We are sad to announce that, as of 1st July 2019, Silchester House will cease to operate as part of The Bijou Collection. Silchester House has long been an underperforming part of our group and sadly the time has finally come to part ways. We have been in touch with the handful of couples who have booked weddings with us beyond that date and are working with them to minimise disruption to their plans.
Silchester House will continue to operate as normal until 1st July 2019 and we continue to show people round who are interested in getting married there prior to the end of June 2019.
A word from Sam Cutmore-Scott, Managing Director of The Bijou Collection:
“It is with heavy heart that we must acknowledge that Silchester House no longer fits within the long-term plans and prospects of The Bijou Collection. Silchester House was where it all began for us and, over the years, we have continually striven to keep it relevant in the context of ever-changing tastes and expectations among marrying couples in the South-East. After years of continually poor performance compared to its sister venues we must now accept that we must look forward rather than backward and so we are soon to be offering Silchester House for sale – either for a family to once again love as a private home or, should someone wish to continue our work, as a going concern.
We have set the date for closing or handing over the business at 1st July 2019 – we have been in touch with the small number of couples who have weddings booked after that date and will work with them to ensure that their celebrations suffer the least disruption possible. Should a prospective purchaser wish to continue the activities of the business beyond that date then we will of course work with them to ensure a smooth handover.
We as a family and as a larger team are very sad indeed to part with this wonderful house that has been such a large part of our story, but we look forward to refocusing our efforts on the rest of the Collection and on future growth opportunities.”
Silchester House is a truly spectacular home-from-home country house wedding venue on the border of Hampshire and Berkshire, between Reading and Basingstoke. It boasts a long tradition of hosting remarkable celebrations – it was among the very first private country houses to be licensed for civil marriages, almost twenty years ago, but the house’s appetite for a good party goes back further still. The stunning house and grounds now constitute a wonderful, exclusive use country house wedding venue in which you can host your own intimate, English country house, and garden, wedding.
Originally a private country estate, nestled in the heart of sleepy Silchester, Silchester House has a long tradition of involvement with village life, to the extent that any bride tying the knot at the venue on the same day as the village’s fireworks party, which takes place in the grounds, has the opportunity, in her capacity as ‘Lady of the House’ no less, to perform the ceremonial lighting of the bonfire. The stunning clockwork clock atop the clock tower, originally and intricately built by Thomas Hartley during his time living (and partying) at the house, is a key element of the village’s identity - itself no uniquely modern phenomenon, given the centrality of Silchester’s Roman ancestor, Calleva Atrebatum, to the trade routes across Roman Britain almost 2000 years ago. Calleva was a major crossroads and the current Music Room, which plays such a part in making Silchester House the wonderful country house wedding venue that it is today, sits directly above the old Roman Road from London to Bath.
Over the last twenty years, Silchester House has been tended to and cared for by the dedicated Bijou team. It has been transformed into a light, airy, welcoming country house wedding venue that is only available on an exclusive use basis for couples to host intimate, home-from-home wedding celebrations. It retains all the best of its history – the beautiful architecture, the rolling landscaped grounds with manicured lawns and sculpted yew hedges and the sense of historical home – and combines this romantic past with the very best in modern style – the acoustically perfect Music Room and, of course, the ultimate in wedding planning support from the Bijou team – to create a totally unique exclusive use country house wedding venue, hidden away in this quiet countryside village on the border of leafy Hampshire and bustling Berkshire.
We invite you to see this wonderful home for yourself and, while strolling through the Library, Drawing Room, Music Room and grounds, fizz in hand, to picture yourselves here, surrounded by your nearest and dearest, celebrating your wedding day in relaxed, stylish luxury. Alongside the venue itself, its 14 luxurious bedrooms, tennis court and swimming pool, couples will of course also enjoy the full wedding planning, wedding venue and wedding catering expertise that comes with booking an exclusive use country house wedding venue with Bijou.
Some key facts and figures relating to hosting weddings at this wonderful country house are listed below:
|Indoor ceremony licence|
|Indoor ceremony capacity||92|
|Outdoor ceremony licence|
|Indoor banquet capacity||92|
|Online wedding planning tool|
|Personal wedding planner|
|External caterer permitted||Restricted|
|Live music permitted|
Silchester House is licensed for civil wedding ceremonies both inside and out and offers a choice of versatile wedding celebration and entertaining spaces.
The Music Room, built to showcase former owner Thomas Hartley’s passion for orchestral music and thus boasting absolutely perfect acoustics, can seat up to 80 guests for a wedding ceremony; stunning country views across the lawn make this room even more delightful. This superb space is perfect for saying your ‘I dos’ and is equally impressive when transformed into a wedding banquet setting. The windows overlook the gardens, letting in plenty of light and reminding guests that they are surrounded by tranquil rolling British countryside.
Alternatively, if you plan on getting married during the late spring or summer months and the concept of tying the knot outside appeals, the gazebo outside the East Wing entrance is also licensed for wedding ceremonies.
The perfect example of a classic English arts and crafts country manor house with all of the charm and character you would expect, Silchester House feels a world away from busy nearby towns such as Basingstoke, Reading and London, which is only an hour away by car. Silchester House sits in its own expansive grounds with sculpted yew and manicured lawns, surrounded by beautiful Hampshire countryside. During the summer months the party-house wedding venue lends itself to a traditional English country house (and garden!) wedding celebration with focus on the delightful gardens.
