Your Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Wedding - August/September 2023 (Issue 40)

Spotlight on... West Wiltshire Wow-factor cakes and desserts ASK THE EXPERTS Big-day advice Colour me PRETTY Vibrant vibes at Syrencot BAKED WITH LOVE AUG/SEP 2023 £3.55 Real BEAUTY Inspiration for all brides-to-be

The Slaughters Manor House, Lower Slaughter, Gloucestershire, GL54 2HP 01451 820 456 . events@ . A few words from some of our brides... (as we couldn’t put it better ourselves) “The location is stunning, a beautiful Cotswold Manor House with amazing grounds set in the picturesque village of Lower Slaughter with its stream, water mill and quaint cottages, a perfect setting and endless photo opportunities. The Chef Nik and his team did a fantastic job, and all our guests were overwhelmed by the quality of the food and amazing service.” “The Slaughters Manor House exceeded our every expectation. Our daughter and son in law had a room called Valentine a wonderful suite big enough to hold her and 5 bridesmaids on the morning, with a private garden.” ‘’The wedding breakfast was wonderful, and everybody said it was the best wedding food they had ever tasted.” ‘’ The attentive service throughout the entire day was exemplary, nobody was left with an empty glass and the high level of service was maintained until the party finished in the early hours.’’ ©Weddings by Nicola & Glen We have a genuinely friendly and flexible approach to creating your perfect bespoke wedding, choose from a simple day ceremony through to full exclusive use (for up to 120 guests.) We would be more than delighted to show you around or chat on the phone, Please do let us know you will be calling in, either on 01451 820 456 , or drop us an email

3 REGULARS 7 EDITOR’S LETTER A warm welcome from Claire 8 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the regions 11 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 53 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer big-day advice 66 COMPETITION Win a romantic getaway to the upscale Avani+ Samui Resort in Thailand CONTENTS AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2023 FEATURES 39 HIGHLIGHTER PINK Salisbury-based wedding venue Syrencot provided a contemporary setting for this colourful shoot 45 FLY AWAY WITH ME The retired Negus 747 British Airways plane is now a quirky wedding and event venue 49 LET THEM EAT CAKE Indulgent big-day cakes and sweet treats 56 HANDMADE WITH LOVE New-season jewellery and accessories On the cover... Salisbury-based wedding venue Syrencot provided the beautiful backdrop for our cover this issue, photographed by J Ehlers Photography. This image was taken as part of a pink and orange-themed styled shoot revealed on page 39. 78 VENUES 13 SPOTLIGHT ON... Wedding venues in West Wiltshire 15 WED AND BREAKFAST Hot hotel venues 80

4 GROOMS 76 GROOMS' NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 77 DRESSED TO IMPRESS The team at Colour Me Beautiful share their fashion advice for the groom-to-be 78 NOT JUST ANOTHER KEN Stand out from the crowd with these pink and white menswear options inspired by this summer’s hot new Barbie film FASHION & BEAUTY 59 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 60 FRUIT PASTELS The mama figure in your life will love these stylish muted dresses teamed with delicate gold accessories 61 IT’S AN ILLUSION These bridal dresses with barely-there detail are sheer perfection 67 LOOK SHARP Nothing says girl power like a tailored bridal suit or jumpsuit 70 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 72 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 74 BEING SOPHIE Sophie Stonehouse on body positivity, self-love and flawless skin REAL WEDDINGS 20 STEEPED IN HISTORY Richard and Tim’s wedding enjoyed the backdrop of Berkeley Castle 27 MADE IN GLOUCESTERSHIRE Ellie and Alex’s special day enjoyed a marquee reception 32 DRESSED TO IMPRESS Bowood was the beautiful venue for Bonnie and Nick’s real wedding 60 61 82 HONEYMOONS 80 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 82 MY FIRST, MY LAST, MY EVERYTHING Discover five-star, desert island luxury at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island 84 A CELTIC HAVEN Peace and tranquillity await honeymoons at Galgorm in Northern Ireland 86 DO NOT DISTURB We head to Staffordshire to check out the spa mini-moon options at Moddershall Oaks 70 59

KINGSHEAD-HOTEL.CO.UK 24 MARKET PLACE, CIRENCESTER, GL7 2NR The Kings Head hotel is a stunning boutique style wedding venue located in the heart of the historic town of Cirencester, the heart of the Cotswolds. From an intimate ceremony, lavish wedding reception or simply a meal with close family and friends our celebration spaces offer you the perfect backdrop for any occasion. • Licenced for civil ceremonies from 2 - 150 people • Wedding packages from just £70.00 per guest • Bespoke package options available, tailor-made to match your vision • Intimate ceremony and dining rooms • Wedding reception parties for up to 300 guests • 64 Stylish en-suite Bedrooms and one/two bedroom apartments available • Discounted accommodation rates • Exclusive use of hotel available To arrange a viewing and to discuss how we can create your perfect day call us on: 01285 700900 or email Daisy on

