There has been a residence on the site of Silchester House since at least the 17th century, when the element of the house that now makes up the West Wing was a functional farmhouse. The main, central part of the house was built in an early Victorian Gothic style, reflecting the wealth of the area in the middle of the 19th Century. The building is characterised by its strong gables and the interesting roof slopes with sets of highly ornate chimney pots. Around the turn of the 20th Century the house was owned and lived in by Thomas Hartley, the well-known clockmaker from the Hartley’s jam family, who made several additions to what was then known as Dial House.
Hartley added the whole of the East Wing – comprising the Music Room and East Wing Hallway on the ground floor, and the bedrooms that are directly above these areas. He also built and installed the well-known Silchester Clock in what is now known as the Clock Tower, immediately visible on the right hand side as you enter the driveway. When wound up, the Clock is still functional and shows Father Time and his family, who ring the bells on the hour and the quarters.
After Thomas Hartley’s death the house was in private hands until 1997, at which point it began its transformation into the stunning country house wedding venue that it is today. It was the first of the Bijou Wedding Venues portfolio and is a truly spectacular party house to enjoy throughout the year.
As you take your virtual tour of Silchester House, imagine what your own wedding day could be like. Use the gentle décor that has been placed in each room to inspire you, and imagine how you could change it around and make it personal to you and your partner. We couldn’t possibly show you every detail of the wedding venue via the virtual tour, and you will be able to see further images over in the gallery section. But, if you do like what you see, then we’d be delighted to show you round Silchester House in person. Request a brochure, drop us a line or send over an email with a date and time that suits you best. If we’re not hosting another wedding, then we’d love to meet you at any time.