with private members’ supercar club, Auto Vivendi, with supercars delivered to, or collected from any StayOne home in the UK or Auto Vivendi Club Hub. A luxury Devon home in Kingsbridge that sleeps up to 10 people is included in the offering. This charming home features uninterrupted views of the river and rolling countryside of South Hams, with one of Devon’s premier beaches a stone’s throw away. Taking inspiration from the laid-back, beach house style, this ineffable home has been completely renovated in 2020 for maximum comfort. Explore the stunning northern coast of Devon and Cornwall along The Atlantic Highway. Stretching from Bridgewater to Bude, visitors will pass through charming villages, secluded beaches and the wonderful Exmoor National Park, with its winding lanes. To find out more and to book, visit england/devon/luxury-devon-home-5-minute-walk-to-the-beach 10

EDITOR LOVES Falmouth has once again been recognised as one of the ‘go-to’ destinations in the UK. The creative coastal town has been highlighted as one of the most luxurious travel destinations and also featured in the respected online lifestyle magazine Muddy Stiletto’s ‘Best Places to Live’ list within the Cornwall region. Richard Wilcox, executive director of Falmouth Business Improvement District (BID) said: “It’s great news that Falmouth has been included in these listings for its many quality-led experiences. These recognitions reinforce the proactive town partnerships and sophisticated businesses that continue to think innovatively within such a challenging environment. The ongoing investment by our excellent hoteliers and accommodation providers and the wide range of brilliant independent food and drink, retail and coastal lifestyle businesses that have opened here, has in turn, attracted even more creative and entrepreneurial enterprises to our dynamic port town.” “Furthermore, as the Business Improvement District and Town Team, we have undertaken a range of innovative projects, a year-round festivals programme, excellent digital platforms, an active cruise ships schedule and more to drive year-round interest and investment. All of which ensures that Falmouth continues to be viewed as a desirable destination to visit, live, work or study in.” To plan a visit to the region, visit LUXURY LODGES ANNOUNCES HOLIDAY HOMES IN BUDE Luxury Lodges, a collection of five-star self-catering resorts across Britain’s most-loved holiday destinations, has announced the development of 27 residences for sale at the North Cornwall site, Bude Coastal Resort, following a £10 million investment. Located on the North East coast of Cornwall, Bude Coastal Resort offers the ideal setting to explore Bude and other Cornish coastal towns, alongside the destination’s vibrant local markets, historic hot spots and beautiful country houses, all of which are set against a backdrop of the rugged Bodmin Moor. This development by Luxury Lodges marks the first opportunity for prospective buyers to purchase a second home at the resort, offering a complete turnkey solution and investment opportunity. The newly built, spacious properties at Bude Coastal Resort will sit within a private gated area of the resort and will feature unrivalled amenities, including outdoor hot tubs, pergolas, state-of-the-art appliances throughout, and chic roof terraces in two of the residences. Designed in neutral colours, the residences complement the beachside location of the resort and are both light and airy in the summer months and cosy and comforting in the winter. All owners will have access to full resort amenities, including the coffee shop, indoor swimming pool and sauna, treatment rooms, preferential rates and access to the local golf course and club. Jack Hurley, commercial director of Luxury Lodges, commented: “We are proud to be employing local people and sourcing local materials where possible, and our project is predicted to create 10 direct jobs and 20 indirect per annum in the local area. We are endeavouring to support the local community by sending guests to Bude to enjoy the restaurants, cafes, and attractions there, as well as encouraging guests to explore the local area around their Residence and take to the bridle paths to enjoy Bude and the beach by foot.” To find out more, NEW ROMANTIC GETAWAY PACKAGE UNVEILED AT CORNWALL’S WYNDHAM TRENYTHON MANOR Couples can immerse themselves in nature at Wyndham Trenython Manor in Cornwall. This peaceful seaside retreat is offering a Romantic Retreat package that includes a two-night stay in a hotel room or one of the self-contained lodges with breakfast and one three-course dinner. A chilled bottle of prosecco, rose petals, chocolates and balloons will greet guests on arrival. They will have access to the estate’s spa, where they can experience rejuvenating spa treatments before heading to the sauna and jacuzzi. Following a day relaxing at the elegant estate or enjoying romantic walks along the Cornish coast or in the Lost Gardens of Heligan, guests can indulge in a special dinner at the hotel’s Da Kona fine-dining restaurant. The restaurant strives to use locally produced ingredients to celebrate seasonal British cuisine, alongside an extensive wine list. The Romantic Getaway package starts at £150 per person. To book, visit 11 LOCAL NEWS

