How long have you been functioning as a wedding venue?
Tell me about your favourite wedding last season?
I don’t have a favourite wedding from last season, they were all very different from each other: some were rustic in character, others were more formal. Everyone had a marquee. It is lovely when the marquees are sited in the croquet lawn, leaving the 2-tiered 17th Century walled Dutch garden un-encumbered in its glory.
What’s included when a couple books your venue for their wedding?
The use of the walled Dutch Garden, the grounds surrounding the house and garden and use of the front field for parking. If there is to be a ceremony, we offer two rooms in the house where the couple can be individually interviewed by the registrars. If it is a small wedding in the dining-room, the couple may have a bar in the hall to serve drinks in the garden after the ceremony.
What makes Hatch House unique?
It’s a very romantic venue set in the heart of the Wardour valley in Wiltshire. It’s secluded and private and the gardens create rooms, which means a large wedding can use them all or if someone has chosen a more intimate event they can have that too.
How many guests can you accommodate during the wedding day?
For a large wedding with marquee in the walled Dutch garden we can accommodate around 200 guests. If couples are getting married in the dining room then only 45 inside.
How many guests can stay on site?
There is no accommodation availability at Hatch House.
How do you help couples customise their wedding?
I advise them, if they seek my advice, about suppliers, accommodation and transport and I put them in touch with a wedding organiser, if they wish to employ one. I am always present during the event.
How far out should a couple pay a deposit to secure their wedding day?
If a couple really want their perfect venue and have set a date then we would suggest securing it as soon as possible, within a fortnight of viewing.
What do you have planned for the future?
We hope to host more weddings and parties with our neighbouring restaurant, Pythouse Kitchen Garden, where there is an adjacent Glamping site.
What’s one interesting fact about Hatch House?
Hatch House used to belong to the Hyde family. Anne Hyde married James II so the house has a link to the Stuarts, Queens Anne and Mary, through their mother Anne Hyde. In the 18th Century Hatch was lived in by the rum smuggler, Henry Bristol. About half of the house burnt down at that period. In 1908 the house was resurrected by the Arts & Crafts architect Detmar Blow, who integrated the remaining north part of the house, creating new rooms to the south, and the theatrical west facing façade that overlooks the Dutch garden.
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