As our epic hunt for our perfect wedding venue continued we took to the road once again to visit another possibility on our list; a venue I know and love having photographed it many times and one that offers quite a contrasting style to the recently visited Danby Castle. Scarborough’s Ox Pasture Hall is a beautiful country house hotel hidden amongst the beautiful woodland of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. It’s stunning location, 17-acre grounds, fantastic accommodation, award winning food and excellent reputation for beautiful weddings make it one of North Yorkshire’s most popular venues and one that we really wanted to explore further!
Technically (as Matt repeatedly reminded me as I suggested dragging him away from the nice warm fire to have a look) this was breaking my own rules. I always said I didn’t want to get married anywhere I had previously photographed a wedding, but Ox Pasture has always been one of my favourite venues and I just couldn’t rule it out! Fortunately for me I didn’t need to persuade my gormless groom to get off the sofa for a look round, he had already agreed to help me take part in the Ox Pasture Hall Wedding Fayre, the perfect opportunity to chat to wedding co-ordinator Lynsey about the various packages on offer!
The drive to Ox Pasture immediately demonstrates one of the reasons why it is such a popular venue. Sweeping through Raincliffe woods it feels like you’re miles from civilisation; an incredible secluded feeling considering that the hotel is only 2 miles from the centre of Scarborough!
After setting up our stall and whilst waiting for the Fayre to begin I took a wander around the Hotel to investigate the possibilities. One of the obvious advantages of being married at a hotel is that accommodation isn’t an issue with guests able to enjoy dancing and drinking late into the night before stumbling upstairs to their room! And when it’s a venue like Ox Pasture staying in luxury at the hotel is a real treat and makes it a great mini-holiday for anyone travelling from further afield. As well as providing the beautiful bridal suite free as part of their packages the venue also offers up to ten guest rooms at discounted rates, making it a particularly attractive proposition. The Lady Edith’s Bridal suite itself is a stunning room and ideal for those perfect getting ready photographs and is provided complimentary to the bride and groom after the wedding.
The whole place has a very homely ambience and a rustic charm about it. It maintains the classic country house feel with exposed beams, stone walls and open fireplaces. The bar area and restaurant are both impeccably decorated in keeping with the overall style, and with a wide selection of real ales on tap and award winning food it’s bound to be a popular area with the guests. The restaurant can also be separated out to provide a private area for smaller ceremonies and intimate wedding breakfasts.
Walking around the beautiful gardens and 17acre private landscape it really is an incredible setting. The gardens are perfect for summer drinks receptions and Ox Pasture also offers barbecue and hog roast packages as well as garden party style weddings.
The gardens are also licensed for the ceremony itself so you can be married in the most beautiful of natural settings. For the purposes of the wedding fayre a gorgeous horse and cart were offering tours of the grounds: an elegant way to arrive in style for your dream wedding.
For larger weddings the purpose built Dovecote suite is set apart from the rest of the hotel so you don’t need to worry about other hotel guests wandering in and can let the DJ get that bass pumping without shaking the walls of the whole hotel! The suite is fully licensed for civil ceremonies and can cater for large weddings and receptions of all styles and tastes. Doors to the back of the suite open out onto its own private garden area and it holds its own fully stocked bar and catering facilities. Lynsey and her staff work tirelessly to make sure the whole day goes off without a hitch and help every step along the way to accommodate each couples requirements.
Right now though our little corner of the suite seemed to be in use principally to accommodate a steadily emptying jar of complimentary York Place Studios mini-eggs and a guilty looking groom! It was time to get this show on the road! As the doors opened and people began to drift in it was clear how impressed the couples were with what they saw, and from the number of enquiries we received in the days afterwards it would appear that an awful lot of couples shared our views on this fantastic wedding venue.
Our search was beginning to prove fruitful and with two possibilities now firmly on our radar we were looking forward to seeing what the other venues on our list had in store for us! Well, actually I was looking forward to it, after talking about weddings all day Matt was largely looking forward to the large glass of whisky he had been eyeing up for the last 6 hours!
For more information on Ox Pasture Hall go to oxpasturehallhotel.com
OX PASTURE HALL QUICK FACTS:
Name: Ox Pasture Hall
Location: North Yorkshire Moors National Park
Marriage License? Yes
Catering for: Small family weddings in the restaurant and large weddings and receptions in the Dovecote Suite
Key Points: Country House Hotel
17 Acres of gardens and landscapes
Licensed for outdoor weddings as well as in the internal suites
On site accommodation
Packages inclusive of luxury Bridal Suite
Award winning food.