Clearwell, Coleford, GL16 8LG | (01594) 832320
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Clearwell Castle offers couples a magical exclusive-use venue for tying the knot in the heart of the enchanting Forest of Dean, with the sweeping tree-lined driveway creating a magnificent first impression.
The grade II listed mansion, which dates back to 1727, provides a picture-perfect backdrop for wedding celebrations with its dramatic Gothic Revival architecture and peaceful countryside location.
Couples planning to say ‘I do’ in the fairy tale surroundings of the castle can exchange their vows in the light-filled Ballroom, a licensed space encompassing a 75-foot aisle that’s perfect for making an entrance on the big day.
The room also benefits from stunning period features including ornate cornicing, beautiful leaded arch windows, a grand fireplace, and glittering gold chandeliers, which evoke the feeling of a private chapel, while offering space to welcome up to 150 guests.
The castle looks spectacular illuminated by fireworks to offer a spellbinding finale to your day
The castle’s Main Hall lends itself to post-ceremony Champagne and canapé receptions, with the option to have a roaring log fire to add an extra special touch for those planning winter celebrations.
Wedding breakfasts are served in the Ballroom, while the adjoining rooms, including the vaulted Cellar Bar which benefits from its own dance floor, can accommodate up to 250 guests for an evening reception.
Couples can choose from an enticing selection of fine dining wedding breakfast menus, or create a completely bespoke menu with a dedicated wedding manager who will also be able to help with matching wines and planning evening buffets.
The 20 acres of grounds span manicured gardens, flowering woodland, rolling meadows and a serene mirrored lake, to give couples a choice of idyllic backdrops for wedding photographs.
For spellbinding finale to the day, opt to go out with a bang with an impressive firework show, which makes the castle look even more spectacular.
Those planning summer celebrations can take advantage of the scenic grounds, with the chance to host drinks receptions on the lawns, entertain guests with a spot of croquet or play one of the giant garden games for hire.
The castle has 15 luxury bedrooms to accommodate the wedding party, with the spacious bridal suite, complete with a four-poster bed, providing a romantic space for couples to spend their first night as husband and wife.
There are also three cottages within walking distance of the castle which are ideal for staying in the night before wedding, with the option to order Champagne and sandwiches while getting ready for the big day.
Clearwell offers a range of all-inclusive wedding packages, starting from £5,500 based on 60 guests, including food and drink, a DJ and disco, a personal wedding planner, and more to provide couples with a stress-free big day experience from beginning to end.
Up to 150 for the ceremony and 250 for an evening reception.
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