Historical splendour - read about this renowned Surrey wedding venue
Horsley Towers has been one of managing editor Danielle Harvey's bucket list of Surrey venues to visit; so she jumped at the chance to spend some time at this renowned wedding venue...
Few Surrey venues have quite the façade as that of exclusive-use wedding venue Horsley Towers. The widely used photography of the picturesque lake view with the towers in the background is simply enchanting, like something plucked straight from the pages of a fairytale. In real life, it's the definition of breathtaking as the Towers slowly come in to view as you approach via the driveway and pull up alongside the lake, eager to enter the historical property to see what awaits inside.
The ancestral home to the Lovelace family, the Towers were bought by Lord Lovelace in the 1800s, he added the iconic Italian tower, the clock tower and Great Hall, and commissioned the cloisters and beautiful chapel for his wife Ada Byron. Its historic significance and impressive backdrop has been recognised by TV and film crews featuring in popular Netflix drama The Crown, BBC's Call the Midwife, and Disney's Through the Looking Glass.
Visitors will certainly not be disappointed as the interior is all that you would expect, equally complementing the exterior in charm and aesthetic. Sympathetically refurbished, it retains many of its historical features, with furnishings synonymous with the De Vere hotel brand.
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Of course, the exterior of Horsley Towers is picture-perfect, but inside the Victorian mansion, couples really are spoilt for choice with standout rooms perfect for nuptials. History buffs will adore the authentic 19th-centurysplendour of the Great Hall, which remains mainly untouched in its appearance boasting a beamed cantilever roof and trusses, oak-panelled walls, fireplace, and 150 coats of arms. The Minstrel's Gallery also gives a sweeping bird's eye view of the magnificent room and boasts a working organ. This traditional banqueting hall can host 110 loved ones for the ceremony and wedding breakfast.
For those looking for a more elegant space with plenty of light and luxe furnishings, the Sopwith Suite is ideal. Still perfectly complementing the splendour of the Towers, this space is suitable for 120 guests for ceremonies and the wedding breakfast. When tying the knot here, there are three aptly named wedding breakfast packages, The Ada Byron, named after the daughter of the romantic poet Lord Byron who married Lord Lovelace; The Charles Barry the designer of the wonderful towers, and Lord Lovelace who bought the towers and lived there in the 1800s.
Even the most discerning of food critics can delight in the ample cuisine choice with meat, fish, vegetarian and vegan options on offer. From delectable canapés to five-course sitdown set dinners, evening buffets, paellas and hog roasts, if that's not enough to whet your appetite and there's something else you're looking for, you can discuss with the team of chefs bespoke dining options.
Post-vows and dining, The Charles Barry Room sits alongside the Towers Bar making it ideal for evening receptions for up to 250 loved ones. And after a day of true pomp and splendour, where better to rest your head at night than in one of the 28 en suite rooms comprising of the bridal suite, junior suites, family rooms and deluxe rooms. All refurbished to a high standard with comfort and luxury in mind. What's more, there are a further 152 rooms in Horsley Towers if you're having a truly grand affair.
- The cloisters and chapel – These breathtaking spaces provide themost romantic settings for photos and a quiet moment for the coupleto spend quality time together. Consider a blessing in the chapel for aceremony to remember.
- The grounds – There's ample space to utilise for summer weddingsincluding the terrace and croquet lawn.
- The all weekender option – Oh-so popular with modern couples, thevenue offers dinner the night before, breakfast the following morningand a 'girls night in' package.
- The grooms room – Not many venues cater so attentively to the mentoo, and the Grooms Room will be a hit with the gents complete withpool table, TVs, fridges and more!
- The cosy snugs – There are ample chairs, sofas and facilities for lovedones to spend quality time together.
- Toastmaster Steve Eggleton's history tour – Guests too can enjoythe history tour and Steve's absolutely charming, his passion for thevenue is infectious.
- The team! – There's not one person that truly wasn't a delight to dealwith so you can rest assured your wedding day is in safe hands.Special mention to general manager Michael Micallef, duty managerPeter Roche, wedding coordinator Kate Bransgrove, Guita, andeveryone else, thank you!