Swynford Manor swaps hotel guests for wedding parties in venue turnaround

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A former country hotel in Cambridgeshire is bidding to find its feet as a national wedding venue, after being transformed since its acquisition in 2015.

Swynford Manor, which is the former country retreat of one of Britain’s most famous 19th century poets Lord Bryon, fell into administration last year but has now been restored to its former glory overseen by its manager Angela Ashman.

Since its soft launch, bookings in the late summer of 2016 have exceeded targets by 50 per cent, with a large proportion of brides travelling from London and further north from the likes of Leeds.

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Set in seven acres, the manor house includes 13 bedrooms, and several event rooms, the largest having capacity for around 150 seated guests.

Swynford Manor features the Byron Bar, in addition to a Victorian saloon bar with an 19th century belt-propelled ceiling fan.

Wedding parties can have exclusive use over the entire venue for 24–48 hour periods, with the on-site chef and kitchen team catering to all.

In October 2016, Swynford Manor hosted its first wedding fair which also attracted many wedding suppliers and new brides from across East Anglia.

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