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Roses bloom on planted Parterre, and scent rides on June’s warm summer air – seasonal weddings at Hodsock Priory

April 2017


The June wedding of Sally and Tom

The award-winning team at Hodsock Priory, the exclusive use wedding venue in north Nottinghamshire, all agree that the Estate is vibrant and alive with colour and fragrance in June. With birds in the sky and colourful gardens, thoughts are conjured up of strawberries and cream, jugs of Pimm’s and games of cricket and croquet on the manicured lawns by the 19th century House.

The secluded venue offers seasonally-themed weddings ranging from one to three day celebrations with an ever-changing spectacular photographic backdrop year-round. The sun drenched Italian Terrace now features traditional country garden style furniture, perfect for wedding guests to enjoy an al fresco drinks reception or early afternoon tea.

George Buchanan, ninth generation owner and manager of Hodsock Priory, says, “We have a classic English summer garden which is in bloom throughout June and have a number of favourite spots for staging glorious wedding photographs. The gardens have been designed to enjoy two flowerings of roses which look particularly beautiful around the Parterre, just behind the tennis courts.

George adds, “Immensely playful and light-hearted wedding receptions with outdoor fun and games have been made possible by the longer days and warmth of early summer. We’re pleased to offer complimentary tea on the Fan Lawn with croquet for June weddings booked before 31st July 2017.”

Seasonal wedding planning can be straightforward at Hodsock Priory when choosing an all-inclusive package. As standard packages include exclusive use of the House and Gardens, one night in the opulent wedding suite, three course wedding breakfast with wine, drinks reception, fizz for toasts, bouquets, buttonholes and floral table arrangements, wedding cake and DJ entertainment with mood lighting as standard. Flexible arrangements can be made along with all three packages, from the popular Grand Wedding, the Snowdrop Wedding and 3 Day Wedding House Party Experience.

Sally and Tom held their wedding reception on the Estate in June 2013. They’d wanted the flexibility to design their own wedding day but they were faced with venues imposing restrictions or running orders set in stone until they visited Hodsock Priory. Sally describes how, “A friend recommended Hodsock Priory and we were blown away by such a nice venue and grounds from the word go. We wanted to make the day our own and were reassured by George that we could do it. We totally put our trust in him and the team”.

They booked Saturday 8th June, with the hope of favourable early-summer weather but with the late-spring flowers of the formal gardens still in full bloom looking their best. For the wedding breakfast, the couple worked with Ann Wright Catering, who made their request for an unusual trestle table layout in the Pavilion possible. A vintage 1940s mobile crêpe van ‘Crêpe Lucette’ offered savoury and sweet crepes at the evening reception, alongside the cheeseboard and the couple’s wedding cake. Elements of the 1940s later emerged with the style of music and clothing.

Sally found her Angela Vickers wedding dress at a Nottingham wedding fair. She brought plenty of DIY elements to the wedding day, in the form of calligraphy painted wooden signs, a handmade photo booth, fingerprint tree, and decorative craft elements for table centrepieces.

Sally says, “We sourced old fashioned glass bottles and made origami fortune tellers for the tables with facts about me and Tom in the centre. Outside by the Parterre, we decorated the wooden love seat. Inside, we set up a vintage typewriter for our guests to use and leave messages for us. We opened the letters on our honeymoon and it was quite special.”

Following the couple’s marriage at St. Matthew’s Church, Normanton on Trent, the couples’ Rolls Royce arrived via Hodsock Priory’s Tudor Gatehouse to be greeted with romantic music on the Italian Terrace from Simply Strings. As a surprise from her father, magnificent birds of prey were on display across the Fan Lawn for the drinks reception, and garden games were laid out on the lawn. Around 120 people joined the celebrations.

Kicking traditional aside, speeches were held before the wedding breakfast; a seasonal produce menu including goat’s cheese tart and roast lamb. Tom had chosen barrels of his favourite real ale to be stocked behind the bar. After their meal there was entertainment from Bracken Rigg, a Scottish/Irish Ceilidh band, perfectly timed to avoid a lull before the arrival of the evening guests. Local producer Thaymar Ice Cream, served cones, tubs and strawberries and cream from their rustic cart on the Italian Terrace. Susan’s Cakes of Newark made Sally and Tom’s floral decorated wedding cake which was cut in the Ante Room after everyone had come in from the sunshine. Two ‘first dances’ followed, firstly The Gay Gordons with the Ceilidh band which was accompanied by the full bridal party. Then Groove Town, a live band from Leeds, played a rendition of Lionel Richie’s ‘You Are My Destiny’.

