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THE HANGING GARDENS SHOOT AT MAUNSEL HOUSE

Hanging Gardens Shoot - Earlier this year we were very fortunate to meet Nikki from Knots and Kisses and Helen Lisk Photography to discuss the opportunity of planning as shoot here at Maunsel House in Somerset. With a career in not only designing stationery but styling too we knew that Nikki would be the perfect person to help bring our ideas too life with a beautiful visionary concept like no other at Maunsel House. Nikki’s theme, the Hanging Gardens was inspired by our beautiful garden pergola along with its existing florals. Nikki loved the idea of having most of the floral …

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CHRISTMAS PARTY AT MAUNSEL HOUSE

With summer well and truly over and the Winter months fast approaching we feel its now time get into the festive mood, so here in the Maunsel events office we have been super busy planning events for the festive period, and for those familiar with Maunsel House you will know that we are well and truly famous for being the 'party house' of Somerset, with this in mind it feels only right to host a magnificent Christmas Party Night. Upon arrival you will be welcomed with log fires, candles, and seasonal decorations accompanied with a glass of champagne on arrival, and …

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WEDDING TOP TIPS ON CHOOSING YOUR BRIDAL GOWN

This week we are asking the experts, Sarah and Naomi from Olivia Hooper Bridal all about hints and tips on the best way to approach buying your designer bridal gown for your wedding day. Olivia Hooper Bridal are flying the flag for UK wedding dress designers and the very best in bridal styling. Perfectly situated in the South West, they can be found within driving distance of Bristol, Bath, Somerset and Devon in the chic village of Wedmore. In a  calm and relaxing studio you will discover a stunning selection of wedding dresses to suit all personalities and tastes. From beautifully beaded, …

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MAUNSEL HOUSE WEDDING DAY SPECIAL OFFERS

Here at Maunsel House we regularly feature special deals and this month we have launched two fabulous offers for those planning their very own wedding day! MID WEEK AUTUMN/WINTER WEDDING OFFER For those that love the idea of planning a winter themed wedding our Mid-Week Winter Wedding offer may be just for you!  If you’ve always imagined a wedding day filled with the warmth of a log fire, the glow of a candle and the twinkle of fairy light then Maunsel House really is the perfect venue for you to plan your autumn/winter wedding. Upon arrival you will be greeted by the …

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MAUNSEL HOUSE WEDDING OPEN DAY

WHAT IS A MAUNSEL HOUSE WEDDING OPEN DAY An open day here at Maunsel House is very different to a wedding fair as it allows newly engaged couples the opportunity to view our house and grounds either by a pre-arranged appointment with a member of our events team or the freedom to join us at your own leisure to view the house and grounds. We don’t have stalls or stands exhibiting at our venue but we do have a collection of our preferred suppliers who come along and beautifully style our venue to help guide and inspire you, in turn helping you …

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LUXURY HOLIDAY COTTAGES IN SOMERSET

Maunsel House is one of the most magnificent 13th century manor houses in Somerset full of character, charm and history, nestled within 2000 acres of natural beauty and 100 acres of parkland you will find five luxury holiday cottages and bed and breakfast accommodation all of which can be found on cottages.com or booking.com OUR ACCOMMODATION Beginning this year Maunsel House now offers you the exciting opportunity to stay on the estate choosing either one of our luxury holiday cottages, sleeping from 6 -10 persons, or the option to have a short stay in our bed and breakfast accommodation. The option of …

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WINTER WARMER WEDDING

Traditionally most weddings are planned throughout the summer months, but with our venue offering so many wonderful ways to embrace the beauty and magic of winter we are finding more and more couples are now choosing this season to plan their wedding. And here at Maunsel House we have every element and idea covered helping to make your dreams come true for a magical winter wedding! Upon your arrival you will be greeted by blazing fire pits at the main entrance door and once inside welcomed with a glass of hot punch or boozy hot chocolate whilst taking in the smokey …

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KIRSTY AND JODY Q&A’s

Kirsty and  Jody's wedding took place on a beautiful summers day in August last year. Choosing a Church wedding ceremony at St Peters, one of our three parish churches followed by a drinks reception on the lawns and a wedding breakfast under our pergola, Kirsty and Jody had the most amazing day!  Having been sent some stunning images from their photographer, Debs Alexander Photography we felt it would be a good idea not only to share the magic of the wedding day but for Kirsty and Jody to tell you a little about their wedding journey themselves by answering a …

