If Mr. Darcy's Pemberley house always struck you as a perfect place for a wedding, look into renting this 28-bedroom English castle just two-and-a-half hours from London. Designed and constructed by Lady Elizabeth Wilbraham in 1671, art fans will appreciate the collection of tapestries, porcelain, and fine art as well as the over-the-top elegant interiors and meticulously maintained grounds. A full staff comes with the property, including private chefs who prepare breakfast and dinner daily.
Guest Activities: There's plenty of country fun to keep up to 52 guests busy. Set on over 1,000 acres, the property includes spots for fishing, ballooning, archery, and clay pigeon shooting. You can even try your hand at falconry. More pedestrian choices include days trips to local attractions like the Royal Doulton and Spode Visitor Centers. You can take a scenic ride aboard the famous Severn Valley Railway, then head to the pubs for a pint in the nearby towns of Chester and Shrewsbury. Or, just curl up with a book by the lake or in the Victorian Library, which offers a selection of over 3,000 volumes.
Wedding 411: Ceremonies can take place in several of the larger, more dramatic rooms of the house, while receptions are held in the Victorian-style orangery or the Italian Gardens. Customizable menus focus on traditional French and English country fare, served with a selection of wines provided by the property.
Fees: £3,000 facility fee, plus £230 per room and £145 guest fee. Includes place cards, personalized menus, table flowers, a champagne reception, and three-course breakfast for each guest.Courtesy of Unique Home Stays