Getting married in Prestwold Hall
Getting married in Prestwold Hall is one of the favourite occasions the Packe family is sharing her home with the public. It has been the seat of the Packe family for almost 400 years.
Having been remodelled by architect William Burn between 1842 and 1844, this Grade I listed stately home is truly an impressive feat of architecture.
From the grand Entrance Hall with its painted ceiling inspired by Raphael’s Vatican grotesques to the collection of 18th-century furniture and 20th-century portraiture, there’s something remarkable to admire at every turn.
THE DINING ROOM
An array of private dining events are hosted in this magnificent space, from intimate dinners to large banquets and events.
The Dining Room forms part of architect William Burns’ 1842 additions, with its marble chimneypiece remaining from the original Georgian house. A series of Hussey portraits, ranging from the 16th to the 18th century, occupy two of the walls in the Drawing Room.
There was no love lost between the childless Charles William Packe (1792-1867) and his brother George Hussey Packe (1796-1874), who succeeded him, as Charles took away most of the contents. Thankfully, this grave deficiency was in part rectified when George Hussey Packe brought the contents of his London house on Charles Street to Prestwold. This is the source of the Chippendale mirrors in the Dining Room and Drawing Room.
THE HOUSE BAR
In recent years, the Packe family Dining Room has become a spacious bar area, used frequently for hosting a wide array of celebrations. Added by Wilkins in 1805, it was incorporated into the extensive remodelling of Prestwold Hall in 1842.
The room is overlooked by a portrait of Sir Christopher Packe, Lord Mayor of London, and the first member of the Packe family to reside at Prestwold Hall, after acquiring it in 1649. There also hang two dramatic full-length portraits of Sir Edward Hussey Packe, KBE (1878-1946) and the Hon. Lady Mary Sydney Packe (née Colebrooke, 1890- 1973) by the painter Glyn Philpot RA (1844-1937).
Painted in 1911, the portrait of Lady Packe was described by art historian Robin Gibson OBE as an “amazing feat of virtuosity.” Its elongated elegance and introspective characterisation are totally without the fashion-plate vulgarity of much Edwardian portraiture.
Prestwold Hall has two civil ceremony locations to choose from: in the House or outside in the Georgian Gazebo. Whichever you decide to choose, the elegant rooms and rose gardens will provide a distinctive backdrop for getting married in Prestwold Hall.
For couples looking for a religious ceremony, the 13th century Church of St Andrew is located just over 100 yards from the house and is accessible via a picturesque walk through the gardens.
Outdoor wedding ceremony ideas for getting married in a Prestwold Hall
Surrounded by beautiful parkland and carefully manicured gardens, Prestwold Hall is a Grade I listed stately home. You’ll find it standing proudly in the heart of Leicestershire Wolds, and this one-of-a-kind wedding venue awaits you and your love story.
With its prime location and gardens that’ll make your heart flutter, it’s no wonder that many couples opt for a romantic outdoor wedding ceremony, embracing the space on offer at Prestwold Hall. So, if the thought of an outdoor wedding ceremony in the sunshine takes your fancy, discover our favourite ways to add the wow factor….
Fully licensed for marriage, all outdoor wedding ceremonies take place in our Georgian gazebo. Set amid gardens that are full of vibrant blooms and exotic plants, it really does offer a truly special setting for you to say, ‘I Do’. You’ll be spoilt with sweeping views across the park, creating a relaxed yet romantic feel for your spring or summer ceremony.
Prestwold Hall is only available for exclusive hire, guaranteeing seclusion and privacy. The beautiful countryside setting encourages you and your guests to relax from the moment you arrive.
Choosing Prestwold Hall as your wedding venue will see your unique personalities reflected at every turn, from the fresh flowers and decorations, to the drinks, menus and music. It’s your celebration, so you lead the way.
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