The wedding venue is only available on an exclusive use basis for a full 24 hours, meaning that the home, the grounds, facilities and staff belong to you and only you for the duration of your wedding celebration. Hiring this country house wedding venue on an exclusive use basis guarantees that you’ll be the only party at the venue on the day of your wedding and that everyone at the venue on the day is there for you and only you. It’s a return to days of old, when splendid families enjoyed splendid celebrations in their splendid country homes - the wedding venue will be your perfect home for the duration of your perfect wedding celebration and, of course, the Bijou team will be behind the scenes, making sure it all goes more smoothly than you could possibly have dreamed.
This stylish wedding venue is a grand, Victorian home-from-home with beautiful gardens and a wondrously light Music Room for entertaining during the day and night at any time of year. Nestled at the heart of a delightfully English village, Silchester House is a wedding venue that allows you to celebrate your special day in total privacy and consummate style.
Inside this country house wedding venue there are several beautiful rooms in which to host your intimate wedding celebrations. The Music Room can seat 92 guests for a Wedding Banquet and is ideal for hosting an even-smaller house party. For a very intimate celebration, the Dining Room is perfect for up to 24 guests.
When the nights are longer the venue specialises in the house-party-style celebration, with your guests filing the various reception rooms and adding to the cosy ambience created by the roaring fires, abundant oak and warm, welcoming furnishings.
Silchester House has style, charm and character and is set in a truly idyllic countryside location. From the outside, the wedding venue is grand and impressive; on the inside the house lends itself perfectly to a stunning country house wedding theme.
For your closest family and friends there are 14 stunning bedroom suites including a choice of two luxurious bridal suites. Choosing a wedding venue with overnight accommodation has many benefits.
Any risks that are related to moving between venues are removed. Once you arrive at the venue you need not worry further about traffic, directions or timings – you are home. Inviting your closest family and friends to stay for the duration of your celebration further cements this feeling of home as you prepare prior to your wedding in a calm, peaceful and exciting environment. Once the evening has come to an end, enjoy a nightcap with your nearest and dearest before you tumble into bed in a joyful haze, without having to manage more than a flight of stairs.
Before you depart the venue the morning after your wedding, you and your overnight guests will enjoy a hearty breakfast together in the Dining Room, laughing together and swapping stories from your special day.
This beautiful country house wedding venue also boasts a tennis court, swimming pool and glorious landscaped grounds for you and your guests to enjoy during your stay.
Silchester House offers marrying couples flexibility when it comes to ensuring their day runs exactly the way they wish. The elegant Music Room is a truly wonderful space to host your special occasion, not forgetting three stylish reception rooms that can act as additional areas for your guests to relax and enjoy your celebration.
For the wedding breakfast banquet itself, carefully selected by you and crafted by our team of in-house chefs, the team at Silchester House can transform The Music room to comfortably seat 80 guests. Inject your own splash of colour to the room, or speak to Bijou’s Partners when it comes to decorating The Music Room in a way you’ve always imagined; impressive floral center pieces or stylish candelabras can give this romantic space a truly personal touch. When it comes to serving you the ultimate wedding menu, the Bijou in-house chef teams and catering systems are trained and designed to achieve consistency and excellence, always.
In the evening, our specialist team will transform The Music Room once again to create space for your band, DJ or dance floor to take center stage enabling you and your wedding guests to dance the night away. Silchester House offers plenty of space in a variety of reception rooms to welcome evening guests and for both day and evening guests to mingle. Whether you hire a band or our in-house DJ, the acoustics in The Music Room are wonderful and your guests will have plenty of space throughout the rest of the home to enjoy a drink in the Library, mingle in the Drawing Room or simply enjoy the fresh air and outdoor space if the dance floor is too much to handle.
Sensitive refurbishments made by the Bijou team over recent years have ensured that the spaces and structure of the building not only remain elegant and charming but also allow the seamless delivery of stylish wedding celebrations; Silchester House is now the perfect exclusive use wedding venue at any time of year.
Silchester House is a specialist, exclusive use wedding venue located on the border of Berkshire and Hampshire.
This beautiful home, along with all of the Bijou-owned wedding venues, benefits from all of the experience and attention to detail that defines the Bijou team. From our dedicated wedding planning team who will help you organise your day to perfection, to webcams that enable your absent friends and family to join you on your day, we use every minute of our 15 years of practice to make sure everything is absolutely perfect for you.
However you choose to have your day, you can rest assured that our knowledgeable and experienced Wedding Planning team has the safest hands in the industry. Choosing Silchester House, our stylish country house wedding venue near Berkshire, is more than just booking a wedding venue – it is choosing specialist wedding planning support throughout the duration of your planning, for total peace of mind. Bijou’s proprietary online wedding planner allows you to keep all of your plans and information in a secure place and allows both you and us to have ready access to the most up-to-date version of your dream – whether you’re local to Berkshire or planning from a distance. The online planner has everything you need and there is no need to worry about many of the frustrations often associated with planning a wedding - this wonderful planning tool ensures optimum transparency of costs, logistics and intricate detailing so that absolute perfection is achieved on the day without you needing to do anything other than enjoy every moment of your celebration.
Our dedicated team of Wedding Planning Managers have over 15 years worth of experience in making dreams come true; they will guide you through your wedding journey with expertise and care. We understand needs and visions while offering friendly support every step of the way to help you plan your special day at our charming country house wedding venue.
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