Fantastic service but.....
By jenny wilson, on 05 Dec 2018Date of Wedding - 01 Dec 2018
We had an amazing experience here. The staff were fantastic. Food was an excellent standard. The surroundings were spectacular. The only thing I would criticise was the lack of Christmas Decorations. As our wedding was in December I would have expected copious amounts of traditional decorations. There was a stunning tree in the entrance hall, and another tucked away under the stairs but really nothing else to write home about.
It certainly didn't ruin a marvellous day but I was just a bit surprised that a venue that would so perfectly lend itself to festive decoration was so neglected!
By Laura & James, on 26 Sep 2016Date of Wedding - 02 Aug 2015
We got married here in August 2015 and had the most magical wedding day. Nothing was too much trouble and they were all very helpful on the run up to the wedding, and during the wedding itself. Cannot recommend highly enough, if we were to do it all again, we would still pick Clearwell!
The most memorable weekend of our lives
By Brian Jones, on 17 Sep 2015
We married back in 2005 and it really was the venue of venues and something that has brought back smiles every time the wedding album comes out. The staff and the location really did make this the most memorable day of our lives. We loved the location so much that this year we moved lock stock and barrel to Clearwell. The Forest of Dean is such a magical place and this castle sits smack bang in the middle. Don't think twice if you are considering getting married here, its a fairy tale that you will never forget.
Belated review for brilliant venue!
By P&J, on 06 May 2015
Very high praise for Clearwell Castle and all their staff! We got married last summer and it was truly the most wonderful and magical day of our lives. During the whole planning process, Clearwell's events managers were always on hand to answer questions (by phone or email right away!) and they provided some great recommendations for suppliers in the area. Being from out of town that was extremely helpful! Special thanks to Janet from 'Emily Rose Cakes' and Amy from 'Lavender Blue Flowers', these ladies were amazing :) We were so pleased with our cake and flowers! We had beautiful flowers in the church, on the reception tables, on the cake, and the bouquets were simply stunning. The most heartfelt recommendations to all future brides and grooms for Clearwell Castle!
My only small negative is to be aware that if you have a large party, near the Castle's max capacity (160 people) for your wedding breakfast, there is bound to be delays. Despite their best efforts, it took the Castle staff much longer than expected to serve and clear all the tables. However, everyone enjoyed their food and front of house rolled with it when it came to getting the rest of the evening back on track, we never had to worry or get involved with anything on the day (which I think is the most important thing as newlyweds!)
Belated Review of our Magical Wedding!
By Samantha and Darrell Moss, on 12 Apr 2015
From the very first contact with Clearwell Castle we knew we had chosen the right venue for our Wedding. On visiting the castle for our planning meeting we were overwhelmed by the setting, the décor and the intimacy. Clearwell castle was perfect for us.
Planning was made so easy, Amy Teague talked us through everything and nothing was too much trouble. All staff at Clearwell were professional dedicated and passionate in their work, Fine details were the normal for them.
On the day everything ran like clockwork no fussing around just discreet professionalism, with the added bonus of “FUN” We had a magical day, it was the party we dreamed it would be our quests are all still talking about it.
Special thanks to Amy Teague, Alison Jopson and Emma Foster who made everything perfect.
Amy Barnes of Lavender’s Blue Floristry of Mitcheldean needs a special mention, the flowers were perfect, delivered on the day personally, even fixed the button holes on the jackets, now that is above and beyond, “Highly recommended”
Andrew Davis Photography, “Wow” how he captured our day can only be described as Magical,
This guy will even climb trees for the best shot, recommended without hesitation.
The best day ever in a perfect setting.
By Rowena Adams, on 11 Apr 2015
We got married at Clearwell Castle in November. It was a venue I had seen many years ago and when we went to view it, it was better than I remembered. Nichola, our co ordinator was brilliant, she made sure everything went perfectly. She organised us and nothing was too much trouble, she was with us every step of the day. Every member of the staff there was extremely helpful and made all of our family and friends feel very special. The food was amazing, most thought it was the best wedding food they had ever tasted. We used the castle's recommended florists Lavender Blue. Amy was excellent, I had no idea what I wanted in styles or which flowers to have so late in the year. She put together some beautiful arrangements, I even gave her carte Blanche to decorate my cake however she wanted and it was really lovely. She was really knowledgable and a delight to work with. I never appreciated how important it is to have the right people around you on the day - they were all fantastic. Thank you all.
A Stunning Venue
By Rowena Adams, on 10 Apr 2015
We got married at Clearwell in November, it was a perfect day. Everything was planned fantastically by Nichola, she was so good. She arranged everything, everyone there made sure all of our guests were looked after and made to feel welcome and very special. We used their recommend florist Lavender Blue who are local to the castle. Amy was amazing! I had no idea where to start and she had great ideas and did all of the flower beautifully. I trusted her so much I left her to decorate my cake with flowers, using her own creativity. We had the best day ever thanks to everyone involved.
By clare goodhind, on 10 Apr 2015
Everyone involved in the castle including lavendersblue florists, provided an incredibly stress free wedding experience. we went to clearwell twice before. I didn't meet the florist, just emailed her my colours gave dates, I was sent links to some ideas, we shared one or two emails and that was all I had to do. Last minute changes to volumes of button holes, corsages. Delivered to time, looked fresh and beautiful, lasted all day. food , great. Accommodating needs, great. highly recommend.
Just got married on Sunday 16th March
By Adel and Ian Duffield, on 20 Mar 2014
Just wanted to recommend Clearwell Castle and it's amazing team of staff. We got married on Sunday and arranged the whole day in less than 5 weeks from start to finish.
Every contact point with Clearwell has been exceptional. The team have been always there to help and offer advise. Nothing was ever sold to us and we were completely looked after.
The day itself was perfect! They even managed to sort the weather and we basked in 20 degree sunshine! The food was amazing the staff friendly and engaging and nothing was to much for any of them.
We would highly recommend the idyllic venue for its beauty and seclusion but more so we recommend the people that made the castle into our home for the day.
Adel and Ian Duffield
By Rhianydd and Paul, on 18 May 2011
We could not have chosen a more perfect venue or experience! All of our guests commented on how good the food was, it was perfectly done. Suzanne our Front of House Manager was especially good and made our day perfect! It was truly exceptional, well done to all involved.
By Vicky and Darren, on 18 May 2011
Vicky and I could not have asked for a better wedding and the Clearwell Castle team were fantastic!! I supply catering staff to a lot of companies so I understand the difficulties involved and you were faultless.
I just wanted to say thank you to Clearwell Castle for ensuring that we would never forget our special day.
Amazing Wedding Day
By Sarah and Paul, on 18 May 2011
We cant thank Clearwell Castle enough for giving us an amazing wedding day we will always remember, everything was perfect. The guests haven't stopped talking about how wonderful the day and venue was, how gorgeous the food tasted and those who stayed were totally blown away by the spectacular rooms in the castle.
Throughout the whole planning we always felt in very good hands and everyone did such a good job of organising everything.