Bestwood Lodge is steeped in history and set in the magnificent acres of rambling parkland known as Bestwood Country Park. First mentioned in the Domesday Book, Bestwood Lodge was the preserve of King Henry I as a site for royal hunting. In 1683 King Charles II granted Bestwood Lodge to his son, the Duke of St Albans whose mother was the infamous Nell Gwynn. The Lodge, with its many unique features was designed in the Gothic style and completed in 1863.
At Bestwood Lodge you can be confident that planning for your special day will be handled in a friendly and positive manner by our dedicated wedding team.
In order to create your perfect day, we offer a number of versatile options, you can do as much or as little as you wish. We cater for all types of weddings, from sit down meals to buffets, lavish or informal. Your day can be tailored especially for you.
The Ballroom has a beautiful, early Victorian character interior. With high ceilings and large, elegantly draped windows, it is the perfect setting for your wedding and boasts incredible views over the beautiful parkland. The large terrace, which overlooks the country park, is an ideal setting for reception drinks and those all-important wedding photographs.
The Parkside Restaurant With its charming décor, unique hand painted ceiling and Gothic arches, the restaurant imbues a warm and elegant atmosphere. The Foyer Bar with its oak panelled walls and grand open log fire is ideal for receiving your guests.
The Gothic Chapel, with its oak panelled walls, vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and an enchanting minstrels’ gallery, is a unique venue for a civil ceremony or an intimate wedding reception.