Salomons Estate is arguably the most beautiful wedding venue we have visited deep in the heart of the Kentish countryside, where golden sandstone buildings recall the entrepreneurial genius of the man who founded the London and Westminster Bank. Salomons Estate is proof of what is possible when money is no object, and you can have exclusive use of this on your wedding day.
Salomons Estate is off the A26 between Royal Tunbridge Wells to the south and Tonbridge to the north. Turn west at Southborough, and drive down Speldhurst Road past open fields. The first time we arrived we were gobsmacked by the awesome beauty of the gracious buildings, and the huge parkland setting. Truly, if you want a marriage in the grand English style then you will find it here.
Being a wealthy man, Sir David Solomons splurged on impressive reception rooms when he built his country house two centuries ago. Wedding parties of up to 100 guests have exclusive use of the entire Ground Floor of the mansion plus the terrace and the gardens. What’s more, you have the run of the entire place if you take up their Exclusive Use Wedding Package.
Parties of up to 200 guests can select either the Gold Room or Conservatory for their drinks reception, with the option of spilling out onto the terraces. Following that, they move to the historic Victorian Theatre for the celebratory reception. Larger groups of up to 500 persons may book the amazing marquee tent besides the lake, which has integral restrooms, kitchen facility and bar.
Salomons Estate is the perfect place to arrange a traditional Asian wedding. Nothing is too much trouble for the helpful staff, and they have licenses for traditional marriages and civil partnerships. What’s more, you have your personal wedding host, events steward and kitchen assistant at your beck and call as if you were the lord and lady of the estate.
They also offer an opportunity to renew your marriage vows in the company of family and friends. After that, you could retire to the Bar & Bistro for the breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea of your choice.
After all the talking we decided to try the Bistro menu for ourselves. We had another wedding venue to visit afterwards, so we settled for the smoked salmon salad with capers, olives, watercress & lime dressing starter that went down well with earl grey tea.
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