February’s Venue of the Month – Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire
Steven Pellier, your London Wedding Planner & Event planner takes you on a month by month journey, of some of the UK’s venues he adores and considers to be among his favourite. As a London wedding planner & event planner Steven Pellier and his team are based in central London and work throughout the UK and internationally, where they get to visit a great number of amazing hotels and venues, which can become the foundations and backdrops of unique, individual and bespoke weddings and events. We invite you to discover February’s venue of the month, Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.
The historical Oxfordshire palace and home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family, Blenheim Palace. The Marlborough family seat, commands centre stage in 2000 acres of Capability Brown landscaped parkland, and has been their home for over 300 years. Queen Anne and the grateful nation bestowed the land, ruin of an original house and £240,000 to build a magnificent new house, to the 1st Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill, the military Commander who led the Allied forces in the battle of Blenheim, on 13th August 1704.
Queen Anne bestowed the gift to the 1st Duke, in honour of his victory over the French in the war of the Spanish succession and the house was built to celebrate the occasion. Today Blenheim Palace is the only non-royal, non episcopal country house in England, to hold the title of palace and eclipses in splendour and magnitude any of the British Royal family’s residences, with its 187 rooms, 1000 windows when first built and seven acres under one roof, its easy to see why.
Famously known as the birth place of Sir Winston Churchill on 30th November 1874 to parents Lord Randolph Churchill and Jennie Jerome and also where he proposed to his wife to be Clementine Hozier in the temple of Diana, on the Blenheim Estate. The palace played an incredibly important role during WWI, as a convalescence hospital for wounded soldiers and again in WWII, when over 400 Malvern College boys were evacuated to the palace. In 1950, Blenheim Palace opened its doors to the general public for the very first time, it was later designated a Grade 1 listed building in 1957 and thirty years later, in 1987 a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
So the only non-royal residence with the title palace in the UK, and arguably the largest and most splendid house in England, eclipsing even those of the royal family and built as a celebration to mark a very important event in British history, there really is no better venue to mark your very own celebration than the majesty of Blenheim Palace. With no less than 5 glorious rooms within the palace or the South Lawn, to erect a grand marquee for much larger events – you really are spoilt for choice.
The event spaces on offer at Blenheim palace:
The Great Hall – With a height of 67ft from floor to ceiling, which was painted by James Thornhill, The Great hall is the perfect space for a grand dinner for up to 150 guests, or a reception for 250 guests.
The Saloon – designated the State dining room and still used each year for Christmas dinner, by the Duke of Marlborough and his family, with walls and ceilings painted by the French decorative artist Louis Laguerre, you can enjoy this splendid room with 80 guests for dinner or 150 guests for a reception.
The Long Library – One of the longest rooms of any British stately home and home to 10,000 books, as well as the magnificent Willis organ built and positioned in 1891. With commanding views over the Water Terraces, acres of Capability Brown parkland and the lake, The Long Library makes for a perfect location, to entertain up to 300 of your guests for dinner, or 500 for a drinks reception.
The Orangery – the truly elegant Orangery, with its high arched windows and glass panelled roof allowing for plenty of natural light, gives an immense sense of space. Once used as the Marlborough family theatre, you can now enjoy the wonderful room with 200 guests for dinner or 250 guests for a reception.
The Water Terraces – built fairly recently in comparison to the palace between 1925 – 1930, this venue is ideal for live music and dancing for up to 300 guests. The Water Terraces are exclusively available for a reception following drinks and dinner in the Great Hall, Saloon and Long Library.
The South Lawn – if your guest numbers eclipse those that can be accommodated in the palace, why not erect a marquee on the South Lawn, with the possibility of enjoying the splendour of the palace for a drinks reception, or using the Palace as a backdrop when installing a clear span marquee for hundreds of your guests.
To learn more about hosting your meeting or event at Blenheim Palace, why not contact the Blenheim Palace team on +44 (0)1993 813874 or emailing email@example.com
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