Posted: February 15th 2019
by Belle Hutton, Sales Manager
Planning a three-day wedding? Here’s where you and your guests should stay in and around Holkham.
Once upon a time weddings were a simple affair. The bride and groom said their vows, guests threw confetti, tea and sandwiches were served and off they went on their honeymoon with tin cans trailing behind their car. But this is 2019. Things change. Wedding trends change. And now the norm is the three-day wedding extravaganza, or wed-fest as some like to call it.
Organising a three-day wedding takes military precision, itineraries need to be planned to the minute, transport between parties must be booked, dress codes declared and, perhaps most importantly, accommodation addressed.
If you’re holding your wedding in north Norfolk, you have a myriad of accommodation options at your fingertips in or around Holkham, whether it’s boutique hotels, B&Bs or private houses that you’re looking for, or something more unique like the lodges around the estate’s grounds.
The most romantic of which is The Triumphal Arch, situated right in the middle of Holkham Estate. It’s a spectacular 18th century Grade I-listed building, designed by William Kent, with incredible views over the north and south of the park. Part romantic, part rustic, this is the perfect place for a bride and groom’s first night as a married couple. Open fires, roll top baths, breath-taking vistas and a hamper of local Norfolk produce make The Triumphal Arch a glorious bolthole to begin your married life in.
Similar in style is a trio of lodges; Palmers Folly, Palmers Lodge and South Lodge, a collection of studios and self-catered accommodation options, all decked out with cosy interiors and wood burning fires.
For a larger party or pre-wedding accommodation, there’s The Ancient House, which sits adjacent to The Victoria Inn and opened in 2015. Made up of 10 ensuite bedrooms, three of which are suites with separate living rooms and all of which are available for you and your wedding party to take over and make your home. The cosy rooms have an eclectic mix of antique and modern furniture, with plump armchairs and country-style textiles. Plan a candle-lit dinner in The Victoria Inn’s orangery the night before your wedding and request breakfast delivered to your room the next morning to keep things relaxed.
The Victoria Inn is a 19th-century inn that lies equidistant between Holkham’s vast, sandy beach and the parkland surrounding Holkham Hall. Smart rooms and food, which relies on Holkham Estate produce, plus fantastic service, makes it an ideal setting for your wedding guests to come and go throughout the wedding celebrations. It has 10 comfortable bedrooms, most of which are doubles but there are some bigger suites too. The rooms come with free passes to park at Holkham beach, where a brisk walk would brush off the cobwebs after the wedding revelry.
Slightly further afield in the seaside town of Wells-Next-the-Sea is the eclectic Globe Inn, full of bucket and spade charm. The revamped country pub is extremely popular with locals and tourists alike and is particularly known for its fish and chips. The magical place includes a colourful outdoor pizza joint in the pub’s courtyard, overlooked by a roof terrace for residents only. The Globe Inn has 12 individually designed rooms, and its stables have been converted into bedrooms including three huge suites with mini-kitchens and sofa beds.
If seaside charm is the feel you’re going for there are umpteen delightful holiday cottages all around Holkham and its neighbouring villages, as well as charming beach huts – for something quite different during the day.
The weddings team at Holkham can help you with accommodation options and are happy to advise on what would work best for your wedding and guests.