A newly launched wedding and events venue in the heart of historic Salisbury. The Wardrobe is a secret hideaway located to the rear of the Rifleman’s Museum. It is situated in the tranquil setting of the cathedral close and the wonderful garden leads down to the banks of the river Avon. With the rolling countryside beyond, it is difficult to imagine a better location within the Salisbury city limits for any outdoor event, be it a wedding reception, celebration or garden party. The walled garden is totally enclosed and private covering over half an acre. It also has numerous specimen trees including one of the finest copper beach trees in Wiltshire. The walled garden can be privately hired for your wedding, party or event. A marquee will be positioned in the beautiful garden (your choice of style) and we can accommodate up to 150 guests. For smaller numbers a reduced sized marquee is available. The on-site caterer is the award-winning Vanilla Catering & Events. Vanilla’s key ethics are attention to customer service and the use of top quality local ingredients. These result in bright, modern food styles presented with attention to detail in an unfussy yet friendly manner. A bespoke menu is created for each client and a complimentary wedding planner is provided to run your special day. An interesting fact: did you know why we are we called The Wardrobe? The original building on the site was constructed in 1254. It was rebuilt in the 15th century and was used to store the robes of the Bishop of Salisbury; hence it was known as the “Bishop’s Wardrobe” or “The Wardrobe”! THE WARDROBE 58 The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 2EX | @wardrobeweddings | 01489 589 275 | THE WARDROBE WALLED GARDEN WEDDINGS

This is always one of my favourite issues of the year to put together. I adore the last of the summery months and everything that comes with it, from afternoons spent on the beach (I’m lucky enough to live within walking distance of the coast) to enjoying the long balmy evenings having drinks with friends. For those of you putting the finishing touches to a late-summer celebration, take inspiration from our expert advice in this issue, and also from the local real-life wedding couples and team of talented regional suppliers who collaborated on our exclusive styled shoots. There’s also all the latest wed-day news, exclusive offers, fashion, beauty and hot honeymoon ideas. Until the next issue... Claire x Claire Ridley, Editor Summer lovin’ With the latest release of the new Barbie movie, the trend for hot pink has swept the nation! Make your wedding day pop with accents of this fashionable favourite, like our colourful shoot on page 39 shows. Pampered pooches will love Digby’s Grooming Parlour kit, £42, from Wiltshire-based brand Bramley. Read more in our news section starting on page 8. EDITOR’S LETTER 7 ISSN 2399-4967 Your Glos & Wilts Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Media Publishing. 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 Glos & Wilts Wedding is published six times a year. cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS ADVERTISING Account Manager Rebecca Cane | 01376 538 479 @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 recognisable gates of wedding venue Bowood set the dramatic stage for Bonnie and Nick’s big day on page 32. Wow, how incredible is this! Couples can marry on board the Nexus 747 British Airways plane located at Cotswold Airport. All is revealed in our Fly Away With Me shoot on page 45.

All the latest from the regions CASTLE COMBE CIRCUIT INTRODUCES NEW OUTDOOR CINEMA NIGHTS Wiltshire’s Castle Combe Circuit is pleased to unveil an all-new type of event for 2023 - an outdoor cinema experience that will be first introduced to the venue over the August bank holiday weekend (from the 25th to the 27th of August). Contrasting the usual action out on the 1.85-mile circuit that Castle Combe is synonymous with throughout its fleet of motorsport events, this special feature will instead be hosted in the race track’s scenic paddock area – the perfect backdrop for watching an iconic film as the sun sets. With the majority of planned movies shown unsurprisingly revolving around cars, bikes or motorsport, the initial showings have been confirmed as below: •Rush – Friday 25th August •Gone in 60 Seconds – Saturday 26th August •Days of Thunder – Sunday 27th August The dates coincide with the highly anticipated Combe Countdown race meeting, which descends on to the venue on the following Monday 28th of August. Visitors should bring their own chairs and blanket for a night under the stars, with the revolutionary Headset Cinema audio experience bringing the film to life through supplied immersive headphones. Feel-good food and drinks will also be offered throughout each evening. Rich Perry, Castle Combe Circuit’s events manager, commented on the announcement: “We are very excited to bring this type of event to Castle Combe Circuit. Being a racing track, steeped in history, it makes a lot of sense to bring this experience, along with these films, to our audiences. The headset element offers a much more immersive experience and we can’t wait to bring other diverse events to the calendar. Watch this space!” Tickets for all three above dates are available now from WILTSHIRE-BASED BRAND BRAMLEY LAUNCHES NEW SPRITZES FOR PETS Following the successful launch of the hugely popular Digby Dog Wash and Conditioner, Wiltshire-based brand Bramley is delighted to introduce two new pampering spritzes to their Digby collection designed with fur babies in mind! The new Digby Refresh Spray and Mood Spray are formulated using 100% naturally derived ingredients. Cruelty-free and kind to skin, the finest essential oils and botanicals combine to create gentle but effective products with a pH balance to suit dogs’ skin. Bramley products are made in the UK and their collection now also contains new compostable refill pouches including Digby Dog Wash. The Digby Refresh Spray is formulated with a blend of cedarwood, rosemary, and frankincense essential oils to help eliminate unwanted odours from dogs’ coats, bedding, and favourite spots around the home. The Digby Mood Spray features relaxing chamomile and lavender essential oils to help soothe dogs in times of stress or before bed. Both the Digby Refresh Spray and Digby Mood Spray are available individually, priced at £14 each for 100ml and as part of the new Digby’s Grooming Parlour kit, pictured (priced at £42), which also includes a 100ml Digby Dog Wash, a 100ml Digby Dog Conditioner and Digby Wonder Balm, 15g. To shop, visit NEWS Nearlywed CAFE DEL MAR SPIRITS SPONSORS SUMMERTIME LIVE IN CHELTENHAM Cafe del Mar Spirits is pleased to announce its 2023 Headline Partnership with the UK’s most iconic Ibiza festival – Summertime Live. Over nine days and in seven separate venues, the festival will bring the biggest anthems of the last 30 years to life, with a 32-piece orchestra, live vocalists and DJs. Café de Mar, a brand so synonymous with Ibiza, will serve its premium gin and vodka across all festival sites. The dates for the festival in Cheltenham have been revealed as Fri 1st September and Sat 2nd September 2023. Café del Mar Vodka is incredibly smooth in taste, with subtle undertones of cream and citrus. A clean, refreshing and balanced premium spirit, it’s perfect for cocktails or served over ice. Café del Mar Gin is a delicate blend of juniper, with fresh citrus and a hint of sweet spice. It’s a smooth, sumptuous and subtly balanced premium spirit at 40% alc./vol. The bottles retail at £39.95 for the gin and £36.95 for the vodka. Every 700ml bottle sold gives back to Ibiza, raising awareness and protecting the island’s special Posidonia plants. The techniques and ingredients used have earned its BCORP distillery, Gin Distiller of the Year, 2020. To shop, visit 8

