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On since 2021

Last update: July 2024

Merrydale Manor is a luxury country estate and wedding venue located in the heart of Knutsford, Cheshire, offering a private and picturesque environment for your celebration. This venue is ideal for discerning couples seeking an opulent celebration in the countryside. This stately manor can provide a lavish backdrop for your memorable momentous occasion.

A country estate… all to yourself

Merrydale Manor is only ever hired on an exclusive basis, so you and your guests have the entire estate to yourselves. The estate comprises of a grand sweeping driveway that leads you through luscious parkland and manicured gardens. There is an exquisite manor house and a serene lake, providing the perfect views when you’re saying ‘I do’ or to look over as you sip on a celebratory drink!

Picture perfect Manor House and splendid Merrydale Suite

Merrydale Manor is the former home of Michael, Suzanne Irlam and their daughter Hattie and has been extensively renovated. Not only does it provides the perfect backdrop for pictures, but you can also spend the night in this opulent Manor House & Courtyard bedrooms.

In the purpose-built Merrydale suite and bar you can raise a toast, dine on delectable dishes or simply dance the night away. This contemporary space maximises views of the courtyard gardens at the back and over to the tranquil lake at the front.

Equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and luxe interiors, you can’t fail to be impressed!

Services Offered

The dedicated team at Merrydale Manor would love to welcome you to their excellent venue. To-be-weds can host their entire day here, from the pre-marital preparations to the very last dance. On average, the weddings we host are between 40-180 guests, we can cater for both larger weddings and more intimate weddings. The professional wedding planners will be on hand to help coordinate your day, ensuring everything runs smoothly.

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Stately home
Outdoor license

Ceremony options:

Chapel or temple on-site
Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Alcohol licence
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Entertainment licence
Evening reception facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:

Health suite

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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Reviews for Merrydale Manor

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Shelley S. Sent on 18/03/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Exceptional venue Exceptional service!

From the moment we set eyes on Merrydale we fell in love with how beautiful the venue is, with its beautiful long driveway leading to the Manor House and the elegant horse statue, the lake with the jetty and fountain, and seperate ceremony room with a backdrop to die for! The windows in the ceremony room let all the natural light through to make the most beautiful light for your photos 😍 the Manor House itself is just spectacular in every single room with everything you would need if you choose to stay, and clean….!!! Wow there isn’t a spec of dust or dirt in the whole place!! The bridal prep area again is just stunning and all that light!! There’s also a great area for the guys to get ready and relax, play games and enjoy themselves pre wedding.

Our Wedding was the best day of our lives and I can honestly say most of this is down to Merrydale!
Not just the venue itself but for the service you get, it’s absolutely the best you could get anywhere in the world! From the very beginning Robyn showed us around and she was like talking to your maid of honour, she had my back, she knew my vision and I felt like she would make it happen, she went above and beyond to offer us our dream wedding! Throughout our lead up we dealt with most of the staff there including the owner and I have to say everyone is the same, just incredible, every last one of the team from the owner to the cleaners, just brilliant people who make you feel so special, On our Wedding Sam was assigned to be our wedding coordinator and from the moment we arrived the night before she was again fantastic, she knows weddings inside out and we felt instantly more relaxed, she dealt with everything from hanging my dress to unpacking our food and drinks, helping with our favours, sorting the suits, timing the music perfectly, sorting my dress so it was perfect for down the isle, even putting Alistair’s glasses next to his speech!… literally everything!
I can honestly say everything (apart from weather, but that really didn’t matter at all) was absolutely PERFECT, seamless, the day was like a dream! Better than we ever could have imagined… we are just sad we can’t do it again :(
Anyone looking at Merrydale don’t hesitate, you will not find a better venue with better people, I’d give Merrydale 100 stars if I could! Thank you to all the Team ❤️
Beth G. Sent on 18/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The most perfect wedding day!

We got married at Merrydale Manor in July 2023 and there are so many positive things I have to say about this venue and the team that work there. The venue itself is simply stunning - the grounds, the ceremony room, the reception room, the bedrooms, are all immaculate and it's the perfect mix of modern, stylish and elegant. For us, we knew we wouldn't find a more perfect venue for our wedding day and did not hesitate in booking our date. From open evening to when we were leaving the morning after, everything was flawless. The team were friendly, polite, helpful and accommodating, as you might expect, but what stood out for us was that even though they host weddings for countless couples, they still made us feel special - they're true professionals! The day flew by but it was an absolute dream and I'm so thankful to everyone at Merrydale for making our special day everything we'd hoped and dreamed of!
Kerry J. Sent on 08/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Stunning venue

We loved every part of having our wedding reception at Merrydale! The staff during the pre planning were a dream to work with, making everything easy and no stress.
The venue itself is stunning, the grounds are beautiful and the house is very well thought out. The bar area is spacious and modern, the breakfast/party room works really well and having the ‘keys’ to the house to stay over afterwards with guests was fantastic.
All the staff throughout the day were so lovely and friendly.
We got so many comments about what a fabulous venue it was!
Emily S. Sent on 13/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Our Fairytale Unfolded at Merrydale Manor

We are overflowing with gratitude, we find ourselves somewhat speechless, yet bursting to express our heartfelt thanks to the entire team at Merrydale Manor.

