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Traditional Tips for the Perfect Country Wedding

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Located in the heart of the Cotswolds, Manor By The Lake is the ideal venue if you’re planning a traditional country wedding.

Here are our tips for creating the perfect country wedding in the most beautiful location.


Country Style

The key to a beautiful country wedding is setting the balance between an event that’s suitably rustic, but that still feels special and a little glamorous. There are plenty of ways to embrace this theme, and it’s one that can be as relaxed, or as traditionally formal as you desire.


shutterstock_531003652For an English country wedding, choose delicate pastel flowers, and wildflowers for bouquets and centrepieces. For a rustic touch, bunches of blooms in jam jars, glass bottles and even bean cans look stunning or use mismatched vintage china as an alternative to vases.

Floral archways and pillars are a gorgeous way to use your English blooms such as ranunculus, roses and peonies. For bouquets and chair ends, tie your blooms with rustic hessian or romantic lace to keep to your country feel.

Natural Cakes

shutterstock_525798532When it comes to the wedding cake, use the opportunity for something naturally beautiful such as a naked cake liberally covered in fresh seasonal berries, or create a stack of pastel cupcakes for guests to help themselves.

A cheese wedding cake is a lovely alternative to a traditional fruit or sponge cake and the perfect sharing board for your evening reception. Serve with freshly baked loaves, oat crackers and lashings of chutney.

Local Produce 

The Cotswolds are famous for producing everything from cheese, eggs and dairy to wonderful fish and meat so whatever takes your fancy, you’ll have no trouble supporting local producers.

If you’re getting married in summer or autumn, there’s an abundance of local produce that can be incorporated into your wedding catering. Fresh berries such as strawberries and raspberries are traditional English country wedding ingredients whether they’re served with lashings of cream as a dessert, or added to flutes of champagne or in seasonal cocktails. Apples, blackberries, plums and pears are all in ready supply to make autumnal desserts that are true crowd-pleasers.


shutterstock_529759936You can really go to town on your country theme when it comes to the decor. Scatter hay bales around the gardens for guests to perch on. Just make sure you provide some cotton throws to create a comfy seat!

Rustic jugs, lanterns and tea lights and of course, row after row of colourful bunting will all help to create a magical English country setting.

Fill wheelbarrows with bottles, use rustic crates and barrels as side tables for the guest book and drinks stations, and provide chalkboards with handwritten signs that guide guests towards the dance floor.



If you’d like help creating your perfect country wedding, our Manor By The Lake wedding planners would love to hear from you. With stacks of experience and a passion for delivering memorable moments for all our couples, our talented team would love to welcome you to our beautiful wedding venue. Give us a call on 01242 245 071 or email to arrange your private tour.


For more creative ideas visit our Inspiration page regularly.

Mothers day at the Manor

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Are you looking for something to do for Mothers Day in Cheltenham? 

With Mothers Day approaching fast we have something very special for you.  This year we are offering a limited number of people the opportunity to really spoil mum and the family by booking a table for our Special Mothers Day at the Manor.

We will be hosting this special Mothers Day Lunch at the Manor for you and your family to enjoy on Sunday 15th March.  You will be able to experience the beautiful elegance of the Victorian Manor By The Lake, its stunning surroundings, wonderful interiors and elegant West-Wing Ballroom, and if you have never tried our truly exceptional food before, you will all be amazed by this wonderful delight!

As we are a Wedding and Special Events Venue we are not normally open to the general public. This is a very rare occasion to experience the Manor By The Lake, its exclusive 5-star food and exceptional service.

Spaces are limited for Mothers Day so please call to reserve your table today.

For more information and our Mothers Day Menu click here   call 01242 245 071 or contact us to book.

When you visit please ask about our weddings and business availability – feel free to make an appointment for a return visit and full guided tour.

Très Cotswold Chic

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This week we continue looking at the suppliers that make Manor by The Lake look fabulous and feel special. When it comes to dressing a venue nothing says it quite like flowers. With such a wide variety to choose from – colour, style, scent, and whether to go traditional or contemporary with your designs; you need a voice you can trust. Read on to find out more about our trusted partners and how you can steal our style.

