Last week we had the pleasure of visiting Brocket Hall, a stunning private estate in Hertfordshire. Within the beautiful grounds are three locations to choose from to host your wedding or event. Furthermore, it is a venue which is strictly used for weddings, events and dining so, it really is a one of a lifetime experience if you should select it. The accommodation is only used when a wedding or event held there, which is fantastic as you have a choice of unique bedrooms to choose from and it gives you a ‘country retreat’ kind of feel with your own space which you don’t necessarily receive at a hotel.

 

 

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Our experience consisted of viewing all three areas of the estate (which we will present to you below), having wonderful afternoon tea, an education on the history of the venue and a three course banquet in the evening. We met the event managers and the butlers who work at the venue and they all take pride in showcasing this hidden gem.

 

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Brocket Hall

One of England’s finest stately homes, both in terms of its architecture and

its history, which is as varied as it is intriguing! Set within 543 acres of

its history, which is as varied as it is intriguing! Set within 543 acres of

landscaped grounds, few properties in England can claim to have been the

home to two prime ministers, played host to George IV and Queen Victoria and

witnessed many pranks by the infamous Lady Caroline Lamb who introduced the

Waltz to England in the Ballroom or Saloon. The Ballroom is sumptuously

decorated with fine paintings, including the stunning ceiling painted by Sir

Francis Wheatley when Brocket Hall was built in 1760. The Ballroom would be

the room for your Wedding Breakfast and can seat from 50 – 150 guests. The

boardroom can accommodate your evening reception of up to 200 guests.

 

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You may recognise Brocket Hall’s ballroom which was used to film the scenes of the first dance of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy at The Netherfield Ball, in Pride & Prejudice. (What better reason to choose Brocket Hall when it was somewhere where Colin Firth stood!)

 

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Golf Club/ Oak Room

The Clubhouse offers superb views over the championship golf courses and

Broadwater. The Oak Room, with picturesque views over the Broadwater can

accommodate 80 – 120 guests comfortably for a Wedding Breakfast, and hold

150 people for a finger buffet and dancing.  This room has oak beams with a

vaulted ceiling, and original barn features. Guests have direct access onto

a garden terrace for their drinks reception.

 

 

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Auberge du Lac

Formerly, the 17th Century hunting lodge for the Estate is now a unique,

tranquil waterside restaurant. The restaurant is offered on an exclusive use

basis for your wedding, the nature of exclusive use ensures there will be no

other dining taking place on your chosen day, allowing yourself, family,

colleagues and guests the privacy of Hertfordshire’s award-winning

restaurant. A more intimate number of 30 – 60 guests can be accommodated

within Auberge du Lac, with an additional 40 guests for your evening

reception. Melbourne Lodge bedrooms are available to guests for your

occasion.

 

 

 

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To find out more about Brocket Hall, visit the website here.

 

 

White Avenue is a wedding planning company based in London. We hope you enjoy reading our blog posts! As well as publishing our own real weddings we have planned, we write blogs on everything to do with weddings including bridal dresses, entertainment, venues, flowers, wedding rings and much more.

If you are interested in the White Avenue team planning your wedding, please email us on contact@whiteavenue.co.uk. We cover the whole of the UK and we also plan destinations weddings such as Italy and Greece.

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