Lords of the Manor: The Perfect Wedding Venue in the English Cotswolds

Lords of the Manor: The Perfect Wedding Venue in the English Cotswolds


Set in the heart of the Cotswolds, in a picturesque village named Upper Slaughter, you will discover the ever-so-magical Lords of the Manor hotel and restaurant.

Set in 8 acres of stunning English countryside, this 17th Century Country House beams in gold-beige traditional brickwork. The romantic setting oozes opulence, making it one of the most perfect wedding venues The Wedding Vine has ever had the pleasure of experiencing. On the 24th March 2016, Editor Katie Ruocco visited the beautiful venue and experienced first hand exactly what the award-winning country house had to offer…


                                                                                                                           

Setting off from my home in Manchester I prepared myself for the 2.5-hour drive to the wonderful land of the Cotswolds. This would be my first time and so I was really looking forward to the trip after receiving many reviews of my destinations beauty. As I reached the Cotswolds I couldn’t help but pull the car over to take in the outstanding views before me. Fortunately, I was extremely lucky with the weather; it was a wonderful change from the hustle and bustle of Manchester as I stopped to breathe in the clean, crisp, country air.
 
The journey brought me through a number of postcard villages, one being the wonderful Stow-on-the-Wold, which boasts a number of antique shops and old English country pubs. As the winding roads continued my partner Andrew and I approached Upper Slaughter- we knew we were close as many of these small villages are the length of just one road.

 


Arriving at Lords of the Manor was wonderful, the stone drive and radiant building sparkled as the sun beamed down on it. Andrew and I were greeted by a charming concierge who welcomed us and escorted us to reception. Upon entering the historical building I couldn’t help feeling a sense of calmness and peacefulness. The interior designs boast traditional taste with tones of modern artwork and beautiful antiques. We checked in and were shown to our stunning room named ‘Vavasour’, we were delighted to see that our window looked over the elegantly manicured gardens.  The atmosphere was tranquil. We were in hotel heaven…

 

 

Touring…

As we wondered around the hotel we walked downstairs and were greeted by General Manager Michael Obray. Michael was impeccably dressed and his tone of voice was extremely soft and welcoming. He showed me in to the games room where we spoke about the history and beauty of Lords of the Manor.


 

Michael commented on the Country House: “Here at Lords of the Manor hold traditional values close to our hearts. It is a timeless place to visit. I would say it is warm and relaxing, so much so that we have many regular guests telling us this is their home-from-home”.


Michael was kind enough to show me around the hotel, giving me insight into the history of the building and artwork as we walked round. Amongst the traditionally laid-out rooms were the public rooms, suitable for wedding ceremonies. The Garden Room is suitable for up to 35 guests, The Conservatory up to 40 guests and the stunning Restaurant from 40-100 guests. There is also a large flat grass area available for a marquee, which can hold 150 guests for dinner. For more information on the ceremony areas of Lords of the Manor click here.



Dinner at Lords of the Manor…

After a few hours of relaxing in The Drawing Room, we were invited to dine in The Restaurant. Being a great fan of food, Andrew and I were extremely excited to experience the seven-course tasting menu, prepared and cooked in the famous Michelin Starred establishment. We were greeted with Laurent Perrier champagne as we entered the Drawing Room just to the left of reception. The atmosphere was warm and there was a sense of happiness oozing from other guests, equally content and thrilled to be experiencing Lords of the Manor. The staff were impeccably dressed and were extremely well spoken. Earlier on that day, General Manager Michael said: “Here you will receive warm and attentive service. Our staff members have genuine care for guests; they are not overbearing but always on hand to attend to and predict guest needs. We are constantly receiving feedback that guests feel relaxed and very well looked after here”.

 

 
 

Whilst enjoying our LP champagne, the waiter brought over a wine list that looked like a large wooden book. The smile on my partners face said it all, being a wine connoisseur he was extremely impressed by the 1000 bins selection. It was a simple decision for us as we selected the wine flight to go with the tasting menu. Soaking up the harmonious atmosphere, we sat back in the tall chairs and relaxed, we were soon presented with the most beautiful-looking appetisers, this was the start of our tasting menu and they certainly did not disappoint! An array of tastes warmed our buds and fully prepared us for the meal ahead.


We were seated at a wonderful table, which gave us the best view of the whole restaurant; the atmosphere continued from the Drawing Room in a tranquil sense however there was the added laughter and conversation flowing. It was certainly an occasion place, our fellow diners either being romantically connected or family connected, there were smiles all round. Following the appetiser was the second of the seven courses. It was port-marinated duck liver with apple, gingerbread puree, hazelnut, sweet wine and chamomile jelly- simply divine. The wine that accompanied this course was particularly memorable, it was the beautiful German wine; Dr Loosen Riseling (2013), the wine had a beautiful freshness with lovely hints of tropical fruits with a sweet touch. I couldn’t help but think this would make a perfect starter for a wedding breakfast, the flavours were outstanding and the wine so refreshing on the palette.

 


Wanting to make an impression on your wedding guests? Then I would certainly choose the Langoustine. This was the third course of the tasting menu and was crafted beautifully. The seafood course was more like a work of art; it was almost too beautiful to eat. The orange linguini of Scottish langoustine, pak-choi, coconut and Thai shellfish consommé was a sensational blend of flavour and texture, my only wish is that there was more.



Other excellent courses from the tasting menu were...


Loin and haunch of Sailsbury plain venison, creamed celeriac, sprouts, pickled red cabbage puree, blackberries, sloe gin sauce. Accompanied by Hautes-cotes de Nuits, Bourgorgne France (2012)- wonderful light red fruits with a long soft red finish, very vibrant and exciting.

Rhubarb and ginger foam.

Pre Dessert of pistachio foam.

Prune soufflé, chocolate and bergamot ganache with Earl Grey tea ice cream. Accompanied by a chilled sweet wine from Tuscany. Similarities to sherry with outstanding underlying notes of prunes and liquorice.

 
All seven courses were equally outstanding; if I were to pick my favourites for a wedding breakfast I would most definitely go for the Langoustine, Venison and Prune dessert.
 
The whole tasting menu was a fabulous experience set in an idyllic venue, my partner and I were so grateful and thankful to the wonderful Executive Head Chef; Richard Picard-Edwards. Michael Obray commented: “Lords of the Manor is an exquisitely elegant place for weddings and civil ceremonies. The Old 17th Century Rectory exudes charm and just the right amount of pomp to make for a luxurious yet charming venue set in the idyllic heart of the Cotswolds. The specially created Michelin Star wedding menus complete your truly remarkable day”.


 


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On behalf of myself and my partner Andrew, I would like to thank the whole team at Lords of the Manor- you made our stay extremely enjoyable, every aspect of our stay was truly delightful and we will definitely be returning.

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Why not experience Lords of the Manor yourself and visit their fabulous wedding show this Sunday (10th April). See the beautiful rooms set up for a wedding, talk to the wedding co-ordinators and visualise your special day.

A selection of wedding suppliers will be in attendance to talk through your requirements whilst you enjoy a canapé or two from the venues Michelin-starred team with a complimentary drink. View the recently refurbished restaurant, private dining rooms and reception rooms. You can also learn about their complimentary champagne and canapé wedding reception offer, for exclusive use weddings.

We look forward to seeing you there!

To view the Lords of the Manor wedding brochure click here.

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