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.
Reviews for Bestwood Lodge
Recommended by 100% of couples
Wallis Lowe · Married on 30/03/2019
Just wanted to say a massive thank you for everything you did for our perfect wedding day I was truly amazing and all the staff were lovely and helpful xxSent on 01/04/2019
Mr and Mrs Walters · Married on 09/02/2019
We just wanted to say a big thank you for our amazing day, all the staff were amazing and the food was heavenly.Sent on 12/02/2019
The rooms were beautiful, the decorations were spectacular and the DJ rocked. Even when the wind brought a tree down you had everything in hand, the day ran so smoothly and for us it was completely stress free.
Thank you for making our day one that we will remember not only for our wedding but surprising our daughter with a cake for her 13th.
We will definitely recommend your hotel to anyone that would like to hold and event for any reason.
We’ve attached some photos that our guests took and when we have access to the other photos we’ll send you some more.
With the most sincere thanks
Mr & Mrs Walters
Mae Morton · Married on 22/12/2018
I got married here on 22nd December 2018. Myself and the wedding party stayed the night before the wedding and the night of the wedding. All of our rooms were lovely and I had a complimentary upgrade which was a nice touch, the breakfast too was delicious. All the way through the planning of our wedding we were treated incredibly well and all members of staff were friendly and approachable. I would like to take the time to specifically mention Jodie who helped me organise the day all the way through, nothing was too much trouble. Stephen, Simon and Tanya – you are all lovely people and made sure the day went so smoothly – thank you. The bar staff at night time too!! Our day was perfect and you all played a part in that. I would highly recommend having your wedding at Bestwood Lodge as the ‘All Inclusive’ aspect took so much stress out of the planning. The day was incredible and the photographs we have of the spectacular views and the hotel itself are just perfect. Will definitely be coming here as much as we can, the food is lovely. Don’t expect a super modern hotel, with its Victorian feel and beautiful grounds this hotel is so much more and the most perfectly romantic place to get married. Just wish we could do it all again. Thank you again to all at Bestwood Lodge.Sent on 07/02/2019