Located in rural Leicestershire, close to Oakham and Melton Mowbray, Halstead House is the perfect venue for a romantic and rustic English country wedding. Halstead House caters for receptions, civil ceremonies or both. There is a cottage onsite that can be hired and is suitable for up to eight people. The venue is family owned which injects a real personal touch to your day, not to mention the increased opportunity to be more flexible with your requirements.
Halstead House is located about five hundred yards from a main village road therefore it can be a bit tricky to find in the dark. On the plus side, you do have a private and exclusive venue without passing traffic or noise disruptions. As you arrive at the venue there is a large car parking area on the right hand side, suitable for approximately thirty cars. The cottage is located on the left hand side and overlooks the car park as well as miles of rolling hills and a large public fishing lake.
Heading from the car park towards the venue, you amble through a woodland type pathway which is very picturesque, particularly when candlelit in the winter. The fishing lake is still to your right hand side and Halstead House is emerging directly in front of you. There is a generous amount of rustic signage around the grounds to locate a wedding party.
As you pass Halstead House you are faced with a variety of interesting and beautiful converted farm buildings. There is a wonderful courtyard area with seating and outside amenities, ideal for a summer wedding with a garden party theme. The courtyard is directly outside and accessible from the quail shed, which is a beautifully intimate barn building aimed at smaller ceremonies.
The quail shed is divided into two rooms. There is a fully functioning bar and reception area leading onto the ceremony room which comfortably seats sixty guests. The building is very rustic and cosy with beautiful exposed beams and indescribable views of the countryside. There are two main exits; one leads onto a patio garden with seating and extensive views overlooking the lake. The other exit is a wonderful barn door that opens out onto the farm. A short walk from this exit will get you to the opera barn which is typically used as a reception room.
The opera barn is deceivingly large and would easily cater for one hundred plus seated guests. The barn is tucked away and located via a sheltered outhouse (fantastic picture opportunities) with a magnificent old fashioned barn door to gain access. As you open the barn door you are lead down a small ramp. There is a simple yet sophisticated bar area to the right and a partition wall in front. In order to view the barn in its entirety you need to pass the partition wall, this then provides the ‘wow factor’ as you view the entire room. At the back of the barn there is a large patio door which opens directly onto the farmyard and the rolling countryside view. The entire opera barn has exposed beams, rustic brickwork and original door fittings as well as an abundance of fairy lights which look remarkably stunning when lit in the evening.
Netty is the onsite wedding coordinator and she is simply fabulous. She has impeccable understanding of what a bride requires and knows when she is needed or when she’s having too much involvement. The catering option is in-house only however this is not a negative as the food is gorgeous and many products are locally sourced. There are a variety of attractive menu options however if you want something that is not offered, simply ask and they will attempt to cater to your every need – and in my experience, at no extra cost!
Penelope x x