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On since 2021

Last update: May 2024

Discover an elegant luxury wedding and events venue set in beautiful surroundings

A true hidden gem hosting unique unforgettable experiences.

Shortmead is one of Bedfordshires best kept secrets and the perfect venue for your wedding or function. The elegant manor house is set in 24 acres of grounds with its origins dating from the 16th century and provides an idyllic setting for your whole day

Located in Biggleswade in the Bedfordshire region of England, Shortmead is a stately home that makes a fantastic wedding venue. Set on 24 acres of picturesque and tranquil countryside, this manor offers a private and peaceful setting for celebrations.

With onsite accommodation come and view our stunning Cottage and Cabin

Shortmead House has amazing transport links from the surrounding counties and London. Just a few minutes off the A1 and within easy reach of the towns train station,

We offer personal and exclusive weddings at Shortmead, with indoor and outdoor spaces all year round. Couples can opt to enjoy the classic surroundings with minimal decor, or can get creative and really make this space their own. From pool parties with destination vibes, to classic and elegant affairs, Shortmead is truly unique. We believe our stunning gardens need to be seen to be believed, get in touch today and arrange to come and see for yourself

Many thanks,

Esmé and Lee

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Stately home
Outdoor license

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Marquee available
Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities
Outdoor fireworks permitted

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:

Swimming pool

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Changing room for wedding guests
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Reviews for Shortmead

4.7 out of 5 rating
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95% recommend it
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Jenna Sent on 02/04/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect place to get married

We got married at Shortmead House in September this year. Everyone commented on how beautiful the venue was - and it is. It is perfect. Our wedding was intimate and so much fun. One thing that it is difficult to describe in words is the ambience and atmosphere of Shortmead; it is relaxed, yet formal and if you are looking for an outdoor summer wedding, Shortmead House has everything you need. And if you are worried about the weather - dont! It rained on our wedding day but Ian and the team swung into action and made sure that it really didnt matter at all!

The thatch is a wonderful place to tie the knot and the honeymoon suite is a beautiful, beautiful room and a perfect place to wake up for your first morning as husband and wife. 10/10 for the breakfast too. We hired the cottage for the bridal party and I would recommend doing this too - it is very convenient and great value.
Mrs M. Sent on 15/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect !!!!

Shortmead house is stunning. We hired shortmead for my daughters wedding. Not only is the house and marquee visually beautiful but so are it's surroundings. Lee and all involved in making the day perfect went above and beyond, attention to detail was much appreciated.
A fairytale place perfect for any wedding or special occasion.
Rak Sent on 15/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A beautiful place for an amazing day! And the best hosts!

We got married at Shortmead House in June 2022. The site is beautiful, a stately house, with beautiful grounds. The owners, Ian and Marilyn are lovely!

It took 3 attempts for us to get married.

On the first occasion our big day was booked for a destination wedding in Crete. This was cancelled due to the inital covid-19 lockdown.

For the second attempt, we had discovered Shortmead House! We liaised with Ian to arrange our perfect day! (He was very helpful). All our needs were understood and catered for i.e. it was to be an alcohol-free wedding, so Ian arranged for a range of alcohol-free cocktails to be served at the bar.

Sadly, the day before the big day we had to cancel as we both contracted covid. We called Ian to explain the situation. It was probably one of the most stress relieving conversation we've ever had.

Ian, was very understanding and empathetic. Our mind was put to rest when we were given the option to move the date to a suitable day a few months later with Ian and Marilyn offering us the one day they had planned to have off during the peak business period.

The wedding day on the third attempt was a complete success. The guests loved the location, there was something to keep everyone entertained with games set out around the grounds which children absolutely loved!

With the sun out at the start of summer, it felt as if we were abroad on private tropical island. The outdoor setting for the wedding ceremony was perfect for the photos.

This estate offers a fusion of scenic views from the english country side to a luxury resort in the bahamas.

The place truely made our big day memorable and we're glad we finally got married at Shortmead House. We highly recommend it!

Thank you Ian and Marilyn!
Jessica C. Sent on 26/06/2022
2.8 out of 5 rating

May 2022 Wedding Reception

We had a wedding party at Shortmead House in May 2022. The day was wonderful, and the grounds of Shortmead were really perfect for our plans of a games event.

However, may I warn all couples that the meetings with Ian before to plan the event are largely pointless, as on the day, he will largely do whatever he wants on the day anyway.

