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Looking for a location for your wedding? Sarah Hardy steps inside the handsome Heacham Manor Hotel near Hunstanton to find out about what’s on offer to prospective brides and grooms
Planning your big day can be stressful so you need a venue where there is lots of help on hand – as well as somewhere gorgeous with great facilities, of course!
Heacham Manor Hotel, near Hunstanton, is a complete coastal retreat with a hotel, golf course, restaurant and spa. It’s a tranquil spot, with an accent on comfort and personal service, with a wedding coordinator dedicated to creating a wonderful day.
There are two great wedding venues – the Manor itself and the new, purpose-built Pavilion – so there really is something for everyone.
Tell us about the original building, the Manor
The Manor itself is a Grade II listed country house with mature and extensive gardens – the perfect spot for those vital wedding photographs. Built in the area’s traditional carrstone in 1580 and with a long drive, it is a very handsome sight.
Inside are many different rooms, from the traditional Drawing Room with its open fires to the Conservatory with its panoramic views over the surrounding grounds and rather wonderful diamanté globe chandeliers, and the cosy Snug. Many original features remain including pamment flooring, rustic antique doors and plenty of nooks and crannies.
The bright Conservatory can cater for up to 100 seated guests and has French doors opening onto a manicured lawn. When hiring the Conservatory, use of the Manor Bar and Terrace, Drawing Room and Snug is included.
A further choice in the Elizabethan house is the elegant Drawing Room which offers seating for 20 guests in an intimate setting, with guests enjoying yet more extensive views from a large bay window.
We heard there is a new addition?
New this year is the purpose-built Pavilion, a lovely contemporary space with a neutral palette, which has a number of function rooms to cater for whatever is needed. The vast Dove Suite can cater for up to 150 guests for those who want a large gathering, and offers its own entrance, private, south facing garden with a romantic pagoda where ceremonies can be held, and a designated bar and kitchen for catering. It also boasts a soundproof dividing wall so it can be split into separate spaces and can, indeed, be further extended by using a marquee. There is also a first floor terrace, with views out over the golf course and beyond, and you can even watch the sunset over The Wash. It doesn’t get much better!
What about accommodation?
The hotel has 52 bedrooms: 13 luxurious bedrooms in the hall, including the refurbished Manor Suite, the Wedding Suite, with its four-poster bed, plus 32 adjacent Cottage Rooms and Suites, all of which have just been refurbished, and seven spacious new bedrooms in The Pavilion, kitted out in a modern decor. So there is plenty of room for wedding guests – and their four-legged companions, as several rooms are dog friendly.
What about the food?
Well, The Mulberry restaurant needs no introduction. Named after the ancient mulberry tree in the hotel’s grounds, the AA Rosette restaurant uses local, seasonal produce and wedding party catering is tailored to individual tastes. Look out for the wonderful afternoon teas, too.
Do the venues have ceremony licences?
Yes, the Manor and Dove Suites both have licences.
Anything else we need to know?
Prospective brides and grooms enjoy a free menu tasting when booking a sit-down menu option, and a free night stay is included, in the scrumptious Manor Suite, on the night of the wedding for the bride and groom, when booking either the Manor or Dove Suite as a wedding venue.
There is the best of both worlds here – a new, contemporary space which is purpose-built and a historic manor house, with masses of character and plenty of history.
- Check out the hotel website or call 01485 536030. The Wedding Coordinator is Sarah Pegden and her mobile is 07384 248848