One of Tom’s highlights of the day was, “Walking around the gardens, just the two of us. It gave us the chance to soak it all in.” Sally added, “We were warmly welcomed into the House and treated like family. We stayed overnight as did our family and friends in The Courtyard at Hodsock. There was a very relaxed atmosphere. A lot of our guests took a few minutes away from the wedding party to walk around the gardens. We liked seeing the kids playing outside, looking in the pond, having space to enjoy themselves.”

Hodsock Priory is based in 800 acres of formal gardens, woodland and countryside and can cater for up to 120 guests. Couples receive the support of Lynda Pepper, an award-winning Weddings Manager who invites them to share their inspirational mood boards with her at an initial consultation. For details about Hodsock’s facilities, call 01909 591204 or visit www.hodsockpriory.com/weddings/

NB Sally and Tom were married on 8th June 2013. Their wedding photographers were Mel Cowell and Andrew Billington. Image credits Mel Cowell Photography. Their special day was superbly filmed by James West Creative Media.


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July bathes lawns in colours bright; for Champagne, Pimm’s and games delight – seasonal weddings at Hodsock Priory

May 2017


Laura and Tom's wedding at Hodsock Priory

Hodsock Priory, the award-winning country house on the border of north Nottinghamshire and south Yorkshire, celebrates its anniversary of becoming a luxury wedding venue, reminiscing about the first wedding on the estate in July 2005. In the summer, the secluded, exclusive use venue offers the idyllic combination of quintessential 19th century house and classic English country gardens.

Weddings with a seasonal theme at Hodsock Priory are popular throughout every month of the year, and range from single day events to three day celebrations. Summer wedding parties have included al fresco music on the Terrace, an old fashioned ice cream van, quirky gelato trike, and a mobile garden bar on wheels; all taking advantage of the promise of clement weather. Summer influenced dishes are also favourites on the menus offered by Hodsock’s caterers.

George Buchanan, ninth generation owner and manager of Hodsock Priory, says, “After the anticipation of the ceremony, stepping outside into glorious sunshine as newly wedded husband and wife is thrilling. Summer days where we fling open the doors to let guests spill out onto the Fan Lawn and Italian Terrace are such a delight. Everyone lets their hair down for outdoor fun and games, from wooden towers to croquet and mini sports days, often play a part of summer celebrations. Our very first Hodsock wedding – Laura and Tom’s reception – was held in July 2005 and featured a cricket match!”

Laura was born and raised on the Hodsock Estate and in July 2005, she and fiancé Tom were granted permission by Sir Andrew and Lady Belinda Buchanan to hold their wedding reception in a marquee on the North Lawn by the Tudor Gatehouse. Theirs was the first non-family wedding party to be held at Hodsock Priory. The laid back, outdoor-loving couple wanted a relaxed yet traditional English wedding, with roses and cottage flowers. Family and friends created flower arrangements and beautiful homemade table settings while Laura’s aunt and children created willow hearts.

After Laura and Tom’s marriage ceremony in Worksop, they returned to Hodsock Priory for canapés and drinks on the Fan Lawn. The Kir Royale was mixed with cassis handmade by mother of the bride, Maureen. The couple invited 160 guests who enjoyed their surroundings in the sunshine, mingling and playing cricket on the lawn before the wedding breakfast. W & M Wrights catered, providing a hot buffet in the marquee and the couple booked a disco and live band for their evening reception.

Laura says, “The whole day was stress free, we were relaxed all day and it went really well. We walked around the grounds in the evening to cool off. My favourite wedding photo is of me and Tom sat on a bench in the gardens in front of the lake. My sister also got married at Hodsock Priory and it’s a dream place,” says Laura. “We felt privileged to have our reception there. We did what we wanted on our day and it was perfect. I’d really recommend it as it is a magnificent venue.”

