I was recently invited to attend a wedding celebration at The Old Manor Hotel in Wiltshire. Located just a 10 minute drive from the beautiful spa town of Bath, I had driven past the hotel on numerous occasions, but this was the first time that I got to experience the hotel in all its glory. A Grade 2 listed manor house, the hotel certainly lived up to all expectations, and I wouldn’t hesitate to visit again for a special occasion.
My cousin and her fiancé decided to get married here on a Saturday afternoon in early October. Me and my partner, along with other close family members, decided to stay in the hotel from Friday until the following Monday, and it really was a fabulous experience. When we arrived, we were checked into our Superior Room, which was amazing. We had a four poster bed, plenty of space to sit and relax, a bath, and a hairdryer and iron which were ideal for the morning before the wedding. Being able to stay at the hotel made the morning before the wedding a much more relaxed affair than I have experienced at other wedding venues in Wiltshire, and knowing that we had plenty of time to get ready in the morning removed all the stress that can often be experienced at family gatherings.
The wedding itself was fabulous. My cousin has opted to be married in the Milking Parlour, which was totally original, yet really beautifully decked out. With exposed beams and brickwork, we felt like we had been transported back to an earlier time, and the traditional fireplaces helped to stave off the October chills. As my cousin and her fiancé said their vows, a photographer snapped some photographs of them and the bridesmaids, and I couldn’t help but feel awash with emotion due to the beauty of the place and the couple. Even though my cousin has not had her photographs back yet, I am sure they will be the perfect reminder of the amazing event.
After the wedding, the Milking Parlour was transformed into a restaurant, and we were served an amazing meal by head chef Matthew Briddon. Matthew was previously the head chef at the Michellin star restaurant, Heathcoates, so you can imagine how tasty the food was! I have since found out that many of the ingredients in our food were grown on the premises itself – the hotel has its own kitchen garden! The food was divine, and so well balanced. I enjoyed every dish we were served, and it’s not often that I say that!
Following the meal, the Milking Parlour was transformed once again into a party venue. A few more guests arrived for the evening’s entertainment, which carried on into the early hours of Sunday morning. In addition to a dance floor, a number of fire pits were also lit. These were the ideal places to relax, and even though we were outside, I never once felt cold. The on-site bar kept the drinks flowing, and the dance area was popular with everyone from the married couple to the flower girls.
The following morning, everyone who had stayed over at the Old Manor Hotel was served a gorgeous wedding breakfast. This was served in the Green House marquee, and we had numerous options to choose from. The food was as delicious as it was the afternoon before, and the rustic wooden décor complemented the food perfectly.
Following the breakfast, my cousin and her husband left the hotel for their honeymoon. Everyone lined up next to their car to wish them all the best as they left for the airport. I was lucky enough to be staying at The Manor Hotel for one final evening, so I spent my night exploring the beautiful grounds with my husband, before enjoying another lovely meal in the evening.
I wholeheartedly recommend The Old Manor Hotel, and am even considering it for my own wedding – it really was that good!