Earlier this summer I had the pleasure of photographing Jo and James’s wedding day at the beautiful Burnhopeside Hall on the outskirts of Durham City. When I first met with the couple I had never heard of this venue, and with good reason – they were the first to hold their reception there for at least 30 years, save for the owner’s family weddings.
The Grade II* listed house dates back to the 18th century and was once the home of William Hedley, who is best known locally for constructing the Puffing Billy locomotive. Set within a beautiful private estate with manicured gardens and stunning views, the estate is the perfect venue for a wedding celebration.
Weddings at Burnhopeside Hall are definitely personal, a mile away from the more corporate venues. The house and grounds are yours to treat as your own for the day, weekend or even week, and with plenty of room for families and friends to stay it becomes your home-from-home! Any taste or preference that can be accommodated will be and with a limit on the number of events held throughout the year, your wedding is guaranteed to be unique and special to you and your guests. Couples can enjoy exclusive use of the house and grounds, including a camping if you wish in the grounds (festival theme anyone?!) and catering provided using local (and often home grown) produce – perfect for a relaxed family meal the night before and a full breakfast the day after!
A marquee on the lawn with the stunning house as a backdrop would make for the perfect country garden wedding, and with the beautiful big rooms and open fires, a winter wedding would be so cosy and intimate.
As a photographer, you couldn’t ask for a better venue. The rooms are bright, airy and beautifully renovated, and the grounds have a mixture of backdrops with lots of lovely little nooks to go off for couple shots while the guests enjoy a drinks reception on the picturesque lawns.
The venue only opened its doors to couples this August, but with owner Christine behind the scenes, I’m sure it won’t be long until it is a top destination for weddings in Durham and the North East. However, the number of weddings each year will be strictly limited to retain that ‘Special’ aspect. Couples who are looking for a luxury home-from-home wedding venue for a unique and personal wedding should get in touch for information on how to book or to check my availability.