FINEST RETREATS UNVEILS BLAISDON HALL FOR STAYCATIONS Finest Retreats, which offers a hand-picked selection of the finest holiday rental properties across the UK has unveiled its latest addition, the sublime historic estate of Blaisdon Hall nestled in the heart of Gloucestershire. Unlocking the gates for groups of friends and families everywhere to enjoy extraordinary experiences, stunning staycations and celebrations can now be enjoyed in this beautiful building. Blaisdon Hall, with its rich heritage dating back centuries, has, until now, remained an exclusive private retreat for those hosting large-scale celebrations and weddings. Renowned for its timeless elegance and captivating beauty, it will now welcome guests to indulge in unforgettable experiences like never before. Groups and guests can enjoy an unforgettable countryside experience and create cherished memories in this enchanting setting. From the moment they step into the meticulously landscaped grounds and gardens, they will be immersed in a breathtaking backdrop that’s perfect for strolls and intimate gatherings. This is alongside perfectly preserved historic features, that transport visitors to a bygone era of elegance and sophistication. The interior of Blaisdon Hall is equally awe-inspiring, with its ornate chandeliers, towering ceilings, and exquisite period furniture. Guests will have the opportunity to explore the lavishly decorated rooms, each one telling tales of the hall’s illustrious past. From the grand ballroom to the cosy library, every corner of this architectural gem offers a glimpse into the captivating history that unfolds within its walls. Blaisdon Hall is also the ideal destination for unique celebrations and unforgettable events. Whether hosting a fairytale wedding, an elegant corporate retreat, or a milestone anniversary, the hall is fully equipped to orchestrate every detail to perfection, ensuring an extraordinary and memorable occasion. Richard Bond, CEO of Finest Retreats, shared his joy at adding such an esteemed and splendid property to their portfolio: “We are thrilled to open the doors of Blaisdon Hall to the public and share its rich heritage and unparalleled beauty with the world”. “This is an exciting new chapter for such a stunning estate, and we look forward to welcoming guests from near and far, offering them an enchanting experience they will treasure for a lifetime.” To book, visit ANTIQUES AND VINTAGE STORE NOW OPEN AT THE OLD KENNELS IN CIRENCESTER Independent antiques and collectables homewares store, Lily Antiques, is celebrating opening the doors of its new showroom at The Old Kennels in Cirencester Park, Gloucestershire. Inspired by rustic, everyday handmade objects from across Europe, Lily Antiques offers ever-changing collections of beautiful and useful items of excellent quality from one-off antique ceramics, including Capasoni olive oil jars and Spanish pots to Italian crockery platters and pasta bowls. There’s also vintage furniture, decorative items, baskets and stoneware - the pieces are perfect for styling at weddings and also make great gifts with prices ranging from £30 to around £3000. Steve and Louise Pike opened the first Lily Antiques store in Tetbury, Gloucestershire three years ago and stocked it with some of the items from their collection they’d picked up on their travels around the Mediterranean over many years. Louise says, “I’m so excited about welcoming customers to our new store.“ To find out more, visit EDITOR’S FAVOURITE Why not commission Caroline Evans from Gloucestershire-based Forever Bouquet Fine Art to create an oil painting of your big-day bouquet? It’s not just a keepsake, it’s a heirloom which couples can enjoy for a lifetime. Capturing the blooms in a painting is a straightforward process, it doesn’t require the bouquet to be sent anywhere, Caroline simply asks for a good photograph to work her magic from. The flowers will look exactly like they did on the special day - perfect and in context. It makes the ideal wedding gift or couples can treat themselves to one as a first anniversary present. For further information, to book visit or email Caroline at foreverbouquetfineart; www.instagram. com/foreverbouquet_art EDITOR LOVES Sudeley Castle & Gardens in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire has recently opened its stunning Orangery which, combined with the historic Old Coach House provides spacious dining and celebration areas to seat up to 150 guests, with many more able to enjoy the large terrace and outdoor bar. This timeless setting is located in the surroundings of the 15th-century Sudeley Castle and Gardens, with views of the castle exterior and across the rolling Cotswold Hills. The award-winning gardens sweep around the castle and grounds and are known as being some of the most romantic in the Cotswolds. With ruins and roses aplenty, there are awe-inspiring views and when the sun begins to set, the Cotswold stone of the castle and ruins magically glows. The wedding breakfast and evening reception can take place in the Orangery for up to 150 loved ones or inside the Old Coach House for up to 100 people. For more information and to book, call 01242 602 308 or visit LOCAL NEWS 9