Each moment of our wedding day was not merely facilitated but was meticulously crafted into an experience beyond our wildest imaginations. From start to finish, we were enveloped in what felt like a royal enchantment, ensuring every instant was exceptionally special. The venue didn’t just host our day; it elevated it with a sublime atmosphere, where our guests also felt revered and utterly taken by the spectacular setting and your caring, attentive team.

It’s a profound honor to have held our wedding at Merrydale, and every second will be cherished in our memories eternally. For your dedication and exceeding every expectation: a monumental thank you.
Sophie H. Sent on 30/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Our dream wedding at the dreamiest venue!

We don’t have the words to describe just how wonderful and perfect our day was. From the moment each of us arrived we were taken care of and everything ran so smoothly throughout the day.
We’ve had a tonne of compliments from our guests about the staff at Merrydale and the venue itself. Everyone was made to feel so welcome and looked after. Our day was unforgettable! Merrydale really is a venue of dreams. I wish we could do it all over again!
Tsitsi Sent on 23/09/2023
4.4 out of 5 rating

We had a beautiful wedding.

Our wedding was a beautiful day. Merrydale Manor is a beautiful venue and the staff really out did themselves on the day and worked very hard. It is a day that we will remember forever. Our guests enjoyed every bit of it and we loved every moment. Our wedding coordinator on the day was Sam and she did a wonderful job. She made us feel like royalty.

There was only one issue. The tables were not arranged the way we had agreed. The tables that were meant to be facing the top table, were facing the window instead, but this didn't ruin the day. I definitely recommend Merrydale Manor.

I would say that the only thing that disappointed me was that Merrydale Manor did not share any photos of our wedding, even though they seem to share all the weddings they have.
Sian K. Sent on 28/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

An absolute dream wedding venue!

I cannot recommend Merrydale Manor enough, the whole team are so friendly, helpful & responsive. They truly helped making the process stress-free. We will be forever grateful to have hosted our wedding here. A special thank you to Nikita, Robyn & our Toastmaster Jason for ensuring everything was perfect on our big day!
Natalie C. Sent on 12/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Our wedding @ Merrydale Manor🥂

We recently got married here at Merrydale Manor and it was THE most incredible day of our lives! From the moment I arrived the night before the wedding I felt all the stress just leave my body as the team took everything out of my hands. Everything ran so smoothly and I cannot thank the team at Merrydale enough for everything they did! Everything about it just felt magical! Thank you to every one at Merrydale for making our day so magical we definitely will never forget it! X
Nicolas Sent on 31/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Magical Memories at Merrydale Manor

Our wedding day at Merrydale Manor was a dream come true. In particular, we want to thank the amazing coordination led by Nikita, Sarah and their team for their dedication, commitment, care, and attention to detail.

From our very first visit to Merrydale Manor, we fell in love with the venue. A guided tour by the owner, Michael Irlam, provided us with a glimpse into the passion and care that has gone into creating this beautiful, intimate setting. The attention to detail and the intimate ambiance of the manor and its grounds were precisely what we were seeking for our wedding day.

Throughout the planning process, Nikita was incredibly attentive and responsive. Every email and phone call was promptly answered, and our visits to the venue were always met with warmth and enthusiasm. Their level of care and professionalism made us feel confident that our wedding day would be perfect in every way.

Merrydale Manor's picturesque countryside setting provided the ideal backdrop for our international guests from India and Canada to bond and truly feel like one big family. The end-to-end wedding experience was seamlessly coordinated, allowing our guests to fully immerse themselves in the joy and love of our special day.

The entire team at Merrydale Manor went above and beyond to ensure that our wedding day was nothing short of magical. We are forever grateful for their tireless efforts and unyielding passion for creating unforgettable memories.

We wholeheartedly recommend Merrydale Manor to any couple seeking an intimate, complete wedding experience in a cozy countryside setting. The unparalleled service, breathtaking surroundings, and exceptional coordination make it the perfect venue for a truly memorable wedding day.

