Last weekend I was invited to stay at Chicheley Hall, Buckinghamshire. Chicheley Hall is an 18th Century Grade 1 listed mansion set amongst 80 acres of beautiful grounds. Only a few miles from Milton Keynes and the M1 it's easy to get to, but once you arrive you feel that you are in the middle of nowhere.
As you enter the tree lined driveway you can see Chicheley Hall in front of you in all its splendour. The Hall itself is stunning to look at, so it's no wonder that it has been used as a location in many films. The venue is split across two areas, the original hall and a modern event space, also within the grounds.
On arrival we checked in at reception and were shown to our bedroom which was situated at the front of the house overlooking the driveway and the lake. There are 48 individually furnished bedrooms to choose from on site. Our room 'The Born room' is one of the largest rooms in the house. The bedroom was huge and beautifully decorated in a traditional style with some beautiful antique furniture featured. The room felt light and airy and had a large bed as well as a sofa area. Weddings are never far from my mind and this bedroom would be the perfect setting for bridal preparations on your wedding day. With so much space, seating for everyone and a beautiful dresser it would be perfect for you and your bridesmaids to get ready.
Once we had seen our bedroom we decided to explore the beautifully maintained grounds surrounding the hall. We took a walk around the lake so that we could see all that it had to offer. The beautiful lawn and huge trees create the perfect spot for a photograph.
We also took the opportunity to explore the small village of Chicheley, including Saint Lawrence church, which is just a stones throw away from the Hall. The church dates back to 1325 and is owned by the village. It is beautiful and steeped in history with lots of features - a stunning place to get married if you’re local.
The village itself is very small but beautiful and it was lovely to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and take a gentle walk around. We found a local pub 'The Chester Arms' and stopped in for a glass of wine, then returned back to the hall before dusk.
We were booked into the restaurant at 19:30, where we sat down to enjoy a three course meal. The menu was not large but there was plenty of variety. I started with the duck pate followed by a creamy goats cheese gnocchi which went down very well with my glass of Prosecco. The desserts were the most tempting and I opted for the Chocolate and Caramel cheesecake which was delicious. The staff were attentive and the food was lovely. The dining room itself was peaceful and it made a great setting for a romantic meal for two.
After dinner we took the opportunity to explore the rest of the venue. Just off the dining room was another area perfect for a private dining experience. There was also a beautiful library with lots of books and board games, a great place to take some time out. I took the chance to browse some of the wedding photo albums on display to see how beautiful the Hall looks when it’s all dressed up for a wedding. The main hall is situated at the bottom of a grand staircase - a beautiful setting for your wedding ceremony and wedding breakfast.
As well as the restaurant and library there is also a separate bar area where you can enjoy a drink or order bar food, if you want a less formal dining experience.
Despite the age of the building our bedroom felt warm and cosy and the bed was incredibly comfortable, I enjoyed a great nights sleep. I woke up to the sunshine shining through the window and the faint sound of what I think was peacocks or geese, a reminder that we really were in the countryside.
Check out wasn’t until 12 so we had the option of a lazy morning and we enjoyed the hotel breakfast. The buffet breakfast included hot English breakfast choices as well as pastries, fruit and yoghurt. The breakfast is always one of my favourite parts of any overnight stay and this breakfast definitely did not disappoint. It was lovely to eat in the restaurant, overlooking the grounds.
Our stay was a perfect romantic getaway, we felt we could leave life behind and have some quiet time together chatting, catching up and enjoying some delicious food and drink. All of the staff were friendly and made us feel very welcome. I would definitely recommend Chicheley Hall for an overnight break.
An overnight break at Chicheley Hall is very affordable, with rooms advertised on their website from £63.99 a night.
Although I’ve never personally attended a wedding at Chicheley Hall it was clear that it would be a beautiful setting, so ornate and historic. There is even an option to hire out the entire house including the bedrooms, which would make it truly magical.
To find out more about having your wedding at Chicheley Hall, why not book a tour with the events team by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you getting married, or have you had your wedding at Chicheley Hall? Let us know in the comments below, we would love to see your pictures
**I was invited to stay the night at Chicheley Hall, but all comments and thoughts in this review are my own**