Top 50 Boutique Hotels

Why boutique hotels make perfect wedding venues

By Rebecca Weller | 20/07/2022

At Beaverbrook (number 45) in Leatherhead, Surrey, marketing manager Rosie Kavanagh said the venue typically hosts around five weddings a year, an intentionally small number in order to keep special focus on those celebrating their special day with the hotel.

Furthermore, Beaverbrook does not offer a set wedding package as each celebration is completely bespoke for individual couples with 48-hour exclusive use of the House and the Garden House for weekday wedding celebrations, depending on style and number of guests.

Kavanagh added: “Weddings at Beaverbrook are intimate and relaxed, whilst still maintaining a five-star level of luxury. 

“The beauty of choosing a boutique hotel for a wedding venue is the couple and their guests will feel comfortable, relaxed and at home on their wedding day, with a friendly team, who will feel like family by the end of their stay and who are fully focused on their special day.

“Beaverbrook has excellent history and stories, and every one of our wedding couples becomes part of our story, in turn, we become part of theirs too.

“It’s the little things that make a big difference, whether it’s a personalised welcome amenity or a bespoke wedding gift created on the estate, we relish going over and above for the guest to ensure memories will last a lifetime.”

Beaverbrook’s everyday food offering includes a fine-dining Japanese Grill in the hotel’s dining room alongside Anglo-Italian serves in the Garden House Restaurant and a relaxed pizzeria at the venue’s on-site deli.

Furthermore, the hotel, made up of some 35 bedrooms and able to cater to around 70 guests, has something to keep everyone happy with a private cinema, private dining rooms, a kids club, spa, and gym as well as indoor and outdoor pools, all set in 470 acres of gardens.

Yorebridge-wedding

For Yorebridge House (number 9), in Bainbridge, North Yorkshire, which hosts some 30 weddings a year, the most popular time of year for weddings is summertime and Christmas, according to the hotel’s general manager, and wedding coordinator Sophie Shotton.

A typical wedding package with Yorebridge House, offering 12 rooms six of which have private hot tubs, costs around £160 per guest, including exclusive use of the house and gardens, reception drinks, canapes and a toast drink and evening food.

The price per head also includes a three-course wedding breakfast with wine, including dishes such as a Wensleydale Cheese Tart with a Cherry Tomato and Rocket Salad or a rolled duck terrine with celeriac to start as well as sirloin beef and sea bream on the menu for mains with cheesecake and chocolate brownie among the dessert offering.

Additionally, the hotel boasts a 3 AA Rosette Laurent-Perrier Champagne Tasting room, with scope for a variety of different wedding styles and sizes including Scandinavian inspired tipis and a marquee option, as well as an orangery overlooking the Yorkshire dales which holds up to 90 guests.

For smaller events, the hotel’s Master Room offers a more intimate feel, holding up to 25 guests, and overlooking to hotel lawns through a bay window.

Shotton added the exclusivity, attention to detail, and quality of a boutique hotel wedding was what makes them such fantastic venues for your special day as well as the opportunity to immerse yourself in the venue with family and friends.

She said: “Having exclusive use of the venue really makes it special and personal, allowing couples to create their own bespoke wedding without the worry of other people being around.

“From bedrooms to food and drink, to friendly, attentive staff and the attention to detail a smaller venue can offer with the personal touch [make boutique hotels great wedding venues].

“Couples should always feel they can ask about all their ideas, even the unusual ones, as a boutique hotel is likely to be able to accommodate many more things than a larger venue can.”

However, couples wanting to have their wedding at any of the hotels mentioned should start enquiring now with most boutique hotels advising a year to plan a wedding.

Titchwell-wedding

Titchwell Manor Hotel, in Brancaster, Norfolk, wedding, and sales executive Kirstie Boon said the venue has already started to receive requests as far ahead as 2026 with 31 weddings confirmed for this year.

Sitting a stones throw away from the coast and in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the hotel, which is number 21 on the list, offers a range of wedding styles, from elopements and intimate events to large celebrations and exclusive takeovers of the whole venue.

The family run business prides itself on its food and beverage offering, which is traditionally British and uses locally sourced ingredients, a key aspect of its wedding packages according to Boon.

She said: “One of the most important aspects of a wedding, and a service offered by our boutique hotel, is the food and beverage.

“We invite our couples to enjoy a menu and wine tasting at the hotel, whereby they can taste and tailor their menu with our head chef, Oliver. This experience is a great opportunity for the couples to create a menu every bit as unique as they are.”

Furthermore, Boon echoed boutique hotels offer a unique and personal experience with the added ease of everything being in one place and taken care of with the help of a wedding planner but added they also give couples somewhere special to go back and celebrate anniversaries.

She added: “Titchwell Manor has all of the facilities and services which make booking your wedding with us very simple.

“Aspects such as chairs, tables, linens, glassware, crockery, and cutlery are already included, whereby some DIY venues require couples to source these elsewhere. We also have an extensively stocked bar, a team of incredibly talented chefs, a hard-working on-site team, and accommodation.”

Wedding packages at Titchwell Manor start at £150 per head for intimate weddings of between 20 and 50 people with 24-hour hotel takeovers for 50 guests starting at £7,000, increasing to £12,500 for 48-hour takeovers for 56 people, including all food and drink, but for the hotel team, it’s all about getting to know each couple.

Boon said: “Titchwell Manor is a close-knit team who adore delivering weddings and events and working with our wonderful couples.

“Our favourite thing about hosting weddings is ensuring each celebration is unique to each couple.”

Additionally, Titchwell Manor offers multiple memorable photo opportunities such as a large 7-seater Chesterfield sofa, situated in a bay window overlooking the beach, idyllic gardens, and a superb conservatory with plenty of natural light and garden view.

The amazing photo opportunities offered by boutique hotels is something not to be ignored, according to Barnsley House in Cirencester, Gloucester, number 23 on the list, general manager Emanuele Mulliri.

wedding-full

Barnsley House, made up of 18 rooms and hosting some 30 weddings a year, benefits from a spa, two restaurants (one of which is 2 AA Rosettes) and a cinema room, all overlooking the rolling Cotswolds hills, with wedding packages varying between £35,000 and £75,000.

Mulliri said: “Boutique hotels are always beautiful properties surrounded by stunning gardens; this is such an important element.

“It’s all about history, architecture, design, tradition, heritage, all combined with an amazing culinary experience and a professional and friendly hospitality makes the boutique hotels the perfect wedding venue.

“The bride and groom always feel lot of responsibility for their guest’s experience so our job is to make sure everything is perfectly organised and planned ahead so they will feel that they are in very good hands.”