{Feature Friday} Manor By The Lake, Gloucestershire


Oh, it’s our favourite time of the week over here at AVWG HQ – why? Well, the weekend is practically here, there are bound to be some stunning summer weddings taking place AND many of you may be looking for your perfect venue.  Of course, we are always here to give you advice.  So, with that in mind, let me take you on a journey to the South West and onto one of the most beautiful parts of the country, the Cotswolds. Yes, this is home for me but I know that some of you may want to look further afield for your big day.  If so, there is a very special place that I personally think is just beautiful.  Quintessintally English, the perfect country setting and the team at this marvellous venue are always on hand to help guide you in fulfilling your wedding dreams.  It is all your would expect and more. This is Manor By The Lake.

There’s nothing more elegant than a classic vintage wedding. And there are many reasons why vintage can work to your advantage for your Special Day…

“The key to a successful vintage wedding is that the beauty is in the detail”, says Clare, Manor By The Lake’s Wedding Consultant. “Subtle details and little touches are the key. Vintage is a great choice for couples looking for simple elegance, who want to avoid the extravagance of a more modern wedding.”

Manor By The Lake, in Cheltenham, is one of Gloucestershire’s best-kept secrets. Currently undergoing a grand restoration, including the addition of a West Wing Ballroom and 12 en- suite luxury bedrooms, the wedding team are currently booking private viewings for excited future brides-to-be, to show off this hidden gem and reveal the plans.Being a 19th century mansion, Manor By The Lake provides a natural setting for a Victorian wedding. The building oozes romance, class and grace, which are the underlying themes across all vintage weddings, regardless of the chosen era.

“A lot of couples these days are opting for themed weddings,” adds Nichola, Manor By The Lake’s Wedding Manager. “A truly unique way to achieve a vintage themed wedding is to offer guests Afternoon Tea. Vintage cars are also a beautiful touch. They certainly add a sense of grandeur to the whole event and look great against our stunning Victorian manor for wedding photographs.”


Vintage weddings allow an opportunity for people to be transported back in time. The elegant feel of past decades makes things a little more nostalgic. For many brides a vintage wedding also allows them the opportunity to keep things simple, without neglecting elegance. Pastel colours allow for soft femininity and great scope for some of the most beautiful floral arrangements. And what bride would turn down an opportunity to wear a one-off, beautiful vintage gown?

A vintage wedding dress allows the bride to fulfill every girl’s desire of wearing a truly unique piece on her wedding day. The natural fabrics, couture detailing and extravagant embellishments of vintage wedding dresses allows the bride experience true luxury on her wedding day, deprived of the extensive price tag of a new design of similar quality.“Our vintage themes tend to be more popular for our smaller weddings.” says Clare, “More intimate weddings allow bigger scope for many more personal touches.”


Clare’s vision of a vintage wedding includes a natural colour scheme, letting the trimmings do the talking, “A vintage theme allows for the smaller touches to create a big effect. For a vintage wedding here at Manor By The Lake we can provide everything from vintage crockery, bunting and parasols to vintage wedding signage. A really great way to capture the feel of your chosen era is by incorporating a themed menu. This could be anything from a classic Hog Roast, a traditional British High Tea, or even an extravagant ‘feast’.”

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Manor By The Lake prides themselves on their ability to host both larger wedding parties and more intimate weddings, due to their stunning collection of oak-paneled, stain-glass adorned rooms of varying sizes, complete with large marble fireplaces. It is the perfect setting for a vintage wedding!

I told you! Gorgeous, isn’t it.  So, if you fancy taking an overdue trip to the Cotswolds with your intended and arrange a private viewing please contact Clare Singer at Manor By The Lake on 01242 542 700 or email clare@manorbythelake.co.uk. Website: http://www.manorbythelake.co.uk

One thought on “{Feature Friday} Manor By The Lake, Gloucestershire

  1. This place is gorgeous….. reminds me a bit of the movie ‘Atonement’…. dreamy and vintage and romantic all at once. Love the pics on the bridge with the water. And all the vintage dresses of course! A bride could really have a field day with the right outfit at this venue.

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