Venues St Paul's Walden Bury
St Paul's Walden Bury
  • Beautiful Grade II*-listed stately home
  • Licensed for civil ceremonies
  • Grade I-listed gardens, covering 50 acres
  • Classical garden temples also licensed
  • Idyllically set in Hertfordshire countryside
  • Receptions hosted in marquee in garden
  • External caterers of your choice
  • Receptions for up to 700 guests

This beautiful Grade II*-listed stately home with Grade I-listed landscaped gardens is situated in the Hertfordshire countryside, and was the childhood home of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, the Queen Mother. The magnificent grounds feature classical temples, statues, lake and ponds so typical of the early Georgian period, covering 50 acres.

The 18th-century mansion has beautiful rooms suitable for a civil ceremony. Two of the ornamental temples in the garden also have a civil ceremony licence, so you can exchange your vows in the lovely grounds. Receptions at St Pauls Walden Bury are hosted in a marquee, for either small or larger parties of up to 700 guests.

History

The impressive stately home is famous for being Elizabeth the Queen Mother's childhood home, and the background to her acceptance of the marriage proposal of Prince Albert (later to reign as King George VI). The house was constructed in the early 18th century for Edward Gilbert, since when it has been the country home of the Bowes-Lyon family.

Facilities

St Paul's Walden Bury is available for civil ceremonies in the house or in the grounds, or for marquee receptions, or both.

There is a licence for civil ceremonies in five locations: in the Green Drawing Room, the Red Drawing Room and the Adam Hall in the house, as well as two of the temples in the garden.

The maximum number in the house for a wedding ceremony is 50, but this can be extended to include guests outside opened French windows, who would be sheltered under an awning and fully included in the ceremony. The maximum number inside either temple is 24 with others outside.

Civil ceremony capacity - In the house: 50 guests extendable
Garden temples - 24 guests inside, more outside

Marquee Reception

For your reception you are invited to hire a marquee, choosing one of several sites in the garden, also to select your own caterers. All sizes of party can be held, from small gatherings right up to 700 guests. There is ample parking.

Marquee reception capacity - 700 guests

Accommodation

There is no accommodation available on site; however, plenty of hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses will be found in the local area.

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St Paul's Walden Bury
Hitchin
Hertfordshire
SG4 8BP
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