Shortmead House
Shortmead House
4.5
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Shortmead is an elegant manor house, with its origins in the 16th century and set in twenty four acres of grounds. Located in Bedfordshire, it is Biggleswade’s best kept secrets. In a tranquil setting with open vistas and positioned on the outskirts of the town, yet the house is conveniently located just off the A1 motorway and close to a mainline railway station.
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  • Vivivavavoom
    London, United Kingdom475 contributions
    Wonderful place
    Attended our best friend's wedding at Shortmead yesterday. It's set on beautiful manicured grounds. Marquee erected with sittings and a dance floor. Thatched area was used for the then ceremony turn the bar. There's a swimming pool with comfy sittings around it It's very romantic and the beautiful weather was on our side so it was fabulous all around. There's always little cottages only then sides that can be used for guests Thank you to Esmee the photographer, she'd a great girl and ready to help if you have any queries including charging your phone! Just a suggestion though is that the speakers need to be sorted as I used my phone for the wedding breakfast playlist. Ideally you'd need speakers on all 4 sides of the the marquee as table one could clearly hear the music and table six couldn't hear anything. Other than that that, I thoroughly recommend them venue
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 September 2023
  • Dan H
    1 contribution
    Venue Hire for Christening
    We decided to hold our sons Christening at Shortmead House as we previously visited the grounds and we were quite local to the venue itself. We had a really great experience with the owner Lee from start to finish. On the day of the Christening we arrived early to set up some decorations before heading off to the church and Lee and the team set everything up for us, accommodating all of our requirements. The food at the venue was exceptional with a great choice for our guests, bar service was great and Shortmead also allowed us to use our own entertainment. The team even facilitated with organising taxis for some of our guests. We had the option of staying over in the cottage but as we are so local felt it wasnt necessary - however we did get the opportunity to have a look and it really does look lovely. This venue is certainly a hidden gem - so many of our guests commented on how lovely it was and our friends were so impressed that they have booked for their wedding next year. Thank you to the team at Shortmead, hopefully we will be back soon! Kate & Dan X
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 October 2023
  • Hannah Sea-Jay
    5 contributions
    Perfect for all event-types.
    Amazing venue. Wonderfully attentive hosts. Great food, entertainment (even a top-class magician) and attention to detail (umbrellas, blankets, decor). Beautiful setting for a whole range of events. Thanks for a great Christmas party.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 December 2023
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Janet L
1 contribution
Dec 2023 • Family
Shortmead house has a beautiful setting. The service and food were excellent. Perfect venue for our family pre Christmas party.
Written 9 December 2023
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Hannah Sea-Jay
5 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
Amazing venue. Wonderfully attentive hosts. Great food, entertainment (even a top-class magician) and attention to detail (umbrellas, blankets, decor). Beautiful setting for a whole range of events. Thanks for a great Christmas party.
Written 9 December 2023
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Dan H
1 contribution
Sept 2023 • Family
We decided to hold our sons Christening at Shortmead House as we previously visited the grounds and we were quite local to the venue itself. We had a really great experience with the owner Lee from start to finish. On the day of the Christening we arrived early to set up some decorations before heading off to the church and Lee and the team set everything up for us, accommodating all of our requirements. The food at the venue was exceptional with a great choice for our guests, bar service was great and Shortmead also allowed us to use our own entertainment. The team even facilitated with organising taxis for some of our guests. We had the option of staying over in the cottage but as we are so local felt it wasnt necessary - however we did get the opportunity to have a look and it really does look lovely. This venue is certainly a hidden gem - so many of our guests commented on how lovely it was and our friends were so impressed that they have booked for their wedding next year. Thank you to the team at Shortmead, hopefully we will be back soon! Kate & Dan X
Written 24 October 2023
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Vivivavavoom
London, UK475 contributions
Sept 2023 • Friends
Attended our best friend's wedding at Shortmead yesterday. It's set on beautiful manicured grounds.

Marquee erected with sittings and a dance floor.

Thatched area was used for the then ceremony turn the bar.
There's a swimming pool with comfy sittings around it
It's very romantic and the beautiful weather was on our side so it was fabulous all around.

There's always little cottages only then sides that can be used for guests

Thank you to Esmee the photographer, she'd a great girl and ready to help if you have any queries including charging your phone!

Just a suggestion though is that the speakers need to be sorted as I used my phone for the wedding breakfast playlist. Ideally you'd need speakers on all 4 sides of the the marquee as table one could clearly hear the music and table six couldn't hear anything.

