The Holford Estate is set in 130 acres of gorgeous Cheshire countryside. This privately owned wedding venue, situated near Knutsford, can be accessed by a private road that leads up to a stunning tree lined avenue, giving you the upmost privacy on your big day.
The 18th Century Barn has been thoughtfully and stylishly restored combining contemporary chic and state of the art technology with characterful original features to create a truly magical setting for your wedding.
This super flexible space includes a mezzanine floor, gallery with dual sided staircase, which is such a fabulous way for any newly married couple to make their grand entrance. There is also a bride’s dressing room, sustainable underfloor heating, log burning stove, atmospheric lighting and an in-house music and PA system. The barn can be dressed to suit your wedding theme, be it rustic or chic. Given all the above, we think that you’ll have more than you need to create one terrific celebration.
Outside, crossing the ancient stone bridge over the moat brings you to the stunning gardens. Lovingly cultivated and tendered into a series of formal garden rooms showing an array of all year round trees and shrubs, including the charming knot garden, all combine to make this the perfect site for outdoor civil ceremonies and photographic opportunities. Over to the team now to tell us more about their truly charming venue.
Tell us about your venue
The Holford Estate – a privately-owned wedding venue, located near Knutsford in Cheshire; surrounded by a pretty river, meandering through the 130-acre estate, leading to our stylish contemporary Wedding Barn and magical landscape. The estate is steeped in history, providing the eclectic mix of old and new.
Do you offer civil marriages and civil partnership ceremonies?
Yes, we are a fully licensed venue for ceremonies inside the Barn and on the moated gardens.
Do couples and their wedding party have exclusive use of your venue
Venue capacity – How many guests can attend the day ceremony, if applicable, wedding breakfast & the evening reception?
For a truly luxurious feel to your day we recommend 100 day guests attending the ceremony and wedding breakfast, although couples can increase their numbers for invitation to evening guests.
Tell us just a little about any wedding packages you offer
Every wedding at The Holford Estate is unique and tailored to the couple’s variation, style and importantly budgetary requirements.
Do you have in-house catering, or preferred suppliers or are couples free to choose their own caterers?
Being ourselves, very foody and a working farm, we care about locally sourced ingredients; we have chosen two food partners that reflect our ethos.
Can couples supply their own alcohol for the evening? Is there a corkage fee?
We can offer Corkage for the Drinks Reception and Wedding Breakfast.
We have a fully stocked bar with experienced staffing for those WOW evening parties.
Are couples completely free to choose their wedding entertainment and do you have a specific sound system?
We have a superb Sonos system which can be piped throughout the Barn; we have a recommended in-house DJ together with a number of great bands. And yes also happy for our couples to have their own chosen form of entertainment – as long as the entertainment brought in comply with our licensing and safety/insurance conditions.
Do you have accommodation on site?
Yes, we have a beautifully appointed 5 Bedroom Mill House with south facing terrace overlooking the Mill waterfall. We are also so well located, that we are surrounded by all grades of accommodation to suit guests’ price range.
Do you have an in-house wedding co-ordinator?
Yes, planning alongside the couples from the very start to the Big Day.
How far in advance can couples have access to the venue for set up?
We suggest couples come the afternoon before their big day.
Do you have gardens or outdoor areas for wedding photographs?
Our professionally laid out gardens are a real talking point; and are available, along with umbrellas whatever the weather!
What’s the best advice to couples when choosing their venue?
As much as we would love to, sadly we cannot control the British climate; so ensure you’re happy with Plan A and unfavourable weather Plan B, and embrace the day as it comes!
Finally, what are your favourite moments from previous weddings
All of them for being so different, we love that our couples put their own personalities, individual style, using The Holford Estate as their backdrop for their very Special Day.
All images courtesy of The Holford Estate