Pentney Abbey is a totally unique wedding venue – it’s guarded by a towering arched Gatehouse that dates all the way back to 1380. The Gatehouse is the first thing you’ll see as you pull up to Pentney Abbey and features stunning stonework, beautiful carvings and is next to a romantic rose garden. It’s the perfect location for your civil ceremony.
The ceremony room has been restored with the help of British Heritage so that it mimics the way it would have been in the 14th century. Think grand exposed beams, hanging tapestries, an iron candelabra, lots of space and ornate stone windows revealing views of the grounds. Filled with sweetly simple chairs, the centrepiece of this room is the gorgeous light-embracing window at the front where the happy couple will stand. A secret antique spiral staircase, will be your way into the Gatehouse, where up to 80 of your friends and family will witness a bridal entrance they will never forget. The adjoining room and downstairs area can also be used for overflow or disabled guests, who – along with any far-flung friends and family elsewhere in the world! – can watch you say those two special words live on a big screen.
If you are looking for a wedding venue with a rich history, the Gatehouse is it, and while there is little you will need to add to make it feel fit for your wedding, the exposed-brick backdrop allows for every wedding held there to feel utterly unique.
Should you wish to say your vows and have your ceremony in the Barn, the Gatehouse is the perfect place to hold a drinks reception in the meantime. Whilst the Barn is being rearranged for a wedding breakfast fit for royalty and the dancefloor is cleared, you and your guests can marvel at this unforgettable, historical space with a glass in hand. Admire the view of Norfolk’s rolling countryside from one of the medieval arched windows or take a stroll in the rose garden just outside. Once the Barn is ready, it’s just a few moments away from the Gatehouse.
To book your civil wedding at Pentney Abbey in conjunction with your reception, please visit Norfolk County Council’s website.