As the first wedding at Hodsock, it was a huge success and proved that future large scale events would be possible. Since then, over 500 weddings have taken place on the estate. As an alternative to venue-only hire, Hodsock Priory’s all-inclusive wedding packages make planning a seasonally themed wedding straightforward. Both options include the support of Lynda Pepper, the venue’s award-winning weddings manager.

Lynda welcomes couples to share their themed mood boards with her at an initial consultation. She says, “It’s so exciting when couples first come to meet me, armed with cuttings or Pinterest boards outlining a vision of how they want their wedding day to be.”

Hodsock Priory’s fixed price packages as standard include exclusive use of the House and Gardens, one night in the luxury wedding suite, three course wedding breakfast with wine, drinks reception, fizz for toasts, bouquets, buttonholes and floral table arrangements, wedding cake and DJ entertainment with mood lighting as standard. All three packages, from the popular Grand Wedding, the Snowdrop Wedding and 3 Day Wedding House Party Experience can be flexibly arranged.

Hodsock Priory is based in 800 acres of formal gardens, woodland and countryside and can cater for up to 120 guests. For details about Hodsock’s facilities, call 01909 591204 or visit www.hodsockpriory.com/weddings/


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English bluebells raise their heads in May; to enhance a woodland wedding day – seasonal weddings at Hodsock Priory

March 2017


Wesley and Samantha's May wedding party on the Fan Lawn at Hodsock Priory

North Nottinghamshire’s exclusive use wedding venue, Hodsock Priory, is also famed for its winter gardens and snowdrop covered woodland which transforms to a magnificent sea of English bluebells in the late spring. Seasonally-themed weddings ranging from one to three day celebrations are offered at the secluded estate comprising 19th Century House, Tudor Gatehouse and stunning grounds. As the month of May approaches, Horsepasture Wood becomes the scene for a dramatic photographic backdrop.

George Buchanan, ninth generation owner and manager of Hodsock Priory adds, “We enjoy a close relationship with the couples who marry at Hodsock and we’re always delighted when they return to show us their albums or introduce their children. From weddings that have taken place in May, we’ve seen that the brilliant hue of the bluebells creates a breathtaking, quite unique shoot.

“Couples have exclusive use of the House and Italian Terrace and also enjoy venturing outside for photographs amongst the vibrant green foliage and seasonal flowers including peonies, alliums, thistles and poppies. To celebrate the striking beauty of the season and bring a little of our vivid blue inside, we offer complimentary bluebell table settings for May weddings booked before 30th June 2017.” continues George.

Following a Christmas Eve engagement, Wesley and Samantha decided upon a spring wedding and visited venues around south and north Yorkshire. Wesley says, “They were all exceptional but it wasn’t until we viewed Hodsock Priory that we knew we had discovered a hidden gem. It was idyllic and tranquil with understated opulence and beautiful natural surroundings”.

They booked 24th May 2014 and planning began in earnest to bring Samantha’s dream to reality: ‘a beautiful wedding with vintage chic, pastel tones and an abundance of flowers’. Wesley’s Dad, a pilot and aeroplane enthusiast, secretly organised a WWII Spitfire display over Hodsock’s picturesque countryside setting, while Samantha’s Mum designed and made the couple’s striking wedding cake.

Samantha, her bridesmaids and both mums stayed at Hodsock Priory the night before the wedding and in the morning enjoyed leisurely preparations in the Bridal Suite and lavish Blue/Green Rooms. Flowers by Kay, Hodsock’s house florist, created stunning arrangements in soft pastel shades to decorate Blyth’s St Mary and St Martin Church and Hodsock Priory, as well as bouquets and buttonholes. The couple had organised a 1928 Rolls Royce for their wedding car and Wesley’s church arrival was in a stylish, high powered Aston Martin, a thrilling ride blighted only by the sudden torrential downpour.