Natasha & Nicolas
Mairead M. Sent on 30/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect from start to finish!

From the moment we were driving in we knew it would be the perfect wedding venue for us, You cant help but notice the beautifully kept grounds and gardens - the attention to detail is carried throughout the whole venue with its clean and modern feel.

The bridal prep room is a huge part of the morning for a bride and her bridesmaids and for me was one of the details I was looking for when searching for the perfect wedding venue. Not only does Merrydale have the most amazing room for the bride on the morning, it also had a Grooms room! A really nice touch and again really set it aside from all other venues we had viewed!

Michael - (the owner himself) showed us around and this really made us feel confident that it was a well loved family run venue.
We loved it so much we chose a date and booked it there and then with no hesitation!

Nikita was my point of contact ahead of the day and made it very easy for me throughout the planning process. Always so attentive to any questions I had getting back to me very quickly!

All the staff were brilliant on the wedding day, Sam and Margaret were also on hand alongside Nikita to ensure everything was perfect for us on the day (and it really was) I cant thank all the ladies enough, they truly went above and beyond for us!
We loved everything about it, everyone made sure we had the perfect day!

Jennifer C. Sent on 23/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Just the best in the business , pristine , modern and exceptional service

From the beginning of planning our wedding to the day it finally came , nothing was too much trouble. Attention to detail , lots of meetings leading up to the day to ensure the plan was exactly how we wanted it. Always pristine fantastic team of people and great accommodation for guests. Nothing negative to say only that we wish we could do it all again 😆💕.
Emma Sent on 01/03/2022
5 out of 5 rating

10 outta 10

Brilliant, made everything stress free. Very relaxed staff made our day perfect
Abigail C. Sent on 30/05/2024
5 out of 5 rating

The best venue around!

Everything at Merrydale was seamless from start to finish. Everyone we dealt with during the lead up to our wedding and on the day could not have been more helpful and accommodating. The staff service is second to none. The layout of the venue is absolutely perfect with minimal moving around for guests throughout the day as well as being absolutely stunning.
Muna Sent on 20/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Just wow!! The most amazing team in the most beautiful venue

We got married here in March 2024 and if there’s one thing I can say about Merrydale it’s they are absolute professionals (almost military!) at what they do. This team is INCREDIBLE. The amount of questions I had in the year or 2 before our wedding day, and how professional and swiftly they were answered by Nikita and the team was so reassuring. I’ve honestly never dealt with a more professional team in my life and although I knew I could trust them, I still had those bridal nerves on the wedding morning that something could go wrong. I had so much going on in the day, and I felt I had so many requests that I gave to the team that I wanted to be implemented that I was convinced something would slip, but wow - the day went so smoothly. Seeing the team with their walkie talkies making sure everything needed to be where it should have been (including me and my bridesmaids!) was amazing. I wish I could do it all again, Sam and the team made the whole day run so smoothly and absolutely nothing went wrong. They’re amazing - I couldn’t recommend this venue enough. Especially if you’re a worrier like me! Thank you so much guys xx
Emma W. Sent on 26/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Our fairytale wedding ✨

There really are no words to describe just how perfect our wedding day was. I had always dreamt of a fairytale wedding and Merrydale Manor really was the perfect venue to give us that and more!

From the moment we stepped foot in the venue on our viewing, right up until the very end of our wedding day, the team were absolutely incredible. Nothing was too big of an ask and they really did take away some of the stresses of planning a wedding.

After our wedding last year, and even to this day, we’ve had so many compliments from our guests about the venue, the grounds and the staff at Merrydale. Everyone was made to feel so welcome from the minute they arrived and it really couldn’t have been any more of a perfect day!

Merrydale Manor really is a venue of dreams! I wish we could relive our day everyday…
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16 Jul
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July Open Evening, Tuesday 16th July. Appointment times between 4 pm and 8 pm.

By appointment only by email or by phone.

Date: From 16/07/2024 to 16/07/2024 Schedule 16:00 - 20:00
Place: Chelford Lane, Knutsford, Cheshire
20 Aug
Open Door

August Open Evening, Tuesday 20th August. Appointment times between 4 pm and 8 pm.

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Date: From 20/08/2024 to 20/08/2024 Schedule 16:00 - 20:00
Place: Chelford Lane, Knutsford, Cheshire
21 Aug
Open Door

August Open Evening - Wednesday 21st August. Appointment times between 4 pm and 8 pm.

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Date: From 21/08/2024 to 21/08/2024 Schedule 16:00 - 20:00
Place: Chelford Lane, Knutsford, Cheshire


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