An enchanting 16th century barn, with an abundance of authentic rustic features, nestled amongst some of Mid Devon’s most beautiful scenery. 07770 997134 • 01278 555107 Your dream countryside wedding ...come true ENQUIRE NOW FOR 2023 DATES Thorne Farm • Stoodleigh • Tiverton • Devon EX16 9QG Hawke Barn is a fully inclusive venue and welcomes everyone • Selection of packages from 2-7 nights • Secluded countryside location • Luxury accomodation for 18 on-site • Barn or lakeside ceremony options • Wonderful photo opportunities • Fully equipped kitchens • Dogs and horses positively encouraged • Camping and glamping options • 15 minutes to mainline railway • Parking not a problem! We sell our dresses at a minimum of half the RRP. We have an array of dresses, all designer, various size, style and colours, so why not pop along and try a few, let’s see if we can find your “I do” dress. BRIDAL RELOVED BARNSTAPLE 1st & 2nd floor, 4 Cross St, Barnstaple, Devon EX31 1BD 01271 375 877, 01392 832483 A beautiful location for your perfect day LORD HALDON COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL

ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURDEVONCORNWALL.WEDDING BEFORE 30TH JUNE 2023. ENJOY A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES WITH TREWITHEN DAIRY At this year’s Royal Cornwall Show taking place over three days from the 8th until the 10th of June, Cornish-based Trewithen Dairy will have the red carpet ready to transport guests to a ‘Night at the Movies’ where they will be giving away 12,000 of their cinema-inspired scones. The key ingredient in these is the legendary Cornish clotted cream from this family-run dairy and there will be three different flavours to try influenced by the silver screen. These include a savoury It’s Not Your Nacho, a mix of salsa, spicy jalapeno and clotted cream on a cheese scone base. The sweet Salted Caramel Popcorn is a tasty combination of salted caramel sauce with clotted cream and crunchy popcorn and The Strawberry Milkshake is a candy pink-coloured scone topped with sprinkles and a strawberry. Your Devon & Cornwall Wedding can reveal that visitors to the show will be encouraged to vote for their favourite and receive an exclusive discount voucher to use on Trewithen products. Trewithen Dairy’s ‘Scone Revolution’ has brought a fresh new take on the classic cream tea over the years, making clotted cream more versatile and appealing to a wider range of tastes. Francis Clarke, director at Trewithen Dairy, says: “The ‘Scone Revolution’ is all about reimagining the cream tea. Jam and cream is a classic combination for a reason, but there’s a whole new world of flavour sensations that complement Cornish clotted cream. This year we wanted to inspire with a taste of movie magic. My favourite? The crunchy salty nachos and jalapeno on top of our indulgent cream instantly transports you to watch your favourite films in the cinema.” Royal Cornwall Show is the county’s biggest annual event, with thousands of visitors from near and far set to descend on the agricultural show. The ‘Night at the Movies - Scone Revolution’ follows on from the huge success of the Sweet Shop Scone Revolution and Britpop-themed ‘Great British Scone Revolution’ hosted by Trewithen Dairy at previous Royal Cornwall Shows. Experts in all things dairy, Trewithen Dairy is encouraging everyone to get involved in the #SconeRevolution by recreating recipes at home and sharing them on social feeds. #SconeRevolution #nightatthemovies To find out more, visit and Take advantage of these great giveaways WIN A £250 VOUCHER TO SPEND WITH COEUR DE LION The hunt for the perfect bridal jewellery stops here, with a chance to win £250 worth of jewels from COEUR DE LION – celebrating 35 years in business this year! Handmade in Germany, each piece is lovingly crafted by a team of artisans from the finest materials at its Stuttgart workshop, genuine natural stones, shimmering crystals and freshwater pearls give each piece individuality. The brand’s new freshwater pearl collection offers the ideal bridal jewellery, or you could choose to spend your winning voucher on lovely gifts for all your bridesmaids. Visit to view the entire range. County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with COEUR DE LION to offer readers the chance to win a £250 voucher. Enter via our website. Terms and Conditions apply. Freebies & OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

A wedding is a unique and wonderful day for every couple. What better way to celebrate your special day than in a beautifully decorated marquee in a picturesque setting? Whether you’re thinking of hosting a small intimate gathering, or a lavish event with no expense spared, our quality selection of marquees can be tailored to your guest list and requirements. We’ll ensure every aspect of your wedding is catered for, from working with you to design the perfect theme, to providing subtle lighting, heating and furniture to keep guests comfortable throughout the day and night. & DEVON SOMERSET MARQUEES ASH FARM, STOODLEIGH, DEVON EX16 9QF | 01398 351 210 | | | DSMarquees CR EAT I NG UNFORGETTABLE MEMOR I E S Book for 2024 now. See website for availability Contact 07791 978628 Ceremony License? In application.

