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Kelmarsh Hall

Weddings at Kelmarsh Hall & Gardens The stylish setting of Kelmarsh Hall lends itself perfectly to a wedding reception however you picture your day. The Saloon can accommodate up to 70 guests for the wedding breakfast and the Ballroom up to 100. For an evening reception, up to 170 guests can celebrate with you, with dancing in the Ballroom Kelmarsh, Northamptonshire, NN6 9LY 01604 686543

Photograph of Nancy Lancaster by renowned photographer, Cecil Beaton

Everything’s fancy with

Nancy “Paint it the colour of elephant’s breath”.

Nancy Lancaster, a name synonymous with interior design and the doyenne of the classic English country house style.


ancy Lancaster (nee Perkins) was born into a wealthy American family on September 10th, 1897. During her lifetime she was married three times. It was her second marriage to Ronald Tree that first brought her to Kelmarsh Hall in 1928. The couple rented the fine Georgian mansion until 1933 during which time she made her mark. The story goes that the handpainted wallpaper in the Chinese Room was originally located in a house many miles away but when Nancy saw it, she wanted it, purchased it and had it delivered to Kelmarsh. Set amongst 3000 acres of Northamptonshire pasture and woodland and close to the border of Leicestershire, Nancy created the perfect

home for entertaining, both inside and outdoors. A reputable gardener, she also designed the stunning gardens including the sunken garden where she hosted fine cocktail parties. Nancy’s inimitable style afforded her the reputation of ‘having the finest taste of almost anyone in the world’. Indeed as noteable style-maker of her time it was Nancy who set the bar for creating the perfect English country house style. In 1933 Nancy and Robert moved to Ditchley Park but the marriage ended in divorce in 1947. A year later in 1948 Nancy returned to Kelmarsh Hall having married its owner, Lieutenant Colonel Lancaster. Once again Nancy was back at her beloved Kelmarsh Hall and by now was partner in the revered interior

design company, Colefax & Fowler. Noted for her instruction to a decorator to ‘paint it the colour of elephant’s breath’, Nancy Lancaster is the stylish hand behind the design at Kelmarsh Hall as seen today. It is with thanks to her that Kelmarsh can offer a wonderful backdrop for weddings, whatever the season. “Kelmarsh Hall offers a romance and grace that will colour every aspect of your wedding day. The tranquil seclusion and exclusive use policy guarantees wedding parties the freedom to enjoy Kelmarsh Hall as if it were their own.” Guests are treated to a magnificent welcome in the Great Hall. With coral toned walls, a breathtaking gilt lantern and the entire space flooded with

natural light, this double height room offers the grandest, yet somehow, most intimate, of welcomes to your wedding guests. Whether you opt for roaring fires in the winter or drinks on the lawn in the summer this ‘heart of the home’ room guarantees a ‘wow’ your guests will not easily forget. The Yellow Room is a haven away from the hustle and bustle. A chance to reflect on the day and take stock. Prepare for your walk down the aisle in this room with comfy sofa, dressing table and mirror. Catch your breath for a moment’s private time away from your guests or simply enjoy the views whilst you step into your bridal gown. Saying ‘I Do’ in the Saloon means stepping into the grandeur of yesteryear. The high Georgian ceiling, striking cornicing and stunning view that stretches out across the garden and grounds to the lake below, via the floor to ceiling windows, promises to make the most important moment of your big day extra special. The Ballroom was designed for parties and to this day it holds true to its original purpose. Ladies of the house hosted stunning dinners, dances and soirees in this room. It seems fitting then that couples choosing Kelmarsh Hall for their special day are keeping the party atmosphere alive. Dine on fine food and toast your health, wealth and happiness in this stunning panelled room. After dinner the room is transformed into the perfect space for dancing the night away with your guests. The gardens at Kelmarsh Hall offer a stunning backdrop for your wedding photographs and a delightful location to entertain your guests. Host an elegant cocktail party al fresco or choose to lead your guests into the Walled Garden. You’ll find the outdoor space at Kelmarsh Hall as wonderful as the indoors. With their famous white cows and fine view overlooking the church, you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve somehow been transported straight into a painting by Constable. ‘Idyllic’ is a word that easily comes to mind when you visit Kelmarsh and it’s one of the reasons we are proud to add this truly fabulous venue to our portfolio. We have fallen in love with everything this venue has to offer today’s bride and groom and we just know, when you visit, you’ll love Kelmarsh too. Book a private viewing of this superb venue and meet the wedding team who love the house as much as the family who have lived here for generations. Make Kelmarsh Hall your home for the day. We’re fairly certain Nancy would say “paint your wedding the colour of happiness”. To book your private viewing call the Estate Office and speak to the wedding team on 01604 686543 or email

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Photoshoot Credits Creative Direction & Co-ordination: Buckinghams Photography: Sophie Morris at Buckinghams Venue: Kelmarsh Hall & Gardens, Northampton Florals & Bouquets: Hiden Floral Design Styling & Props, Cake Table, Beaded Backdrop & Chandelier, Festoon Lights and Mirrored Plinths available to hire from Nerissa Eve Weddings Hair & Make Up: Hannah Orton MUA Bridal Gowns & Accessories: Elizabeth Rose Bridal Wedding Cakes: My Little Cake Studio Macarons: Maison Des Macarons Macarons Florals: Julia Dilworth Florals Gloves: Cornelia James Jewellery & Accessories: Ivory & Co. Shrugs & Shoes: Bradgate Brides Model: Hayley at Model Students Lookbook Design & Publication: Buckinghams

Weddings at Kelmarsh Hall & Gardens 01604 686543

Licensed for Civil Ceremonies Saloon - 100 guests Ballroom - 120 guests Orangery - 40 guests Wedding Receptions Saloon - 70 guests Ballroom - 100 guests Evening Reception Ballroom - 170 guests Marquee Weddings available upon request For more information about working with #BWMcreative or submitting your portfolio for consideration call 01530 242860 Buckinghams Wedding Magazine Newtown Linford, Leicestershire LE6 0AF All rights reserved. Reproduction of this publication in full or in part is strictly forbidden. Information is correct at time of writing. Please check prices, capacities and availability with the venue and suppliers as these are subject to change. Buckinghams takes no responsibility for any loss, damage or injury, howsoever caused, by any business, individual, website, supplier or venue listed in this publication. We are in no way responsible for the acts, omissions or errors of third parties whomever they may be. Any contract for services or sales is made directly between you and your chosen supplier or venue and Buckinghams make no recommendations or claims regarding, but not limited to, fitness for purpose, reliability, quality of product and/or suitability of any venue or supplier for your wedding or event.

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