My new wife and I were married here in October 2014. We wanted a venue that was beautiful, but that had plenty of character too. We had a look at several potential wedding venues across the North East, but stopped looking the second we stepped into Beamish Hall.
We fell in love with the hotel instantly. From the drive into the grounds, the stunning building and warm welcome were enough to make us think this was the right choice for our reception. As soon as we set foot in the Monboucher room we knew we'd found the perfect room too. (there are other rooms but the Monboucher oozes class, with its stunning fireplaces, wooded floor, it just seemed perfect!)
The hotel is situated in the countryside, but is only a 45 minute drive from where live on the coast so really accessible by car/bus/taxi. We almost feel like it is like escaping to paradise when driving into the grounds...
We were allocated a wedding planner (Vicky) who helped us along the way in the run up to our big day. We wanted to have a toy car in the room on the day, we wanted more guests on one of the tables than we should have had, nothing was a problem. Vicky kept things simple and asked for stuff when she needed it. We were a little picky with the things we wanted on the day in terms of decorating the room - in the end we took everything up and let Beamish dress the room as they are the experts - they did it superbly and everything looked just the way we had imagined it when we walked in. Nothing could have been better.
The day itself was magical. After the church service we were welcomed by Vicky at 2pm. As our guests mingled in the bar prior to the wedding breakfast we had our photographs taken in the breathtaking grounds of this stunning hotel. It was perfect. The canapes are the best I've had at a wedding (that is true, not just because it was my own!) and the mini burgers were my personal favourite - they are not so mini!
The master of ceremonies kept everything to time during the meal and speeches, and Matt, who was running the day, was EXCELLENT. The food came out piping hot and was absolutely delicious - we had lamb, and there were 90 of us! The food really is to die for, and we have been back several times since to both the hotel and the adjoining restaurant - it is that good!
The staff even helped keep me up to date with the football scores as I didn't have any mobile signal - very important if getting married on a Saturday!
The drinks at the bar were superb too, they have a wide selection on offer and even have their own beer, brewed at the micro-brewery on their grounds. This was a big hit with our guests.
The next day we enjoyed an extremely tasty breakfast, with a wide selection on the menu. Many of our guests stayed and people still mention the food to me now, especially the wedding meal and the breakfast the next day!.
All of our stuff had been put into a secure room and we had help packing up the cars. We didn't want to leave in the morning, so decided to stay for lunch, although the high ropes course (at Beamish Wild within the grounds) was a step too far with a slight hangover!
Our guests had the best time, and people are still talking about the day now.
The bridal suite was as beautiful as you'd imagine, right on the corner of the hotel. I would recommend encouraging your guests to stay over, as it was fantastic seeing all of our friends and family still enjoying themselves the day after.
For a wedding venue, this place is simply the best (in my opinion!)
We've since returned for a short break as mentioned and the service levels are no different, it is what sets Beamish Hall apart; well that and the food, and the building, and the grounds, and .....(you see where I'm going)
I'd recommend this place to any couple looking to get married, ans well as couples for a romantic break and families who are visiting the area (Beamish Museum is seconds away, and the Beamish Wild high ropes course is just behind the restaurant)
Thanks again to all staff at Beamish Hall, and we might see you again soon for our anniversary.
Dale and Alex Robinson less