The great outdoors Pick a tipi, marquee or a romantic outdoor space What’s new? GIDLEIGH PARK HAS BEEN AWARDED A MICHELIN STAR The award-winning luxury manor and wedding venue Gidleigh Park and its executive head chef Chris Eden is celebrating the news that Gidleigh Park in Devon has been awarded a Michelin star, following the release of the Michelin Guide 2023. Chris Eden commented, “I’m incredibly proud to head up Gidleigh Park’s kitchen and to work with such passionate and hard-working people, whose dedication gives our guests the best experience. This award belongs to everyone at the hotel – as a team they deserve it. I’d also like to recognise our producers, who are at the heart of what we do at Gidleigh Park – each day we showcase the amazing produce we have in the west country, and realise how lucky we are to be located here”. Simon Franks, the general manager of Gidleigh Park commented, “Chris has so much passion for everything he does in the kitchen, the ardent development of his team, our magical location, and the incredible produce of Devon, which all shines through into his menus. We are delighted that Gidleigh Park has been awarded a Michelin star, it is a fantastic reflection of what Chris and the whole team work so hard to deliver to our guests every day”. Chris is a champion of local producers, handling ingredients with exceptional skill and care, with the seasonal bounty from the hotel’s kitchen garden also regularly informing the menus. The restaurant at Gidleigh Park is open for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday. Exclusive-use weddings take place at this hotel for up to 50 guests while daytime weddings can host an intimate 28 loved ones. There are 24 luxurious bedrooms and suites for guests to enjoy and 107 acres of mature gardens and woodland perched on the River Teign. During the summer months, guests can enjoy drinks and canapés on the terrace overlooking the hotel’s gardens and across to Meldon Moor beyond. The opportunity to capture memorable moments is endless, whether it’s in the Victorian Water Gardens just for two people or all of the guests gathered on the old stone steps in front of the house. For further information or to book, visit POB HOTELS ANNOUNCE UPDATES PoB Hotels, a collection of carefully curated rooms, Michelin-starred restaurants and award-winning chefs and spas, invites guests to savour spring with seasonal flavours that showcase British homegrown produce. The Headland Hotel & Spa in Cornwall has just launched a new restaurant by the sea, RenMor, showcasing the freshest of flavours with locally-sourced produce and daily-caught fish in Cornish-style dishes, reflecting its surroundings. RenMor champions the true flavours of coastal Cornwall with a modern appreciation of the county’s food heritage. Executive chef, Fred Goodrich, uses the freshest, local ingredients in dishes. Working closely with local suppliers, ingredients are sustainably sourced with fish coming directly from the nearby fishing boats each day and produce from surrounding farms. Guests will enjoy honest Cornish cuisine cooked with flair whilst enjoying the breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean overlooking Fistral Bay. Couples can now get married on the cliffs overlooking the ocean at this five-star hotel. Positioned on a private headland, the majestic Victorian hotel has recently secured the licence to host outdoor wedding ceremonies on its lower lawns. In addition to this, it also boasts beautifully decorated, elegant private rooms oozing old-style grandeur and charm. To find out more and to book, visit 15 THEMED VENUES Nestled in 275 acres of rolling valleys of Dartmoor National Park, luxury country house hotel Bovey Castle is home to 60 bedrooms, 22 self-catering country lodges, an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, Smith’s Brasserie and the Elan Spa. Outdoor ceremonies can enjoy The Summerhouse that’s set in a quiet corner of the grounds flanked by tall yew hedges and herbaceous borders. Inside, there’s a selection of stylish function suites including the Cathedral Room for between 80 and 120 guests, The Adam Room for between 18 to 30 loved ones and the Library for an intimate soiree of up to 14 people. Receptions take place in the Great Western, Art Decostyle suite for up to 120 guests, in the Bovey Room for up to 