1) front of house is a mystery. We were unsure what front of house meant and what their role was. We were originally told it was a lady called Katie, and we could meet her the Friday before. However, on the day, we were then told it was going to be Marilyn. Then on the day it was Ian. Not really sure what a ‘front of house’ did anyway. The lead bar tender on the day was however brilliant and dealt with a medical issue expertly.

2) on the morning of the wedding, we had to hose down all of the garden furniture (belonging to Shortmead) that was covered in mud and cobwebs.

3) we had asked numerous times with the plan for all wine and glasses to be out on the tables. However, the waiting staff set them out how Ian normally does it anyway. So in my dress, waiting for guests, I was moving glasses and wine coolers and explaining to the waiting staff how I wanted it.

4) the welcome drinks were still not out for the guests when they started to arrive. I had to go and get them out myself, when finally Ian got the picture. Extra decorations (drink stirrers) were described as ‘faff’ by Ian.

5) the waiting staff were on their phones at the bar or playing the chess game whilst not working, which although understandable wasn’t particularly professional. Ian was also sitting at the bar all night, talking to our guests and eating.

I would advise all people having a wedding / party here to not add your own spin on things, because it will upset you and frustrate you on your day trying to make it what you want.

The fact the house and gardens are wonderful really helped the party atmosphere. Also our suppliers were brilliant, and were able to help and control the day so we were able to enjoy it.
Sam Sent on 03/04/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Our perfect wedding and venue

We got married at Shortmead in July 2018, the day was perfect with the sun shining and not a cloud in the sky. The grounds are set in beautiful and meticulously maintained gardens which provided a stunning setting for our summer wedding. The host Ian was faultless in his ability to organise and cater for our every need with brilliant suggestions and ideas throughout. His staff were incredible and went above and beyond to ensure the day went smoothly without any hick ups. Due to the unexpected heat wave and with only a day to go before our wedding, Ian even cleaned and heated up the swimming pool for our guests to enjoy which made the day even more special for us. Ian’s attention to detail and love of Shortmead is clear to see from the exceptional restoration work and care he has put in to make it a one of a kind wedding venue. All of our guests commented on how amazing the venue was and how much fun they had, there were outside games such as table tennis, giant Jenga and a giant chess board which added to everyone’s enjoyment. We would highly recommend hiring the beautiful on site cottage. We used it for the bride and bridesmaids to get ready on the day and also spend our wedding night there but it became a great place for us and our family to make use of the amenities throughout the wedding day. Thank you Ian and your team for making our wedding day better than we could of ever imagined, Sam & Debbie
James Sent on 01/04/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Unique and special, which had the wow factor

My wife, Lydia, and I got married on 9th June 2018 at the beautiful Shortmead House in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire. We were keen to find a venue close to our home in St Neots and Shortmead ticked all the boxes. It is something of a hidden gem, tucked away down a country lane in the town and somewhere you might not know existed had you not been told about it, and that really appealed to us. We wanted somewhere which was unique and special, which had the wow factor, but also that was laid-back, intimate not too formal. Shortmead had all this and more.
Stephanie Sent on 04/08/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing Coountry House Wedding Venue

This place is absolutely Stunning. My husband and I had our wedding here at the weekend. Not only did it live up to expectations, it exceeded them.

Throughout 2 years of planning and preparing, Ian was such great help and guided us in the right direction with decisions. In the day, both Linda and Marilyn was amazing and made the whole day go so perfectly and smoothly. Right from when we were setting up the decorations, to when we were packing all away.
The caterers that are used by shortmead too were just amazing, good service and all guests absolutely loved their food.

The venue and ground are just so beautiful, something you would find abroad.
Can't recommend enough !
Alfie Sent on 19/07/2017
5 out of 5 rating

THE best wedding venue there is!

Words cannot express how perfect a wedding venue Shortmead house is and how hospitable the owners Ian and Marilyn are.

We fell in love with the grounds on the first visit and whilst it is already perfect the owners are making improvements to it every week.

Ian was incredibly helpful throughout the booking process and explaining everything to us pre-wedding and Marilyn made the day what it was. You can tell that they have incredible experience in co-ordinating a wedding and are always happy to give advice.

What I would say makes Shortmead House so special is it is not a ‘wedding venue’ the house is someone’s home and you can feel that during your wedding day. For that reason treat it with the respect it and the owners deserve and there will be no cause for complaint.

Every single one of our guests took the time to comment on just how beautiful the house is!

Shortmead House is the perfect wedding venue and we couldn’t imagine having a better day anywhere else.
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