Simply Strings, a talented local trio, played elegant string music as guests arrived and the hum of conversation and cheer masked the sound of the rain. Samantha made her entrance in a breathtaking Maggie Sottaro dress in Italian ivory lace with a long veil. The marriage ceremony, hymns, speeches and blessing were accompanied by rain hammering down upon the church roof but Rev Kate Bottley pronounced that “When you walk out of the church, the sun will shine”. She was right and Wesley and Samantha were instead showered with confetti and sunshine – the perfect weather for a country wedding.

The couple were whisked through Hodsock Priory’s Tudor Gatehouse and greeted with Champagne for a family photographic shoot. Mid-afternoon, 100 guests were gathered on the North Lawn enjoying the drinks reception and canapés when the thunderous roar of a Spitfire Mk9 Merlin approached and they were treated to a private display of loops, rolls and fast passes. Wesley says, “It was a truly incredulous eight minutes. The wedding breakfast from Gail Dandy Catering and service from Hodsock Priory’s weddings team was also first class, and surprise ‘singing waiters’ from the West End added extra entertainment between our main course and dessert.”

After the wedding breakfast, the couple retreated to the gardens for photographs and video amongst the spectacular natural backdrop. Their evening started with a traditional first dance and Wesley and Samantha had organised a live band as well as disco entertainment from Hodsock Priory’s house DJs. Samantha had even brought a basket of flip flops to allow the dancing to continue into the night! The evening buffet was a tantalising deli spread and included an impressive ‘cake’ made entirely of cheese. Wesley and Samantha spent their first night as husband and wife in the opulent Bridal Suite.

“Our fabulous wedding day ended with my wife and I, both of our parents and best man sat in the grand Library at Hodsock Priory with a nightcap, reflecting on the day and how the weather had turned as we emerged from church. Everyone had such a wonderful time.” concludes Wesley.

Seasonal wedding planning is straightforward thanks to Hodsock’s all-inclusive wedding packages from the Grand Wedding at £17,500 for 60 guests, to the 3 Day Wedding House Party Experience. Packages can be flexible but as standard include exclusive use of the House and Gardens, one night in the luxurious wedding suite, three course wedding breakfast with wine, drinks reception, fizz for the toasts, bouquets, buttonholes and floral table arrangements, wedding cake and DJ entertainment with mood lighting.

The venue is based in 800 acres of formal gardens, woodland and countryside and can cater for up to 120 guests. Couples receive the support of Lynda Pepper, an award-winning Weddings Manager who invites them to share their inspirational mood boards with her at an initial consultation. For details about Hodsock’s facilities, visit www.hodsockpriory.com/weddings or call 01909 591204.


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Stunning Bluebell woods at Hodsock Estate to open for visitors

April 2017


Snowdrops at Hodsock Priory

The historic Hodsock Priory estate, renowned for white carpets of snowdrops and colourful, winter gardens, invites visitors to experience one of the truly great spectacles of the English countryside in the late spring. The Buchanan family has announced two open weekends so that families, photographers, outdoor and garden enthusiasts alike, can enjoy the vibrancy of the Bluebell woods; the Spring Bank Holiday weekend 29, 30 April and 1 May, plus 6 and 7 May 2017.

The estate is located in Blyth on the border of North Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire, and the 12 acre Horsepasture Wood’s recent blanket of snowdrops will soon have lifted for another year and an ocean like vista will appear as the iconic wildflower forms a sea of blue.

“We are thrilled to welcome visitors to the stunning natural display of the English Bluebell,” said George Buchanan, ninth generation resident and general manager of Hodsock Priory.

“Nature will take its course but around late April/May we’re delighted by pretty spectacular displays. Over the past five years we’ve opened the estate, usually closed to the public for exclusive-use weddings, and the number of visitors to Bluebells has increased greatly.

“Along with meandering through the woods and formal gardens, the Woodland Cafe will re-open to serve a selection of hot drinks, butties and homemade cakes. The campfire will be burning where my free history talk will take place at 2pm each day. We have plenty of seats, benches and tree stumps so it’s a wonderful place to relax in the warming late spring sunshine.”

Hodsock Priory will open the gates to its wonderful display of Bluebells for two weekends when they are likely to be at their glorious best: from 10am-3pm (last entry) on Saturday 29th, Sunday 30th April and Bank Holiday Monday 1st May, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th May 2017. Adult admission is £2.50; Friends of Hodsock, children and wheelchair users go free. For further details visit www.hodsockpriory.com/events/ or call 01909 591 204.