30 and in the Mulberry Room for an intimate 14 loved ones. On-site experiences include falconry, archery, cider and sloe ginmaking plus the Off Road Driving Experience. This adrenaline-fuelled activity allows visitors to drive a 4x4 Land Rover 110 Defender around the tracks in the outer-estate woodlands, experiencing incredible views across the moors. Seasonal offers include a one-hour off-road driving experience priced from £75 per person when sharing, or £150 for a solo drive. A two-night stay at Bovey Castle costs from £319 per room per night, based on two people sharing a classic room on a B&B basis including one dinner at Smith’s Brasserie with a £50 resort credit, available until 31st May. T&Cs apply. To find out more and to book, call 01647 445 000 or visit

MILLBROOK COTTAGES & ESTATE UNVEILS WEDDING PACKAGES This beautifully scenic 32-acre private country estate in North Devon offers the perfect backdrop for an intimate outdoor wedding. The Summer House is licensed for elopement weddings just for couples, as well as ceremonies for up to six guests. The doors can open so that couples can enjoy a nearly alfresco wedding ceremony during the warmer months. Millbrook’s Runaway Weddings are designed to ensure a couple’s wedding day is stress-free. The Runaway and Elopement packages start from £999 for two including a two-night stay at the award-winning accommodation Pulley Mill, a wedding ceremony in the Summer House and a bottle of champagne or non-alcoholic fizz (excludes registrar fees). Up to six guests can attend the ceremony for £50 each (including a glass of champagne). Extras including a photographer to capture memories of the special day, pamper treatments, cream tea and private dining can be added for a charge. Pulley Mill features high, oak-beamed ceilings and fabulous views over the estate. The luxurious, spacious and light bedroom has a king-size bed and features an apex ceiling, enabling newlyweds to gaze at the night sky courtesy of a Galaxy Star gazing machine. The galleried kitchen with a balustrade balcony is picture-perfect and the bathroom with a blue feature wall has the real wow factor. In the open-plan lounge/dining room, there’s a fantastic window seat with fabulous views. Other accommodation options include Lake View, The Wheel Room, Corncott and Rose Cottage. For more information, call 01769 629 069 or visit DEER’S LEAP RETREAT, SOUTH MOLTON, DEVON This stunning wedding venue is surrounded by 15 acres of farmland, situated on the edge of Exmoor’s national park which provides stunning vistas of rolling fields and moorland from everywhere on the property. The stone barn features a private bar with comfy sofas and chairs, exposed wooden beams offset by cartwheels draped in fairylights, a large wood-burning fire, stone-flagged flooring and large doors opening out on to the sun-drenched, south-facing patio that overlooks the lake and gazebo. The patio area provides a relaxed space for champagne and cocktails and garden games can be enjoyed on the large adjacent lawn. An extended terrace outside the barn and the column heaters and firepits provide warmth during the balmy evenings. At dusk, fairylights and festoon lighting lead guests down to the lantern-lit lake for fireworks reflecting in the water fired to the couple’s choice of song. Outdoor ceremonies take place under the wooden lakeside gazebo perched on the side of the lake surrounded by rolling countryside. It accommodates up to 150 guests under a stretch canopy lit with romantic festoon lighting. Alternatively, the rustic-inspired barn with original stone walls offers an indoor option with its hand-crafted wooden fixtures and fittings adding to the ambience for up to 150 guests and receptions also take place here. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01398 341 407, •We love… the large luxury farmhouse which sleeps 21 guests complete with a sauna, hot tub, large kitchen and lounges plus the glamping village and one-bedroom bridal suite with a conservatory and hot tub that are all set on a secluded site with complete privacy, surrounded by nature. Photography of the stretch tent courtesy of 16 CUCKOO DOWN FARM GLAMPING, WEST HILL, DEVON This beautiful and secluded farm located in East Devon with meadows and oak woodlands offers couples the opportunity to host a festival-style glamping wedding weekend with plenty of space to put up a tipi or marquee. Ceremonies take place in the bluebell-filled wedding glade situated in the oak woods next to the wedding marquee or in the marquee that holds up to 150 guests. The seven-acre meadow provides space for glamping or camping (campervans welcome!) with five award-winning glamping tents available for wedding guests, each boasting a hot tub. