Shuttleworth, located in Old Warden, is one of Bedfordshire’s best kept secrets. The venue offers three breath taking settings for your wedding – a magnificent house with period rooms, a romantic picturesque Swiss Garden and an aircraft hangar with a backdrop of historic aircraft vehicles.
Civil ceremonies and post-ceremony receptions are available all year round. Whether you are planning a wedding which is peaceful and intimate or formal and grand, Shuttleworth has a selection of exquisite spaces for every occasion.
The House was built by Joseph Shuttleworth who bought the Old Warden Estate in 1872 and commissioned Henry Clutton, the prominent Victorian architect, to design The House based on Gawthorpe Hall in Lancashire. Clutton designed the building in a Jacobean style and the 100 foot high clock tower has defined and distinguished The House for over a century. Gillows of Lancaster made many of the interior furnishings and there are several outstanding examples of 19th century paintings on the walls. The house is situated in 425 acres of beautiful parkland, providing stunning photographic opportunities.
Offering the ultimate convenience, The House has 15 en-suite bedrooms that can accommodate you and your guests. Located in a separate wing adjacent to the main house, the rooms are equipped with televisions, WiFi, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities. Breakfast can also be arranged for the following day.
Shuttleworth’s Hangar 3, located in the aerodrome, transforms to an attractive location for wedding receptions. Usually home to Richard Shuttleworth’s DH60X Moth and Comper Swift aircraft, the hangar is a firm favourite with aviation enthusiasts. The space is flexible enough to accommodate up to 100 seated guests, with room for a dance area and licenced bar.
The nine-acre Swiss Garden was created in the 1820s by Lord Ongley. It’s highly individual late Regency style sets it apart from other English gardens in this period of landscape design. By the 1870s, the Shuttleworth family owned the estate and embellished the garden with Victorian flourishes. Features include floral arches spanning lawns and a stately Broadwalk, serpentine paths, ponds with wrought iron bridges leading to a series of islands, an impressive Grotto & Fernery and the charming Swiss Cottage, both of which are licenced for wedding ceremonies. The garden’s charming style lends itself to many unique and beautiful photographic opportunities.
Bespoke packages are available, tailored to the size of your special occasion. Our dedicated and experienced wedding team can guide you smoothly through to your special day. They will be there with you at every step of the way, advising and supporting you to ensure that your day is exactly as you imagine. To discuss your dream day in more detail, please email or phone via the links provided.
Anna McLaughlin and Gavin Goodwin
26 May 2018
After 22 years together, an inbuilt aversion to “Big White Weddings” and the fuss and tension we expected would come with that sort of event, Gavin and I finally decided…
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