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Snowdrops at Hodsock 2017 – the perfect outdoor half term treat

February 2017


Snowdrops offers Half Term fun for children & families

Just one fabulous fun half term week and two weekends remain before the snowdrop and winter gardens season at Hodsock Priory ends on Sunday 5th March.

Fronted by an iconic turreted Tudor Gatehouse and home to sticks, dens, balance beams, as well as beautiful flowers, the seasonal attraction provides a natural playground for creating lasting family memories.

The snowdrops are now blooming at their best with stunning white carpets throughout the woods, and the vibrant colours of hellebores, cyclamen, aconites, irises, acers and cornus complement the scent of winter flowering honeysuckle and sarcacocca.

The tantalising waft of hot chocolate and bacon butties can be followed to the Woodland Cafe in the Glade. Handcrafted benches and picnic tables await hungry visitors, many of whom bring marshmallows to toast on the flickering flames of the campfire. At 2pm, ninth generation resident George Buchanan entertains with fun and informative tales of the family and estate during his free daily history talk.

George says, “It is an excellent time to visit within the season, so wrap up warmly, pull your wellies on and bring your camera to capture special moments from your day. The woodland walk is suitable for all abilities with regular resting places, and footpaths throughout the woodland and gardens are passable in most weather conditions with wheelchairs and buggies.

“Don’t forget to pick up a ‘Find it in the Garden’ leaflet at the entry kiosk and meet the stone sculptures dotted around the gardens.”

Onsite there is a heated luxury marquee tearoom offering local produce hot meals, soups and homemade cakes and a well stocked gift and plant sale area run by locally-based Floral Media. Both are located close to Hodsock’s iconic Tudor Gatehouse with direct access into the Snowdrop woods.

For full details see www.snowdrops.co.uk, email info@hodsockpriory.com or call 01909 591 204.


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April’s blossom flanks pretty green; and pastel coloured romantic scenes – seasonal weddings at Hodsock Priory

February 2017


Snowdrops at Hodsock Priory

The five acres of formal gardens at Hodsock Priory, the exclusive use country house wedding venue in north Nottinghamshire, welcome the arrival of April with a fanfare of colour. The vibrant daffodils and early rhododendrons from earlier in the season make way for Spring’s unmistakeable shade of green, ethereal pale pink blossoms and flowers in pastel lemons and lilac; the perfect framing for chic and stylish wedding photographs.

Seasonally-themed weddings ranging from one day to three day events are offered at the secluded estate within the 19th century House and grounds.

Dreamy thoughts of April bringing longer and clearer days fading to the romance of soft light in the early evenings are realised at Hodsock Priory. Yet even if the weather fails to deliver, the day is not spoilt for brides and grooms. David and Katherine married at Hodsock Priory on 11th April 2015. When asked what they’d say to couples considering the venue, David said simply, “Take a look around. You’ll know straight away if it’s the place for you as soon as you walk in the door.”

Katherine agreed, “Even if the weather’s awful and even if you don’t step outside, there are so many beautiful places around the House for photographs. It doesn’t matter what the weather’s doing.”

George Buchanan, ninth generation owner and manager of Hodsock Priory said, “April’s often a glorious time of year. Following the carpets of white snowdrops and vivid early spring blooms, nature’s colour palette turns softly romantic with blossom blowing in the breeze. Guests will receive complimentary petal confetti from the estate at all April weddings booked before 31st May 2017.”

David and Katherine’s wedding took place on their fifth anniversary. Katherine says, “I discovered Hodsock Priory online and totally fell for it saying to David that it looked so nice that we probably couldn’t afford it! I phoned to check if our date was available and booked a showround visit.”

Having confirmed the date and time with All Saints Church in Gainsborough, their reservation was secured with Lynda Pepper, Hodsock Priory’s weddings manager and planning began in earnest.

“We had a really lovely service and afterwards, the wedding car took us to Hodsock Priory. Lynda met us with a welcome drink and we had a few photos before everyone started arriving.” said Katherine.