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 07738 687 246 or 01404 811 714, •We love… the opportunity to book the entire weekend for the wedding celebration with couples enjoying a free weekend glamping stay which they can either book before the wedding to get to know the venue and plan their day, or they can take it afterwards to celebrate their first anniversary. NEW WEDDING VENUE LITTLE SILVER WEDDINGS OPENS IN DEVON Overlooking the Taw River valley in North Devon, guests are treated to ever-changing scenery and stunning countryside views at this new venue, whilst being immersed in nature. Hosting up to 12 people, ceremonies take place in a choice of seven licensed locations including in the Victorian grotto with two guests stood by the pond; on the lawn against the backdrop of the river; under the cover of the charming period verandah of the main house; in the atrium of Little Silver Nugget; in front of Little Silver Pheasant (the bright blue shepherd hut in the apple orchard) or in the Wivvy which is a smaller shepherd hut. Each space is unique allowing for versatility and a personalised element to the vows. To book call 01769 615 040, or visit Turn to page 49 to see our exclusive styled shoot at the venue.

SCAN TO VIEW VIDEO      Boringdon Park Golf Weddings Plymbridge Road . Plympton . PL7 4QG 01752 339113 Call or email Amanda Taylor for more details A premier venue in Plymouth for the perfect wedding Plan your dream wedding with an exclusive personalised package at one of Plymouth and Devon’s favourite wedding venues. With stunning panoramic views across Plymouth Sound and Dartmoor, Boringdon Park is an elegant and modern venue thats the perfect location for your special day. Set in the heart of 200 acres of delightful grounds savour the magnificent vista as you approach our ever-popular venue up the impressive driveway – views that will give you a memorable backdrop to an unforgettable day. We are now booking weddings for 2024-2025 with limited late availability for 2023. THE IMPERIAL HOTEL EXMOUTH Telephone 01395 274761. Option 2 IMPERIAL HOTEL, ESPALNADE, EXMOUTH, DEVON EX8 2SW THE 2021 WEDDING INDUSTRY AWARDS: NATIONAL WINNER IMAGE BY JOSHUA GOODING PHOTOGRAPHY Upton Barn - Advertorial - Your Devon & Cornwall Magazine (quarter page)_rev 2.indd 1 29/09/2021 14:44 Here at Cuckoo Down Farm, there is the opportunity to hold a small number of weddings every year. For this, you will have exclusive hire of the farm. This includes the glamping accommodation, use of the three-acre woodland and additional festival-style pitch-your-own camping for guests. The farm is very much a blank canvas for your wedding. You can hire a marquee or tepee, organise your own bar and catering, book your own entertainment and devise your own ceremony. CUCKOO DOWN FARM LOWER BROAD OAK ROAD WEST HILL DEVON EX11 1UE Telephone: 01404 811 714 or 07738 687 246 • Email:

THE VENUE AT COXLEIGH, BARNSTAPLE, DEVON Situated in the heart of North Devon on a 400-acre family-run farm, this rustic and romantic setting is enveloped by scenic rolling hills with panoramic views across Exmoor. The secluded location offers a magical hideaway for a laid-back wedding in the rustic-inspired events venue where guests can explore the scenic woodland walks, spend a night star gazing or soak up the golden sunsets. Blessings can take place outside overlooking the valley and sea, or by the lake. Receptions are usually held inside the stunning Nordic tipis which can accommodate up to 200 guests and provide a blank canvas for couples to style as they wish. Paired with bespoke tables and benches, there’s also a dancefloor lit up by fairylights and guests can enjoy burning s’mores over the roaring firepits, or get cosy in the chill-out areas. Ceremony licence? No Contact: 07775 880 398, •We love… that if couples choose the venue, they’ll have exclusivity for the entire weekend. The event packages are flexible and if couples book before August 