IF GATSBY GOT MARRIED, AXNOLLER IS SURELY WHERE HE WOULD HOST IT.
Set within 100 acres of pristine Dorset countryside on the edge of the Jurassic coast, there are no neighbours for miles and guaranteed privacy means the sky is the limit when it comes to your plans. The estate is exclusively all yours for 65 hours and comes with a butler and full team of staff to look after your every need. There are plenty of wedding ceremony options, both indoors or within the beautiful grounds, and there’s a party barn that can seat up to 220 guests.
There’s even an elegant Mughal marquee, should that be more your style. Axnoller is actually made up of three houses – Axnoller, Voltaire and Burggraaf – which have 17 en-suite bedrooms between them, four with their own steam room. The emphasis is on a highly tailored approach to your wedding: if you would like space for more guests, luxury tepees can be arranged so that revellers don’t have far to go after partying into the early hours.
Entertainment can be booked for you, while the in-house dining is also bespoke – options include intimate dinners with your bridesmaids, BBQs, an authentic pizza van and, of course, an impeccable seven-course wedding breakfast. With every aspect being perfectly arranged to your requirements, you’ll be free to enjoy every moment with your guests. Two swimming pools, two saunas and a gym are at your disposal, along with a private spa. Beauty treatments are available – simply mention it to your butler and he’ll ensure you are in the best hands. There are also two cedar hot tubs that should be enjoyed under the stars with a bottle of chilled Champagne.
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Caswell House OXFORDSHIRE 140 £65
A 15th-century manor house with an ancient orchard, walled gardens and lawns that stretch down to a picturesque moat, all in a glorious Cotswolds setting. The day revolves around three medieval barns – think oak beams and flagstone floors – or in summer you can also marry under the archway of The Loggia. There’s a dedicated Dressing Room for brides to prep in, too. caswellhouse.co.uk
Hales Hall NORFOLK 200
A common carpeted in wild flowersisthe dreamy approach to medieval Hales Hall.The day is centred around the Great Barn with its vaulted roof,sprung dance floor and arrow-slit windows. By day, play garden games underthe mulberry tree; at night, put on a live band before bedding down inThe Gatehouse, a hideaway fortwo. haleshall.com
Crockwell NORTHAMPTONSHIRE 200 £46
The Harperfamily have been organising weddings on their working farm forthe past 17 years – and itshows.Three-day exclusive use means every detail istaken care of, from the fairy lightsthreaded through the huge walnut tree in the garden to decorationsforthe oak-beamed barn where you can say ‘I do’. Food is by catering brothersThe Chopping Block. crockwellfarm.co.uk
The Cherry Barn EAST SUSSEX 150
This 17th-century timber barn is on a 400-acre working sheep and fruit farm just outside Rye. Marry in the barn or under an oak-framed gazebo as guests perch on hay bales. It’s dry-hire only, but request the farm’s Starvecrow cider for behind the bar. And no one needsto worry about getting home – there’sspace in the fieldsfor gueststo glamp. cherrybarn.co.uk
Cain Manor HAMPSHIRE 123 £110
This Elizabethan oak-beamed, barn-style country house is at the end of a winding driveway on the Surrey-Hampshire border, surrounded by forest. It comes with a brigade of chefs and 13 charming bedrooms. Plus it’s full of period details, from the cathedral windows in the Music Room that overlooks the gardens where you can say your vows (it’s licensed for outdoor ceremonies, too) to the Library, where guests gather for drinks and photo-booth fun. Say cheese! bijouweddingvenues.co.uk
Merriscourt OXFORDSHIRE 150 £45
The brilliant set-up at this Cotswold cutie consists of three knock-your-socksoff interlinked barns arranged around a courtyard. Guests will drift smoothly from drinks in the Gallery Barn to the ceremony in the Stone Barn and then the reception in the White Barn, where food options range from fancy silver service to relaxed sharing bowls. There’s also a Bentley for the bride to arrive in style; a bunch of cottages so up to 31 guests can sleep on site; and a bar with a specialist gin section. merriscourt.com
The Barn at Burley Manor HAMPSHIRE 90 £100
Last year’s opening of sister venue Deer Park Barn for ceremonies is the perfect complement to The Barn (think floor-to-ceiling chimneys for roaring log fires and a lofty vaulted ceiling), where wedding breakfasts are held. Tuck into Mediterranean-inspired sharing platters, from slow-cooked lamb and Cypriot-style chicken to midnight cheese and charcuterie snacking boards. burleymanor.com
Calcot Manor GLOUCESTERSHIRE 110 £42
Set alongside a pretty courtyard of lime trees and 14th-century stone stables, The Barn is a recently spruced-up, self-contained space that’s split into The Loft above and The Shed below. The terrace has a firepit that’s spot-on for cocktails and canapés by day (the mini pizza slices cooked in the wood-fired oven are delicious), and sparklers and last orders at night. calcot.co
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