Continuing the tour of our Somerset wedding venue compass markers, we are heading north to an absolute architectural gem. Leigh Court is a grade II Georgian country house in Abbots Leigh in North Somerset, just outside Bristol. Over the centuries, the grounds have been home to a Medieval monastery and an Elizabethan mansion, and the current Regency house was built in 1814. From the moment you see the grand Bath stone portico columns, you know this venue is something truly special.
Slip on your Barbour jacket, jump in my old MG
We’re off to the depths of Somerset to see what we can see see see
We don’t want to drink the cider, we don’t want to walk for miles
We just want to go to a stately home built in the Georgian style
Crunch up the gravel driveway, gasp at the grand facade
Just for today we’re lords and ladies, oh what a gay charade!
Divine Comedy – Assume The Perpendicular
For anyone with Jane Austen fantasies, Leigh Court is a dream wedding venue. The interior of the building is crammed full of stunning period features and each room is sumptuously and uniquely decorated. All you need are bridesmaids in sprigged muslin and Lizzy Bennet curls!
Ceremonies are available in your choice of several rooms, and you can make the most of the stately property and extensive grounds for your reception. The Great Hall has a breathtaking double staircase crying out for a grand entrance as you sweep down the floating steps. Fancy a string quartet to welcome your guests? This is the perfect spot! The Library can host over 100 guests and is ideal for wedding breakfasts, or even for your dancefloor. The doors can be opened up to allow guests to spread out on to the manicured lawns, where you can finish the evening off with a magnificent firework display.
If you want a more intimate event or space for your guests to spread out, the Tapestry Room can hold around 50 people. With its decorated ceiling and lavish gold accents, it may be smaller but definitely has the wow factor. For something a little cosier, or a vintage afternoon tea themed reception, head to the rosy pink and white Morning Room. How about canapes in the sunny yellow Salon, or after-dinner drinks by the fireplace in the Lounge?
Dining at Leigh Court is a delicious experience, thanks to their caterers Berry Blue. Food is freshly cooked on site, using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, including produce from their own farm. They will create a bespoke menu to fit your plans, from a buffet to a barbeque, or canapes to a multi course banquet. Previous winners in the Wedding Industry Awards “Best South West Caterer” category, you know you’ll be in for a treat.
Leigh Court is set in 25 acres of gorgeous historic parkland, providing oodles of space for you and up to 400 guests. You can even opt to have your celebrations in a marquee or tipi out on the lawns. There are packages and additional touches to make your day unique. Their expert wedding planner will walk you through all the options and help you create your dream day.
Accommodation for your friends and family is available in nearby Clifton village, not far from the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge. Leigh Court have arranged some very special rates at nearby hotels, so be sure to get their local recommendations.