Thursday, 8 September 2016

In other news...

When I am not planning and running Barnsley House Weddings, I am concentrating on other in house events; predominantly private parties and corporate events.

Recently, I have been given two fab opportunities to spend time with local suppliers recommend by us here at Barnsley in order to find out more about what they do and how their workshops can enhance my client's time at Barnsley House.

Georgie Case (Conference and Meetings Manager at Calcot Manor) and I spent an evening at the wonderful 'Foodworks' - an amazing cookery school that we recommend to groups who want an offsite activity during their stay. We had the chance to try our hand at some Moroccan cuisine and at the end of the evening all sat down together to have a glass of wine and eat what we'd made! It was a really unique experience that I would recommend not only with friends but also as a great activity to do with colleagues that you don't know that well as you do everything as a group and get to know each other in a relaxed environment.
Georgie and me getting hot at the hob!

The fruits of our labour!

My next evening out was hosted by Willcox & Tuckey, one of my favorite recommended florists. I have know Maria & Sara throughout my career in the wedding industry and apart from doing THE BEST wedding flowers, they now offer these fun, interactive workshops perfect for hen parties, corporate activities or just something a little different to do with your friends. As a bride to be, it's also a great way of gleaning inspiration from two very experienced professionals as well as thinking about what your floral wedding style is going to be.

Attending the workshop at Maria's farm meant that we were able to cut our own stems from the amazing cutting garden before learning how to arrange them into a lovely hand tied bouquet over a glass of prosecco (notice a theme here!) 

Once again, our work was not to be wasted and we each took home the flowers we had lovingly arranged.

A huge thank you to Foodworks and to Willcox & Tuckey for two fun, productive evenings. You can read more about what both do by following the links below:

And last but not least, photo credit to the very talented Laura Power:

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Waiting for Wedding Season

As the summer draws closer we cannot wait for the wedding season to really kick off. We've already had some beautiful weddings here at Barnsley House this year and have many more coming our way particularly over the next few months.

It seems that a lot of my wedding friends are feeling equally excited and nostalgic as lots of Barnsley House weddings have been appearing in blogs and on social media all week! Here are a couple of posts I have come across on my online travels.....

I look forward to updating you all with this years' weddings very soon.

Photo credit:

For information, please contact Rachel; / 01285 740000

Friday, 18 March 2016


What struck me most about Amy & Kim as soon a met them and even now, is their undying love for each other, and for Barnsley House!

Amy comes from Guernsey, Kim from Nashville and they live together in London so the middle of the Cotswolds may not have been the most obvious choice however, when you see them here enthusiastically talking about the house and of course their wedding plans, there is no other venue that would have done!

Amy & Kim played the wedding card perfectly – a glorious, traditional white wedding absolutely full of their own personalities and quirks from Amy’s stack of cheese & Kim’s stack of cookies (with milk for dipping) taking the place of a wedding cake, to the incorporation of their favourite Mexican traditions; shots of Patron & their own recipe tacos for the evening.

The girls arrived at the very beginning of their wedding week which gave us all here at Barnsley the rare opportunity to really get to know the couple and spend some quality time with them in the build up to big day. More and more family arrived day by day as Kim & Amy religiously stuck to their wedding workout program using our conference centre to exercise each day, the marquee went up and before we knew it, it was time for the Friday evening BBQ getting everyone together to begin the celebrations.

Amy & Kim introduced us to the wonderful Papakata (who have since worked here many times) and decided to erect a second marquee over the ceremony area to ward off any unwanted weather. So of course, with this in place, the sun shone brightly and it may have been one of the nicest days we had all summer!

Champagne, Nashville Sweet tea and Guernsey ‘Roquette’ Cider was enjoyed on the beautiful lawns by guests relaxing on the hay bales or in arm chairs as we ‘brought the inside out’ for brilliant photo opportunities.

Dinner was served in Papakata’s incredible Sperry Tent amongst the vegetable and ornamental gardens before we returned to the house to party collecting Kim’s Bramble or Amy’s Margarita to keep them going en route!

The guests danced the night away in the Potager restaurant as the girls changed into shorter wedding dresses for the evening festivities and I can honestly say, there wasn’t a guest in the house without a huge smile!

It won’t be long before Amy & Kim return to Barnsley House for their first anniversary and we cannot wait to welcome them back with a shot of Patron!

The wonderful suppliers involved:

For more information about weddings at Barnsley House please contact me,
Rachel: / 01285 740000 

Wednesday, 24 February 2016


We were delighted to see this gorgeous blog on 'Style Me Pretty' today:

We had a very talented group of people working alongside the lovely Roman & Freda to create this beautiful wedding and I think that you'll all agree that Barnsley House provided the perfect backdrop for the style the couple had chosen.

  Special thanks to:

Friday, 4 December 2015

Seeing double!

When you combine the skill of the suppliers involved in Sophie & Ed’s wedding here at Barnsley House the results are bound to be something special but honestly, it was even more beautiful than I could have imagined.

Working in the industry herself, Sophie had strong ideas of what she wanted along with a good knowledge of what works and what doesn’t so needed very little guidance from me!
Everything was chosen with Barnsley House in mind and complimented everything from the gardens to the paint colour in the restaurant perfectly.
Delicate floral arrangements in both the ceremony and reception spaces, an exquisite bespoke ‘dress’ designed by Sophie’s very talented twin sister Amie to some simple yet very effective tulle covered bonbon balloons the planning and detail involved was second to none and my, did it pay off!
Just like Sophie’s dress, the wedding was elegant and traditional with a twist of the modern and fashionable; beautiful dusky shades of flowers with the addition of crystals and feathers, crisp, sharp groomsmen suits against flirty, short bridesmaids dresses (also designed by Amie) with skyscraper heels. The whole day was a perfect reflection of Sophie & Ed, their personalities and good taste shining through.
Wedding Dress by Fleetwood of London; 
Flowers by Blubelle Creative;
Photos by M&J Photos;

Friday, 14 August 2015

Mr & Mrs Sparrow

We have been exceptionally lucky with the weather this summer at Barnsley House and Louise and Max’s wedding day was no exception.

The picture perfect couple are local to Barnsley House and brought a great group of friends and family to enjoy the celebrations.

Louise and her equally stunning bridesmaids began preparation the day before spending time at our gorgeous spa and indulging in a room service dinner before a night of beauty sleep.

The boys joined us on the day, suited, booted and raring to go!

Louise and Max chose our beautiful Temple to say ‘I do’ in front of the pond and were showered with confetti as they exited from the ceremony.

The wedding breakfast was a country affair bringing the outside in for a secret garden feel.

Music was a high priority for Max and Louise and so different groups were brought in to entertain at each stage of the day all adding to the wonderful atmosphere. 

A HUGE congratulations to Louise & Max. A truly stunning wedding.

Photography by Rebecca Fulton
Flowers By Passion

For more information about weddings at Barnsley House please contact Rachel on 01285 740000

Monday, 6 July 2015

What's a wedding without Beef Jerky!

Louise brought the glamour, she also brought THE shoes!

Andrew brought his charm and proved himself to be a pretty good shot.

James, our best man brought the Beef Jerky (!) which made it's way into not only most photo opportunities but also into pillowcases, beds and bathrooms throughout Barnsley House!

It was an absolute pleasure to work alongside Louise and Andrew. Their intimate group of close friends and family provided a wonderful atmosphere here over the weekend with the drizzle doing nothing to dampen the mood. 

It was also great to welcome back Steve Richardson, a former Barnsley groom himself who provided these wonderful images of the couple and of the house.