Manor By The Lake
Manor By The Lake
tel:- +44 1242 542700
web address:- www.manorbythelake.co.uk/
Manor By The Lake :-
Venue type - Manor House
Number of function rooms available for weddings: 5
Function room names and capacities: Maximillian Room: Ceremony (80), Wedding Breakfast (60)
Lyderick Room: Ceremony (60), Wedding Breakfast (40)
Jazz Suite: Ceremony (60), Wedding Breakfast (32)
Marguerite Room: Ceremony (35), Wedding Breakfast (32)
Garden suitable for marquees: Yes
Local accommodation: Travel Lodge, Thistle Hotel
Choice of wedding breakfast menus - Yes
Alcohol License - Yes
Toastmaster Available - Yes
Entertainment Available - Yes
Dedicated wedding planner available - Yes
Licensed for Civil Ceremonies - Yes
Outdoor Fireworks Permitted - Yes
Dance Floor - Yes
Evening Reception Facilities - Yes
Car Parking Facilities - Yes
Entertainment is available: DJ
Wedding services provided: Dedicated wedding co-ordinator in the run up to and on the day of the wedding. We can cater for the whole day including a civil ceremony or just the reception.
Gardens or outside locations suitable for wedding photography: Beautiful formal gardens and woodlands surrounding the Manor. A lake with bridge across.
Verandes around the building - All ideal and picturesque settings for wedding photos.
Suitable locations inside the venue for wedding photography: Ornate woodwork, fireplaces and stained glass windows throughout the house.
Venue History: Arle Court was built between 1856-1858 by Thomas Packer Walter Butt on Grovefield, a 74 acre estate which was part of the small Manor of Redgrove. The architect's name - Thomas Penson of Chester and the date 1857, is on one of the stone shields on the tower -as are those of Thomas Packer Walter Butt and his wife, Eliza Lutener Butt and the symbols from their respective Coats of Arms.
Although Arle Court is only 150 year's old, no early documentation i.e.: architectural plans of building accounts have been found to date. Even more regrettable, there is no disclosure of the identity of the craftsmen responsible for the opulent interior. Penson, the architect had a drawing of Arle Court hung at the Royal Academy summer exhibition of 1857, but despite considerable research, this has not come to light.
The builder was Alderman George Parsonage, a native of Market Drayton, but five times Mayor of Cheltenham, who was a master builder of some repute. Sad to say, he does not seem to have received the recognition he deserves. It is only thanks to a report in the Cheltenham Examiner on the 4th February 1857 regarding a dinner provided by Thomas Packer Walter Butt for the builder and the 150 workers, on account of the building being roofed in, that we learn that the building work had already been in progress for eighteen months. This meal was held at the Beehive Inn, Montpellier and was one of several treats that had been enjoyed on several occasions. It was calculated that the house would be completed and ready to occupy after twelve months:
"When it will be a credit to all parties concerned. The new Mansion at Arle Court is a splendid specimen of the highly ornamented Elizabethan style and, when finished, it will be one of the largest and most attractive family residences in this part of the country."
The Grovefield Estate
Arle Court was the fourth dwelling on the site; the earliest recorded is a farmstead in 1737, followed by a more permanent farmhouse called Redgrove in the late 18th century, and a mansion called Grovefield in 1826-1830. The latter is believed to have been built by a Captain James Pritchit, who owned the estate from 1826. This house was up for auction in May of 1832 when it was described as 'newly built', but it did not attract a buyer and was on the market again in 1834 when Pritchit was described as an Insolvent Debtor.
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