Saturday, 19 February 2011

Venues – Ingestre Hall

Ingestre Hall

See the Ingestre Hall website.
Driving up to Ingestre hall we were impressed with the structure of Ingestre Hall. It’s a huge building in the Rose Brick Jacobean style set into 27 acres of Staffordshire countryside. It was the seat to the Earl of Shrewsbury before it became the Sandwells Residential Arts Centre.

When you walk through the front door, you’re greeted by a massive hall which leads through to an impressive staircase. To the left of the hall is their civil ceremony room or lounge and at the rear is the bar area. You can make your grand entrance swooping down the stairs to greet your guests in an impressive grand style.

Ingestre Hall provide the venue, you provide the caterers, bar services and waiters. There is no accommodation at Ingestre Hall but there are a number of lovely near by hotels.

Why We Didn’t Book
We wanted a venue that does everything for us, we didn’t want to worry about booking caterers and bar services. The venue is gorgeous and impressive, but we wanted somewhere that we could stay over. The room size and the second room for guests who don’t want to be near the loud music is great too. The layout, the sweeping stair case, the civil ceremony room are just brilliant.

Our Recommendations
I would recommend Ingestre Hall to a bride who wants to be hands on with her wedding. The bride who wants to choose her caterers and bar source, and a bride who doesn’t need to sleep over at her venue on the night of the wedding. The room is large, the staircase is my dream staircase, and the layout of the rooms is fantastic. And for those of your guests who smoke, the door to the outside is right next to the hall.

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