Beautiful Blooms

The Flower Studio

Donna Beaver is an award winning florist; she took home Regional Winner at the 2012 Wedding Industry Awards. Based in Cheltenham this talented florist works with some of the most exclusive venues in the Cotswolds. Offering a truly unique and bespoke wedding service, her bouquets and tabletop designs are exquisite. Just looking at these gorgeous pictures of her designs is making us want to get married all over again.

The Flower Studio | Manor by the Lake   MBTL-8-SW-6  MBTL-8-SW-7

With over sixteen years experience, Donna handles every order personally and believes a one to one consultation with the bride-to-be is of paramount importance. Donna takes everything into account from the style and colour of your dress, to the layout of your venue. Each piece is tailor made for you to create arrangements that truly complement every detail of your day.

Get in touch
Email:   Mobile: 07789 625453    Telephone: 01242 704134

Prices are available upon request.

Home Grown Elegance

White Peacock Floral Design

Calling all fashionistas! This is the florist you have been waiting for. Working from her florist shed at the bottom of her Cotswold garden, Sinead from White Peacock Floral Design is passionate about flowers. Her elegant, opulent floral designs are ideally suited to the fashion forward bride. Sinead wants to bring joy and beauty to your big day and from looking at these pictures of her recent commissions, I’m sure you will agree she is successful in both respects.

White Peacock Floral Design | Manor by the Lake        MBTL-8-SW-10        MBTL-8-SW-11

For Sinead, it’s about helping you develop your own floral style and working that into arrangements. At the heart of everything she does is the use of seasonal flowers. Sinead believes that each season brings its own colour scheme, and it’s a great place to start when planning floral arrangements. Where possible flowers are sourced here in Britain making White Peacock one of the most eco-friendly florists around. Whether it is a cascading bouquet or a vintage table setting, Sinead can help your design dreams become a reality.

Get in touch 
Email:   Mobile: 07757 713585  Telephone: 01242 309066

Prices available upon request.

Ready, get set…BAKE!

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With the Great British Bake Off back on TV, we are currently obsessing over the latest series and getting our baking abilities up to scratch!

This Sunday, we were delighted to be the host of the best next thing – the Chelt’n’Jam Bake Off.

The baking event, which is raising funds for Oxjam charity, was sponsored by Kitchen Garden Foods and Vanilla Pod Bakery and showcased some amazing local talent!

Categories for entries included ‘cakes’, ‘cupcakes’, ‘tray bakes’, ‘scones’ and ‘iced cakes’. Each category was judged by an expert panel including Cotswold Chef, Rob Rees and former Harrods wedding cake designer Xavier Pelloux.


The afternoon kicked off at 2pm in our gardens with activities for the whole family! We had a bouncy castle, a magician, a juggler and face painting for the kids. We also had pots of tea and lots of baked goods in the grounds for everyone to enjoy.

Winners included: Grace West and Fenella Corran both aged 14 who stole the show with their chocolate brownies. Angie Petkovic for her courgette & lemon cake (gluten and dairy free), Professor Frank Leishman for his scones, Samantha Bailey for her chocolate brownies, Michael Duncan for his walnut whip cupcakes, Rebecca Browning for her iced novelty cakes, and India Taylor for the best children’s cupcakes.

We were delighted that over 100 people turned up and the charity managed to raise over £650! We hope to see everyone at the Manor again soon!


‘Tis the season – Christmas Parties at Manor by the Lake

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Last night at Manor By The Lake, we were certainly getting excited about the Christmas season!

We held a Christmas party preview for over 30 companies in Gloucestershire such as UCAS, Cobalt Charity, SCI-MX and Alex Clark.

Our Ballroom was set up with a New York Christmas theme full of lights and trees giving the feel of Central Park in Winter, there was Christmas music playing with selected seasonal canapés and drinks, giving guests just a glimpse into how Manor By The Lake do Christmas with a sparkle!

Norbert, our head chef, liaised and spoke with guests regarding the food options and choice of menus. There is a choice of 4 incredible starters, mains and dessert options for your staff to choice from, as well as different drink options.

Companies can also either exclusively hire the venue or share it with other companies. Plus, guests got Christmas gingerbread men to take home for the family!

Here at Manor By The Lake, we don’t do the ordinary Christmas party with a roast and glass of prosecco. We really make it an event to remember and love to exceed our customers’ expectations and celebrate in style!

Interested in spoiling your staff and holding your Christmas party at Manor By The Lake? Call us now and see how we can make your Christmas party spectacular!