I was invited to view the brand new wedding venue Rockbeare Manor near Exeter this week. Owned by the same group as Coombe Lodge, Blagdon Somerset and Priston Mill, Bath I knew it was going to be something special. 10 minutes for the M5 Exeter junction I headed into the rural village Rockbeare and just on the outskirts was a beautiful set of gates, as I drove down the long tree lined drive way I came round the final corner I was greeted by the beautiful 3 storey 1760 manor house. Previously a family home, now its been given new life by a great team.
The interior is beautiful, Aimee showed me around as work continued ready for their first wedding in July this year. Making sure it’s in keeping with its past they have wonderfully blended history and a contemporary feel which bride and grooms will love. A new large formal room for dining and partying has been built, with skylights and large open doors its a gorgeous setting with so much natural light (every photographers dream). As Aimee showed me around you could hear how passionate she is about Rockbeare Manor; I viewed the beautiful ceremony room with stunning chandelier as well as the library and Billiard room. Upstairs we viewed the bridal preparation room and spaces where their new bedrooms with en-suites will be ready in April 2017. She also explained to me the bar area is similar to Coombe Lodge and Priston Mill, a simple room with no chairs as not to encourage guests to make this the focal point of the evening, therefore wedding guests would head back in to the central party area. Its simple points like this that make their sister venues so incredibly popular. I am privileged to be a recommended photographer at Coombe Lodge and Priston Mill and for anyone local to me I am sure you will agree their formula for weddings is spot on.
I took a walk around the grounds and viewed where outside ceremonies will be held in the summer as well taking in all the stunning backdrops for photographs; there is so much choice! Before I left I chatted with Aimee and Director Andy about their hopes for Rockbeare Manor, I know with their drive, passion and winning formula they have perfected in Somerset this new venue will shine in Devon.
Thanks so much for letting me view this new venue, I really can’t wait to work here in the future!