insideKENT Magazine Issue 59 - February 2017 - Page 52

WEDDINGS KENT’S TOP WEDDING VENUES cont. CHARLTON PLACE Charlton Park, Bishopsbourne, Canterbury CT4 5JA 01227 831355 Charlton Place is a private country house set in parkland, just a 10- minute drive from Canterbury. The stunning white Regency façade and elegant first floor ballroom create perfect backdrops for civil marriages, celebrant weddings, and wedding receptions. Up to 80 guests can be seated in the ballroom for served meals, while marquees are erected to accommodate greater numbers (350 max) and evening dancing. The Bechstein piano in the ballroom is used during ceremonies and wedding breakfasts too. Celebrant ceremonies held on the lawns and in the woods are tailored to the happy couple’s wishes. Meanwhile, during the winter months, guests can enjoy the open log fires in the hall and drawing room, and the marriage, wedding feast and evening party (up to 60 guests) can be held in the house. The Charlton Park team is dedicated to creating the perfect, bespoke wedding day. CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL LODGE Canterbury Cathedral, The Precincts, Canterbury CT1 2EH 01227 866204 THE PORT LYMPNE HOTEL Aldington Road, Lympne, Hythe CT21 4LR 01303 234111 KENT LIFE Lock Lane, Sandling, Maidstone ME14 3AU 07553 347184 Voted Kent’s Wedding Venue of the Year in 2016, the Port Lympne Hotel, a beautifully refurbished Edwardian mansion at the heart of the popular wild animal park, offers a unique, romantic setting for weddings. Built in 1912 the hotel is surrounded by 15 acres of landscaped gardens, incorporating water features, colourful borders, romantic terraces and the famous Trojan steps. The team at Kent Life understand that organising a wedding can sometimes be overwhelming – that’s why they have a dedicated wedding coordinator who can help you with every aspect of your wedding plan and design. There are many reasons to get married at Kent Life including the most gorgeous Kentish setting, a variety of function rooms to choose from, free entrance and use of the attractions for your guests for the day (including exclusive use of the grounds after 6pm), high quality catering, two hotels within a two-minute walk, easy access, a fully licensed bar, and much more. ROWHILL GRANGE HOTEL Wilmington DA2 7QH 01322 612778 Situated within a wonderful and unique location in the beautiful grounds of Canterbury Cathedral, sits an often unknown wedding gem. For those seeking a truly exceptional venue, Canterbury Cathedral Lodge is a modern and contemporary venue that can accommodate up to 120 guests for a sit-down wedding breakfast. The team at the Cathedral Lodge are dedicated to offering wedding couples quality and choice. Using its own in-house catering team to offer fine food and fine wine and in keeping with the ethos of the Cathedral, the highly skilled chef's source high quality, fair-trade and local produce whenever possible. A dedicated events team offers expert help and advice in assisting couples with their individual requirements, ensuring the highest level of hospitality at all times. Offering peace and privacy within the heart of the city, those attending weddings have the option to stay overnight in stylish guest accommodation – with each room in the Lodge benefiting from an amazing view. Rowhill Grange Hotel was originally built as a grandiose Victoria summerhouse in 1870. Over the years, the hotel has grown into a stylish four-star boutique hotel and spa, yet the venue still holds the splendour of its origins. This unique quality combined with a sweeping entrance, romantic gardens, and a collection of individually designed suites makes Rowhill Grange Hotel a truly unique setting for your Kent wedding. 52