From the moment you arrive, our friendly team will support you in helping to plan your perfect wedding day at Llanthony Secunda. There are two magical locations, as well as the glorious grounds available for wedding hire, providing a beautiful setting for your wedding celebrations. Whether you dream of a vintage style afternoon tea or a glamorous wedding reception, our warm and relaxed atmosphere will make everyone feel at home. The Gloucester and Sharpness Canal is also located on the doorstep of the Priory, which in combination with our historic buildings on site, provides some truly unique photo opportunities. Llanthony Secunda Priory, Priory Junction, Gloucester, GL2 5FA 01452 563499 | | Making Bea y Pers al Bridal & Occasion Makeup Artist based in Wiltshire, covering the South West 07730 012843 Situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, with 1000 acres and 1000 years of history, Sudeley Castle is the perfect location for your wedding. E: T: 07825 136469 @sudeleycastleweddings Image by The Curries

ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURGLOSWILTS.WEDDING BEFORE 30TH SEPTEMBER 2023. Take advantage of these great giveaways EXCLUSIVELY YOURS Stunning wedding venue Parade House is located in the historic centre of Trowbridge in Wiltshire, standing tall as one of the town’s finest and most elegant buildings. It’s a prestigious Grade I listed Georgian townhouse that has been lovingly restored to its former glory and reopened in 2022 as an intimate exclusive-use wedding and private events venue. The stylish setting is home to its own luxury 24-seat cinema, known as the Screening Room, and also the trendy new Usher’s Bar both located downstairs in the vaults of the building. Usher’s Bar is open on film nights for drinks and light meals and for special events. There’s a variety of fantastic function spaces inside the venue, perfect for wedding celebrations including the grand ballroom. Couples who book the venue will benefit from the in-house wedding planning service and complimentary consultations. Read all about what the venue can offer for weddings on page 15. The team at Parade House are offering a 10% discount on exclusive-use venue hire for weddings booked for summer 2024, plus a free bottle of champagne for each couple who books. To find out more and to book, visit WIN A STAY IN THE LAKE DISTRICT Lakeside Hotel & Spa blends country house character with contemporary four-star luxury set within the stunning panoramic views of Lake Windermere – part of the spectacular Lake District World Heritage Site. With its unique location and choice of reception rooms and private suites, the hotel can cater for intimate wedding parties, larger weddings of up to 80 guests and even secret escape weddings just for two, making it the ideal setting and venue for an unforgettable Lake District wedding. The winner of this fantastic prize will be greeted with a glass of Lanson Champagne upon arrival and enjoy a three-course dinner for two before settling down for a good night’s sleep in a double room. The following morning, the winner can enjoy a delicious full English breakfast or Continental version. Classic Lodges is a nationwide collection of exclusive hotels that all have exceptional charm and character, whether that’s a peaceful country getaway or a city centre stay. Each of the hotels provides a friendly, relaxing atmosphere while maintaining Classic Lodges’ signature style, comfort and luxury. Steeped in history, all of the hotels have equally stunning views to accompany the suites and rooms. Visit to book a stay. For your chance to win, visit our website. Terms and conditions apply. Freebies& OFFERS Scan to view video FREEBIES & OFFERS 11

Surprise your guests WITH A UNIQUE, BOHEMIAN YURT CHELTENHAM YURT HIRE Call 01453 704130 for a discovery chat ▪ Seat up to 150 ▪ Bright and airy, perfect for photos ▪ Freedom to create your dream wedding, your way ▪ No hidden charges ▪ From £4,295 Let’s talk about your wedding! Contact us today: 01453 705130 @cheltenham_yurt_hire

