Accustomed to hosting large crowds, hotels are ideal for wedding ceremonies and receptions – and for hotels themselves, weddings are great business. The important bit is choosing somewhere that meets all your needs – big or small, formal or rustic, historic or modern. From townhouse to country house, old coaching inn to stately home to Scottish castle, the Good Hotel Guide lists hun

BINGHAM HOTEL, RICHMOND-UPON-THAMES, SURREY

If Katherine Bradley and Edith Cooper were alive today, they could solemnise their “close marriage” at this boutique hotel beside the river – formerly two Georgian houses. The poets, aunt and niece and controversially lovers, lived here from 1899, wrote as Michael Field, and entertained such friends as Robert Browning and WB Yeats.

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GRAVETYE MANOR, EAST GRINSTEAD, SUSSEX

Ironmaster Richard Infield built this Elizabethan manor for his bride Katharine Compton – their initials are entwined over the doorway. Parties of up to 60 can have exclusive use of the hotel, for the ceremony in the sitting room and wedding breakfast in the oak-panelled dining room. The gardens, in a landscape of lakes and woodland, were designed by William Robinson, who lived here from 1884.

MIDDLETHORPE HALL, YORK, NORTH YORKSHIRE

Drawing inspiration from Wren’s remodelled Hampton Court, this William Mary House is cared for by the National Trust. Small ceremonies for up to 12 guests are held in the upstairs sitting room, approached by the grand staircase, with drinks served in the library and wedding breakfast in a private dining room. Or you can take over the whole place with 20 acres of parkland, a rose and lavender garden, white garden, walled garden and lake. Hire a marquee. Have a drinks reception in the 18th-century dovecote, a wedding breakfast for up to 56 in the Barlow Room, 50 yards from the main house. There’s a spa for a –pre-wedding pamper, a four-poster bedroom for the honeymoon night.

HOTEL TERRAVINA, NETLEY MARSH, HAMPSHIRE

In the romantic surroundings of the New Forest, Gérard and Nina Basset’s boutique hotel is perfect for smaller weddings. M Basset is an internationally acclaimed Master of Wine, so when guests toast the bride and groom it will be with something especially good. The private dining room is licensed for ceremonies, seats 36 guests, and has its own terrace. The hotel is available also for exclusive use. Southampton airport is close – but not too close.

BRIDGEHOUSE, BEAMINSTER, DORSET

In Thomas Hardy’s Wessex, here is a 16th-century former priest’s house with medieval stone heart, Georgian panelling and walled garden. It was space for up to 50 guests for wedding ceremonies, while the restaurant seats 80. Or you can hold the ceremony at Mapperton Gardens or Forde Abbey before returning to the hotel. Beaminster is ‘Emminster’ in Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles –not a recommendation for marriage, but don’t dwell on that!

NORTHCOTE MANOR, BURRINGTON, DEVON

Henry VIII once owned the manor of Northcote, on which this handsome 18th-century house stands. He was famously big on marriage, as the hotel is big on weddings. The house is beautifully situated in 25 acres with views of the River Taw. There are two ceremony rooms plus a Victorian-style summerhouse. They can cater for wedding parties of up to 120, and offer in-room pamper treatments for the big day.

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LEWTRENCHARD, LEWDOWN, DORSET

The marriage of the Rev Sabine Baring Gould and his young bride Grace Taylor, a mill hand’s daughter, was a happy one, producing 15 children. Gould is best known for penning Onward Christian Soldiers, but his apparently ancient stone-and-granite manor is his masterwork, completed in 1913. It has five rooms registered for wedding ceremonies. Choose the Gallery, with Jacobean architecture (max 54 guests), and bride and groom can descend the grand staircase. The Ballroom accommodates 100, the panelled Oak Room just 12. You might hire all 14 bedrooms (max 28 guests) and have a marquee on the lawn…

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