My new wife and I got engaged just over two years ago, and the first few months of our engagement were spent looking around venues for the ceremony and reception. That was until we were told by a friend to go and have a look at the Mere Court. He had got married there himself and had nothing but good words to say about the hotel.
As soon as we arrived at the Mere Court we knew that this was the place we wanted. We were welcomed in to look around the grounds and every room we walked into only served to make us want it more. The Arboreum is such a beautiful room to get married in - even without being "venue dressed" at the time - the colours, the beams on the ceiling and the intimacy of the room felt immediately right to us.
The showstopper for us however was the fantastic Conservatory, where the wedding breakfast and evening party would be held. It's a beautiful addition to an already lovely building, and as soon as we walked in we could imagine how things would eventually look.
We decided almost immediately that this was the place for us. The staff (including the dedicated Wedding Organiser, Karen) guided us effortlessly through deciding the package we required, and we never felt at any stage that things would not be spot on.
On the day itself (which fortunately was a gorgeous summer's day) the hotel looked immaculate and as I arrived early I saw the staff getting on efficiently with everything they needed to do. They did a perfect job. Every room was exactly as I'd hoped, and in the case of the Arboreum and the Conservatory, even better.
The Master of Ceremonies for the day, Will, did a brilliant job in ensuring the day flowed perfectly, even though our speeches made the breakfast overrun by quite some time. He was also on hand whenever he was required to help anyone with anything. The staff all looked incredibly smart and professional, and each and every one of them had a smile on their faces the whole time.
The food was magnificent - we had struggled to decide what we wanted served that day but I heard nothing but compliments from every guest about the standard, and it was presented beautifully and perfectly cooked.
My wife and I (still getting used to saying that) were upgraded to the Presidential Suite, and upon entering the room for the first time were greeted by a chilled bottle of champagne and a box of chocolates. The only regret I have is that I never used the enormous jacuzzi, which was situated in a huge and extremely clean bathroom. The four-poster was as comfortable a bed as I have ever slept in - I didn't want to leave.....!
If you're considering having your wedding here I honestly cannot recommend it enough. It's just a shame I (hopefully) won't be doing it again, as I'd certainly have mine at the Mere Court if I did.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in the heart of Cheshire, Mere Court Hotel was originally built as a wedding present for William and Amy Dunkerley in 1903 and has now been lovingly and skilfully restored as a 4-star deluxe country house hotel, award-winning wedding venue, conference centre and fine dining restaurant with one AA Rosette. Set in 7 acres of landscaped gardens and grounds with a private lake in the most desirable part of the Cheshire countryside it offers ambience and rural tranquillity, despite being only 10 minutes from Manchester Airport and within easy reach of the major motorway networks (M56/M6/M62) giving access to Manchester, Liverpool and the historic City of Chester. The original house has individually designed and furnished luxury bedrooms, including two four poster suites, all with wonderful views across the beautiful grounds. The Lakeside rooms all have king size beds. This hotel has played host to a number of notable and famous guests like former US President Bill Clinton, Ruby Wax, Dawn French, Alan Titchmarsh and Spandau Ballet. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mere Court Hotel And Conference Centre Knutsford, Cheshire