We held our wedding ceremony and reception at Bartley Lodge Hotel on the 21st July 2012 and it can only be described as a fantastic day with a 5* Star service provided by the hotel.
After a attending a wedding fair at the hotel I found Bartley Lodge to be the best out of the group of four hotels for what I wanted and the best out of all the 'bigger' hotels in Southampton which I find over priced for what you are offered. I fell in love with the venue and went back and put a deposit down three weeks later. We had a few teething problems with wedding planners at the beginning but I think this was just down to people leaving and details written down on lots of bits of paper. After voicing my concerns Peter Briggs the General Manager took us under his wing and certainly knew his stuff. He catered for every wish I could have possible wanted and was superb throughout the day! From letting us come out to the hotel the evening before to leave three car loads of decorations in there lock ups, to overseeing guests arrivals, to making sure everyone was OK throughout the day, he is an asset to the Hotel group!
The garden was beautiful to have our photo's taken and there is plenty of room for children to play on the grass where it is safe and lots of seating on the patio.
The wedding breakfast commenced and the staff were brilliant getting the food out, we had opted for a little off their set meals - tomato soup with warm bread rolls to start which was delicious, a main of roast beef which was melt in the mouth - cooked superbly, with all the trimmings and even the added extra of mashed potatoes and proper gravy just as I had asked. The dessert was an Eton mess which was also lovely. The food was brought out piping hot and cleared quickly. We also opted for a BBQ in the evening which was also fantastic the food was all set out for people to help themselves, it was better than expected.
The evening party got under way and it was lovely on a nice hot summers day to have the grounds as well as the Baronial Hall, drinks were flowing and the only small point I would pick up on as everything else was fantastic is the bar ran out of a lot of the drinks we liked. We may be called 'big drinkers' but by the end of the night there was no Red Bull, JD, Sambuca or Tequila left and they had ran out of jagermeister at the wedding the night before, maybe in future they could stock up on drink to be put in the cellar.
We stayed in the Bridal Suit that night and it was lovely, clean, bright, airy, big, I couldn't fault it. The best touch was when I asked one of the bar staff if I could have some BBQ food and a bottle of champagne sent to our room, when we got to the room later that night there was a bottle in a chiller, 2 glasses and an array of the bbq food covered in clingfilm left for us, brilliant!
We had breakfast the next morning at again it was superb, there was 7 of that stayed the night and they all ate together, I had already had mine with my husband early, there was a good choice of cereals and a more Continental style buffet and then you ordered what hot food you wanted and also how you wanted your eggs cooked! It all came out fresh and hot and was delicious.
I have seen previous comments people have left on this website complaining about the hotel but I can truly say they made our day very special! It is a beautiful venue, great staff and would defiantly stay again, we are hoping to stay there on our anniversary and get everyone out for one of there Sunday lunches the day after as it was smelling divine as we were leaving.
Thank you so much Bartley Lodge for such a wonderful service!!!
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- Bartley Hotel Cadnam
- Bartley Hotel Southampton
- Bartley Lodge Hotel Cadnam, Hampshire