2023, they’ll receive a 10% discount on their package. MOUNT EDGCUMBE HOUSE AND COUNTRY PARK, TORPOINT, DEVON Mount Edgcumbe House is a beautifully-restored Tudor-style property with carved granite facings and round turrets at each corner. One of only three Grade I listed landscapes in the South West, Mount Edgcumbe covers more than 860 acres of landscape and boasts amazing views over Plymouth Sound. Inside is a collection of antique furniture, oil paintings and porcelains collected over the centuries by members of the Edgcumbe family. There’s also a stunning staircase providing a grand entrance to the ceremony. There are three licensed rooms for ceremonies plus an outdoor Summer House. The Great Hall with the option of the gallery can accommodate between two and 120 guests while The Drawing Room is an elegantly furnished space with a grand piano and a marble fireplace for up to 80. The Library is an intimate area for up to 30 guests offering a spectacular vista across the tree-lined avenue as it rolls down to the sea. The Earls Garden Summer House for outdoor ceremonies for up to 120 guests commands an elevated position overlooking the East Lawn with views stretching across Plymouth Sound towards Plymouth Hoe. Receptions take place in the light and airy marquee seating up to 150 guests and accommodating more than 200 in the evening. It’s nestled in the exclusive Earl’s Garden offering the modern comforts of a reinforced glass structure with exclusive private gardens for guests to enjoy. This flexible option allows couples to plan their day as they wish with the caterers, bar and bands of their choice. The second reception choice is the historic Orangery seating up to 120 guests overlooking the Italian Garden in the Lower Park. Camellia Catering provides all of the wedding catering and drinks and couples can have a band or DJ with up to 200 guests dancing the night away. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01752 822 236, •We love… that a photo safari can be arranged for the happy couple and their photographer to explore some of the amazing places the park has to offer and capture some unforgettable moments on their special day. There’s a buggy service available for guests who arrive at the park on the foot ferry from Plymouth, bringing them through the stunning gardens to the ceremony at the house before whisking them to their reception venue at the Orangery afterwards. Photograph courtesy of Yeti Photography & Indigo Perspective Photography 19 THEMED VENUES HATCH MARQUEE HIRE, AVAILABLE ACROSS THE SOUTH WEST These marquees offer the very latest in design and are tailor-made for each event. The team help couples choose a venue through their online marquee venue listing for both regions where a range of locations are offered, from field sites against the backdrop of spectacular coastal views to some of the finest country houses in the South West. The frame or Clearspan marquees are free-standing structures without any centre poles or guy ropes which means that they fit into their own footprint and are great if a little tight on space. They can be installed onto a variety of surfaces and are the perfect equipment for exposed sites (coastal or hilltop) as frame marquees can withstand higher wind speeds which makes them the best option for both summer and winter weddings. Frame marquees are available in three-metre, six-metre, nine-metre, 12-metre and 15-metre widths and can be designed to suit the number of guests and the layout required. The marquees interlock neatly giving enormous flexibility to create bespoke venues with separate spaces for dining reception and dance areas, bars, and catering tents. There’s also a broad range of equipment to style the structures with. Clear roofs help define the different spaces within a marquee and are often used as a feature over a dancefloor, revealing the stars! Alternatively, they can be used to create a bar or reception area either as part of the main marquee or as a marquee bubble attached to the main marquee. Ceremony licence? No, but couples use a marquee for a blessing or humanist service in which case we can provide a layout which allows space for ceremony seating. Contact: 01548 550322, •We love… that couples can book a completely clear marquee for a uniquely different feel that lends itself to feature lighting and hanging decorations.

