Your West Midlands Wedding - April/May 2024 (Issue 91)

TALTON LODGE AND TALTON HOUSE, CV37 8UB 01789 459 244 | Talton Lodge and Talton House combine a 10-bedroom Queen Anne manor house, brimming with history but by no means old-fashioned, with a walled Victorian kitchen garden where there is a festival-style marquee and fun accommodation. Celebrations normally start at Talton House with a ceremony on the lawn overlooking the lily pond, followed by canapés and drinks on the surrounding lawns with mature flower beds, a tennis court and a croquet lawn, followed by a party in the giant hat marquees in the walled kitchen garden. In the house, there are numerous reception rooms, including a large hall, drawing room, movie room, bar, dining room, games room and a new kitchen. The Victorian-walled Kitchen Garden once fed those living across the road in the 18th-century manor of Talton House. Now it presents a micro-festival site in surprising contrast to the formal lawns and flowerbeds of Talton House. In the Kitchen Garden, there are two linked giant hat teepee marquees decked out with matting, fairylights, a pavilion with a fully stocked bar and local beers on tap. Your guests can sleep in the house bedrooms or in accommodations such as the Tree-Boat House or Orchard Waggon in the walled garden, or just outside the walls is a converted barn with a large reception room and a kitchen. Talton House Barn and Kitchen Garden are surrounded by mature trees, woods, wild flower meadows, an orchard and flowing water. There is even a natural swimming pool at the top of the orchard where guests who cannot fit into the varied accommodations can camp or park a camper van for the night. Celebrate in style Ceremonies take place on the lawn in a traditional marquee or between the 300-year-old acacia trees on the lawn. For ceremonies of 60 or so, you can have your service in the hall. Receptions start in the Talton House rooms and the lawns in front of the house, accessed via the garden room bar, from where drinks and canapés are served. Your wedding breakfast will take place in the giant hat tipis in the walled garden with up to 100 guests. We love... Couples often choose to come to the Spring Feast or Christmas Feasts, where the venue opens as a pop-up restaurant so everyone can try a Talton feast and enjoy cocktails and music. LOWER HOUSE FARM, HR2 0NT 01432 805 240 | Lower House Farm is a regenerative farm and venue in the Olchon Valley. It’s set amongst 70 acres of unspoilt landscapes, with ancient woodlands, narrow streams, wildflower meadows and a waterfall. From the moment you and your guests arrive, the team will help you make the most of your stay. They’ll help you plan your itinerary, find opportunities to gather together at a table and reconnect with the outdoors, as well as find time to relax and make memories that will last a lifetime. Lower House Farm recommends using Old Great Marlborough as a base for your stay. The nearby farmhouse accommodation can comfortably sleep up to 22 of your nearest and dearest. While the cosy mountain pub, The Bull’s Head, is just down the road from the farm and has four cabins that each sleep two people. It’s the ideal place to gather the evening before the main day or to unwind and reconnect with your guests for lunch the day after. Celebrate in style On the farm, there are plenty of spaces inside and out for you to plan your day. At the heart of the farm stands a stone and oak-framed barn, a wonderful space that accommodates up to 100 people for feasting and celebrating. Outside, you’ll find the covered yard, large open meadows with a 600-year-old oak tree (a favourite for ceremonies), communal patios and orchards. If you need some time for an intimate moment, escape into the wilderness for a while. However you want to celebrate, the farm is yours – a beautiful blank canvas to plan your perfect day. We love... The stunning views and delicious food available. GLORIOUS GARDENS 19