Today I get to spend some time at one of my favourite Derbyshire wedding venues. I first encountered the delightful Stancliffe Hall around 10 years ago when I exhibited at a wedding fair they were hosting. A lot has happened during those ten years, including a brief hiatus from events, but Stancliffe Hall is now back and as glorious as ever! I caught up with events director Victoria Pym as we discussed all things Stancliffe.
Tell us who you are and what do you offer?
Stancliffe Hall is a Grade II listed family home located on the edge of the Peak District. We have 9 contemporary bedrooms to offer in the main house itself with an additional cottage which sleeps up to 10 guests a mere stone’s throw away. Stancliffe is licensed to hold Civil ceremonies, Wedding breakfasts, Corporate functions, Parties and other event you can imagine!
We also have a stunning Spa Sanctuary complete with swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi & steam room. And if that wasn’t enough…we are a photographers dream with over 50 acres of parkland to enjoy at your leisure.
Are you a venue only or do you offer a full planning service?
We have a number of recommended suppliers who we have worked with repeatedly in the past (including you Looch!) We will always recommend these suppliers to our couples if they are looking for something in particular. Because we have a wealth of experience working with these suppliers, we know how they work and how it compliments and enhances the overall day. However, our Events Coordinator is always on hand throughout the whole process even down to the final touches on the tables the morning of the big day.
It really is up to our client as to how much involvement they would like our Events Coordinator to have in the planning stages. We are led by you!
What is it about Stancliffe Hall that sets you apart from other venues in the area?
We have been running events here for years and our wonderful guests always tell us the same things: That because the Hall is family run the whole experience provided is very personal and this emanates through all of our staff. No job is too much.
We often get told that “Traditional meets Contemporary” at Stancliffe. Everybody assumes that as we are very traditional from the exterior our interior will match. However, this could not be further from the truth. Our interiors are extremely contemporary, with something to excite everybody’s tastes who visits us. We hope that everybody who visits us has that WOW factor to take home.
Another factor that helps us to stand out is exclusivity. We only hold only a select number of events per year and therefore that gives Stancliffe ‘time to breath’. Your privacy of course, is very serious also. Many locals dont even know not where we are and your privacy is very important. We are set away within the Derbyshire Dales along a private driveway and want your guests to arrive at Stancliffe and be blown away immediately!
Once here, you can take your time and relax. We certainly wont be counting the minutes to kicking you out as soon as you have had your breakfast. If you wish to make a weekend of your celebrations then we are all for it. You really can hire Stancliffe Hall for as long as you like. We are your “home from home”.
What are your top 3 tips for a successful wedding day?
I always like to take as much stress away from my brides on their big day however, I think that is so important on both the week leading up to the wedding day and the morning of, to accept help from others. Do not try and take everything on as you will only end up feeling exhausted. When you do finally stop which will be the morning of your wedding. Accept that other people want to help and just say thank you.
Some of my couples may have been planning their big days for up to 3 years in advance. I always say to them on the day try and take every moment in. Enjoy being surrounded by your loved ones. But I always suggest to take ten minutes out. Take a few moments to enjoy that feeling of being newly married.
Very importantly ‘Breathe!’ Emotions are naturally running high so make sure to take moments to breathe throughout the day. (we always find a glass of champagne also helps with this!)
What’s next for Stancliffe Hall?
We have a range of different events coming up including Open Gardens, Halloween Balls and Christmas Galas. It is set to be an exciting few months ahead here at Stancliffe. We’re also very keen next year to increase our outdoor events. So if you have an unusual idea, then please do get in touch.
As a family, music is a large part of our lives and we feel that Derbyshire is crying out for live music events. Evenings with live music being played, accompanied by a glass of something bubbly. Maybe even some cheese and meat platters and a great atmosphere. What could be better?
To learn more about Stancliffe Hall and their fabulous events please visit their website here. You can also call Victoria direct on 01629 736956.