Bartle Hall Country Hotel in Preston, Lancashire has been named the top countryside wedding venue in the North West.
The hotel was named regional winner at the Wedding Industry Awards celebration event in Cheshire and will now represent the North West at the national finals in London in January.
Bartle Hall is a favourite choice for weddings, with two distinctive suites at the elegant former stately home, set in 16 acres of gardens and woodland. There is also a small summerhouse licensed for wedding ceremonies.
The awards were based on votes from couples who married at the participating venues. Nicola Haworth, who runs the hotel with her husband Andrew, said: “We are delighted that the brides and grooms who married here cast their votes for us. We have wonderful feedback from our wedding parties, and it is very pleasing to have official recognition like this.”
She added: “This is a lovely tribute to our team here: Chris Ashby, the hotel general manager; he organises the toastmasters who host the day, and Lisa Horsley, our events manager who co-ordinates the day with the wedding specialist Amy Regan.”
The TWIA events are open to anyone in the wedding industry. Clients are asked to score venues on various aspects of their product or service. At the national finals – at the Café de Paris in London’s West End – awards will be presented in 25 categories across seven geographical regions of England. The celebrity guest for the evening will be Sky News presenter, Isabel Webster.
Bartle Hall’s wedding venues, the Windsor Suite and the Balmoral Suite, are designed to offer an ideal romantic setting for both indoor and outdoor celebrations. The gardens and pagoda provide an ideal backdrop for wedding photographs, and the hotel has won a reputation for organising bespoke and individual packages for guests who choose to marry there.
Bartle Hall, which lies off Lea Lane near the village of Woodplumpton, is on the site of premises which are known to have existed as far back as 1600. The country setting is deceptively close to transport links and the motorway network, and the hotel is open throughout the year for short breaks, country escapes, fine dining in the new Nest restaurant, and afternoon teas in the lounge, as well as business meetings and conferences.