I can’t believe it’s been a year since our lovely friends got married at Ettington Park – part of the HandPicked Hotels group – and I got to be bridesmaid <insert generic “where has this year gone” statement here>
I also can’t believe I never got round to reviewing and sharing pics of the hotel. I only realised when I was trying to free up some storage on my phone and came across them.
So, a year to the date after the event, here it is!
We arrived earlyish on Saturday afternoon to a very warm welcome. The building itself is very grand and gothic; approached by a long driveway and surrounded by acres of grounds.
We stayed in an executive room overlooking the hotel entrance.
The room was a really good size, with a separate lounge area, traditional wooden furniture and fireplace, and a good size modern bathroom with that all important powerful hot shower!
The hotel is very opulent throughout, with intricate details like the ceiling in the library, where we had dinner the night before the wedding.
The staff were, without exception, incredibly friendly and helpful, going out of their way to make everything special. On the morning of the wedding, as we dined in the opulent dining room, we asked for a bloody mary to go with our food. The bar wasn’t open by that point (don’t judge us!) so the waiter went and found a member of staff to open it up and make our drinks! (mind you at around £10 per drink it was probably in their best interests – that’s a helluva mark up!)
As I mentioned, the hotel is set in acres of grounds – it’s so big that there are bikes available to hire to go and explore!
Within the grounds are the ruins of a gothic abbey, which is where our friends tied the knot. So atmospheric.
The food at the wedding breakfast was incredible. Mass catering always comes with a risk, but everything was perfectly cooked, tasty and flavoursome. Again, the service couldn’t be faulted.
Want to see more pictures from the wedding day? The original wedding post is here.
Thanks, as always, for reading! x