Eckington Manor is thrilled to introduce The Grain Barn and adjoining Apple Store, an exquisitely restored wedding venue in a hidden corner of the Cotswolds.
Couples are invited to tie the knot in this elegant and characterful space catering for up to 70 guests and boasting spectacular views of the Worcestershire countryside. At Eckington Manor, newlyweds and their party will also enjoy a wedding breakfast prepared by the reigning champion of Masterchef: The Professionals as Head Chef Mark Stinchcombe leads the kitchen on their big day.
Owner and Founder of Eckington Manor, Judy Gardner said: “Eckington Manor is a truly magical place to get married nestled in an area of outstanding natural beauty. We have spent time carefully and lovingly restoring The Grain Barn and Apple Store to create the ideal space for memorable occasions – a place that is both bursting with charm and character yet minimal enough for brides and grooms to make it their own. We are also very privileged to offer couples the unique opportunity to have their wedding breakfast prepared by winner of Masterchef: The Professionals, Mark Stinchcombe – perfect for food lovers! The hotel is small enough that wedding parties can completely take it over the whole hotel for a weekend, which is ideal for families looking to extend the celebration with their loved ones. We cannot wait to welcome couples to share their special day at Eckington Manor.”
A standout venue of the hugely popular Cotswold barn-wedding trend, The Grain Barn and adjoining Apple Store are overflowing with rural charm. The venue boasts an airy vaulted ceiling, elegant terrace and panoramic windows overlooking the grazing fields of Judy’s award-winning Aberdeen Angus and Highland Cattle herds. Cattle are often invited to make a grand appearance for pictures with newlyweds.
Exclusive to Eckington Manor, Head Chef and reigning champion of Masterchef: The Professionals, Mark Stinchcombe leads the hotel’s kitchen to craft a wedding breakfast fit for the finest foodies. Mark was crowned winner of the 2015 series of Masterchef: The Professionals. He beat off tough competition from 12 finalists to take home the top title in a journey that gripped the nation and catapulted him onto a national stage. During the process, judge and food legend Marcus Wareing described Mark as “a star of the future”.
Romance is in the air and in the kitchen too as Mark forms one half of the hotels very own culinary couple. Mark shares the role of Head Chef with his wife Sue Stinchcombe. The couple’s Wedding Breakfast menu features seasonal, locally sourced selection of dishes including canapés of mushroom and Parmesan arancini, sesame and soy belly pork, and tomato and cumin straws. Starter of terrine of Cotswold white chicken and smoked ham hock, celeriac and apple salad or smoked and cured salmon, pickled cucumber yoghurt and fennel croutons follows. Main courses include Eckington slow cooked beef, caramelised onion, gratin potatoes and red wine jus or breast of corn fed chicken, green beans, dauphinoise potatoes, madeira and tarragon jus. Popular puddings of Eckington Eton mess, vanilla mascarpone, raspberry meringue and Chocolate mousse, salted caramel and honeycomb with milk ice cream also feature.
Weddings at Eckington Manor are entirely bespoke and the hotel’s expert team are specialists in tailor made celebrations. A range of packages are on offer as a guide, although couples are invited to create a wedding that reflects them with no request too out of the ordinary.
After a full day of celebrating, wedding guests and the happy couple can stay overnight in one of Eckington Manor’s 17 boutique bedrooms, each entirely unique in its interiors and just a stones throw across the courtyard from The Grain Barn and Apple Store. Rooms offer stylish features including free-standing roll top baths, super king sized beds dressed with the finest Egyptian Cotton bed linen, White Company toiletries and plenty more luxurious creature comforts.
Eckington Manor specialises in bespoke weekend weddings and intimate midweek weddings. The Grain Barn and adjoining Apple Store is licensed to hold civil ceremonies and civil partnerships for up to 70 guests. A few steps across the courtyard, Lower End Manor provides an intimate space for smaller wedding breakfasts for up to 12 guests. Eckington Manor invites ceremonies, wedding breakfasts or entire wedding celebrations.
For more information, visit www.eckingtonmanor.co.uk or call 01386 751600.