Coun­try man­sions

For ar­chi­tec­tural glory and lux­u­ri­ant leafy back­drops, head for the coun­try­side, says Anthea Ger­rie

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through to Oc­to­ber and you can bring along your own choice of kosher cater­ers.



The coun­try cousin of the Dorch­ester, this 70-room ho­tel and spa, less than an hour from Lon­don on the bor­der of Wind­sor Great Park, boasts sunken gar­dens and a “pagoda” — this can form an ex­otic chu­pah for al fresco wed­dings dur­ing the spring and sum­mer. Kosher cater­ing is taken care of by Tony Page.

Those happy to bank on good weather can en­ter­tain up to 300 in a mar­quee, oth­er­wise there is a choice of two rooms seat­ing 80 to 90 and another two rooms cater­ing for 30 at a more in­ti­mate event.



This Re­lais & Chateaux prop­erty out­side Bath is per­fect for a bi­jou celebration, with four pri­vate din­ing rooms, seat­ing eight to 30. Known for its Miche­lin­starred food (kosher cater­ing is not avail­able), this golden stone coun­try house is best for a lunch or af­ter­noon tea, when guests can make the most of the beau­ti­ful grounds. Con­sider stay­ing overnight, so you can in­dulge in some of its spa treat­ments and visit Bath and the Cotswolds en route.



Not the Knights­bridge ho­tel, but another by the same name in Carl­ton, York­shire. In 1,500 acres of pri­vate park­land, the an­ces­tral home of the Duke of Nor­folk is a mag­nif­i­cent 17th-cen­tury, Grade I listed pile, with three state rooms span­ning 150ft

and a min­strel’s gallery. Just 30 miles from Leeds, the prop­erty can cater for 200-plus, but can also host much smaller gath­er­ings. Up to 16 can sleep over and there is a bri­dal suite within a tower.


This 500-acre English coun­try es­tate is where Henry VIII first met Cather­ine of Aragon, writes Shar­ron

Liv­ingston. The 18th-cen­tury manor is sur­rounded by 500 acres, with gar­dens, sta­ble and a canal; the bri­dal pav­il­lion is ideal as a back­drop for pho­tos. Yet with the mo­tor­way a mile off, ac­cess is easy. The Four Sea­sons ball­room can host 200 and the Man­dev­ille 100 for a seated din­ner, while the out­door ban­quet space can be used for wed­ding cer­e­monies and holds 300. There are other rooms for smaller par­ties. For a very in­ti­mate af­fair, you can hire the canal boat, which seats eight for a meal.



This coun­try house ho­tel in the Lake Dis­trict is in a sub­lime hill­top set­ting, a 90-minute drive of Manch­ester and over­look­ing Win­der­mere. The ho­tel has its own lake and some of the re­gion’s finest food (kosher cater­ing is not avail­able). Up to 60 can dine, fol­lowed by danc­ing in the Mir­ror Room.



This idyl­lic es­tate in north Devon is in­tended to be seen only by the bride and groom, with at most just a tiny clus­ter of guests. “Run­away wed­dings” are con­ducted in the sum­mer­house for cou­ples who want a ro­man­tic mar­riage with no fuss — a rabbi could be sought from Bris­tol or Ex­eter to of­fi­ci­ate. A top chef makes din­ner à deux, or there is a Miche­lin-starred restau­rant nearby. The pack­age in­cludes a two-night stay and a bot­tle of cham­pagne.


The Grove, Hert­ford­shire, a favourite for kosher par­ties

Luck­nam Park,ideal for af­ter­noon tea and spa treats

Linth­waite Coun­try House, Lake Dis­trict en­chant­ment

Space for a spec­tac­u­lar photo at The Grove

Four Sea­sons Hamp­shire

Char­ac­ter­ful Mick­le­field Hall, Hert­ford­shire

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