After visiting many possible venues in the North West we looked no further after discovering Thornton Manor.
It is an amazing location and had everything we needed to make our daughter's wedding day outstanding. The building itself is fabulous, the reception rooms are stunning, it has real character and panache - it really is the perfect backdrop to the perfect wedding. Philip and Diane and their team exude a "can do" attitude. We were able to make the wedding day and ceremony as individual as we wanted. in such a beautiful, unique and enchanting setting, we could not have asked for more.
They have 22 bedrooms for hire in the main house to suit all budgets, and lots of individual self catering units very close to the house on the beautiful estate. The Bride's party stayed in the Thatched Pavilion the night before the wedding and the Groom and his entourage stayed in the East Lodge, which was spacious enough downstairs for us all to get together for an informal pre wedding meal. It really added to the whole wedding experience staying over the night before. Both cottages were well appointed and just perfect for our needs. The bathrooms were excellent and the beds divine!I
The Bride's party moved over to the Lady Lever Bedroom in the main house the next morning - a beautiful, large and airy room perfect for those final touches of preparation. The groom transfered to his chosen bridal suite, the Tower Bedroom in the main house with it's four poster bed and bright and spacious bathroom.
Having a wedding at the Manor was so special; it is just like one amazing house party, with a wedding in the middle of it! In fact, that is exactly how one of our guests described the experience. It was so relaxing and so incredibly special and unique. So many of our guests said, and are still saying, that it was "the best wedding" they had ever been to. Nothing, and I mean nothing, was too much trouble for the team. Their whole focus was to make our day perfect, and they did! We could not fault the unobtrusive service and professional care that all the staff put into every detail of our daughter's wedding, both on the day and during the preparations. The whole process, from the moment we booked, to the morning after the wedding was wonderfully orchestrated.
Diane and Philip at the Manor were able to recommend caterers, hairdressers and more and we were very pleased with "Barretts", who did a wonderful job with the catering. Many of the guests who travel world wide and frequently dine at large events, commented that it was amongst the best food they had ever been served. We were thrilled with the standard of "Verity" the Hairdresser who was recommended by Diane and looked after all the girls in our party. She was over in the Thatched Pavilion on the morning of the wedding, doing the hair of the Bride and the Bridesmaids etc.
Thornton Manor is a private and stately home far from the usual standardised experiences we have encountered in hotels. Whilst you won't find a kettle in every bedroom and the bedroom doors don't lock (unless you pay £10 refundable deposit for a key), you will find yourself able to wander inside a beautifully appointed mansion and grounds which would not look out of place in a period drama.
If you are looking for a unique location in which to have a wedding, one that will surpass all of your expectations, then I unreservedly recommend Thornton Manor to you. Philip and Diane and their team will make you feel like family friends. If you want a coffee there is a trolley set up in the French Room downstairs for your convenience, someone will even bring it up to your room if that suits you better. If you want a hair drier you just have to ask and it is provided, just like it would be in a private home. Nothing is too much trouble. For example one of our more mature guests went outside to use her mobile during the evening reception and a member of the Thornton team followed her outside to put a coat round her shoulders to protect her from the cold. Outstanding care and attention.
We all felt very special and thoroughly enjoyed the whole event, which culminated in a fabulous breakfast the morning after the wedding. At the time of booking the additional £15 per person for the breakfast did seem an excessive additional cost, but I am so glad that thirty plus of the guests decided to join the Bride and Groom for this memorable event. The Dining room was beautifully decked out with candelabras and the team made fully use of the wedding flowers to decorate the table beautifully. It really was a lovely finishing note to a wonderful wedding event.
Thank you Thornton Manor.
The proud parents of Sarah Marks - now Mrs Sarah Davison.
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