Where Wedding Dreams Do Come True! An English Historical Landmark Bickleigh Castle Bickleigh Castle, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 8RP | 01884 855 363 | BC_Devon_Cornwall_Wedding_mag_July2019.indd 1 20/07/2019 10:16 Bickleigh Castle, Tiverton, Devon EX16 8RP | 01884 855 363 | A secluded rural hideaway, set in 45 acres of rolling Cornish countryside. • Licensed for civil ceremonies • • Weddings up to 150 • • Accommodation for 65 guests • • Spa facilities • • Exclusive hire • T: 01752 371 507 | E: ST. CLETHER, LAUNCESTON, PL15 8PS

NORTH AND WEST CORNWALL Spotlight on What’s new? THE FIVE MOST POPULAR SPAS IN CORNWALL HAVE BEEN REVEALED Fistral Beach on the North Coast of Cornwall has been revealed as Cornwall’s most booked spa. The findings have been unveiled by which totalled 31.41% of all bookings made in Cornwall this year. In second place was St Ives Harbour Hotel and Spa and taking the third spot located not far from Fistral Beach in Newquay was Bedruthan Hotel and Spa. In fourth place came Polurrian on the Lizard and in 5th place with 9.69% of the bookings in Cornwall was St Michaels Resort. •1 - FISTRAL BEACH HOTEL AND SPA Soothed by the sounds of the sea, this hotel offers a laid-back beachy vibe that is carried through to its spa. Here, guests will find stylish interiors and a holistic experience. Float in the pool in the spa featuring underwater music, or relax in the steam room and spa bath. The treatment menu is extensive and includes organic GAIA rituals, including an ocean ritual and crystal therapy. •2 - ST IVES HOTEL AND SPA Cornish getaways don’t come much more boutique and relaxing than this. Just steps from the seashore, guests will be enchanted by the coastal views and salty fresh air afforded from so many vantage points in the hotel. The sea theme is carried into the spa, with a pool and hot tub as well as luxury body and facial treatments, which include a signature sea salt body exfoliation, all designed to leave guests feeling revitalised. •3 - BEDRUTHAN HOTEL AND SPA This coastal, Cornish spa has the added benefit of panoramic sea views, giving guests a sense of fresh air and space. There are many experiences to choose from, with holistic therapists guiding them through personalised massages or mind-slowing meditation. The Sensory Garden is especially healing, offering seven stages which draw on the sights, sounds, aromas and textures of nature. •4 - POLURRIAN ON THE LIZARD With an unrivalled location atop a cliff overlooking the waves below, this hotel is rich in natural beauty, offering a feeling of wellness just by being there. Its leisure and spa facilities extend this by offering outdoor swimming, yoga classes and a verandah for relaxation where seals can be spotted swimming. Inside, luxurious treatments are available that will make guests feel rejuvenated before maybe indulging in a sunset beach walk. •5 - ST MICHAELS RESORT Effortlessly stylish, this contemporary hotel with its fantastic spa brings the outdoors in. Guests will need all day in the spa to make the most of its facilities, from its Cornish sea salt steam room to a large hydrotherapy pool. There’s an extensive treatment menu to choose from including signature spa treatments, as well as a deep relaxation room and a barrel sauna overlooking the sea. For more information or to book visit or call 0800 043 6600. We reveal where to wed in this stunning part of the region SPRING INTO SUMMER AT THE ST MORITZ HOTEL AND COWSHED SPA IN TREBETHERICK, CORNWALL The St Moritz Hotel first opened in the 1940s when city dwellers rejoiced in the opportunity to get away and feel the freedom and vital fresh air benefits of both the coast and country. More recently in 2009, under the guidance of brothers Hugh and Steve Ridgway, the St Moritz Hotel that’s located on the North Cornish coast was reborn. Taking their creative 21st-century approach to the original experience, they rebuilt the building alongside Cornish designers Absolute, following the classic styling of the Art Deco era, re-imagining the ultimate coastal hotel holiday experience for global travellers and holidaymakers of all ages. Think delicious dinners, full Cornish breakfasts, mocktails and cocktails plus signature Cowshed massages or facials in the Cowshed Spa (the only one you’ll find outside of a Soho House) and you get the idea. Various packages are available to book, at 21 LOCAL VENUES

