Lee proposed in March 2014 and we set about finding an engagement party venue.
We found Knockerdown Holiday cottages on Venuefinder.com, I arranged a viewing to hire out the function room but when we got there and were given a tour, this place was too nice for just an engagement party!
We instantly fell in love with the location and the whole concept of having cottages for guests to stay for the weekend and all the facilities for the children and families. In comparison with generic locations ( I won't say which, but the most popular places to get married!) the price wasn't a great difference but the flexibility and the fact 60 of our guests were having a whole weekend away seemed perfect to us.
We booked the "60 package" which included the function room which could hold 100 people, the courtyard area cottages which could accommodate 60 guests and a free treatment at brackendale spa for the bride.
We were allowed (within health and safety obviously) to do what ever we wanted. We paid to have the marquee erected on the back of the room as I got carried away with hiring things! We had a photo booth, a chocolate kebab crepe stand, and a cake table inside this. We only needed the marquee due to the weather - when on the day the sun was shining!
Unfortunately no one can predict the British weather!
The greatest thing we found about this venue was the amazing Fiona Buxton who helped with advice, suggestions and just generally an ear to bend when bridezilla syndrome kicked in! She was on the end of the phone for every drama and also every exciting thing that was happening along the way. She organised all my suppliers to make sure they knew where they were going and had them all informed of the running of the day.
She thought of every little detail!
I will just add that Fiona is not a wedding coordinator however her interest in making sure our day was perfect will never be forgotten by Lee and myself and it really was the perfect day.
It took me 10 months to organise our wedding that was from finding the venue to the actual day and I know it only happened that quick because of the support of Fiona.
Knockerdown Cottages is the most beautiful place with so much close by so you can make a weekend full of memories.
We stayed in Two Dales which is the 5* cottage. It is just wow! All of our guests were extremely envious to not be in this cottage - but I think it was the secret gate that leads directly to the pub that they envied them the most!
None of our guests had any complaints regarding their accommodation or the site as a whole and have said they are returning with there own little families for holidays. Knockerdown Cottages is a hidden little gem and would make any wedding unique it's well worth a tour as you really need to see it to appreciate the beauty and tranquility of the place.
We can only thank Fiona and her amazing team for making our wedding amazing and we wish the site all the success in the future as it truly deserves it.
Mr and Mrs Morgan