Lincoln-based Rich Hines was the couple’s photographer. He organised a group photo on the Italian Terrace directly outside the House before a series of small group shots. The couple then rejoined the wedding party in the Bar, Library and Ante Room before greeting their guests in their receiving line.

The Pavilion was simply dressed with crisp table linen, cutlery, crockery, glassware and flowers on the tables. Although a dark blue-purple colour featured within the handmade-wedding stationery and bridesmaid dresses, the couple neither wanted nor felt the need for a theme.

“Hodsock Priory really doesn’t need a theme. We didn’t want lots of fancy decorations in such a beautiful place as we thought it would detract from its beauty.” added Katherine.

Katherine and David’s 85 day guests were offered a choice of wedding breakfast menu. Gail Dandy Catering provided starters including antipasti sharing platters and delicious tomato soup. Options of chicken in tarragon, traditional roast beef or vegetable Wellington followed and Katherine’s sweet tooth was indulged with chocolate fondant, lemon tart or Eton mess for dessert.

After dining, the couple were taken to the formal gardens and the lake for photographs while their guests took coffee in the Library. The Pavilion was turned into a dark blue-purple hued, mood-lit dancefloor with DJ set up and a giant video screen from Xclusive Video Disco. The couple celebrated in the evening with 120 guests, starting with the cutting of a stunning five-tier wedding cake.

The music came to an end at 11.30pm and the bride and groom’s parents stayed in the Blue and Green rooms within the main House adjacent to the opulent Bridal Suite, while The Courtyard at Hodsock’s 10 luxury apartments were booked by grandparents and close friends. Everyone met for breakfast at The Courtyard in the morning, bringing an incredible 24 hours to a close.

Seasonal wedding planning is straightforward thanks to Hodsock’s all-inclusive wedding packages from the Grand Wedding at £17,500 for 60 guests, to the 3 Day Wedding House Party Experience. Packages can be flexible but as standard include exclusive use of the House and Gardens, one night in the luxurious wedding suite, three course wedding breakfast, drinks reception, bouquets, buttonholes and floral table arrangements, wedding cake and DJ entertainment with mood lighting.

The venue is based in 800 acres of formal gardens, woodland and countryside and can cater for up to 120 guests. Couples receive the support of Lynda Pepper, an award-winning Weddings Manager who invites them to share their inspirational mood boards with her at an initial consultation. For details about Hodsock’s facilities, visit www.hodsockpriory.com/weddings or call 01909 591204.


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Snowdrops at Hodsock 2017 – acres of stunning woodland and winter gardens for all the senses

January 2017


Snowdrops and winter gardens

Hodsock Priory’s snowdrop and winter gardens will open to visitors daily from Saturday 4th February to Sunday 5th March 2017. The historic north Nottinghamshire attraction is celebrating the estate’s scents, smells, tastes, sounds and textures this season.
Visitors can:
• See stunning white carpets of snowdrops beneath the pollarded beech trees; vibrant colours of hellebores, cyclamen, aconites, irises, acers and cornus; the grand Tudor Gatehouse and Victorian beehives,
• Smell the scent of winter flowering honeysuckle and sarcacocca; the tantalising waft of soup, hot chocolate and bacon butties from the Woodland Cafe; smouldering logs and flickering flames of the campfire,
• Taste locally produced cakes; artisan breads; traditionally made pie ‘n’ peas and cream teas in the Marquee Tearooms,
• Hear the daily history talk from George or the team; the chatter of likeminded visitors; the laughter of children, or utter peace and serenity,
• Touch the sculptures dotted around the gardens and gently caress the plants in passing, lifting their fragrance into the air.

George Buchanan, ninth generation resident and general manager, says, “One of the joys of working outside preparing for, and throughout, Snowdrops is the cold frosty weather of late winter and the onset of early spring. We wrap up warmly and say there’s no such thing as bad weather; more the wrong clothes. Getting time in the woods and back to nature where you hear bird song is an evocative part of the day for us.”

“Nothing starts until the camp fire in the glade is burning and the smoke is wisping through the trees. What’s extra nice is the smell floating through the air of sizzling bacon and fresh coffee when our visitors start to arrive.”

