Elmore Court - Romantic & Eco Friendly
This 750-year-old Grade II* listed home of the Guise family is nestled in a beautiful rural village between the Cotswolds and Bristol. An ancient historical home with views of the River Severn, which has been renovated into a self-sustainable state-of-the-art wedding venue with a biomass heating system and naturally built rammed earth wall super ‘marquee’, the Gillyflower.
It was 1262 when the family Guise was first granted the Elmore Estate by nobleman John de Burgh with the rent being a nominal ‘clove of Gillyflower’ each year. The current Guise’s, Anselm and Sarah, have taken their combined 35 years experience in music and events and turned Elmore into something that makes the best of their skills and passions whilst maintaining tradition and keeping the ancient history alive. The house was built as a functional homestead for family use and the entertaining of guests. Everybody who has come to stay in the house has felt the unique warmth and energy of the building. Many have commented on there being a certain magic about the place when it's being used for bringing people together; although, this allure can be partially attributed to the kind and welcoming natures of Anselm and Sarah.
There are four stunning ceremony and reception areas in the main house, the primary one being the Hall – the heart of the house, and an ideal location for a wedding ceremony. The Drawing Room, The Morning Room and The Porch (the front steps of the house useable for an outdoor ceremony) are also licensed ceremony areas.
For accommodation, there are 9 rooms all with their own unique character. These include the oak-panelled Master Suite with a Caesar size bed; en-suite facilities and a double bedroom attached which can also be used as a bridal dressing room. There are 7 more bedrooms including the eautiful Oak Room with its 350-year-old 4-poster bed and freestanding copper bath. Every room has been carefully modernized, then individually styled and redecorated by Sarah and Anselm to maintain the traditional feel of the house and inspire guests with their inventive attention to detail. The total sleeping capacity is 22 persons, with the option of supplementary single beds being added. All rooms include a carefully selected all-you-can-eat breakfast menu; consisting of the classic full English alongside yoghurts, mueslis, cereals, fruits and pastries. Everything is high quality, free range and locally sourced as far as possible.
An environmentally sustainable ethos is the foundation of operations at Elmore. The Gillyflower reception venue has been built with rammed earth and timber from the estate, and a newly installed biomass boiler heats both the house and the Gillyflower, using wood from the estate. In-house catering is an exceptional offer, with food being sourced locally as well as from the kitchen garden. There is also a “grow-to-order” option if you book well in advance.
Photography in the Gallery courtesy of Rob Tarren, Jason Ingram, Martin Dabek and Philip Volkers.