An Exclusive Insight Into The Wonderful Wroxall Abbey Estate.

An Exclusive Insight Into 

The Wonderful Wroxall Abbey Estate

 

 

The history of Wroxall is a rich and varied one beginning in the 11th Century and continuing to evolve to the present day. Founded as a Priory in 1141 AD the Aunt of William Shakespeare, Isabella, was prioress and the Chapel served as their family church for several years. In the years after the dissolution of the monasteries, Wroxall changed to a country Estate and in 1713 was sold to Sir Christopher Wren.Burrowed away in 27 acres of open parkland, alongside it’s Grade II listed Victorian building, courtyard, marquee and chapel, Wroxall Abbey Estate is the perfect wedding venue set amidst the peace and tranquillity of the Warwickshire countryside.

Driving up to Wroxall Abbey felt like I had stepped into a fairy-tale, the building is so grand and gorgeous I was immediately filled with excitement and couldn’t wait to see some more! Upon arriving I was welcomed with friendly faces and smiles and given the key to my room. I entered my suite and was wowed by the traditional décor, high ceilings, a huge four poster bed and stunning views of the grounds! The room was extremely clean and came with all the amenities you could need for the perfect overnight stay.

 

 

Once settled in I began to explore my surroundings, I relaxed in the Broadwood champagne and cocktail bar area for some lunch, with leather sofas and a roaring fireplace, I really got a sense of tradition and the history of the building. After filling my belly with some home comfort food from the lunch menu I took full advantage of Wroxall’s own Spa area, complete with a pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, it’s perfect for unwinding after both prior and post wedding day. I sat down in the bubbling Jacuzzi pool and couldn’t have felt more at peace, with an adjoining conservatory you can still see the amazing grounds and nature wherever your turn.

 

 

 

Later on that evening I joined the other hotel guests for champagne and canapes in the Broadwood bar where I was then escorted into the stunning Sonnets restaurant in The Mansion.  The Historic atmosphere was so present in this suite, with a magnificent fireplace, original features and traditional décor you really get a sense of grandeur. A guitarist was serenading the room with a mixture of classic and current love songs which got everyone in a relaxed and romantic mood. 

The food served was an example of their traditional and tantalising wedding breakfast menu. I sampled the mushroom soup and salmon and lobster tian for starter, alongside fillet of beef for main finishing of the culinary delight with a chocolate torte and brandy snap basket filled with sorbet and exotic fruits. The Mansion is ideal for small parties, or ceremonies and receptions of up to 150 people and I could certainly see why it is classed as one of the most romantic Warwickshire wedding venues. After dinner and a few more drinks I retreated back to my room and snuggled up in a delightful down duvet, I drifted off to one of the best nights sleeps I’ve had in a very long time.

 

 

 

The following day I woke up feeling extremely refreshed and started my day by wandering down the grand staircase for some more delicious food! After breakfast I took a breath of fresh air and stumbled across another one of Wroxall’s wonderful wedding venues, The Court. The Courtyard is home to the Tapestries function room, impressive and romantic bridal suite, 23 bedrooms and the Arches Bar & Bistro. Outdoor seating alongside the quaint cobbled courtyard all contribute to creating a perfect and intimate wedding reception that would be absolutely idyllic at dusk, with twinkling fairy lights adding to the atmospheric feeling that Wroxall naturally possesses.

 

 

Later that day I sat on the patio in the spring sunshine and could just imagine guests sipping on Pimms, whilst the happy bride and groom stroll arm in arm taking pictures in the beautiful grounds; and with the Sun Terrace, Fountains, Lake, Sunken Grade & Abbey Ruins, there are many more amazing outdoor photo opportunities to be taken.

 

 

Wroxall boasts a magnificent collection of listed buildings and private grounds including the 11th Century Chapel, whose status was recently raised to a cathedral. I took a sneaky peak inside Wren’s Catherdral and took in the amazing architecture, what a remarkable and iconic place to get married as Wroxall is the only hotel in the country able to offer church services in its very own Cathedral!

The estate is also home to the largest permanent Marquee in Warwickshire and can accommodate up to 650 guests. I felt like I had stumbled across a secret hideaway in a mystical garden when I discovered The Marquee, which is nestled away next to Wren’s cathedral. The marquee comes complete with a dancefloor, stage and starlit canopy with both air conditioning and heating, making it perfect for all seasons! I could just picture a wonderful winter wedding complete with hog roast and hot chocolate or a BBQ with the summer sunshine twinkling through the trees.

 

 

The hotel is available for exclusive use and can be privately hired out to ensure an intimate and secluded setting for your special day. You can choose between The Mansion or The Court or you can have privacy of the whole Estate and feel like kings and queens in your very own Country retreat.

 

 

Overall I had a truly magical stay and couldn’t have asked for more! With its stunning grounds, traditional buildings and marquee there’s an option to suit every wedding day! Wroxall has everything to offer for a memorable and wonderful wedding day as well as the perfect place to have a relaxing retreat with friends, family and loved ones. I would like to add a special thank you to Angela and the rest of the team and staff at Wroxall for making me feel so welcome and special. If you would like to enquire about a wedding then contact the wedding team on 01926 484 470 or email [email protected]

By Rebecca Clarke

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