Venue Review – Fanhams Hall Hotel

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This stunning Jacobean mansion, nestled in the Hertfordshire countryside, is the perfect venue for your wedding day! However, don’t just take our word for it, Vikki from Your Wedding Friend has shared this fantastic review with us for Fanhams Hall Hotel.
Photo Credit:  Katrina Matthews Photography
Photo Credit: Katrina Matthews PhotographyPhoto Credit:  Becky Harley Photography

Photo Credit: Becky Harley Photography

Without a doubt, one of the easiest ways to plan your wedding is to have everything all in one place, with a package deal for nearly everything you could need. Fanhams Hall Hotel in the Hertfordshire countryside is one of those all-in-one-place venues!

Fanhams Hall Hotel is a Jacobean manor house venue with a lot to offer. Part of the ‘Exclusive Collection’ branded hotel chain this beautiful venue offers your choice of indoor or outside ceremony space and then two main reception spaces. Their website is chock-full of even more lovely images of how real couples have used the various rooms and gardens, and do a lot of speaking for this venue.

You have the options here to go modern or traditional. If you’d prefer a modern feel to your wedding then the Lakeside Pavilion for your reception and Hertford & Ware Suite for your ceremony could be the way to go. The Lakeside Pavilion offers gorgeous views over the lake and wider garden, and a patio area that you can enjoy. As you’ll spend the majority of your big day in your receptions, it’s well worth looking at this space first. The pavilion can accommodate up to 130 people, though I think you’ll be more comfortable going for a slightly lower number for dining. Evening receptions in the pavilion can hold up to 200 people across the room, patio and bar area. For the transition between wedding breakfast in the daytime and your evening reception, the venue will remove some of the dining tables and chairs making room for people standing/dancing, which let’s face it is what you want people to do at a party!

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Photo Credits: Katrina Matthews Photography

If you’d prefer a more traditional feel to your ceremony, I’d recommend the Long Gallery with receptions in the Great Hall. The Long Gallery is a gorgeous oak panelled Jacobean architectural space. It’s a long thin room with an amazing ceiling, it’s quirky, it’s possibly not to everyone’s taste but well worth a look. The Great Hall is a stunning high-ceilinged room with a minstrels gallery and lots of lovely oak features. Both of these spaces are darker in feel, more intimate than the bright Lakeside Pavilion, but could be ideal if you’re going for a slightly more rustic/medieval feast feel to your big day. It’s still very elegant and pretty, especially if you add more lighting to making this space sparkle. 

Photo Credit: Becky Harley Photography

Photo Credit: Becky Harley Photography

It’s highly likely that this venue will be hosting another wedding on the same day as yours, especially during peak summer dates but you’ll likely never even realise it unless you go looking. The way the venue is laid out and because of the efforts the venue team go, you will be kept separated and the with hallways and areas between you, you shouldn’t disturb each other in terms of noise either.

With its countryside location and manor house looks, Fanham Hall is amazing. The grounds are vast, with wooded areas and formal garden, they offer so many options you’ll be guaranteed beautiful photographs. And of course, the mansion house itself can be used as a backdrop. You can even choose to hold your nuptials in a gorgeous area of the grounds with the house in the background or even their unique Japanese Tea House. Outdoor weddings are restricted to summer weddings months only and only in good weather, which requires a back-up as weather in the UK is never guaranteed.

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Photo Credits: Katrina Matthews Photography

As you’d expect, Fanhams Hall offer a choice of menus, including canapes as well as a traditional 3 or 4 course meal, and of course your evening buffet/hog roast/bbq or snacks. You are tied to their catering team, however the food is exquisite and beautifully presented. They also pride themselves on their flexibility and changing their menus seasonally, so if there’s something you really want but don’t see in their sample menus, it wouldn’t hurt to ask them. Their packages also include a menu and wine tasting, which is well worth doing if you can.

Veneue Review_Fanhams Hall Hotel, Hertfordshire_Your Wedding Friend_Becky HarleyPhoto Credits: Becky Harley Photography

Photo Credits: Becky Harley Photography

As you might expect from looking at Fanhams Hall Hotel, this isn’t a budget venue, but their packages include a lot of extras and essentials, plus of course you have the benefit of doing everything in one place. If you love with this venue but worry about their peak season prices, have a look at the difference in cost for off peak dates – it might just become affordable for you.

In these unusual times you aren’t able to visit the hotel right now, however their enquiries team are standing by to speak to you and can do a virtual tour for you. Check out their website today X

Photo Credit: Becky Harley Photography
Photo Credit: Becky Harley PhotographyPhoto Credit: Katrina Matthews Photography

Photo Credit: Katrina Matthews Photography

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Photo Credit: Kevin Lines Photography

Photo Credit: Katrina Matthews Photography
Photo Credit: Katrina Matthews Photography

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