Back in December I received an email containing an offer I just couldn’t refuse. Wasing Park were holding a Winter Wonderland Showcase in January and I was invited to attend with my husband Joss, QUICK…book the babysitters in, QUICK, arrange the dog sitter. Sure enough it all went to plan and one very and I mean very cold Saturday we threw our bags in the back of the MINI and off we went.
I was thrilled to discover that the journey from here on the South Coast to Wasing Park was only an hour and a half but when we arrived we felt a million miles from home. The truly unique and slightly crazy Castle Barn was the first thing to catch our eyes, once a simple cattle barn someone a few hundred years ago decided to turn it into, well, a Castle Barn, and WOW, I can see why they did it, nobody else has one, that’s for sure.
Whilst we sipped Mulled Wine we were shown around the barn and the garden room, they were everything and more than I had imagined, and seen in the photos, no wonder couples fall in love with this place. All the staff at this glorious former working farm made us feel so welcome as did Vicky of MajorPR who arranged the visit for us.
The art work in the cosiest bar known to man was something to talk about, and apparently it is, a lot. I had to share with you this minx, I love her and reckon she sets the otherwise quite traditional looking bar area off beautifully. There was also a glorious oil painting of a family kitchen table including a Transformer Robot and a bottle of washing up liquid. My kind of details.
The in house caterers Galloping Gourmet ‘part of the Wasing family’, came up trumps (hmmm I feel I can’t use that word right now but you know what I mean right!?). Canapés to rival any I have tasted previously were served with warming red wine followed by the most succulent Beef Wellington, I wasn’t surprised to discover their talented chefs stem from a range of Michelin star and AA rosette restaurant backgrounds.
Unfortunately I had the most horrendous cold that weekend but the bath and the enormously high and cosy bed in our sumptuous room made me feel a whole lot better. One room that really has stuck in mind is the Dovecote, a circular bolthole with a triangle bed, once upon a time dove’s snuggled within these now Grade II listed walls. I’m guessing a few sessions of footsy have taken place in that bespoke and unusual bed!
Breakfast was, again, truly delicious, full English and the all important strong coffee. A swift and chilly walk to Wasing’s Walled Garden was just what we needed before heading home.
Wasing Park you were everything I imagined and more.
Lastly may I mention ‘Wasing Park’s Valentine Offer 2017!’
£1500 off the venue location fee on all remaining Thursday-Sundays in 2017 if the wedding is booked and confirmed before 1st April 2017.
£1000 off the venue location fee on all remaining Monday-Wednesdays in 2017 if the wedding is booked and confirmed before 1st April 2017.
*Offer not available on previously confirmed bookings, transfers of date or in conjunction with any other offer