Find Out All About Getting Wed at The Pear Tree in Purton, Wiltshire
I do love a wedding venue with a bit of history and a pretty backdrop and The Pear Tree at Purton in Wiltshire definitely doesn’t disappoint. As a local-ish venue to me (it’s within easy reach of Bristol AND London), I wanted to share this exquisite country house hotel with you today to inspire you if you’re still searching for your wedding venue. Read on to find out a little bit more about The Pear Tree Purton!
About The Pear Tree, Purton
So named for the pear tree standing in the middle of the courtyard, The Pear Tree is a grand hotel on the fringes of the Cotswolds and just minutes from Swindon. It’s surrounded by stunning gardens on pretty much all sides and it even has its own vineyard for a little taste of France, maybe?
The building has stood since the 17th century making it more than 400 years old. It started out as Purton’s vicarage and, in the early 1900s, it was actually moved, brick by brick from its location next to the parish church to a spot about 400 yards away. It’s built from that gorgeous Cotswold honey stone, which is well-recognised in this part of the world for its unique colour. Truth is, it’s super pretty!
When the building started to fall into ruin, a family bought and rescued it, restoring it to the beautiful building it is today. The house stands in around 7 acres of land, meaning there are a lot of places to wander and roam (which means lots of photo opportunities, of course!).
Getting Married at The Pear Tree, Purton
This venue offers so many options when it comes to planning your wedding day. For winter weddings or those days when the British weather is just not cooperating, the Blossom room is where your ceremony will happen. A stunning, light and bright room with a beautiful ceiling and chandeliers, you couldn’t ask for a prettier backdrop to exchange your vows.
But if outdoors is more your thing (and the weather is complying!) then there’s the Garden Pavilion with its ornate gazebo and pretty surroundings instead.
One of the newest additions to the building is the Orangery and the stunning staircase that leads out into the garden. The stairs are a great spot for a big group shot with all your guests, but it’s also THE place to make your grand entrance if you’re getting married outside. How about that for wowing your guests?
It’s worth mentioning, too, that the venue does allow confetti but do check with them first in case there are any specific requirements about what type to use.
But before the ceremony, there’s obviously the prep! The Pear Tree, Purton has really thought of everything with the purpose-designed dressing rooms they have on site. They’re equipped with floor-length mirrors and illuminated dressing tables and there’s plenty of space for relaxing while you’re waiting to have your hair and makeup done. It’s also cleverly hidden away so that your guests won’t be able to see you so you can completely relax with a glass of something fizzy in the lead-up to that big moment.
After the I do’s, it’s time to meet and greet your guests, and enjoy a drink and some canapes, of course! The venue has a lovely terrace that’s perfect for this part of the day, and the gardens are easily accessible, with lots of lovely spots for your formal portraits. And when your guests are done being photographed, there’s an outdoor bar to keep them busy while we whisk off into the woods and around the grounds for some photos of the two of you.
Dinner & Speeches
The Orangery is where everyone heads for food and those all-important speeches. With room for up to 150 guests, it’s a good-sized room, and it’s surrounded by stunning gardens on three sides, so everyone gets a lovely view from where they’re sitting
The building itself is worth a mention here too. With its high ceilings and harbour views, it’s a space that’s chock full of personality. And the round window is quite the feature too.
Honestly, there’s so much to love about this venue. I’ll be here all day telling you how much I love it! Needless to say, I am already looking forward to my next wedding there, whenever that will be.
And when food and formalities are done, it’s time to get the party started, right? The Bartlett Lounge is where you’ll go to dance the night away, and it’s also served by a separate bar. There’s plenty of room on the dancefloor for all your guests but if some want to retire to somewhere a little quieter, they can duck out to the Library to sit and chat with friends and family.
The venue even has an outdoor kitchen and pizza oven for a more casual evening food experience!
And, given that The Pear Tree is a hotel, there are plenty of luxurious bedrooms, including a stunning honeymoon suite so you won’t have far to stagger to bed once all the celebrating is over. And there’s room for family and friends to stay too!
This really is one of those venues that has it all and, as you can see from the photos, it’s so stunning and makes the perfect backdrop for any couple wanting a bright, contemporary feel to their big day, with some pretty and historical elements thrown in for good measure.
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