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TEN HISTORIC HOUSES TO GIVE YOUR WEDDING DOWNTON ABBEY STYLE

Liz Coggins

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With Downton Abbey commanding a world-wide following its influence has been seen in just about everything from fashion and furniture to food! And now with talk of a remake of Brideshead Revisited the stately home theme is set to eclipse everything including the wedding market and you don't need to have been born “with a silver spoon in your mouth” to follow in the nuptial steps of the aristocracy. So follow your dream and say “I do” in some of the majestic and beautiful historic houses from grand palaces, to intimate Georgian mansions and give your wedding real Downton Style!
Highclere Castle

Imagine holding your wedding in the Victorian castle known to millions around the world as Downton Abbey. Make your grand entrance as your music begins by walking round the gallery before descending the sweeping staircase into the Salon for your ceremony followed by the ultimate Downton reception in a choice of eight magnificent staterooms. The folly, lawns and statements make unforgettable backdrops for your pictures.

Blenheim Palace

This baroque masterpiece provides the crème de la crème fairytale wedding. Inside the palace The Great Hall, Salon and Long Library radiate an out of this world atmosphere for ceremonies and receptions. In contrast the Marlborough Room, overlooking the Italian Gardens, with its light and airy décor is the ultimate in chic and sophisticated style. Water terraces, fountains and the Capability Brown Gardens make ideal backdrops for your photographs.

Longleat House

Set in 900 acres of Capability Brown landscaped gardens Longleat provides weddings of pure luxury. Ceremonies and receptions take place in three locations – the historic Elizabeth oak panelled Great Hall , the romantic Orangery overlooking the rose filled Love Labyrinth and Secret Garden and for smaller, intimate ceremonies there is the unusual Green Library. Weddings, that are too large to be accommodated in the house, can be held in the grounds or gardens.

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