Spotlight on... OTHER OPTIONS Where to wed and enjoy a mini-moon in West Wiltshire WE VISIT PARADE HOUSE IN TROWBRIDGE... Parade House is a beautiful Bridgerton-style mansion set in the historical centre of The Parade (now Fore Street). This impressive Grade 1 listed Georgian townhouse was originally built in 1720 in the classical style. Walking into Parade House is like entering another world. It offers a choice of six beautifully decorated rooms each with tall ceilings boasting statement chandeliers and carved mouldings; full-height sash windows allowing for plenty of natural daylight; marble fireplaces and antique furniture. Each room is set around the original 18th-century grand staircase, perfect for big-day photography. The elegant first-floor drawing room sits to the left of the building providing the perfect setting for the wedding breakfast. The historic vaults in the basement are home to the new usher’s bar and lounge and the private luxury cinema screening room, ideal for the bridal party to unwind in. All of the rooms inside this historic venue are licensed including the grand staircase. The drawing room holds an intimate 40 guests for the ceremony and reception while the directors room hosts up to 30 people. Both the ballroom and the grand staircase and hall can accommodate up to 56 loved ones for the ceremony and the ballroom alone can host up to 56 guests for the reception. Because this historic property is set back from the street behind iron railings with a small front garden and lawn, an al fresco drinks reception can also be hosted. To find out more and to book, visit Turn to page 13 to take advantage of our exclusive offer with Parade House. LOCAL VENUES 13 WHERE TO ENJOY A STAYCATION MINI-MOON Check out the selection of luxury bed and breakfast accommodations across West Wiltshire available to hire from Wolsey Lodges, an award-winning, non-profit membership that lodge owners join. To attain the Wolsey badge, they must live up to certain expectations of excellence. A stay at Brook House located between Chippenham and Devizes offers six guest bedrooms with the master suite benefitting from a private sitting room, a gold-leaf bathroom and original 15th-century rafters. There’s also the cosy Bullocks Horn Cottage located in Malmesbury dating back 200 years. The cute cottage garden is home to an arbour for al fresco dining and accommodation is in the form of two twin bedrooms and a single bedroom. Alternatively, Priory Steps situated in Bradford-on-Avon was originally a terrace of six 17th-century weaver’s cottages and was converted in 1985 into a wonderful bed and breakfast property showcasing panoramic views stretching across the town. To book, visit Kin House in Kington Langley is a beautifully restored Grade II listed private Georgian manor house set in 10 acres of walled gardens and private woodland which is an exclusive-use stately home venue comprising 12 stunning en suite bedrooms, a bar, dining and lounge spaces and a glamorous dressing room equipped with hairdryers, tongs, hair-washing sinks and swivel chairs placed at a stylish marble bar for the bridal party. There’s even a barber for male grooming treatments. Attached to the side of Kin House is Kilvert Hall, a stylish banquet hall with space for up to 200 guests. Fonthill Estate located in Fonthill Bishop is home to Bake Barn, a restored shooting lodge that’s one of three venues for hire on-site that also includes Quarry Wood, a stunning woodland spot where a wedding under a stretch tent can be held and Deer Park Barn that’s best suited to micro weddings. The interior of Bake Barn boasts exposed beams and rafters, repointed stone walls and a wooden floor. A large fireplace at one end provides a focal point and a photo backdrop when decorated for a wedding. Natural light streams through the middle of the building which features glass doors on both sides and upstairs above the main hall, the Beater’s Loft is a light and airy industrial-style space for those seeking something a little more contemporary. Ceremonies take place here and there’s a separate entrance and private staircase for the grand reveal. The Manor House in Chippenham is a 14thcentury luxury hotel and golf club located in the historic village of Castle Combe offering a spectacular setting for weddings set in 365 acres. There are 21 opulent, individually styled rooms and suites and 29 picturesque on-site cottages including a private cottage, Baker’s Cottage that’s located in Castle Combe. The championship-standard, 18-hole golf course is one of the best in the South West. The hotel is also home to the popular Michelin-starred Bybrook restaurant and al fresco dining can be enjoyed on the outdoor terraces. There’s also a dedicated gin bar.

Weddings B E Visit for more details or to request a wedding brochure. Badminton Estate lies in the heart of Gloucestershire, steeped in history and tradition it makes for an idyllic English countryside wedding venue. Images: Judith Parkyn Photography

SUTTON HOTEL COLLECTION ANNOUNCES £75 ROOMS FOR NHS EMPLOYEES In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the NHS, the Sutton Hotel Collection has announced that they are offering rooms at £75, reserved exclusively for NHS employees. Available at all of Sutton Hotel Collection’s iconic hotels including The Queens Hotel Cheltenham; The Francis Hotel Bath and The Castle Hotel Windsor. The Queens Hotel Cheltenham originally opened on 21st July 1838. One of the first purpose-built hotels in Europe, the property is situated at the south end of the Promenade. Commanding a prime position on one of Cheltenham’s beautiful Georgian streets, guests staying here are perfectly placed to explore the cultural delights of this iconic Regency town. As the largest UK employee and one of the world’s largest employers, the NHS has more than 1.26 million team members. This fantastic offer is designed to celebrate and reward everybody including admin employees, paramedics and ancillary team members. Alongside an amazing room price, NHS employees can also save 20% when they add breakfast to their stay. Book it: The NHS 75th anniversary deal is available on midweek stays from Sunday to Thursday for two-night stays until 31st March 2024, subject to availability with the promo code ‘NHS75’. The offer is based on two guests sharing a Classic bedroom on a room-only basis and can be booked up until 30th September 2023. An NHS employee card must be shown for approval. Wed and breakfast You won’t want to be disturbed in these fine hotels that all have something new to reveal 15 THEMED VENUES What’s new? THE GREENWAY HOTEL AND SPA IN CHELTENHAM UNVEILS A £1.2M RENOVATION The Greenway Hotel and Spa is tucked away on the outskirts of the rolling Cotswolds, near the Regency town of Cheltenham. Set in eight acres of stunning countryside grounds, this 16th-century Elizabethan manor house hotel is the perfect UK staycation choice with its beautiful grounds to explore, an indulgent spa and an award-winning restaurant serving delicious, seasonal cuisine. Having recently unveiled a fresh new look following the completion of a major £1.2million transformation, The Eden Hotel Collection has stylishly refurbished all of the 21 bedrooms at The Greenway Hotel and Spa with each now boasting its own unique colour palette, personality and characteristics. The extensive renovation project combines the hotel’s natural rural setting on the edge of the Cotswolds with its rich history and enchanting period features such as original stone windows and roaring fireplaces. Room layouts within the hotel have also been altered to create larger, more elevated spaces and expansive marble bathrooms, boasting opulent features such as classic roll-top baths and elegant brassware; whilst others have drawn on existing features to build a sumptuous design unique to each room. The Elan Spa at The Greenway Hotel and Spa has also recently partnered with luxury British skincare brand TempleSpa to offer guests a myriad of indulgent treatments. From facials and massages to various body treatments as well as bespoke TempleSpa treatments, there’s something for everyone looking to relax, revive and rejuvenate themselves this year. The boutique hotel is set in eight acres of stunning countryside grounds off Shurdington Road and holds a 4 AA Red Star rating. As well as 21 newly-refurbished bedrooms, it also includes fine dining at the 3AA Rosette Garden Room restaurant. To book, visit