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LISANNE & ANDRES SUMMER WEDDING

When Ashton Jean-Pierre documented Lisanne and Andre's wedding day we knew we were going to be spoilt for choice with amazing images of what was the most romantic day. With a reputation of shooting on film Ashton has produced a wonderful collection of soft, delicate images capturing a wedding day full love and laughter.  Choosing a day in July to plan their wedding Lisanne and Andre were not only blessed with sunshine but also our stunning gardens which at the height of summer are full of roses, jasmines and summer blooms which fill every flower border, in turn creating the most …

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WEDDING OPEN EVENING 18th April 2019

  OPEN EVENING 18th APRIL 3pm - 8pm Are you newly engaged or planning your wedding and looking for your dream wedding venue? If so, come and join us for a glass of bubbly as we open our doors for our first wedding viewing evening on the 18th April, 3pm - 8pm. Our viewing days and evenings allow you the opportunity to view the house and its charm and beauty, from our regency ballroom to our elegant dining room and our licensed bar full of quirky memorabilia. Feel free to take a stroll around our stunning English country gardens including our outdoor pergola …

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Sir Benjamin Is In The Daily Mail

Daily Mail Article Sir Benjamin Slade sells England's largest nature reserve Maunsel House for £2.2million   Millionaire aristocrat, 72, is selling off England's largest private nature reserve for £2.2m - but the new owner must escort the Queen should war ever break out Sir Benjamin Slade is the current owner of 398-acre reserve on Somerset levels New owner will get title of 'Wardwick of the North Moor' created in year 878 Ownership rules introduced by Alfred the Great say they have to escort Queen  By LARA KEAY FOR MAILONLINE PUBLISHED: 11:20, 1 April 2019 | UPDATED: 12:09, 1 April 2019   The millionaire aristocrat that owns England's largest private nature reserve …

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“Oh no – Quick! I need a strawberry!”

"Oh no - Quick! I need a strawberry!" said the chef as he dashed out to the Kitchen garden, quickly seizing the biggest yet 'petite' gem  your eyes have ever seen, he gives it a quick sharp tug, then within minutes this organic treasure was washed and served.    [ngg_images source="galleries" container_ids="45" display_type="photocrati-nextgen_basic_imagebrowser" ajax_pagination="0" order_by="sortorder" order_direction="ASC" returns="included" maximum_entity_count="500"]   Is there anywhere as beautiful as Somerset, when the winter months have faded and Spring uncloaks and brings us warmth, new life, and longer and lighter days? Here at Maunsel House, we love this time of year. Once the main source of produce for the Slade …

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Bolly drives Sir Ben’s Bentley!

Sir Ben has trained his favourite Jack Russell to drive the family Bentley to the wedding of his labradors. Sir Benjamin Slade the eccentric 7th baronet of Maunsel House in Somerset, who is renowned for once owning the richest dog in Britain,a black labrador called Jasper Tudor Earl of Richmond, has taken his canine obsession to new heights. In a You Tube video launched today, his Jack Russell terrier Bolly drives the family Bentley half a mile down the private tree lined avenue which leads to the famous wedding venue Maunsel House. This private Stately Home,the 13th century family seat of the Slades,and the former home of Geffery …

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Humanist Ceremony – Is it for you?

We are seeing more and more Humanist ceremonies here at Maunsel House but not everyone understands what that means exactly. Our lovely couple Pip & Andy chose a Humanist ceremony, let us share their beautiful images captured by Joanna Brown Photography while we take you through what exactly Humanism is and what to expect from a ceremony. Humanism is a philosophical and ethical stance of rationalism over dogma or superstition, it is not a religion; it is something that represents the views of millions of people around the world.  Humanism is a positive attitude to the world, centred on human experience, thought, …

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Beatrix Potter

In October we were thrilled to welcome Linda Grace to Maunsel House for a Beatrix Potter themed photo shoot. Linda is a wedding planner and the owner of Linda Grace Weddings, who specialises in intimate weddings. After relocating from Hampshire to Somerset Linda heard of Maunsel House through a number of friends and suppliers and wanted to take a look for herself. She instantly fell in love with the pictures on our website, Facebook and Twitter, and decided that this was the venue she wanted to help relaunch her business in the South West. The theme was to be Beatrix Potter, …

