We had our wedding reception here in August 2012.
We looked at many venues but from the moment we stepped into hallway we had that 'feeling'. The features, the creaks, the smell, the gardens, not too big, not too small - it was just what we were looking for.
We arranged to meet a wedding co-ordinator to discuss our requirements and prices. We had Stacey who was our dedicated point of contact. Stacey made us feel immediately comfortable and relaxed, there was no pushy sales pitch, everything was in plain English and all our questions were answered swiftly.
We booked over a year in advance but Stacey kept in contact throughout the whole period right up until the big day. She was able to reassure us when needed, and able to accommodate some bizarre requests (every wedding is unique right?!). We got to choose every aspect of our wedding, the wealth of choice was astounding!
Please do ask for Stacey if you consider Dovecliff Hall for your wedding, she is an absolute credit to the venue and is extremely good at her job! Almost anything you ask for and its done!
Dovecliff can recommend a wide range of established companies for the 'bits and bobs' (disco/chair covers/flowers etc) which are reliable and reasonably priced. They have no problem with you using other companies either. We would definitely recommend Dave the Pianist, it added that extra special touch for us and was excellent value for money!
The food and menu choice was simply exquisite. We chose the Lamb which was mouthwateringly tender and full of flavour. They offer packages which you can mix and match however you like. You also get to go and have a FREE sample meal of some of the choices before you make up your mind, these are full portions, not just a smaller size. (Note: not all places give you a free sample, a lot charge you for this privilege!)
For the evening we chose the hog roast, this is done by an outside catering company but is all sorted through Stacey. It went down a brilliantly with our guests and we would really recommend a hog roast for something a bit different!
We came several times to sort things out and to take a look in all the rooms etc (and it was never any trouble!). We were offered hot drinks every time - Their cafetiere coffee is amazing, especially with cream!!! The Bridal Suite is simply Stunning with fantastic views and a wonderful bathroom. If only we could've stayed for one night longer!! Each room had its own character and feel. We preferred the older original rooms to the newer ones. The Bridal Suite is complimentary and you get a discount on the rest of the rooms. We managed to fill these fine!
The staff were all very smartly dressed and polite. They knew their job well and were very efficient (Especially when serving our food). The bar is small, but perfectly adequate and there were plenty of staff on for our guests. One request that we had was for a certain type of beer to be available. This wasn't a problem and on the day of our wedding that beer was flowing very nicely! To us it was little things like this that went the extra mile!
Price wise we believe it was probably on par with other places we visited. However, we felt that Dovecliff exuded quality and attention to detail that other places didn't. It was big enough to cope, but small enough to have that all important personal touch!
Since then, we have revisited (reminisced?) a few times for afternoon tea, which is lovely and fabulous value for money with a groupon voucher! We are always remembered which is humbling.
Would I recommend Dovecliff?.... In a heartbeat! We definitely made the right choice here.
Also, due to our brilliant wedding co-ordinator Stacey, everything went perfectly smooth on the day!
Martin & Claire Ridgers
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dovecliff Hall Country House Hotel is a "hidden gem" nestled in the delightful Staffordshire countryside. Dating back to 1790, this elegant Georgian House has been fully restored to provide a subtle blend of history with modern comfortable hospitality. Set within seven acres of beautiful gardens and adjacent to the River Dove, Dovecliff Hall is the perfect retreat if you are looking to experience peace and tranquility. Our guest rooms have been tastefully decorated and boast views of either the gardens or the River Dove. With emphasis on comfort, elegance and functionality, all rooms have en-suite bathrooms with bath and shower and are equipped with flat screen TVs, telephones, free WIFI access, trouser press and tea & coffee making facilities. Classic English cuisine with a modern French twist can be enjoyed in our beautiful Orangery Restaurant. Only the finest seasonal ingredients are used and wherever possible, our Head Chef uses his local suppliers. Just 10 miles from Lichfield and 13 miles from Derby, we are ideally situated if you are looking to visit Chatsworth House, Lichfield Cathedral, The Peak District, Calke Abbey, Shugborough Hall, Alton Towers or Donnington Park. We look forward to offering you a very warm welcome. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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