ENJOY THE NEW REWILD AND RELAX PACKAGE AT CALCOT & SPA WITH POB HOTELS From wild swimming in blue lakes to scenic hikes across the British Isles’ rugged coastline and indulging in seasonal produce from kitchen gardens, PoB Hotels offers everything for guests to take a walk on the wild side. The tranquillity of the countryside is unmatched, with many PoB Hotels perfectly set within the glorious British countryside, offering some of the most exciting and inspirational activities and experiences that celebrate the great outdoors and wonders of the wild. A picturesque Cotswold country house hotel, Calcot & Spa is set amid 220 acres of rewilded meadowland. The hotel’s Rewild and Relax offer invites guests to immerse themselves in the wild landscape of the Cotswolds for two nights. The package includes a guided early bird nature walk with Calcot’s wildlife expert, Ed Drewitt, to fully enjoy nature’s chorus at its best, highlighting the plethora of flora and fauna to be enjoyed on the hotel’s doorstep. After a hearty breakfast, guests will be shown the hotel’s on-site beehives by resident beekeeper, Martin, who will give guests an insight into these amazing creatures busy making use of the wildflower meadows and surrounding hedgerows. To complete the two-night stay, guests can either choose to explore the nature-rich area of the Cotswolds or simply kick back and relax in the award-winning spa. To book, visit POB HOTELS RETAIN THEIR MICHELIN STARS In other news from the PoB Hotels’ group, following the recent Michelin guide announcement, eight members within the PoB Hotels’ collection have successfully retained their Michelin stars. Be it a classically British dish, moreish street-style feasts, or award-winning cuisine served with tasting menu finesse, PoB Hotels offer a fantastic selection of delicious foodie experiences at each of their hotels located across the British Isles. Enjoy a truly exceptional dining experience at Whatley Manor in Malmesbury, Wiltshire (pictured) which holds 1 Michelin star and 1 Green Michelin star - a recognition of their sustainable gastronomy efforts. The Dining Room at Whatley Manor offers seasonally changing menus displaying an inspiring use of flavours, accomplished cooking and delicious dishes. To book, visit Turn the page to read more from the team at Whatley Manor 16 | 01285 864 079 | Lake 6, South Cerney, GL7 5FP A picturesque wedding venue in the Cotswolds Set in miles of Cotswolds countryside and more than 150 lakes, this hotel venue provides a stunning backdrop for any wedding day. If you’re looking to get married next year, this gorgeous venue is offering an exclusive 2024 package. Special 2024 Wedding Package 60 day guests & 80 evening guests Ceremony room hire Reception drinks & canapés Three course wedding breakfast One toast drink per person Half a bottle of wine per person Evening buffet One bedroom the night before the wedding Honeymoon suite the night of the wedding White or red carpet, chairs, table linen & cake stand Exclusive 2024 Price: £8,150 Please quote WED2024 when enquiring to receive this package & price. This package is available exclusively in the Mallard Suite for 2024. Additional day guests are charged at £120 per person, and evening guests at £25 per person.

IN OTHER NEWS FROM WHATLEY MANOR... Whatley Manor is a five-star country house hotel located in the Cotswolds that prides itself on its beautiful gardens and sustainable horticulture as well as its locally sourced Michelin-star cuisine. The hotel is inviting guests to switch off and absorb the green haven during their visit. Located near Malmesbury in the charming Cotswolds. The hotel is situated in 12 acres of beautifully kept grounds, organised into 12 individually designed garden rooms, including an abundant kitchen garden which provides for the Michelin-starred restaurant, The Dining Room. Based on the original 1920s plans of the grounds, the gardens were designed by renowned British architect, Septimus Warwick, who favoured the Arts and Crafts style. Today, the hotel’s custodians have a passion for ecological horticulture and make a special effort to restore the gardens as closely as possible to their origins. Highlights include an elegant and tranquil walled Rose Garden, which envelopes guests in a scent as vibrant as the colourful flowers, and the tropical-inspired Hot Garden with shades of vibrant red and burnt orange. The Stable Courtyard’s neatly manicured lawn proudly displays three bronze donkeys, sculptured by renowned European sculptor Edouard-Marcel Sandoz, the hotel owner’s great-grandfather. Whatley Manor’s outstanding reputation for sustainability is truly reflected in its gardens, such as the no-dig kitchen garden, reducing how much the soil is broken in between crops to avoid soil erosion and reduce emissions and weeds, resulting in a higher yield of quality crops, fewer pests and subsequent elimination of artificial pesticides. The importance of the gardens is felt throughout each guest’s stay at Whatley Manor, from the unmissable 12-course tasting menu in The Dining Room to the Sothys Seasonal Garden Spa Experience at Aquarias Spa, a 1-hour 45-minute treatment consisting of a full-body massage and facial incorporating home-grown ingredients. Guests hoping to explore even more greenery can visit Westonbirt, The National Arboretum which is only a half-hour drive away from Whatley Manor and bares one of the world’s most beautiful and significant plant collections. Rates start from £379 per night including breakfast and use of the spa. To book, visit BARNSLEY HOUSE IN GLOUCESTERSHIRE OFFERS OPTIONS FOR WEDDINGS IN ALL SEASONS Located in the picture-perfect village of Barnsley, this country house hotel offers a luxurious home-away-from-home. With its magical gardens and heritage architectural features, it makes the perfect backdrop for a summer celebration, or an intimate winter wedding complete with roaring log fires and rustic charm. With 18 individually designed hideaway rooms and secret garden suites, Barnsley House also offers exclusive hire of the hotel and its facilities for those seeking an exclusive wedding experience. During the winter months, wedding vows and rings can be exchanged at Barnsley House’s Potager restaurant, where floor-to-ceiling windows offer enchanting views of the frost-capped gardens, lovingly cultivated by the revered garden designer Rosemary Verey. Couples can also hire a marquee for up to 150 people in the hotel’s enchanting grounds, where a champagne and canapé reception can be enjoyed post-ceremony. Barnsley House’s Rosemary Verey suite is the perfect place for couples to begin celebrations. With its private courtyard, a conservatory designed by David Verey, and an ornate four-poster bed, this romantic suite offers ample space for bridesmaids and family members to be part of the wedding preparations. Tucked away in the corner of the hotel’s beautiful gardens, the Barnsley House Spa is a tranquil sanctuary and the perfect place to unwind postcelebrations. The spa offers enchanting views of the surrounding gardens, whilst botanical elements from the garden can be found all around the spa from the indoor plants, tables crafted from tree trunks and lavender placed on the treatment beds. The spa is fully equipped with an outdoor hydrotherapy pool, a steam room, a sauna, an herbivarium, and five beautifully designed treatment rooms where guests can indulge in a range of luxurious spa treatments and therapies. Rooms start from £430 per room, per night including breakfast. To book, visit Scan to view video 18

