A ‘Home Tour’ of Shilstone Devon

Written by Emma Hla
Shilstone is a renowned luxury wedding venue nestled deep within the rolling South Devon countryside with over 500 acres of stunning estate land.

Often referred to by its guests as a secret hidden gem, Shilstone House sits majestically centre stage, overlooking views across the landscape and situated amongst beautifully kept gardens; with its collection of historical buildings, this stunning venue can cater exclusively to the needs of its wedding couples by offering an entirely bespoke, in-house package.

There are so many things to love about Shilstone. However, one of the main things aside from the elegant interiors, Shilstone boasts extensive manicured gardens ranging from wild, long grass flowering meadows to structured tree-lined pathways and an enchanting walled garden – home to the impressive Mughal Marquee for the Wedding Breakfast and further evening entertainment.

“Quite simply, our wedding day was phenomenal. Many of our guests said it was the best wedding they had been to. I think it was a combination of the magic that is Shilstone”. – Sharon & David.

This light, bright and spacious area has its own bar down one side with surrounding windows looking out onto the gardens. Couples are free to transform the marquee with the help of their florist to create a magical place for celebrations.

Shilstone is incredibly lucky to have its own onsite joinery business and highly-skilled tradesmen. Most notably, all the wooden panelling, arched cornice and joinery have been handcrafted by these talented individuals and finished in beautiful muted tones throughout the house.

One part of the house that never fails to take visitors’ breath away is the long iconic arched passageway through the centre of the house.

This is the perfect backdrop for Reception drinks and canapés, with its exquisite architectural details and muted Farrow & Ball interiors. After walking hand in hand through the passageway, married couples experience the seamless transition from confetti celebrations to the luxurious environment of a stately home to greet their loved ones. The house also benefits from a delightfully enclosed courtyard, with an idyllic spot for couples to take a much-needed quiet moment to themselves.

Shilstone has dedicated Wedding Coordinators who will ensure your dreams become a reality. From the initial planning stages to the execution of your big day, every detail is remembered – the Shilstone team are committed to delivering impeccable service so that your special day runs seamlessly and stress-free. As many of their past happy couples have shared in testimonials, the team are pleased to help you every step of the way and recommend suppliers that know Shilstone like the back of their hand. They will also guide you on food by recommending delicious options from their extensive menus created by highly trained in-house chefs who ensure food is perfectly served.

“We cannot comment enough on how beautiful the venue is; the accommodation, grounds and house are immaculate, and we are so happy to have had our special day at Shilstone.” – Evie & Sam.

With two civil ceremony spaces, couples can choose between an outdoor wedding in front of the impressive Shilstone House arched doorway or be romanced by the light-filled high, ceiling indoor rustic ceremony barn.

At the end of what will undoubtedly be a truly memorable day, Shilstone understands that a wedding is not just a day but an entire experience. The onsite wedding accommodation options ensure that their couples and close guests are treated comfortably and in style. From quirky shepherd huts to charming country cottages with luxurious features, Shilstone can provide a range of accommodations to cater to specific requirements. This means couples can relax and let their hair down, knowing they’ll have somewhere beautiful to retire to the night before and on the big day.

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