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Set within the enchanting Forest of Dean, Clearwell Castle is a historic wedding venue situated in Coleford, Gloucestershire. This multi-award-winning property stands proud within 20 acres of pristine grounds, providing an idyllic setting for a fairytale wedding. Dating back to the mid-15th century, the castle is a tasteful blend of modern flourishes and characterful architecture surrounded by stunning beauty. The site is brimming with possibilities, from al-fresco gatherings to majestic ceremonies down a 75-foot aisle, giving couples ample choice for staging their unique happily ever after.
Facilities and Capacity
Journeying up to Clearwell Castle, guests will be mesmerized by the striking tree-lined driveway that leads to an impressive Portcullis. Just beyond, the stately venue awaits, ready to open its doors and 15 luxury suites to the happy couple. Through the historic entrance lies the great hall, complete with an inviting log fire and plush sofas. Here, guests can enjoy welcome drinks before stepping into one of the castle's many event spaces. The spectacular Ballroom is the most prestigious with its leaded glass windows, golden aisle, and raised dais. Steeped in natural light, couples can exchange their vows surrounded by 150 friends and family. Alternatively, the Bandstand is a beautiful outdoor location that offers a picturesque castle backdrop for a truly distinguished ceremony. After the nuptials, the newlyweds can stroll to the nearby Croquet Lawn for an intimate photo session while guests enjoy some light entertainment. For the evening reception, the Vaulted Cellar Bar provides a contemporary setting to celebrate with up to 250 guests. The Ballroom can also be transformed into a lavish banqueting hall ideal for a wedding breakfast. In addition to the castle's bedrooms, The Wyndham offers a further 24 suites only a short walk away with bar facilities. 3 beautiful cottages lie within the glorious grounds and are ideal for the wedding party to stay ahead of the big day.
Clearwell Castle offers to-be-weds exclusive use of its grounds for a private wedding celebration. With their bespoke all-inclusive package, couples can enjoy the assistance of the venue's experienced wedding coordinator. This friendly professional can help with every facet of the venue design and set-up, including choosing the most suitable suppliers from their trusted selection. From photographers to firework specialists, couples can feel confident their day is in capable hands. Meanwhile, an onsite banqueting manager and elite culinary team are ready to wow guests with incredible bites and quality service. As part of their bespoke package, the newlyweds-to-be can also avail of finishing touches to enhance their day, including a prosecco stand, personalized cushions, an ice-cream tricycle, and much more.
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The perfect Wedding
Fairy-Tale Perfection: A Glowing Review for Clearwell Castle Wedding Venue
The Keeper's Cottage was such a gorgeous place to stay the night before, and me and my bridal party really enjoyed having the hot tub to relax before the big day. In the morning we were so glad we had booked Clearwell's recommended suppliers, as the hair and makeup team (Margot + Lace) and our photographer (Nick Murray) knew the venue inside and out, and everything went incredibly smoothly.
The ceremony in the ballroom was magical (and Sian helped us arrange having a friend "marry" us so we didn't need a registrar, which we really appreciated); the food, even though we hadn't tasted it previously, was so decadant, and easily the best wedding food we'd ever had; our 3-tier cheesecake cake, provided by Clearwell's chef, was stunning and so delicious; and the waitstaff, bar staff, and DJ were all so friendly and professional.
Sian was my rock all day, even rushing to write out placecards for the guests when I didn't have any. I didn't have to worry about a thing!
Our friends and family still can't stop talking about what a lovely time they had and neither can we. The rooms in the castle are also absolutely beautiful (especially the bridal suite with the jacuzzi bath!) and we're so glad our wedding party were able to stay right in the castle and have breakfast with us the next day (which was also excellent!)
I can't recommend Clearwell Castle enough for anybody planning their wedding. The fact that Clearwell can also provide so many additional services (for example, we opted for table decorations, candles and lanterns throughout the castle, iced buckets of beer in the main rooms, a candy cart, and lawn games) meant we had to worry about so much less leading up to the wedding. It couldn't have gone more perfectly. Thank you Sian and the Clearwell Castle team!
My wedding at Clearwell
We recently revisited the castle for dinner and it was just as amazing as it was 13yrs ago!! Beautiful place and amazing food and the team are fabulous.
