A look at one of the most popular wedding venues in England – a luxurious architectural escape to enchant brides-to-be the world over.
When one aims to retreat from the harsh sprawling conurbation, a picture of idyllic England is what springs to mind. Historic, romantic and gloriously idyllic, Fawsley Hall has presence. Situated in the heart of rolling Northamptonshire countryside, the magic of Fawsley Hall is in its Tudor / Georgian / Victorian fused architecture – each wing constructed in a different age with their own subtle nuances and intricacies. The hotel is surrounded by 2,000 acres of rolling park land.
Our room was located in the Georgian wing, on a corner plot with views over the gardens to the south and rolling hills to the east. The decor was magnificently over the top with the same print covering the walls, the chairs, the pillows and even the four-poster bed. The bathroom was enormous to the point of gregarious and the furniture (that wasn’t covered in print) was distressed and cleverly sourced to fit in with the ‘faded opulence’ theme.
Another viewing pleasure was the Great Hall; a cavernous space with an enormous fireplace on one side and a stone-glass enclave on the other. Over-sized sofas, beautiful mock Tudor paintings and a High Tea service, all aim to make the Great Hall a thoroughly enjoyable place to while away the hours at any time of day.
Dining at Fawsley Hall is a culinary experience whether you opt for the fine dining experience of Equilibrium or the simpler styled Bess’s Brasserie. The wines on offer were exquisite and the menu at Equilibrium was expansive and delicious.
The hotel also operates as a very popular wedding venue with a converted barn offering all the necessary facilities and an in-house wedding planner to makes sure everything runs smoothly. With a wedding hosted here every weekend, they clearly know how to organise a party! As part of the wedding experience there is also a Grayshott Spa onsite for any pre or post marital treatments. Available to all guests, the Spa is another string in Fawsley Hall’s bow with classic pampering treatments and packages to bring any guest back to life. We loved the old Vogue covers in mirrored frames and the light, breezy atmosphere of the spa.
Fawsley embodies the romanticism of a bygone age. We happened to wake at sunrise and witnessed the beauty of a landscape filled with sheep, a misty church spire and expansive greenery as a golden hue of sunlight fled through the windows. One fault could be the lag on service but the surroundings are more than enough to distract you from waiting an extra five minutes for that after dinner cocktail. Definitely worth a visit.
Call Fawsley Hall’s wedding coordinator on +44 (0)1327 892027.