As I have previously blogged, one of the nicest things about delivering my Baking Beautiful wedding cakes, is being able to see some of the gorgeous wedding venues we have in Kent and the surrounding counties.
I’m in the fortunate position of being a recommended supplier for several wonderful venues, and this now includes Leeds Castle. Let me tell you a little about this amazing venue…
Leeds Castle has been a Norman stronghold; the private property of six of England’s medieval queens; a palace used by Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon; a Jacobean country house; a Georgian mansion; an elegant early 20th century retreat for the influential and famous; and in the 21st century, it has become one of the most visited historic buildings in Britain.
The first stone castle was built in 1119 by a Norman baron during the reign of William the Conqueror’s son Henry I, on an island in the River Len. For the next 300 years the castle remained a royal residence, before again becoming a private home for the Hon. Olive, Lady Baillie.
Weddings at Leeds Castle
If you are looking for a beautiful historic venue for your wedding day, look no further than the Castle wedding. The magnificent state rooms provide the perfect setting for each stage of your day. Ceremonies take place in the newly refurbished Ceremony Room adjoining the Library, ideal for Champagne drinks receptions. The daylight streaming through the beautiful long French window and soft colours of the room bring a sense of calm to your ceremony. A banquet-style wedding breakfast will be served in the largest room of the Castle, the Henry VIII Banqueting Hall. The room boasts impressive views across the moat, a grand 16th century French Caen stone fireplace and magnificent ebony floor.
Retire after dinner with your guests to the opulent 1920s Castle Drawing Rooms and continue your celebrations with dancing in the Heraldry Room before staying overnight in one of the luxurious period Castle bedrooms.
This large and comfortable hall, full of character and distinctive historical features will be available for exclusive weddings, large and small. Say ‘I do’ in the beautiful Ceremony Room, featuring rich oak panelling – and move on into the drawing room or library, both wonderfully traditional rooms, for celebrating with your guests. The private gardens area is an equally idyllic space for wedding celebrations in the warmer months, with the opportunity to take your vows under a romantic, old English bower. Upstairs five luxurious en-suite guest bedrooms offer stunning views of the gardens, the far North Downs and glimpses of Leeds Castle.
The Maiden’s Tower
The Maiden’s Tower is an elegant, exclusive hire venue adjacent to the Castle. The 16th century stone building, used for weekend house parties in the 1920s, is now a glamorous self-contained venue perfect for your wedding ceremony, evening celebrations and overnight accommodation. The venue consists of two function rooms with French doors leading into a charming private garden and five en-suite five star bedrooms, all beautifully decorated in period style with a contemporary twist, offering views across the moat to the golf course and surrounding parkland.
I look forward to delivering more of my Baking Beautiful wedding cakes to Leeds Castle in the coming years!