An excellent Venue
Everything attended to perfectly from the champagne reception to the dinner provided for 130 guests which was excellent. Well done all the kitchen staff and waiters. You were amazing. The wedding planner was around for the whole event overseeing the whole process. A glorious day made the grounds look magnificent. We could not have had a better day at all. Couldnt fault it.
Fantastic Wedding venue
Tim and Dawids wedding
Our wedding coordinator Simon was amazing and we can’t thank him enough. My now husband had a very elaborate plan for the entrance and Simon followed what he wanted and smashed it out of the park.
I wish we could do it all again, we really had the most magical day.
I cannot reccommend Clearwell Castle enough!
Rude and unprofessional
Had my wedding on 26th August at Clearwell Castle and they day was to say the least a bit of a let down.
The wedding manager that we had, her name was Sian, was horrible to all my guests. Was rude to my husbands 80 year old Nan, rude to my Mum his mum and just genuinely all of my guests.
It all started when Sian didn't bother to come and get myself and my bridesmaids from the bridal cottage the day before. My hair lady had to run over and see if it was okay for us to go across. Then I specifically said my son needed feeding at 12 o'clock (he's only 1) and I gave her food to give to him and she wouldn't warm it up for my husband without making a deal about it. She then told my husband that he (MY 1 YEAR OLD) WAS GOING TO HAVE TO WAIT TO EAT...HE'S 1. She didn't go down to North Lodge to get my husband so the guests started arriving before he even did. Never told either of is how our day was meant to be going ahead. This issues carried on throughout the day. Then in the evening party 1 of my guests lost their shoes and she was rude to them.
The worst part was in the morning following the wedding, she decided to start slagging off myself and my guests in the kitchen so loud that everyone could hear her. At this point I was absolutely fuming at the situation and asked her if she though it was appropriate to do this. She then started SHOUTING IN THE FACES OF MY GUESTS.
We put money behind the bar but rather than telling all my guests there was money, they just allowed people to buy 20 pound drinks so they money didn't get shared around.
I was running around like an headless chicken on my wedding day and they genuinely think that it's acceptable for that to happen.
Just wanted to give people a heads up so someone else's day doesn't get overshadowed.
Mr & Mrs Coates - 14th August 2023
From the early planning stages to the final moments of the reception, your expertise and attention to detail were evident in every aspect of the event. The decorations were absolutely stunning, and the venue was transformed into a dreamlike setting. The floral arrangements were exquisite, and the lighting created a warm and inviting atmosphere. Every guest commented on how beautifully everything came together.
The professionalism and teamwork of your staff were exceptional. You handled every challenge with grace and made sure everything ran smoothly. Your ability to coordinate different elements of the event was truly impressive. It was clear that you all worked seamlessly together, and it made a significant impact on the overall experience.
Additionally, your warm and approachable demeanour made my entire guests feel comfortable and reassured throughout the entire process.
We are truly grateful for the countless hours and the passion you poured into making our wedding day unforgettable. Your dedication and hard work did not go unnoticed, and we couldn't have asked for a better team.
From Mr & Mrs Coates
14th August 2023
Perfect - Thank you so much!
It meant a huge amount to us to celebrate in the beautiful Forest of Dean, and our day surpassed our wildest hopes and dreams. It truly was more special than we could ever have imagined, and the castle and its fabulous staff had a huge part to play in that.
We loved how friendly and welcoming everyone was, right from the beginning, and how relaxed and understanding they were about little touches we hoped to incorporate.
Emily was wonderful at helping us plan; very efficient and her diligence made bringing our plans together as seamless and stress-free as possible.
Our wedding manager, Ann, was exceptional, and it felt like having a family member with us on the day. Ann is incredible; very friendly, professional, calm, organised, kind and the safest pair of hands. Ann blended perfectly into our day, making sure we were in the right places at all times, acting as a toast master, and taking care of all of the tiny details that made our day so special.
We really relaxed and fully enjoyed ourselves, as did our families, knowing everything was completely taken care of. We will never be able to thank her enough.
We really felt that the castle was our home for the day and cannot recommend it highly enough. It is such a beautiful venue on the inside and out, and the castle team are absolutely exceptional.
Do not hesitate to visit or book the castle for your own wedding. It truly is very special.
Fun, Love and Laughter
The team, brilliantly overseen by Ann, absolutely did make their Dream Wedding come true. Thank you so much to each and every one of them.
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