Priory House fits the bill as a quirky wedding venue
10:30am Sun Jan 01, 2017
 
Priory House, Long Bennington, owner Carole Lee in The Garden Room.
Priory House, Long Bennington, owner Carole Lee in The Garden Room.
With hundreds of different wedding venues available couples may find it hard to find something that stands out from the crowd.
Lin and Craig Rushworth recently married at Priory House, wearing scarlet and tweed respectively.
Lin and Craig Rushworth recently married at Priory House, wearing scarlet and tweed respectively.
Fitting the bill for a more quirky option is Priory House, Long Bennington, home of fashion designer Carole Lee and her husband, Roger Lee, a sculptor.

Their Grade II listed Georgian home, Priory House, which boasts an Elizabethan brewhouse, is set in 1½ acres of gardens and is described as a visual feast.

It is beautiful and eclectic — definitely not the place for minimalists.

The windows have cascading gold curtains, there are crystal chandeliers, and the rooms are packed with antique furniture and gilded mirrors.

Couples can get married in The Princess Royal room (named after Princess Anne’s visit to Carole Lee Designs in 1989) which is full of pale pink and cream furniture with gold encrusted curtains or The Garden Room with ivory silk drapes.

Carole said they had decided to use their home for weddings about nine years ago.

“It is totally different to other wedding venues,” she said.

Priory House is set in 1½ acres.
Priory House is set in 1½ acres.
“It is more like a museum full of exotic eccentricities.”

She said over the years they had had artists and musicians and it appealed to anyone wanting something different from the usual hotel or venue.

Lin and Craig Rushworth recently held their wedding celebrations there and said they could not have asked for anywhere better.

They invited 40 guests to join them for a day to remember.

Lin, a former art and drama teacher, said they searched the internet for somewhere unusual and, after seeing pictures of Priory House, felt it was perfect.

“I didn’t want anything run-of-the-mill. That would not have suited us at all,” she said.

Lin married in scarlet, while Craig chose tweed.

They had a ribbon ceremony where friends were invited to use different coloured ribbons, each with a special meaning, to bind the couple’s hands together.

The couple said their aim was to have a wedding that was not boring and an occasion that everyone could be involved with and enjoy.

Lin said Carole and Roger made them feel very welcome.

More information is available at www.prioryweddings.co.uk

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