“ Address: Fanhams Hall Hotel Fanhams Hall Road Ware Hertfordshire SG12 7PZ „
Back in the gorgeous autumn of 2007 I said I do to my lovely husband in the beautiful surrounding of Fanhams Hall Hotel. Well, to be correct we actually had our ceremony in a church but the reception or wedding breakfast as it was known was held here. Although my personal experience is a few years old I have been to a few friends weddings since here so have sent he new refurbishments they have done and feel confident that I can give it a good review.
Fanhams Hall Hotel is located in Ware, Hertfordshire which is very close to the A1M. We basically found it by doing a search for wedding venues on the internet in our surrounding area and I'm so happy we did as it really is absolutely stunning. The Hall is a listed Jacobean building and is beautiful from every corner. The hall is set in 27 acres of beautiful grounds too so the perfect location for wedding photos. The Hotel is now part of EH hotels and offers not only weddings but conference rooms, meeting rooms, bedrooms and parties all under one roof.
We had quite a few meetings here with a dedicated wedding co-ordinator before the wedding and I have to say everything ran smoothly on the day thankfully. When we first arrived we were greeted with a Pimms and appetisers reception and the guest carried on eating whilst my husband and I went to have our photos taken. As I said there are 27 acres here and some beautiful formal gardens too. At the back of the hall is a formal garden with sculptured hedges, rows of plants all in a uniform row and immaculate grass. This is housed behind some beautiful old gate and behind this is the Chinese section of the garden. There is a beautiful curved red bridge that we have some wonderful photos on as well as an old pegoda. As it was autumn time the colours in the garden were spectacular, the trees were golden, red and brown with green still visible and really made for some amazing photos.
The wedding breakfast was held in a beautiful old room with space for about 100 people all sitting on round tables. There was a stunning fire place in the middle of the room and a balcony over one end of the room which the photographer was able to go up on to get some great shots of the disco. The food was stunning, we chose it in advance, the safe option of chicken and a cheesecake for dessert but it was presented and served well and tasted yummy. We had a buffet int he evening too which included things like sandwiches, hot appetisers, mini desserts and cake etc. The bar was located outside this room and in the more modern part of the hotel which was an extension to the original Jacobean building. It was a well built extension but not in keeping with the Jacobean style unfortunately but this did not take away from the romance of the day. The bar stayed open until after midnight which was great. THis was an expensive venue, I think we paid about £750 - £1,000 to reserve the room and then food was probably in the £3000+ region but it was well worth it in my opinion.
As well as the big function room we also had access to a number of smaller room that guests could go and sit in if they wanted to. These were all in the Jacobean style too with beautiful furnishings, large arms chairs, wooden window benches and it was nice that there were different places we could go.
One reason for choosing this particular venue was the fact that it is also a hotel so not only could we have a wedding party our guests could stay the night too which most of them did as some came from far away and some had had way too much to drink to even think about going home. The booking process was easy, guests just had to mention that they were coming to a wedding and they got 10% off. We got our room for "free" as we were the bride and groom. Rooms were in the £100 region which I don't think is too and for a venue like this. The rooms have been updated and refurbished as of 2010 into more modern looking rooms but still in keeping with the surrounding hotel. There were two bridal suites if I remember rightly and both were rather large with big four poster beds, the perfect room for our first night as a married couple and for the question that everyone asks.......yes we did!!
In the morning we met all of our guests in the new portion of the hotel for a buffet breakfast that came with the room price. This was a hot and cold buffet and it was really nice to see all the guests and talk about the night before although a couple of them didn't make it due to hangovers and that being the weekend of the time change!
For any Eastenders fans, this was the hotel where the ill-fated wedding of Phil and Stella took place where Phil finally finds out that Stella had been abusing his son Ben and he pushes her off the roof. This was about the same time as our wedding so it was very funny to watch and the hotel actually had photos on the walls of the filming that had taken place.
I had such an amazing day and night here and would definitely recommend this hotel for a function.