My husband and I recently had a short break near Rutland Water and I soon realised what a little wedding gem it was. As we were biking around the reservoir I was constantly having to stop to take pictures of the stunning venues and beautiful churches. Now, I have a few brides getting married in these parts and it’s no surprise as Rutland is just a short journey down the A1 from Lincolnshire, it has lush undulating hills and the wonderful backdrop of Rutland Water which is any wedding photographers dream.
The first little jewel we came across was the extremely picturesque Normanton Church. The church can be used for civil ceremonies and although it is right on the lake side, well almost in the lake, it has a dedicated car park just a short walk away and an ice cream van nearby, during the summer months, which could keep your guests happy whilst you have a few pictures!
Just adjacent to Normanton Church is the Normanton Park Hotel. Offering stunning views of the reservoir and as a venue for both civil ceremonies and wedding receptions it is a great package. They offer a dedicated wedding coordinator and plenty of accommodation for your guests.
As we continued around the reservoir the next venue I spotted was the most amazing marquee set up close to the shore. It was the teepee style marquee which I think look just superb and give a real individual look to any wedding. The best bit about a marquee is being able to make it your own and to hold your reception exactly where you want it to be, with the landowner’s permission of course! There are many great suppliers in Lincolnshire/Rutland for these.
Once we had biked up the steep hill to get us onto the peninsular of the reservoir we were rewarded with a view of Hambleton Hall. If you are wanting a small wedding in opulent surroundings then this is the venue for you. With maximum capacity for 60 guests this country house hotel offers gourmet food with wine to match and yet again stunning views of the reservoir.
So nearing the end of our day out, legs getting a little tired by this point, the final venue we came across was Barnsdale Hall and Country Club. Now I have to admit that I know this venue well and have many happy childhood memories here but it really does offer the most stunning location. The Country Club offers many different packages but my favourite is the Edith Weston Suite which holds up to 200 guests and keeps your whole day private and secluded.
For a day out on the bikes I think Rutland Water proved its worth when it comes to offering a great variety of venues and such stunning scenery for any wedding. Include it in your search when you are planning where to have yours x