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Forest of Arden Hotel and Country Club

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Forest of Arden Hotel and Country Club

The Forest of Arden is just four miles from Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre, yet set in rolling parkland within golf courses and peaceful lakes. It has in-house catering facilities and talented event planners - and everything else you need to turn a wedding celebration or a keynote conference into an event on the social calendar.
It was so easy to find we did not even bother to turn the satnav on. We left the N6 at Packlington Lane, travelled south though farmland and then followed Maxstoke Lane to our destination. We doubt there is a mother-in-law on earth who would fail to be impressed by the grand entrance and fine facilities, not to mention masses of parking right outside the door. We were pleased to learn that they have a variety of eighteen different venues to suit all requirements from intimate suite to a 350-seater conference, and also a marquee.


The Forest of Arden Hotel and Country Club is a grand establishment with hospitable people and a warm heart. They allow service animals for people with disabilities, and have accessible guest rooms with wider openings. Be aware that this is a no-smoking establishment unless you step outside into the garden. There are also lovely walks that you can take across the golf courses to the lakes.
They claim to have the perfect wedding setting. We would add that this is within an elegant, extended country home in scenery that borders on the idyllic. They have many special touches like an outdoor barbeque open from April to October. We liked that. Who wants to sit inside when there is the twilight and the stars above to greet you, and your newly-married partner by your side.


The Forest of Arden accommodates wedding parties from 50 to 250 guests in their Arden, Woodlands, Aylseford and Packington Suites. You can book these on a self-catering basis and make your own arrangements. If you prefer an ‘all-in’ wedding package, they can lay the whole thing on for you, even down to the civil marriage officer.
By now, we were feeling distinctly peckish. The Oaks Grill and Bar looked a little posh for lunch so we headed for the Zest Restaurant on the terrace. We found the artichoke, pine nut and grilled vegetable salad with sweet balsamic delicious, and the views divine.

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