It’s great to receive feedback from all our lovely couples who are getting married or have got married at The Pilgrims Rest. Most recently one of our Brides, Gemma who is getting married next December has written about her first impressions of The Pilgrims Rest. We loved it so much we thought we would share it on our website too.
Thank you, Gemma, for your kind words.
Wedding Venue Review - The Pilgrims Rest
June 7, 2018by Gemma Humphrey || www.gemmahumphrey.com
Have you ever just walked into a place and known, instantly, that it was going to be something special? I don't mean special as in impressive or unusual or remarkable. I'm talking about a feeling of rightness. Of knowing that a place will be part of your future and will mean something to you for the rest of your life.
That was what I felt as Andy and I walked through the door of The Pilgrims Rest in Battle.
I knew it was going to be good. The website and the photos we'd seen had done a good job of convincing us it was one of the better options we were considering, but we'd been burned before (Missed that post? Find it here!) and I held my breath as I walked through the door....
... and then let it out in a rush.
It was perfect. Magical. Every high-ceilinged, wooden-floored inch of it - and, after a moment of stunned (and relieved!) gazing about, I looked to Andy, and could see he felt the same way.
Let me talk you through it.
Once inside the entry, you step through another pretty wooden door into the Great Hall. This is where the ceremony will take place.
And what a Great Hall it is! (honestly? The photos don't do it justice).
Incredibly high ceilings, that beautifully aged wood, those hanging chandeliers - and look at those windows! (Andy LOVES the windows!)
There's a beautiful staircase on the opposite wall (that leads to a storeroom, so isn't usable, but it will look so pretty once decorated!) and did you check out that inglenook fireplace???
On a practical note (probably the only one you'll read here!) we'd been having trouble finding smaller venues, and The Pilgrims Rest is a really good size for us. Its capacity is only sixty guests, which is perfect since we plan on having a grand total of seventeen guests to our ceremony (as few as I could get away with given my general social awkwardness (Yes, I know they are my family and they won't care if I nervous-laugh my way through the vows. I care and it's MY DAY!!!)
OUR day. It's OUR day.
ANYWAY, back to the tour....
There are three doors leading out from the Great Hall. One leads to the courtyard garden, which I've not really paid attention to (since winter weddings and the great outdoors don't often play well together) Another leads to the dining Hall, the other to the Bar.
The dining hall is my favourite.
Then, as if ALL THAT wasn't enough, there is a private space upstairs for the bride and her party to get ready first thing. It has a bathroom, a little kitchen, a gorgeous dressing room with a vanity table and a huge, vintage mirror, and a beautiful little room with (yet another!) fireplace in it, perfect for those Bride-only shots before the Ceremony. (There are photos of these rooms, but since they all have brides in them, it feels a bit weird to use them. If you want to take a peek, you can via the Gallery on the website.)
Now tell me - don't you just love it? Isn't it the BEST WEDDING VENUE EVER CREATED?
Now, we really tried to play it cool when speaking to the (lovely and friendly) venue manager, Amy. We really did. But I'm pretty sure she knew we were sold.
We asked her to hold our preferred date just in case, and said we'd get back to her after we'd visited the four other venues we had booked in to visit...
...and then we left. Oddly quiet. Both excited, but unable to really voice how we felt.
It was only in the car on the way home that we finally admitted it. We didn't want to look at other venues. We didn't want to pretend to consider different options just because we felt we should.
We got home and immediately cancelled all the other viewings, and I emailed Amy to confirm our interest.
24 hours and a 50% deposit later, and The Pilgrims Rest was ours....!
Stay tuned for more wedding stuffs, coming soon! (I might manage to squeeze in some non-wedding related posts somewhere too!!)
To read more and follow Gemma’s wedding plans, check out her website at www.gemmahumphrey.com
If you, like Gemma are looking for that "something special" in your wedding venue then contact Amy and her team today on 07552873448 or email firstname.lastname@example.org arrange a viewing at The Pilgrims Rest.