From the moment we approached Holbeck Ghyll to consider it as a wedding venue, we knew it was perfect for our special day. The views from every aspect were fantastic. We were welcomed in by Andrew McPherson who talked us through every aspect of our plans. The size of the hotel was perfect for our wedding party, and we loved the arts and crafts features. Our priority for our wedding was high quality food and service, and in this respect we felt it would be totally fitting. Holbeck Ghyll had kindly agreed to host our wedding despite it being the May Bank Holiday Weekend, and we felt indulged not only by this, but also by Andrew's kind offer of the Holbeck Ghyll Range Rover for our outward and return journeys .
As the wedding was approaching we were guided by Gregory Simons who produced detailled itinaries of the days events; his eye for detail ensuring that nothing was overlooked or left to chance on the day.
On the day itself, I threw back the curtains to reveal a beautiful blue sky, a welcome relief after a period of heavy rainfall in the run up to the wedding. Ahead of schedule, Andrew McPherson arrived with the Range Rover adorned with white ribbons and looking dapper in a superb tweed suit. Despite, Andrew's promptness, I was late departing for the ceremony, but Andrew was able to calmly reassure me that it would be fine. As there was a lot of traffic heading down the Lakes Road (it was Bank Holiday after all), Andrew took a detour which provided a terrific view of Lake Windermere: what better scenery could a bride take in on the way to the ceremony? This was such a privellege that I felt rather regal, waving to any passers by in their cars! Upon arrival, I was met by the registrar in the serene location of the reception area where a small fire was burning in the grate of the beautiful fireplace.
Then it was time for our ceremony to begin. The groom looked amazing, and we took our vows with the fantastic scenery as a backdrop. The layout of the room was described as 'country house style', with the guests arranged comfortably on sofas and armchairs complete with cushions. When I looked behind me to see our guests, I was pleased that they were able to be so relaxed rather than be sitting on the usual upright chairs we come to expect at weddings. The registrars provided an excellent service, and made the service feel personal and special.
When the ceremony was over we had canapes and champagne, and the weather was fine enough for some of the party to have a short game of golf. We then moved into the Oak Panelled Dining Room, and were seated at the top table with the dynamic, ever changing view over Windermere (the one that starred in 'The Trip'). The service we received was attentive and repsonsive, yet unobtrusive. The waiting staff were friendly, and set the perfect tone for the wedding. The food we ate was amazing. The guests commented on how much they enjoyed it. The timing and pace of the courses, was perfect despite us being 20 minutes behind schedule because of the bride's tardiness. The children in our party were really well accomodated, which enabled their parents to relax and enjoy the flow of the day. They were even served an adult dessert of raspberry mille fueille, and due to the presentation and georgeous flavours they managed to eat it too! The staff were attentive to the children's needs; with one kindly member of staff keeping an eye on a sleeping two-year old on a window-seat when the parents were out of the room!!! An additional wedding surprise for me was bumping into the broadcaster, journalist, author and fellow-Wiganer Stuart Maconie in the car-park on my way to have some photographs taken in the Spring-time gardens. He kindly agreed to have some photographs taken with the bride, and signed our copy of his latest book (which will be a valued and treasured wedding gift). Our guests spent some time on the terrace before sadly departing to prepare for the night-time reception. We were pleased later in the evening when Andrew called around with our personalised menus for our day, and some belongings that we and our fellow guests had left behind. We did invite him to our party, but alas his dedication was such that he couldn't spare time from his duties! Our day at Holbeck Ghyll was perfect in every way. The wedding organisation was second to none. The food lived up to our expectations, and the service was unsurpassed. This Michellin starred restaurant did not let it's guard down because it was dealing with a wedding, in fact, it stepped up to the occassion.
I would recommend Holbeck Ghyll as an ideal venue for anyone wanting a high quality venue with attention to detail, where good food is a key priority. You also have the opportunity to have wedding photographs taken in a superb setting, with views that are absolutely priceless. We are just revelling in the final benefit: we can spend our future wedding anniversaries taking in these views, enjoying good food and reminsicing about the perfect day we had with the staff and guests at Holbeck on our return visits to celebrate the occasion.
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28 May 2012
Dearest Lorriane and Robin,
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Thank you so much for this very kind review - I blushed an awful lot! The truth is you were the best, such fun and all such lovely people, we all enjoyed looking after you - seeing you have such a good time makes us try even harder. When you are coming back make sure that you call me directly!
Best wishes from all of us at Holbeck Ghyll.
P.S. say hi to Mum!!
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