SPOTLIGHT ON...DE VERE COTSWOLD WATER PARK IN SOUTH CERNEY, GLOUCESTERSHIRE Part of the De Vere collection of historic mansion house estates and distinctive contemporary hotels and event destinations, De Vere Cotswold Water Park is set among the honey-coloured villages and gently rolling hills of The Cotswolds. It’s a hotel as spectacular as its surroundings, perched among the 152 lakes of the Cotswold Water Park. Cotswold stone, glass and wood are seamlessly integrated throughout the hotel’s design. The lakeside apartments benefit from outside decking which wraps around the entire hotel overlooking the lake. The Cotswold Water Park is a nature reserve in itself, so guests are surrounded by nature while staying at the hotel. Once inside this waterside property, visitors will experience light, airy spaces furnished in keeping with the natural surroundings. Located within the main hotel building are the most popular suites for wedding ceremonies and receptions, including The Whimbrel Marquee, The Kingfisher Suite, The Mallard Suite and The Drake Suite. Both The Whimbrel Marquee and The Kingfisher Suite have recently been refurbished in neutral tones with Cotswold stone and offer direct access outside with a private area while the Mallard Suite has its own private balcony overlooking the late. The hotel can host large wedding ceremonies of up to 500 guests and receptions with up to 400 loved ones in the Whimbrel Marquee. The Brasserie Restaurant has recently enjoyed a renovation with beautiful new décor and furniture in blue tones perfectly matching the lake views wonderfully complimented with gold accents. A menu tasting session is included in the wedding package along with accommodation for the couple and a discounted rate for guests. To find out more and to book, call 01285 864 000 or visit DE VERE COTSWOLD WATER PARK WAS RECENTLY REVEALED AS THE FOURTH MOST POPULAR SPA HOTEL IN THE COTSWOLDS De Vere Cotswold Water Park is situated in South Cerney, Gloucestershire in a beautiful, natural environment in the quintessential Cotswolds against the backdrop of the picturesque rolling countryside and honey-coloured stone buildings. Inside the hotel is Spa 6 that’s home to a gym, a hydro swimming pool, an aroma steam room and a dry flotation room. The popular Rasul Therapy experience is ideal for a pre-wedding pamper and sits perfectly alongside a host of other luxury spa therapies and beauty treatments. To book, visit venues/de-vere-cotswold-water-park 19 THEMED VENUES

Steeped in history Rich and Tim’s wedding enjoyed the backdrop of Berkeley Castle. It was decorated in pastel colours and featured Australian and British native flowers Images courtesy of Ian Baker Photography Richard (Rich) Harmer and Tim Seears married on 21st May 2022 at Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire. Scan to view video 20

Tim and Rich are both from London and unknowingly lived one road away from each other for years before coincidentally moving to Australia around the same time. “We first met in Sydney in 2018 when a mutual friend, Mandeep, thought we would get along and asked if we’d like to be introduced,” Tim tells us. “Rich agreed to come on a weekend away to Avalon Beach with me, Mandeep and a couple of friends so this was the first time that we met. I was the designated driver and offered to pick Rich up. He later told me that as soon as he got into the car and saw me, he thought that I was handsome!” Rich adds, “The first evening during our trip away, I told Tim that I was taking him on a date and not taking no for an answer! His response was ‘yes’ so we went to a painting class together later that same week, and the rest, as they say, is history.” After looking at engagement rings together a few months earlier, Tim proposed to Rich nine months into their relationship at the Henrietta Hotel in Covent Garden, London when they were back in the UK to attend a family wedding. “The proposal took place just as I was waking up from a jet-lagged sleep!” Rich tells us, “I thought that Tim was acting a bit strange on the flight when I tried to put a book inside his bag but he wouldn’t let him anywhere near it - little did I know that the ring was inside!” REAL WEDDINGS 21