THE DRIFTWOOD SPAS, ST. AGNES This unique wedding venue hosts elopement-style ceremonies with just the couple and maybe their dog, or a larger gathering of up to 82 guests offering flexibility for celebrations of all shapes and sizes. The venue is home to 15 bedrooms offering bed and breakfast accommodation and there’s a complimentary stay if a minimum spend is met. Ceremonies take place overlooking the beautiful Trevaunance Cove, followed by drinks and canapés in the Cliffside Garden. The newly licensed, hand-made oak structure is the perfect place to say vows, with just over eighty guests watching on. Decorated with cliffside lights, fairylights and foliage, it’s the perfect pick for an outdoor wedding. Alternatively, the rustic-inspired Wheel Room is ideal for smaller gatherings, or as a backup to the garden celebration in case of Cornish drizzle! There’s also the spacious, light-filled Sea View Dining Room with its wide windows and the cosy Fishing Loft Bar, perfect for weddings in all seasons with each celebration tailored to the couple’s requirements. Staff are on hand to put up and take down decorations, plus There’s also a pop-up bar on-site stocked with Driftwood Ales and larger and cider on tap. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01872 552 428, wedding-receptions-and-ceremonies • We love... that The Driftwood Spars is a fully licensed venue, and a live band or DJ can perform until midnight. Other entertainment ideas include photo booths and roulette tables. OVER ON THE EAST SIDE... Fowey Hall, a historic Victorian mansion overlooking the Fowey estuary and part of the Luxury Family Hotels collection, will relaunch in late spring, positioning it as one of the leading family hotels in Cornwall. After a full property refurbishment in 2020, a further 20 contemporary bedrooms will be added and - the jewel in the crown - four expansive new Bay Suites will sit atop the renovated spa, with commanding sea views from elevated, private balconies. The suites allow the spectacular views to be the main focus, are contemporary in design and boast natural, earthy materials and textures that are perfectly complemented by warm accents of brass and burnt orange upholstery. A new outdoor pool will also open with sea views, making Fowey Hall one of the very few luxury hotels on the south Cornish coast to offer this facility. Fowey Hall is part of Luxury Family Hotels, a collection of five familyfocused properties across southern England. From babies through to teens, expectant parents to grandparents and even dog owners, all age groups and families of every genre are thoughtfully considered and catered for with an incredible range of amenities and facilities. From a milk butler service with the delivery of sterilised and heated bottles of milk and the provision of all the equipment parents could need, to a dedicated children’s library and cinema with daily screenings complete with popcorn, Fowey Hall encourages families to spend quality time together, safe in the knowledge that all the little things are taken care of. Fowey Hall also offers 90 minutes of complimentary childcare per night’s stay at their on-site Ofsted-registered Four Bears Den, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and a newly refurbished spa with treatments from organic seaweed skincare brand, Ishga. The restaurant features classic dishes for the whole family, with ingredients from local suppliers and a focus on seafood, as well as an intimate bar overlooking the sea and cosy lounges for evening cocktails once the children are tucked up in bed, watching a film in the cinema room or playing with friends in the games room. The hotel is located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a few minutes walk away from the fishing port of Fowey, which offers renowned restaurants such as Fitzroy (from the team behind Primeur, Jolene and Western’s Laundry) and Appleton’s (from Andy Appleton, former head chef at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall) alongside numerous art galleries and boutiques. A ten-minute walk away lies the sheltered cove of ReadyMoney, with sandy shores and calm, waters complete with an anchored bathing platform during the summer months. The hotel will furnish families with buckets, spades and fishing nets for a day spent at the beach. Luxury Family Hotels acknowledge that families come in all different shapes and sizes, and for many, dogs are very much part of the fold. Every dog is greeted with a woof welcome pack and can also enjoy dishes from their ‘a la bark’ menu and Waggy Tails Tea Time, complete with a puppacino. For more information and to book, visit Photography courtesy of and Cornwall Wedding Photography 22