Burton Court, a historic house recently mentioned as hugely enjoyable in Simon Jenkins’s award-winning book ‘England’s Thousand Best Houses’.
Burton Court is a family run enterprise that offers a truly unique location for a wedding, a private or corporate party, a conference, a product launch or film work.
Lt. Cdr. & Mrs. Robert Simpson and family extend to all visitors a very warm welcome.
Burton Court is a 14th Century Manor House steeped in history.
At Burton Court we believe that every wedding is an individual occasion that should be cherished.
We organise your wedding with the emphasis on organising the day that you want and not following a pre set programme, flexibility is the key to this.
Due to our large size we can offer many options as to where you may hold the celebrations both inside the house and outside in the landscaped gardens for marquee receptions.
As a much loved family home we have a genuine ‘lived in feel’ that provides a special ambience for yourselves and your guests, one of the reasons we are such a highly sought-after Herefordshire wedding venue.
You will always have exclusive use of the house and grounds on your wedding day so let Burton Court be your romantic home for your special day.
We are proud to announce that we have two bedrooms available for Bed & Breakfast guests looking for a relaxed setting for weekend getaways, change of scenery, sports or cultural events or for family occasions. We will have a third bedroom ready in the future.
Arrive through large gates and up a sweeping drive to a magnificent mansion. You will receive a welcoming, homely feel as a guest, overlaid with an unmistakable historic grandeur. Admire the fine cantilevered staircase as you ascend to one of the fabulous comfortable bedroom suites. With wonderful high ceilings and spacious bathrooms, the luxurious bedrooms provide wonderful views over the surrounding parkland and to the Herefordshire and Welsh hills beyond. Both bedrooms boast views of Hay bluff.
The accommodation is spacious, exclusive, comfortable and quiet whilst having an undertone of Regency elegance. Fabulous crisp white linen, waffle dressing gowns and lovely toiletries are on hand and if you need to keep up with the pace of modern life, the rooms also have large freeview televisions, integrated radios with docking station in the bathrooms and wifi access throughout.
Personal guided tours conducted by the owners for groups of 12 or more booked in advance.
Private & Corporate Events:
The earliest recorded use of Burton Court was in 1402 when the Prince of Wales, later to become King Henry V stationed his troops to watch the movements of Owen Glendower. Nowadays the medieval Great Hall and adjoining rooms can be used in a more civil way for all types of usage of functions and events.
Over the years we have provided the setting for television productions, fashion shows, photography shoots, political fundraising and local community events such as music recitals, concerts, scottish dancing and ceilidh.
The quiet motorway free roads of Herefordshire, make it a particular favourite of motoring enthusiasts, and we have been used for Morgan Car rallies and Citroen car launches.
Our grounds are well laid out for larger scale events like festivals, fayres, product launches and company staff days.
Burton Court with its 900 years of fascinating history provides a wonderful location for filming. The house has architecture from Norman, Medieval, Regency and Victorian periods. Hence, the house lends itself to period dramas and productions as Burton Court has many different architectural features. This Grade II* listed building has been used in the past for various documentaries, live broadcasts, fashion shoots and photography.
The spacious rooms are furnished with furniture of the Regency and Victorian period. The size of the internal rooms is considerable, offering a variety of shooting opportunities. The Great Hall, in particular, measures 11 x 8 metres and is 11 metres high to the apex.
The exterior is equally photogenic with spectacular views over the surrounding Herefordshire countryside. The gardens have recently been extensively reconstructed back to their Victorian and Edwardian hey-day. We have plenty of parking for cars and crew vehicles. We also have substantial accommodation that we can recommend within the vicinity of Burton Court.
The historical gardens in Burton Court has already had initial plans completed in recreating its strong Victorian and Edwardian influences that we have discovered from old photographs in the 1900s.
The first aspect of the garden recreation was in the merging of the landscaping that was created here at the same time as when Sir Clough Williams Ellis was reconstructing the East front of the house in 1912.
Therefore, the Arts and Crafts movement has been the main influence in inspiring the garden designer, Simon Dorrell, in the planting on the South front borders.
A fusion of a soft colour palate of whites, pinks, reds, lilacs and purples has been planted that is very easy on the eye. The borders are now well established and are a particular favourite for the wedding parties here during the summer months. A new border will be added by the summer of 2007 making the planting, so far, well over 5000 plants and counting!
Current gardening work is being carried out in and around the mound to the west of the house in reconstructing Victorian pathways in a woodland in amongst the archaeological dig area. This has been achieved by the recent discovery of an old tithe map showing previously hidden pathways adjoining the existing paths. These will be incorporated into the garden and will provide an informal contrast to the formal planting that is already in place.
The next phase of the gardens is to tie in with the work of the earliest dated reports of landscaping from the 17th Century when the Brewsters were in occupancy at the Court. As the Brewsters were the leading experts in herbal medicine at the time in Herefordshire, if not the country, a considerable herbal garden must have been used by the family in connection with their studies. This will become the centrepiece of the garden reconstruction to be placed in amongst the present topiary. The plans will recreate the very important links that Burton Court had in being at the forefront of apothecary at the time. This will be educational in showing how a working library and a working garden can be mutually beneficial.
We are delighted to be working alongside the garden designer, Simon Dorrell, who has achieved national recognition for Herefordshire’s Hampton Court gardens and his own garden at Bryan’s Ground.
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