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Westenhanger Castle

Westenhanger Castle

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Westenhanger Castle

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  • Unique historic wedding venue in Kent
  • Splendid Tudor castle in lovely grounds
  • Once owned by Henry VIII and Elizabeth I
  • Georgian manor attached to castle ruins
  • Marquee receptions for up to 300 guests
  • Exclusive use of castle and grounds
  • Luxurious bridal suite
  • Outdoor ceremonies in beautiful gazebo

Westenhanger Castle is a marvellous fusion of over 5 centuries of history seen in its unique edifice, a Grade I-listed Georgian Manor House constructed to incorporate the remains of a late medieval castle. The striking building, surrounded by 14 acres of lush meadows dotted with medieval barns, is now an ancient monument, a superb backdrop for stunning romantic weddings.

The regal aura of Westenhanger Castle is unavoidable as you stroll around the grounds, and quite rightly so; both Henry VIII and Elizabeth I were once in ownership of the property. Given exclusive use of the grounds for a day, brides and grooms are welcome to share the noble legacy of the previous residents. The Castle and its grounds combine to offer the perfect location for your dream castle wedding

History

There is some evidence of Roman and Saxon occupation on the site of Westenhanger, but the defensive towers and high curtain wall were not built until around 1400, then reinforced to guard against an anticipated French attack in the 15th century.

In 1509 Sir Edward Poynings began to construct a new castle, which passed into the dynastic Tudor ownership of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary and Elizabeth I, who used it as a command centre for the troops of Kent who fought the Spanish Armada. In 1788 the Georgian manor house was built and adapted so as to incorporate part of the castle ruins, thereby creating the fantastic merging of history presented at Westenhanger today.

Facilities

Gazebo

For couples seeking a timelessly romantic outdoor ceremony in a breathtaking setting, the Gazebo is perfect. The gazebo is located on the main lawn and is constructed from a beautiful thatched oak frame. The magnificent Rosamond's tower stands proud in the background, making your wedding photographs truly stunning

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 120 Guests

Marquee

Grandeur is epitomised in the marquee, which features a starlight ceiling, sweeping drapes and chandeliers. Speakers and a staging area mean that it is fantastically facilitated whatever entertainment choice you make.

Wedding Breakfast Capacity - 200 Guests
Evening Reception Capacity - 300 Guests

Catering

The fantastic in-house chef can prepare and serve standard options or work with you to construct a bespoke, personalised menu for your wedding breakfast, evening buffet and canapés.

The enthusiastic and professional kitchen team use seasonal and local ingredients to produce food that not only looks like a masterpiece but tastes like little bites of heaven to!

Accommodation

Although the venue does not currently offer overnight facilities, there are plenty of hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs in the area. The site has good transport links to London via the M20, Folkestone or Dover for continental ferries and Ashford International for the Eurostar.

Wedding Brochure

To view this stunning venues full wedding brochure please click here.

Address
Westenhanger Castle
Stone Street
Westenhanger
Hythe
Kent
CT21 4HX

Reviews

  • Benjamin

    Stunning and hoping to have our wedding here. *Update we are booking here! Nowhere else we visited compared. The beautiful house and gardens coupled with the amazing staff had no rival. Genuinely looking forward to working with them to plan the big day

  • Mr and Mrs Barton

    We had the most amazing wedding day at Westenhanger. The team are amazing! Our day was perfect from start to finish. Thank you so much.

  • Karen and Barry Browne

    We had the most amazing wedding of our dreams at Westenhanger Castle. It’s the most perfect setting. Charlotte, Mike, Liz and all the team were brilliant. Nothing was too much trouble. Thank you all for helping us have the most perfect day.

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