Beautiful buildings, stunning grounds and less tied to a corporate umbrella brand – independent schools are proving themselves to be unique, individual and flexible wedding and event venues.

We visited Hampton Court House; an independent school in Surrey for a recent wedding venue search for one of our clients and thought that wouldn’t it be nice of us to share this wonderful venue with you! This is not to be confused with Hampton Court Palace across the road, which is a beautiful venue in its own right and part of Historic Royal Palaces.

View of Hampton Court House in the eveningHampton Court House, Surrey

At first glance this doesn’t look like your usual school, it’s a wonderful Georgian Mansion with stunning grounds overlooking Royal Bushy Park. Step inside and you will find a host of wonderful spaces suitable for weddings.

The main hall as you enter the building is stylish and grand, with high ceilings, views to the rear over Royal Bushy Park with handsome columns and an attractive balcony – we think this balcony would be perfect for a ‘Love Actually’ moment where a band pops up and starts singing after the wedding ceremony.

Main hall at Hampton Court House in SurreyFurther down the hallway, it is only a short walk through to the rest of the private event spaces. The wall displays showcasing the children’s school work were taken down when we visited in preparation for an event and unless you knew, you wouldn’t realise this is a school at all. The corridor leads past a piano into a beautiful conservatory with an abundance of natural light. This conservatory has so much potential and you really could create a magical atmosphere in this area which would be ideal for a drinks reception or dancing.

Conservatory at Hampton Court House in Surrey

The terrace in the evening at Hampton Court House, SurreyOutside there is a relaxed paved terrace with romantic walkways and a pretty garden surrounding the terrace full of lush greenery and established trees which would be lovely for summer drinks. In addition to this outside area there are also acres of private grounds including a heart shaped lake and a shell lined grotto, which lend themselves to to some spectacular wedding photographs.

Through the conservatory into the dining room, a warm space awaits you with high ceilings and again, plenty of natural light. This room would look fantastic in the evening, reflecting the glow of candlelights onto the glass roof. Hampton Court House do prefer you to use one of their recommended caterers for dining – these are caterers they know and trust and these are charged at reasonable rates.  You are free to supply your own alcohol here with no additional corkage charge which could mean some significant cost savings.

Dining room at Hampton Court House, Surrey

How much does it cost to hire Hampton Court House? Approximately £4,000 – £7,000 base cost for wedding hire 8am-midnight (and there is no VAT charged on top of this rate as this school is a registered charity)

Wedding Licence for Civil Ceremonies? Yes, for the main hall

Capacity? The venue can host weddings up to 150.

Location and transport options?  Hampton Court House is only 12 miles from London and South West Trains run trains from Hampton Court station to London Waterloo half hourly, taking approx. 35 minutes. There are buses every 15 minutes to Richmond and Kingston and taxi’s cost approx. £25.00 for the half hour journey to Heathrow Airport. This is a perfect location for those who have London or Surrey based guests or international wedding guests flying in.

Now we must mention Hampton Court House is only five minutes walk from us here at The Black Sheep Wedding Company HQ and how convenient if you need a wedding planner or stylist who is only minutes away from your venue!

We say – book as soon as you are able, there were only a couple of Friday/Saturdays left for 2017 when we visited, word is out and this stunning venue is unfortunately no longer a best kept secret!

The Black Sheep Wedding Company are creative wedding planners based near Hampton Court House in Surrey. If you need help with finding a unique wedding venue to suit you in London or Surrey or finding out more about our other wedding planning and styling services for your wedding day please find details here or contact us to arrange a free consultation. We promise you a wedding day that stands out in every field.

If you are an independent school or a unique wedding venue and would like to be considered for a feature in Flock to… please do get in touch.

All photographs on this post are courtesy of Hampton Court House.