New luxury bedrooms complete our wedding package
The bedrooms, which include standard rooms, junior suites, suites and one master suite, have been designed in keeping with the heritage of the castle. All bedrooms and en-suites are larger than average in size and boast a free-standing bath and separate walk-in shower. Some have dressing rooms and separate lounges, while many have stunning views across the castle parkland and serpentine lake.
With a nod to the castle’s 400-year old history, eight rooms are named after former residents, including Benjamin Hall, who is said to have been the inspiration behind the naming of ‘Big Ben’ at the Houses of Parliament. Two rooms are situated in the original castle turrets and another is housed in the space which was once the castle brewhouse, adding a sense of place for guests.
All 23 bedrooms, nine of which can be used as family rooms, have been created around the natural shape of the castle and, as a result, no two are the same. The 66 sq metre master Baronial Suite has two en-suite bedrooms attached to a central large dining room, which then steps up to the lounge area that commands views over the estate’s parkland.
Special care has been taken with the choice of furniture, colour schemes and soft furnishings, which help create a contemporary feel in a historical setting, together with exclusively made carpets, which complete the feeling of luxury.
Stephanie Metson, marketing manager, said: “Guests are an integral part of the wedding, so we know the addition of these beautiful rooms will be important to couples who want to hire a venue exclusively and have everyone celebrating together in one location.
“We have spent a lot of time, care and attention in creating something truly special that is both luxurious and sympathetic to the history of the castle, while encapsulating its magic.”
Since it opened in 2015, Hensol Castle has become a popular choice for weddings. Beyond the fact that it can be hired exclusively, it also provides a picturesque backdrop for photographs with its original features, serpentine lake and 650 acres of parkland.
Another feature of the castle, which is already proving popular, is the newly-opened craft gin distillery visitor experience. Located in the cellar of the castle, tours and gin tasting can be enjoyed by guests as part of the pre or post wedding celebrations.
Ms Metson continued: “Our newly opened gin visitor experience gives us an added string to our bow to attract the wedding market. As well as learning about the history of gin, guests can also distil their own bottle of gin to take away with them, which they create under the expert eye of our master distiller. Couples can also choose to have Hensol Castle gin miniatures as wedding favours, and let’s not forget the options for the bride and the hen party to enjoy a cocktail masterclass. It all adds a little something extra.”