Hedsor House a magnificent venue for any occasion.
Steeped in history, Hedsor House, once the home of royalty, is set in 85 acres of stunning parkland just 15 minutes from Heathrow and 30 minutes from London. Situated at Taplow, Buckinghamshire, in a picturesque location overlooking the River Thames, privately owned Hedsor House provides a magnificent backdrop for a wide range of events, exhibitions, parties, weddings and product launches.
History of Hedsor House
Quintessentially English, Hedsor House was the home of Augusta the Dowager Princess of Wales, mother of King George III and founder of Kew Gardens. Originally designed by Sir William Chambers, architect of Somerset House, the house is set in parkland that has been enjoyed by royalty dating back to 1166. King George III and Queen Charlotte helped design the house and chose the location of the house in its marvellous setting high above the River Thames because of its stunning views. Queen Victoria was a regular visitor from Windsor Castle a century later with historic diary entries of the Royal children playing croquet on Hedsor’s lawns.
The house was rebuilt in 1868 and unusually modelled in the Italian villa style. It featured an all-new domed Grand Hall rather than the traditional open courtyard which set it apart from the grand manors of the time. This stunning domed hall is the focal point of Hedsor House to this day. A family home until the 1950s, Hedsor House was then leased out as a US Air Force secret communications base in the Cold War, then an international computer company’s headquarters and finally returning to the family in 2003.
Given as a wedding gift to Phillip and Florence Shephard in 1932 by Phillip Shephard’s parents, Hedsor House has remained in the Shephard family for four generations. Today it is run by Nick, Mark and Hamish Shephard, whose father was born in the house and the grandsons of Phillip Shephard, as an award-winning venue for weddings, events and filming.
The family lived in Hedsor House until 1952 when they moved to another home on the estate where they still live today. After its time as the company Headquarters, the main house once again came back to the Shephard family who have renovated and transformed it into the magnificent venue it is today.
Hedsor House hosted 65 weddings last year as well as many events, team building days and country pursuits, all enjoying the privacy and exclusivity along with an array of superb facilities. The extensive grounds and sumptuous settings are perfect for occasions all sizes.
Hedsor House and Grounds
Hedsor House has been immaculately restored to its former glory and features an array of grand spaces from the majestic Ballroom, the domed Grand Hall with gallery, Library, Boudoir, Sunken Garden and countless other spaces many completed with oak panelling and stunning chandeliers.
The house is set in 85 acres of parkland estate with breath-taking views across the stunning landscaped gardens and the Thames Valley beyond. Fields of daffodils, bluebells and rhododendrons cover the grounds in the spring and honey collected there is served at Heston Blumenthal’s acclaimed restaurant The Fat Duck.
Filming at Hedsor House
In a few short years Hedsor House has become one of the UK’s most prestigious film locations hosting some of the world’s biggest stars. Captured on camera the house and grounds are every bit as magnificent as they are in real life. The house featured as Nicole Kidman’s home in the box office hit The Golden Compass. It also provided scenes for the BBC’s Sense and Sensibility and the Ricky Gervais comedy Life’s Too Short with Sting.
Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut Quartet which will be released in January 2013 has been filmed virtually entirely within the house and grounds. A summerhouse built especially for the movie has been retained and is now frequently used by wedding parties.
No challenge is too daunting for the Hedsor House team. During filming of Quartet, the full set had to be de-rigged eight times to accommodate 24 other events taking place while the movie was being shot. Among them was a charity festival created by the Shephard family to support the East Africa Famine with 1,000 guests mingling with huge prop rhinos and dinosaurs. Just 24 hours later the dinosaurs were history and a croquet scene for Quartet was being filmed on the very same lawn!
With 100 rooms creating 43,000 square feet of usable space Hedsor House is ideal as a film location. Filming is available inside and outside the property and in the surrounding 85 acre parkland.
Award-winning wedding venue
Hedsor House is a dream setting for a wedding and has won a host of awards and accolades over the past few years. The house and its 85 acres of parkland create a magical environment for a marriage ceremony.
Intimate 60-guest ceremonies can be hosted in the Grand Hall or a 140-guest wedding breakfast can be staged in the Ballroom with its French doors opening onto the garden.
For couples wanting to invite larger numbers, a marquee can be set up in the gardens for up to 1500 people. From the moment a bride leaves Hedsor House’s majestic Bridal Suite to descend the Grand Staircase past 12-foot high portraits of Hedsor House’s former royal guests she will feel like a true princess.
65 weddings were held at the house last year with some choosing dancing in the Grand Hall, others held a fireworks extravaganza on the lawns or simply relaxed in the Sunken Garden. Asian and Jewish weddings have become a speciality – from glittering gold Mandaps in the Grand Hall to brilliant white Chuppahs on the lawns, Hedsor House is an extremely versatile venue.
Events, product launches, team building and country pursuits
Hedsor House is a venue that offers privacy and exclusivity along with an array of superb facilities. The extensive grounds and sumptuous settings are perfect for occasions of all sizes. There are eight meeting rooms with natural daylight and far-reaching views. The air-conditioned Ballroom can seat 140 or 180 theatre style and has French doors opening onto the gardens. The impressive galleried Grand Hall can host private dinners for up to 140 people or intimate weddings for 60. Cocktail parties for up to 400 can be staged and the grounds provide a stunning setting for marquees. The house provides a fabulous setting for seasonal events including Christmas parties and summer BBQs and family fun days in the garden.
The historic park of Hedsor House provides an ideal backdrop for a vast array of team building activities and country pursuits. Whether treasure-hunting through the Oaken Grove, medieval cannon firing on the sweeping lawns or orienteering down the historic Rhododendron walks, Hedsor House provides your own country estate to explore and enjoy.
It boasts 85 acres of parkland with 15 acres of flat ground perfect for light motorised activities including karts and hovercraft. The rooms in the main house ideal for indoor activities whilst the private estate offering complete privacy for larger events.
Hedsor House in 2012 - 2013
Although proud of its 800 history, today’s owners of Hedsor House are equally delighted that it has found an exciting role in the modern world.
DJ Mark Ronson raved about the venue after holding his 33rd birthday party there and the video of ‘Down’ by singer Jay Sean which was filmed at the house has been viewed over 140 million times on YouTube.
The house has hosted events for some of the world’s most prestigious companies and the enthusiasm of the management team to constantly break new ground with the historic property knows no bounds
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