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Macmillan Christmas Fair 2015

   Monday 23rd November, 4:00pm – 9:00pm Tuesday 24th November, 10:00am – 4:30pm Entry £4 (children free) Enjoy a magical, festive shopping experience in the beautiful historic Maunsel House including a silent auction in the Dining Room for Macmillan Cancer Support. NEW FOR 2015! Enjoy festive songs from the award-winning Bleadon Belles choir! Stalls include: Christmas delectables, decorations, flower arrangements, jewellery, gifts for gentlemen, handmade soaps, vintage clothing, works of art, bags, throws, cushions, knitwear, photography, cards, ribbons, stationery items, table decor, magnificent candles, interior design, furniture, gifts and accessories, silk jackets, scarves, beaded belts, skincare products, gilets, silk blouses, lamps and shades, driftwood inspired items, textile …

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Making the Most of Our Wedding Fair – October 4th at Maunsel House

Congratulations to all the couples out there who are planning their wedding – the fun starts now! This Saturday the 4th of October, we will be holding a wedding fair from 11am – 3pm at Maunsel House! Come on by and meet the hand-picked suppliers who will be offering exclusive advice for your wedding.  Admission is completely free, along with complimentary drinks and canapés!  Maunsel House is such a magnificent and romantic venue – you are sure to become inspired and get your creativity flowing. Save yourself countless hours of communication and travel looking for the perfect vendors – we’re bringing the Southwest’s best wedding suppliers to you …

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Asiana Wedding at Maunsel House – A Stunning Photo Shoot

Recently, we were thrilled to have Asiana TV visit Maunsel House to hold a photo shoot for their flagship magazine, Asiana Wedding. At 450 pages long, Asiana Wedding is the biggest title for Asian Weddings in the UK. It is the ultimate bridal resource, featuring pages and pages of stunning bridal fashion and beauty, wedding planning help, honeymoon and travel tips, and more. The photo shoot shows off the latest designs in traditional South Asian wedding fashion. As you will see from the pictures, many of the wedding dresses are tremendously regal and ornately embellished, and the rich décor of Maunsel …

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Happy Anniversary Gillian and Travis!

Thank you to the photographer, Brett Symes for these images:  http://www.brettsymesphotography-boutique.co.uk/   We can hardly believe that a whole year has gone by since we celebrated the lovely wedding of Gillian and Travis here at Maunsel House. Today - July 19th – marks the day of the beautiful couple’s first wedding anniversary, and we thought we would revisit some memories from their wedding. We loved getting to know this couple and their special story. Travis a clever man, single-handedly arranging an elaborate proposal that truly impressed us all (and we hear a lot of proposal stories!) and here it is: On the night of …

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The Wonderful Antti Karppinen

We want to tell you the story about how we came to be friends with the incredibly talented Antti Karppinen. Paul & Danielle married at Mausnel House with a twist, they went for a      Steampunk theme and when we say went for it, they really went for it.  Every little detail was covered, it was stunning and even won Wedding of  the Year for Bristol and Somerset. Read here how Antti, Paul & Danielle became connected  which  led to  Danielle contacting us to ask if they were able to come back to the    house  and have a photoshoot with …

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Dinah Taylor – Floral Design

DINAH TAYLOR!!  We literally can’t shout loud enough about our lovely and talented in-house florist and you can clearly see why!  Dinah has been the in-house florist for Maunsel House and Sir Benjamin Slade for over  9yrs now. Dinah started her journey with flowers in 2003 and during this time she has supplied      and designed wedding flowers for many stately homes, country houses and castles.          Never recreating designs, Dinah creates breathtaking flowers for weddings and events  with her unique arrangements. The arrangements Dinah creates reflect personality, memories, aspirations and    cultures. Being a keen photographer, she captures …

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Our First Blog Post

Welcome to the first blog post of our FABULOUS new Website! For the last few months we have been working with Day One Media on creating our new site. Our main goal when embarking on this project was to capture the essence of what our beautiful home has to offer. As the ultimate party house tucked away in the beautiful Somerset countryside we give our guests a truly magical experience.   “We walked through the front door and we felt the house hug us, we knew immediately that this was the venue for us” Lucy & Tim Rowsell – Bride & Groom   “It took us over …

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