Dorfold Hall - An Incredible Exclusive Wedding Venue in Cheshire



I was recently invited to visit Dorfold Hall, a privately owned, exclusive wedding venue in Cheshire and O.M.G. I wanted to move in immediately! Forget any preconceptions you might have about stately home weddings - Dorfold Hall is the perfect venue for cool, personal, weekend-long, unforgettable weddings. If that sounds like your kinda thing - read on.


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Situated just outside the pretty market town of Nantwich, and just a 15 minute drive from Crewe Railway Station and the M6, Dorfold Hall is a Grade 1 listed Jacobean mansion, built at some point between 1616 and 1621. The 19 acre estate has actually been owned by the same family since 1601 and the house itself was built for a visit from King James VI and I - pretty cool, huh? Over 400 years since the family first purchased the sprawling Dorfold estate, the lovely current owner Candice Roundell has recently completed an incredible refurbishment which has transformed Dorfold Hall into a truly sensational wedding venue and breathed new life into this historic house.


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As a completely exclusive venue, the beauty of Dorfold Hall is that you can take over the entire venue for a whole weekend and work with Candice and her team to create a wedding that is really bespoke and personal to you.


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There are 5 gorgeous double bedrooms within the main house, including the bridal suite (more on that shortly), and two beautifully decorated cottages which can sleep a further 12 guests in total - so there's plenty of space for your entire wedding party to make themselves at home in these luxury surrounds for the entire weekend.


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In additional to the bedrooms, you and your wedding party also have exclusive access to the library, dining room, drawing room and the glorious, light-filled morning room - so you really will feel like Lord and Ladies of the Manor for a few days!


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It's well worth arriving on the Friday (for a Saturday wedding) so you can make the most of your time with your closest family and friends. Why not gather for drinks in the morning room before sitting down for a luxurious dinner for up to 20 people in the grand dining room? I can't think of a better way to spend the evening before your wedding - and you can quite literally just roll into bed as the evening draws to a close!


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Speaking of bed, all of the bedrooms have been beautifully decorated and are suitable luxurious, with historic features and wood panelling, seriously cloud-like bed linen and huge roll top baths. The King James bridal suite (designed for the King himself and with his coat of arms above the fireplace) has incredible views over the rolling countryside and is the perfect place to spend an utterly romantic wedding night. It's also ideal for getting ready on the morning of your wedding - with a bright and airy adjoining dressing room providing plenty of space for the entire bridal party to get ready and lots of natural light that your photographer and make-up artist will love.


The Dorfold Hall team have really thought through every second of your day and added little touches to make every moment special. Possibly my favourite example of this is that not only can you and your bridesmaids use the vast drawing room as a chill-out area while you get ready in the morning, which has a window overlooking the fabulous driveway so you can peek out at your guests arriving without them seeing you, there is also a little bar in the corner and a member of staff on hand all morning to pour the champagne - such a lovely, thoughtful touch that just adds to the sense of luxury and occasion.


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Once you're ready, it's time for your ceremony! There are some beautiful local churches if you prefer a church ceremony, but the fabulous, newly-restored coach house is fully licensed for civil ceremonies. With gorgeous blue-painted oak doors, spectacular double height ceilings and ancient wooden beams the coach house is a spectacular, blank canvas ceremony space which you can really make your own.


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After the ceremony, you can walk with your guests just round the corner to the back of the house, where the stunning 19 acre estate really comes into its own, with perfectly manicured gardens and heavenly views of miles and miles of rolling Cheshire countryside. Sipping champagne on the lawns under the watchful eye of this historic red-brick mansion with romantically sprawling roses meandering up its walls will really transport you to another age, an utterly idyllic way to spend an afternoon with everyone you love.


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As the sun starts to descend, you can lead your guests down a little path to the side of the main garden, and step through the gates into the magical, hidden walled garden where you'll discover the beautiful Sperry tent for your evening reception.


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The Sperry tent is a permanent feature at Dorfold throughout the summer wedding season, and as such comes with all the important things like a full bar, proper loos, a kitchen, furniture and lighting - giving you all the flexibility of a blank canvas reception venue without having to worry about the practicalities. Holding up to 200 guests, it's a gorgeous space for a luxurious party. As the night goes on and darkness falls you can dance the night away under the fairy lights and mingle in the romantic walled gardens. On a balmy summer night you could have your first dance under the stars in front of the beautifully lit up potting shed (so good for photos!) before chatting with your guests around the fire-pit as the evening winds to a close.


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Waking up on Sunday morning in the gloriously squishy bed in the King James bridal suite, you won't want the weekend to end - and the good news is that at Dorfold it doesn't have to. But first things first, I highly recommend sneaking upstairs where you'll find the incredible bathroom which is officially designated to the Oak Bedroom (but I'm sure no-one will mind if the happy couple borrow it for an hour or two!). With two huge side-by-side freestanding baths which look out over the grounds, it's the perfect place for a glass of champagne and a relaxing first morning as a married couple.


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After that, it's up to you - you could have an intimate brunch with your wedding party, or invite everyone back to keep the party going with a barbecue and Bloody Marys in the garden. Whatever you decided to do, you'll definitely want to make the most of every moment at the beautiful Dorfold Hall.


To find out more about holding your wedding at Dorfold Hall, visit their website, follow them on Instagram or contact wedding coordinator Emmylou - info@dorfoldhallweddings.com.



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