Your Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Wedding - April/May 2024 (Issue 44)

South and West Gloucestershire CLEARWELL CASTLE, FOREST OF DEAN This magnificent castle is accessed by a sweeping tree-lined driveway that leads to the Portcullis with the traditional castle turrets in view in the background, providing the perfect spot for romantic couple portraits. The multi-award-winning, family-run venue is enveloped in 20 acres of manicured grounds with stately front steps set against the front lawns. The interior boasts all the comforts of a country manor house with plush furnishings, roaring fireplaces and stunning period features. Indoor ceremonies take place in the church-like ballroom which boasts a 75-foot aisle, high ceilings and tall windows, plus traditional features. Outdoor ceremonies take place in the Bandstand nestled in the grounds overlooking the castle. During the summer months, the Cocktail Terrace is a great spot for drinking, mingling and playing garden games. The ballroom seats up to 150 guests for the wedding breakfast, and couples can enjoy their first dance in the Main Hall or in the Cellar Bar which features a dancefloor area. The Library and Quiet Room allow people to unwind and celebrations can be extended the night before or day after with a party at The Wyndham, the castle’s country inn. One half of the wedding party can stay at Keeper’s Lodge the night before the wedding which sleeps up to six people, and couples getting married at the castle will receive two tickets to a dinner date evening included in their wedding package so they can enjoy a four-course meal. Spotlight on... Exterior image of Clearwell Castle courtesy of LOCAL VENUES 21