Hever Castle, Edenbridge: This double moat castle contains a rich and varied history dating back over 700 years. The inner hall features antique furniture, grand open fireplace and tapestries with ornate panelling and Italian walnut carved columns – ideal for adding twinkling Christmas lights - can accommodate 50 seated guests. Why not serve up festive treats like eggnog or warm apple cider as guests arrive? Whether it’s the castle itself, the countryside atmosphere of the Astor Wing or the lakeside location of the Guthrie Pavilion, Hever Castle offers many ways to make your dream winter wedding a reality.
Above: Hever Castle
Odo’s Barn, Bilsington: Odo’s Barn is a 15th Century Kent Tithe barn, with adjoining medieval moat, that has been restored into a wedding venue overlooking the Romney Marsh. Licensed for ceremonies inside the barn for up to 120 guests, the wooden roof structure and three golden chandeliers create a spectacular back drop for your winter wedding ceremony. The venue hire is for a three day period, allowing couples to come to the barn the day before your wedding to decorate and make the barn your own, from adding Christmas garland and artificial trees to fairy lights and jingle bells for a truly winter wonderland wedding.
Above: Odo's Barn, Rebecca Douglas Photography
Leeds Castle, Maidstone: Set in five hundred acres of parkland and gardens, Leeds Castle is an idyllic setting for your fairy-tale winter wedding. With 900 years of history - from the magnificent setting of the Castle, to the boutique Maiden’s Tower or the charming 14th Century manor house - whether it’s a grand affair or intimate occasion, Leeds Castle offers locations for both magical indoor celebrations and snowy outdoor photos.
Above: Leeds Castle
Penshurst Place, Tonbridge: Once home to King Henry VIII, Penshurst Place is set within 11 acres of gardens. As one of the oldest wedding venues in Kent, the interior ceremony and reception rooms all feature a variety of design and style to suit your theme. The awe-inspiring medieval Baron’s Hall features an original 60ft high chestnut beamed ceiling - plenty of room for Christmas trees and tall festive table centrepieces.
Above: Penshurst Place
Chilston Park, Lenham: Chilston Park is a classic British country house hotel known for its unique interior. Enhanced by antiques and portraits, some as old as the 17th century manor house itself, this Grade I listed building has a variety of locations to host your winter wedding. Overlooking the manicured lawns, gardens and lake, the Culpeper’s room is situated in the oldest part of the house, complete with an ornate ceiling and two open fireplaces to cosy up to and toast a glass of mulled wine. The Fitzhammond Suite is a light and welcoming area with a sparkling crystal chandelier and a glass roof lantern. Located on the ground floor of the Grade I listed stables building, The Coach House is ideal for hosting intimate celebrations with floor to ceiling windows overlooking views of the courtyard as you seal your vows with a kiss beneath the mistletoe.