Other than that that, I thoroughly recommend them venue
Written 17 September 2023
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_graeme_johnson3
Greater London, UK4 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Held my daughters wedding at Shortmead House in Aug 23. This is a stunning setting for a wedding and without exception every one of our guests said it was beautiful. There are so many advantages to using Shortmead for your event. I particularly liked the sound system on the dance floor which fires downwards. This means that guests who are not dancing can remain at their tables and still hold a conversation which helps keep your guests together adding to the party atmosphere. Ian, Lee and Esme have many years of experience in the wedding business and could not have been more helpful when we were planning the event.On the day they we're on hand to assist with any issues although there weren't any.i do recommend you use Shortmeads caterers. The food was incredible and plentiful. Many of the guests commented it was the best wedding breakfast they had ever had. More importantly the Bride and Groom didn't stop smiling all day
Written 11 September 2023
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Maria B
3 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
Shortmead house is stunning. We hired shortmead for my daughters wedding. Not only is the house and marquee visually beautiful but so are it's surroundings. Lee and all involved in making the day perfect went above and beyond, attention to detail was much appreciated.
A fairytale place perfect for any wedding or special occasion.
Written 11 June 2023
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Ladylack
London, England, United Kingdom6 contributions
May 2023
Beautiful Manor House with lots of outdoor features and photo opportunities. The Planning of our wedding went very smoothly with Ian giving lots of advice of what works and doesn’t. I should mention at this point that Ian is taking a break from Shortmead to concentrate on other personal matters and that the team he has in place now are experts in the wedding industry with an array of different talents and lots of ideas going forward.

Our wedding was the 6th May 2023 King Charles Coronation Day and after fretting about the weather for the two weeks before it was a Tsunami for most of the day. However I needn’t of worried it was an amazing day and kept the party afterwards quite lively in the marquee we did eventually manage some outdoor shots in the early evening.

I must Mention front of house Helen she makes things work like clockwork and is very efficient nothing too much trouble.
Steve and his catering team provided by Shortmead are experts and know how everything runs he provides great choices & food cooked to perfection.

We stayed the night in the Bridal Suite and was cooked an amazing full english by Esme

I would choose Shortmead all over again come rain or shine it works perfect!

Mark & Gill Yates
Written 16 May 2023
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Mohammed Sajid
Luton, UK2 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
We decided to get married at Shortmead House in February 2022. I can honestly say it was the best decision we have made so far as it was exactly how we had imagined our wedding to be.

For around 3-4 months prior to our wedding we had visited majority of venues within the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire area. We found one common problem with them all. Either we felt they lacked in character and the traditional English heritage feel we were after or we felt they were far too overpriced… then we stumbled upon Shortmead House.

From the offset, everything was perfect. On our first visit we were so impressed and knew this was what we were looking for. But we had been in this position before and were preparing ourselves to be let down again with a very expensive quote. But we were wrong. Once Ian mentioned the price we were actually shocked. It was a fraction of what other venues were charging and this place offered so much more. It was perfect. And every moment after this went exactly how we had imagined.

From the moment we stepped into Shortmead House until the moment we left, it has been nothing short of perfection. I feel like we have made some beautiful memories and also made some amazing friends in Ian and Marilyn.

Thank you so much.

Mohammed Sajid and Leila
Written 28 December 2022
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Stacey E
1 contribution
Sept 2022
When we got engaged in May 2021, we originally thought we would have to wait until 2023 to get married. We then came across this hidden gem 5 min drive from our house!! We met with Ian and he was extremely accommodating, and managed to find us a date in Sept 2022!! We were super excited and got right into the planning. Throughout the whole process, everything has gone smoothly. We had a lot of changes with our guest list due to adding more people, and then last-minute cancellations. But this did not phase them at Shortmead and were extremely helpful on the wedding morning when I told them that I changed the seating plan last minute. They took care of everything. Linda on Front of house was amazing, she made me feel super calm when it was go time, making sure everyone was seated where they needed to be, and even grabbed us a glass of prosecco while we waited for our surprise guest for everyone.
The catering team that came with Shortmead where also amazing. The food was to die for! We had so much options to choose from and the team were extremely helpful throughout.
The whole day was absolutely incredible and we couldn't be happier with our special day!
Thank you all at Shortmead House!!
Written 21 September 2022
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sophiemonksy
Bedford, UK1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Couples
We got married here in August 2022. We had originally planned to get married here in June 2020.

The whole experience was perfect, every little detail was thought of. All of our guests commented on how relaxed the day was - which is exactly what we wanted!

Ian was very good at helping with any queries or questions we had. Front of house, Helen, was amazing so calm and collected.

We would not hesitate to recommend getting married here. Well worth a look, if you’re looking to get married in Bedfordshire but for it to feel like the Mediterranean!
Written 16 September 2022
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