Thorpe Constantine has created a magical venue to frame the most special of days for you and your guests.
A beautiful space that will captivate and enchant you with unique distinctive touches that have been created by an experienced team passionate about delivering extraordinary experiences. There are an abundance of locations to suit your day, exceptional food on offer and the peace of mind of having a team with over 25 years of experience at your disposal to make the dream a reality.
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The Thorpe Constantine wedding site is located in a glorious south-facing 2 acre walled garden set within 3,000 acres of a privately owned estate in the Staffordshire countryside; these gardens at Thorpe Estate have not been seen by the public in over 365 years. Guests can wander through wisteria covered arches, past herbaceous borders and flower gardens, all planted to encourage butterflies, bees and birds. Nestled in one corner of the walled garden is The Bothy, a fully refurbished and original gardener’s cottage, beautifully designed to welcome every couple for an exceptional weekend or overnight stay.
THE SERVICE & BLESSING
Thorpe Constantine has several options for your service depending on what you are looking for. We have the full use of an 18th Century church that can seat 75 people and a hand painted Summer House in formal grounds that can be set up to seat your guests in the open air (both sites are available for blessings). In addition we have the Coach House for licensed civil services that seats 45 people.
The wedding yurt is situated in the upper centre of the walled garden, it is the only one of its kind, a unique, hand-crafted yurt with steamed ash supports and limewashed French oak floors. This magnificent structure has been lovingly made in the Herefordshire Black Mountains and every detail has been painstakingly created to deliver pure elegance and luxury for up to 180 seated guests. Wood burning stoves and luxurious seating areas warm and welcome guests to the venue in winter. In summer the windows open so the full magic of the walled garden can be seen by all.
We partner with local restaurants and caterers, specifically selected based on the type of day you wish. You can work with us to create a less formal BBQ buffet style menu or a more formal plated fine dining experience. Whatever you choice we work with guiding principles of using local produce, sourced sustainably and prepared by only the best quality partners. The menus are inspired by the seasons and the Staffordshire larder at our doorstep. Hearty main courses are followed by sumptuous puddings, such as the sticky toffee puddings, which are rounded off by coffee, herbal infusions and an extensive selection of teas. Wood and charcoal smoke help to shape the menus, with the 'fire' remaining a focal point throughout the day and evening, as a place to gather as the sun sets over the west wall. A carefully curated drinks selection and imaginative cocktail menu, crafted from ingredients within the garden walls, will see you gently through to the evening. And the fire, takes care of evening snacks while fruit dries in the stone oven for the next day’s breakfast.
The following morning, sparkling home made tonics, juices, drip coffee and breakfast baskets help clear fuzzy heads as friends and family gather to muse over the memories of a superb day.
The wedding menu changes with the seasons. (To see a sample menu please click here.) We offer a range of options* you can choose from:
• Shared Feasts from the fire
• Served Feast of 3 courses from the fire
• Served Feast of 5 courses from the fire
• Night bites
Whatever the choice, you and your guests will have the perfect meal in the most idyllic of settings which has been painstakingly grown, sourced and prepared in situ to add another layer to your day.
There is no better way for the couple to enjoy the day than to stay at the Bothy in the walled garden itself. It is the original gardener's cottage that has been refurbished to high levels of luxury. We can also create bespoke glamping accommodation for guest couples with 5 meter diameter bell tents equipped with luxurious double beds, wood burners and hard flooring.