For those of a certain age, luxurious decadent Cliveden will forever be remembered as the venue at the heart of the sixties Profumo scandal which rocked the political establishment and saw sensible politicians losing their heads in the secluded lawns and pathways of the estate with young ladies half their age. These days, the historic mansion and National Trust grounds still exude a certain glamour and the weddings they host are spectacular. There's a whole choice of fabulously grand rooms to choose from for the civil ceremony and wedding breakfast - and it's tough to beat canapés and drinks on these exquisitely kept lawns on a fine summer's day.
Basically, if a deeply romantic 13th century moated castle where Anne Boleyn grew up isn't ringing your wedding bells, then frankly we're questioning your conviction to wed. Hever Castle has oodles of magical wedding wonderstuff about it and for a select few months in winter (think low skies, gentle snowfall and carols perhaps?), you can swap vows in the castle's Inner Hall. Ornate panelling and carved columns in Italian walnut surround you as well as antique furniture, centuries-old paintings and a roaring log fire. The Castle Great Hall, where Henry VIII dined when he visited Ms Boleyn, can be booked for your wedding breakfast.
Tucked away along the banks of the River Tweed, this 18th century John Adam mansion is one of the finest examples of neo-Palladian architecture in Scotland and makes a simply breathtaking setting for a stylish country house wedding. This Borders gem can seat up to 150 guests in its divine Picture Gallery for the ceremony and dinner afterwards but if the weather is fine, make sure you make use of the stunning grounds. Want something more intimate? Go for the library, a quiet, peaceful setting perfect for low key but chic brides and grooms.
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