What do you have for the LGBT couple that other venues don’t?
We're a small, family-run venue and we really get to know our couples during the planning process. I'm happy to say many become our friends. As such, we offer complete customisation of every aspect of the day, and really give them a blank canvas to paint their vision, along with our expertise to pull it all off. We are lucky to have a variety of spaces, each with their own identity and charm: woodland ceremonies under the stretch tent at our new Woodland Ceremony Area built on the ruins of an old glasshouse, formal dinners either in our elegant Drawing Room (max 55) or in our beautiful vintage-style marquee in the Walled Garden, and starlight whole hog spit roasts with hay bales and fire pits. We can really cater for any style of celebration.
Tell us the most funny/different request a couple has ever had for their wedding and how you made it happen?
Perhaps the most touching was when friends of ours, who had been guesting with us for years asked us to host their wedding for just the two of them. It was the most romantic evening. On the other end of the scale we have had everything from helicopters on the lawns to one couple who borrowed our 1966 VW Camper as their honeymoon room (not an option we offer any more!)
Are there any extras you like to add in for a couple who celebrates their wedding at Martinstown House?
Oh we're full of surprises! Flowers, chocolates and a bottle of Prosecco are left in the couple's room.
As well as our beautiful 1966 VW Campervan, which is great for photos, (many couples use it as a photobooth for the evening- just bring a polaroid camera!), we have 'Dennis', our decommissioned fire truck, which is favourite of kids of all ages, and 'Bessie', our vintage Tea Caravan, the perfect spot for a gin bar.
There are some exciting things going on at Martinstown House, tell us all about the new features and any future plans you have for your gorgeous wedding space!
Most excitingly this year we are debuting our new Woodland Ceremony Area. It's a stunner. We have brought a forgotten, ruined glasshouse back to life as a ceremony space, with a platform resting over old flowerbeds, with a reclaimed tin roof. Beyond a lush flowerbed, your guests sit on wooden chairs under a stretch tent, with burlap carpeted wooden floors, surrounded on all sides by forest! There is an amazing feeling there, and can still be used if the weather doesn't cooperate.
Next year we will be debuting our incredible new Pavilion. Our lovely vintage marquee will be replaced with a brand new, specially commissioned Pavilion that will still be nestled within the Walled Garden. Designed in the style of Decimus Burton, the original architect of Martinstown House, the Pavilion will be filled with glass and light, and it will really bring the wonderful walled gardens in. It will be able to seat up to 300 people at long tables for larger celebrations.
Do you have any fun options for a couple looking to continue the celebrations the following day?
Well, most of our weddings don't really finish up until well into the next day!
The lovely thing with coming to Martinstown House is that it really becomes your home, except we look after the catering and the cleaning up! So, everything from fragrant curries and flat breads, to rich, creamy fishpies with steamed veg, through to bbq's in the woods, with wheelbarrow full of ice and beer and thick cut steaks, we've got you covered.
Equally if you'd like to host a gathering the night before, such as cocktail parties with canapes and oyster bar, or formal five course dinners in the Drawing Room, to casual suppers with close family, we're happy to help.