Rachel Lawler takes a trip to this award-winning Alloa venue to discover its fairytale charm.
As fairytale wedding settings go, Inglewood House and Spa ticks all the boxes.
Twenty-five acres of land, including a secret enchanting woodland for wedding pictures? Tick. The most lavish of restored features for a grand and elegant celebration? Big tick. Dramatic staircase entrance for the bride, a la Cinderella? Tick, tick, tick!
AWARD WINNING WEDDING VENUE
My arrival at Inglewood couldn’t really have come at a better time. High on their win at the 2018 Scottish VOWS Awards (the venue was named the best in Stirling, Argyll, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs), there’s a welcoming and excitable buzz at this stunning Jacobean mansion house.
The Grand Hall, full of character and awe-inspiring architecture, forms the hub of Inglewood and is – not surprisingly – where most couples choose to have their ceremony (it holds up to 130 guests).
Of course, if you wish to opt for a different vibe for your I do’s, there’s also the light-filled conservatory, which has been transformed into a sleek and elegant backdrop for your nuptials and has space for up to 60 guests.
There are so many picturesque and cosy spots around the venue to discover on the big day, but for me it’s the Ballroom that really steals the show, with its twinkling fairylights and private bar.
We stay in the Paton Suite, a gorgeous and spacious setting, which was the original master bedroom of the house and maintains a regal feel but with a contemporary twist.
Highlights include the roll-top bath and the private balcony, which affords magnificent views out over the sprawling grounds.
We take the opportunity to enjoy a glass of prosecco and some chocolate dipped strawberries out on the pretty terrace, overlooking the sprawling grounds.
ALL IN THE DETAIL
Part of Inglewood’s charm lies in their attention to detail, from the new custom-built woodland pods where your nearest and dearest can stay, to the fact that the bride gets her very own suite, complete with an outdoor terrace and even a hair and make-up studio for getting ready on the big day!
This is not forgetting Inglewood’s on-site Lotus Spa, a haven of relaxation with a state-of-the-art thermal suite, hot tub and plenty of treatments to help you unwind from any wedding stress.
I indulge in a back, neck and shoulders massage, the perfect way to relax in the most tranquil of settings.
It’s the personal touches from the passionate staff that really make this venue an award-winner, right down to all of Inglewood’s culinary delights being made on-site using locally sourced ingredients.
One thing is for sure: you can truly see why Inglewood scooped their well-deserved award win!
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