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SETTING THE SCENE Berkeley Castle was the first (and last) venue that the couple viewed. “We just knew the moment that we stepped into the Great Hall that it would be the fairytale backdrop to our special day,” they tell us. “It’s steeped in history, full of beautiful artefacts and boasts ancient stained-glass windows. Berkeley Castle has it all – while being grand and impressive, it still felt intimate and able to host a fun celebration. A big part of our decision to book the venue was the amazing wedding planner and manager, Pippa, who was lovely and put us at ease from the moment we first reached out - nothing was too much trouble and she made executing the perfect day look easy.” Rich and Tim chose to walk up the driveway to the venue handin-hand instead of being driven, as a symbol of equality, and care for the environment. “During our ceremony, the registrar got our names the wrong way round just as we were saying our vows and then quickly realised her mistake, which amused our loved ones!” they tell us. “It helped with our nerves, that’s for sure! The ceremony felt magical, there was a deep feeling of love from everybody who attended supporting and celebrating our relationship - neither of us have ever felt anything like it before. The coming together of our family and friends from across the world after the separation of lockdown was also extremely emotional and satisfying.” The wedding enjoyed a pastel colour theme. The table plan and table names were made using frosted-glass signage with white hand-drawn script lettering which provided a contemporary twist in the traditional setting. “Our place names were written on rusticstyle textured white card using an elegant font in black ink,” the couple describe. “We also placed a printed menu complete with wine pairings at each place setting, using the same elegant font. We named the tables after our top twelve favourite places from our travels together around the world.” For their flowers, the couple wanted an emphasis on sustainability over traditional floristry and the theme of bringing the outdoor forest inside the castle. “We had potted trees lining the ceremony aisle and down the sides of the dining hall mixed with ferns, wildflowers, and plenty of candles in glass lanterns which gave the Great Hall a magical, fairytale feel,” they tell us. “For our centrepieces, we wanted a rustic and country-inspired look, so, together with our florist and design team, we came up with a bespoke look consisting of wooden round tables, mix-and-match cut glassware, gold cutlery and small bohemian vases filled with pretty bunches of wildflower varieties from England and Australia. These were complemented by potted succulents which can be reused, rather than traditional large statement centrepieces, and allowed our guests to be able to chat over the low-level displays.” Rich and Tim’s cake featured Australian native flowers and King Protea all made from sugar paste. “It was a five-tier showstopper with grey marble frosting,” they tell us. “The flavours were chocolate ganache, white chocolate and raspberry.” LOOKING THE PART Rich and Tim wore matching silk-trimmed tuxedos from Giorgio Armani formalwear with Tim in black and Rich in navy. These were complemented by classic black patent leather Armani shoes, white wing collar dress shirts and bow ties, plus a pair of Tiffany & Co. cufflinks each which were a wedding gift from Rich’s dad. “Instead of having bridesmaids and groomsmen, we had a wedding party each, consisting of a best woman and two best men each, and we allowed the two wedding parties to wear outfits of their choosing,” they tell us. TIME TO ENTERTAIN Throughout their ceremony, drinks reception, and wedding breakfast, the couple had a live string quartet playing, firstly in the upper gallery at the top of the Great Hall and then in the pavilion by the lily pond “The hard work of our team of suppliers who made our special day a reality was much appreciated. We had an idea of how we wanted it to look and they made it happen.” – Rich and Tim 23 REAL WEDDINGS

THE DREAM TEAM Photographer, Ian Baker Photography, | Venue, Berkeley Castle, Videographer, Jumping Spider Films, | Hair and make-up, Sameera Manan at Makeup by Jodi, | Suits, Giorgio Armani at Harrods, | Wedding rings and cufflinks, Tiffany & Co. | Cake, Dolce Lusso Artisan Cakes, | Flowers, Sorori Design Weddings & Events Florist, | Stationery, Urban Frame Studio, | Catering, Napier Catering, | Live band and DJ, Fortune, | Entertainment, Silver Trailer Photo Booth, | Designer, Lauren Grey Stylist, | Cutlery and glassware, Vintage Gold China, | Tables, Valley Furniture Hire, | Lighting, VEO Events, String Quartet, The Wedding String Quartet, Top tip: “Be present and pause to take in as much as possible, it goes by so quickly.” – Rich and Tim during the drinks reception. “They were phenomenal,” they tell us. “They played a mix of modern instrumental songs re-arranged for a string quartet performance. For the evening party, we had an 11-piece live band perform who were brilliant – our guests said they felt they were at a live concert rather than a wedding and one year on from our special day, our loved ones are still talking about how good the band were! The two male and one female vocalist were up on the tables at one point performing, and at other times out on the floor among the crowd, and the dancefloor was packed all night. We couldn’t have imagined more fun if we tried! After the live band, we had a DJ.” Rich and Tim also had a photo booth equipped with costumes and props set up in a retro caravan in the castle’s courtyard. Their guests were able to leave copies of their Polaroid snaps in the guestbook along with a message for the newlyweds. “Everybody said they loved the photo booth because it allowed them to take home a keepsake from the day,” the couple says. “We also had a reproduction classic American food truck in the courtyard serving Mexican food throughout the evening disco, provided by our wedding caterers Napier Catering.” 24