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Last update: January 2024

Situated near Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, The Upper House Hotel is a privately owned country wedding venue steeped in history. Down a long sweeping driveway awaits acres of glorious gardens and woodland where photographic opportunities prove endless. At the heart of it all is the attentive staff, ready to greet your guests and set the tone for your special day ahead.

Facilities and Capacity

Beautifully secluded within the Staffordshire countryside, The Upper House Hotel is open to any number of elegant entrances and unreserved wedding celebrations. From the moment you step out onto the grounds, the magic begins. If summer is your wedding season, The Pavilion offers an idyllic ceremony site set within landscaped gardens. Alternatively, you can revel in the abundance of natural light within the Orangery Room. Illuminated by stunning roof lanterns, the space is ideal for a civil ceremony of up to 100 or a nourishing wedding breakfast for 60. Elsewhere, the Woodlands Suite is the venue's most spacious room, complete with a covered terrace. Suitable for a drinks and canapés reception or a hog roast, its steps lead directly to the mystical woodland. Here, the choice is yours whether you wish to exchange your vows with 100 guests or toast the day with up to 150. Come the evening, the private bar and colour-changing lights create a vibrant party atmosphere for you and your guests to dance the night away.

Services Offered

A policy of one wedding per day ensures the Upper House Hotel team have all of their attention focused solely on you and your guests. They offer a complete wedding service designed to support and inspire you while their executive chef works to craft a bespoke menu worthy of your day.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Small hotel
Large hotel
Outdoor license

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

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

Evening entertainment:

Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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5.0 out of 5 rating
Hitched Wedding Awards 2024 Winner
32 reviews
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100% Recommended by couples
Sally F. Sent on 12/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic Wedding Venue and Team

I recently got married at the Upper House and had the most fantastic day. Ellie and her team could did a first class job and I could not have asked for more. They were extremely professional making sure that everything went like clockwork.
The food was delicious and all of my guests commented on the beautiful venue and the lovely staff.
Everything I asked for they did and more.
I would recommend this venue to any future bride as its a real home from home in beautiful surroundings.
Thank you Ellie and Team for making our day so special
Nicke B. Sent on 29/02/2024
4.6 out of 5 rating

Ellie was the perfect person to handle our day

She was amazing, professional, went over and beyond to make our special day perfect
Nicola O. Sent on 03/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Magical wedding day

We had our wedding at The Upper House on 30th September 2023. The team were always helpful and quick to respond to any questions during our planning stage

On our day, Ellie and the team were absolutely fantastic and our day was magical and totally delivered 100% on our vision for our day . We couldn’t fault any level of service Nothing was an issue to ensure our day was perfect. The venue looked beautiful, food was outstanding.

Our guests who were gluten free commented on how fantastic the food offering was with one parent absolutely delighted that for a change their gluten intolerant daughter could have what she wanted off the evening buffet.

We could not have chosen a more perfect venue🥰
Shell L. Sent on 20/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The upper house barliston

It was a pleasure having this venue for our special day, everything went smoothly from start to finish.
The grounds are just lovely and the wedding team were brilliant.
Would highly recommend and will definitely be visiting again for lunch!

Mr & Mrs Leese
Tracy H. Sent on 18/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The Most Perfect Day

Thank you Ellie and the rest of the lovely staff for making our day so special. You all worked very hard to make sure our day ran perfectly. Nothing was too much trouble for you. The Upper House is the most beautiful venue and our family and friends haven't stopped talking about it! The drive up to it is spectacular and the gardens are so peaceful. We were lucky enough to have a sunny day and get married outside and it was beautiful. Everyone said the quality of the food was fantastic and the bar prices were good. Most of our guests stayed the night at the hotel and all said their rooms were lovely. Our bridal suite was beautiful. We all had the most delicious breakfast the next morning and lingered over coffees in the tranquil gardens. We have been recommending you to everyone who will listen and have since booked a birthday party and got tickets to the Christmas party and staying over the same night as we love it there so much. Thank you so much, love Tracy and Paul xxx
Claire Sent on 30/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect wedding venue

We got married here at the beginning of June. We had the most perfect day from start to finish. Getting married outside was so special. It was a fantastic location, and Ellie and Sam and the other staff were amazing and very accommodating with anything we requested. The food was lovely and all our guests keep saying what a fantastic wedding and location it was. The Upper House will forever be special to us and we can’t wait to come back for many more years. Thank you so much.
Becky B. Sent on 05/01/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Our beautiful wedding with the most wonderful staff and place x

We cant thank Sam and Ellie enough for how amazing they are! They made our day perfect from the moment we arrived to the moment we left. Everything flowed perfectly and it was just the most beautiful venue. We wished we could do it all over again. Me and my husband have had so many family and friends saying how wonderful the day was. Food, drink, scenery, music, just everything was more than we could every imagine. xx Mrs & Mrs Birch xx
Josephine B. Sent on 26/01/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Mrs Sherratt

We had a small wedding with only 20 guests , but even though we were a small group we were treated perfectly , the day was perfect everything about the venue the food and the hospitality , I would recommend this venue to anyone we were made to feel so special , everyone had a Brillant day
Martin J. Sent on 07/03/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Venue stunning whole experience was amazing

Our day was outstanding from start to finish and we had the most magical day. The wedding team were amazing throughout, the food was delicious and the rooms were spacious and cosy.
Hannah S. Sent on 11/02/2024
4.8 out of 5 rating

Very professional and responsive service

Very attentive and we didn’t feel like we were ‘just another wedding’ as they are experienced with lots of functions. They were happy to answer questions along the way from us and my parents and always gave us coffee at meetings. Pleasant to deal with and very responsive to emails. We were able to come in the night before and set up and move furniture around. Nice to be met by the main wedding organiser when we arrived on the day from the church. All our gifts were moved to our room after the do and we had late check out and room service included. Our timings slipped a little and they took initiative and put our evening guests in the bar when we had planned to meet them all at the door. Food was really nice and all served in good time.
Liz M. Sent on 17/12/2023
4.6 out of 5 rating

Amazing venue

We got married at the upperhouse on 5th December 2023. The whole day was fantastic.... the staff were lovely, professional and nothing was too much trouble. The bespoke buffet was delicious and the venue as a whole is absolutely stunning. Our professional photographs show the grounds, the function room, the bridal suite - all of which are lovely. I would recommend celebrating any occasions here - from parties, special events, breakfast or just afternoon tea - really was a pleasure to be there
Gemma D. Sent on 06/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

The Upper House, Barlaston

We had the best experience from start to finish. Ellie and the team were wonderful in helping to plan and organise. And the day itself went better than we could have expected. We loved the venue both inside and out and we managed an outside ceremony which we’d hoped to do from the moment we booked. We couldn’t have wished for a better day! Thank you
Paul A. Sent on 11/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding day

Ellie , Samatha and the team were outstanding? made our day perfect!! I would highly recommend.
Kaitlin C. Sent on 30/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Our special day

We just wanted to say how amazing our special day was on the bank holiday Sunday! Ellie and the team went above and beyond all day, nothing was too much trouble. The day went perfect and we can’t thank you all enough! All the guest commented on how welcoming all the staff were at the venue.
Kezia B. Sent on 07/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful, stunning scenery

Thoroughly enjoyed our special day at The Upper House. We hired the beautiful Orangery for our wedding and it was perfect, staff did an amazing job helping us to have the decoration and set up correct and the stunning scenery just made it even more wonderful.
Would very much highly recommend, thank you to all at The Upper House xx
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