If you’ve never visited Le Manoir then you really should. In the past we’ve been lucky enough to hold the launch of Suzanne Neville’s collection there and the lucky brides who attended really were given the royal treatment. First of all, its a beautiful setting. Add to that spectaular food and first class service, what more could a girl ask for? We’ve been chatting to Lorna & Lance, two of the people behind the magic and finding out more about this beautiful Oxfordshire venue.
What kind of weddings do you do at Le Manoir?
All of our weddings vary, ranging from exclusive use with up to 120 guests all the way down to in intimate wedding for just the two of you! Of course, we hold receptions but you can have your ceremony here too. We have a number of licensed rooms including La Belle Époque Reception and Conservatory, The Japanese Tea House, The Glass House as well as some individually designers suites. St. Mary’s Church is next door and is perfect if you’d prefer a church ceremony or a blessing.
Tell us about a typical wedding day at Le Manoir.
It is always lovely to welcome brides the night before. It’s great to take the opportunity to have a relaxing night just with the girls. An evening of room service with Champagne and perhaps a visit from our beauty therapists, perfect! Our fantastic photographers, hairdressers and make-up artists love to arrive early the following morning. We like to allow plenty of time to make sure the start of the day is relaxed. All of the special memories are being captured by your photographer; the busiest person at your wedding.
Whilst you’re getting ready, your chosen location in the hotel is being dressed by your florists. Each piece of silver and glass is given a final polish. Benoit, Chef Patissier, is painstakingly and delicately building the Piece Montee, the jewel in the crown of a wedding in a beautiful French/English country house.
As guests arrive they are shown through the ceremony room to take in the atmosphere and await your arrival. Taking a slow stroll down the Lavender path most brides stop for a few final pictures before walking down the aisle.
What about the dining?
The celebrations begin after the ‘I do’s’. Champagne Laurent Perrier flowing in the Conservatory and the private garden with seasonal canapés being enjoyed, a little taste of what is to come!
Food is what Le Manoir is famous for. Choose a 4, 5, 6, 7 or even the 9-course Signature Menu! Throughout Spring and Summer we see almost every plate adorned with produce from our own kitchen garden. Standing proud in at the side of the dining room the spun sugar covers the Piece Montee. This French twist on a wedding cake that tastes almost as amazing as it looks!
What’s the most unusual or extravagant request you’ve had?
We have had bumper cars in the La Belle Epoque Garden !
What’s the hotel like for a mini-moon?
The hotel is very relaxing so ideal to stay on after your wedding for a mini-moon. Our cooking courses are not to be missed. Choose a few hours of private tuition followed by a relaxing dinner, or join a course with other guests. There are lovely local walks from the hotel or a short drive away which are perfect to take in the local pubs!