Rolling English hills and breathtaking countryside views have inspired pages of romantic fiction over the years. Literature greats such as Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and William Wordsworth all hail from Great British soil and many of their celebrated homes and gardens are available to book for a truly unique wedding venue. Fancy saying your vows within the walls that Thomas Gray once put pen to paper? Here’s a selection of venues which have influenced these acclaimed writers, some of which have even played a part in their captivating tales.
Burnham Beeches Hotel, Buckinghamshire
Standing handsomely within its own ten acres of private gardens and parklands, Burnham Beeches is steeped in history. Originally built in 1727 as a hunting lodge for the Royal family, the building has since played host to a number of famous faces, perhaps the most notable of which being English poet, Thomas Gray. After visiting his uncle at the property in 1737, Gray was inspired to write his famous poem, ‘Elegy in a Country Churchyard’. The enchanting Georgian hideaway is the perfect setting for a wedding, with its stunning white facade, AA Rosette Restaurant and 10 elegant banqueting rooms.
Wordsworth House & Gardens, Cumberland
What could be more magical than getting married in the very birthplace of the father of English Romanticism? Wordsworth House & Gardens owes its name to William Wordsworth, an English poet who, with the publication of Lyrical Ballads, helped to launch the romantic age of English Literature. Nestled deep in the rugged fell mountains of the Lake District, this Georgian property offers an idyllic setting for a fairytale wedding. Take advantage of wonderful wedding photo opportunities by posing in the glorious walled garden or upon Wordsworth’s famous terrace.
Chawton House Library, Hampshire
This grand Elizabethan country house in Hampshire has regularly hosted one of the most widely read writers in English literature, Jane Austen. With spectacular parkland views, the venue earned the title of ‘Great House’ in many of Austen’s letters to her peers, having once been owned by her brother, Edward. Fast forward to the present day, the building now offers a one-of-a-kind wedding experience where guests can dine in the Oak room, dance in the Great Hall or stroll across the South Lawn with their very own Mr Darcy or Miss Bennet.
Charles Dickens House, Portsmouth
Wedding venues don’t come more extraordinary than the birthplace of one of the world’s most famous authors, Charles Dickens. This charming house can be found in an unspoilt Georgian Street in Portsmouth, along a cobbled street lined with Regency lampposts. The venue hosts intimate weddings for up to sixteen guests.
Burham Beeches Hotel, Grove Road, Burnham, Buckinghamshire, SL1 8DP