2017 also marks the 50 year anniversary of ninth generation resident and general manager, George Buchanan’s, parents living at Hodsock Priory. The annual opening of Hodsock Priory is a family legacy started by accident 26 years ago, when Lady Belinda Buchanan turned a previously neglected garden into a celebrated one by opening her Snowdrop gardens to the public for the first time.

She was astonished by the numbers of visitors who arrived, and who returned year after year, interested in meeting the family and seeing behind closed doors. George and his father, Sir Andrew Buchanan, offer a personal touch to visitors who enjoy having a family member on site every day during the snowdrops season.

Each year at Snowdrops at Hodsock, visitors enjoy the opportunity to roam five acres of formal planted gardens, landscaped in the 1820s, and a further 12 acres of stunning snowdrop and beech covered woodland. The woodland walk is suitable for all abilities with regular resting places, and footpaths throughout the woodland and gardens are passable in most weather conditions with wheelchairs and buggies.

The gift and plant sale area run by locally-based Floral Media will be located aside Hodsock’s iconic Tudor Gatehouse again, with direct access into the Snowdrop woods. Each day, the campfire will be lit in the Glade where picnics can be eaten, or hot drinks and snacks bought from the Woodland Cafe. A free, fun and informative history talk takes place by the campfire at around 2pm each day. For full details see www.snowdrops.co.uk, email info@snowdrops.co.uk or call 01909 591 204.

PHOTO CALL & INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY: MEDIA, BLOGGER & TOURISM DAY 2017
Hodsock Priory’s 2017 Snowdrops Media day has been arranged for Tuesday 7th February from 10.30am. Members of the press, inspiring blog writers, regionally based tourism operators and photographers are invited to the Estate to meet George Buchanan for a short talk about Hodsock’s history and a tour of the garden. Cream teas will be served in the house afterwards. Interviews will be given on request. To register visit http://www.hodsockpriory.com/snowdrops-fam-trip

To extend your day, take a short drive along the A1 to the magnificent Easton Walled Gardens in Lincolnshire. Ursula Cholmeley, gardening director, owner and custodian of the estate will host a special preview afternoon. See swathes of snowdrops, as well as innovative spring planting schemes spread over the 12 acres of beautiful restored grounds, prior to the Snowdrop Week public opening. www.visiteaston.co.uk/whats-on/event-calendar#meadows


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Spring brings brides to say ‘I will’, with hope and dancing daffodil
– seasonal weddings in March at Hodsock Priory

January 2017


Snowdrops at Hodsock Priory

Whilst its winter gardens are still in bloom, the vibrant yellow of daffodils carpet the grounds of Hodsock Priory, the exclusive use country house wedding venue in north Nottinghamshire. The vivid spring flowers are a breathtaking, cheery and optimistic backdrop, significant for new beginnings, and are adored by couples and their photographers. The Estate offers a secluded setting for seasonally-themed weddings ranging from 24 hours to three day events.

The slow approach to the main House and Tudor Gatehouse along Hodsock’s mile long driveway often confirms the feeling to brides and grooms that this is the place they want to marry. It was a twist of fate that led Charlotte and Ed Locke to Hodsock Priory, a place now close to their hearts. Their first thought was that the venue was “beautiful, awesome. We were sold from the drive in”.

Spring 2017 will mark their second anniversary. Originally from Oxfordshire, Charlotte was reluctant to ask family and friends to travel too far and the idea of a three day wedding arose. Until they spoke with Lynda Pepper, Weddings Manager at Hodsock Priory, finding a venue willing to host a whole weekend celebration had proved difficult.

Charlotte and Ed booked Hodsock’s 3 Day Wedding House Party Experience package with a few extras and tweaks.

Immediate family joined the couple for the Friday afternoon tea and their supper invitation extended to travelling guests. Family stayed in the five star Courtyard at Hodsock B&B apartments and their parents stayed in the Blue and Green Rooms of the house.

George Buchanan, ninth generation owner and manager of Hodsock Priory said, “We are passionate about weddings, large and small, and welcoming our couples and their families and friends into our historic family home. Ensuring that they enjoy the celebration of their dreams is hugely important to us and it was a pleasure to see Charlotte, Ed and their families making the most of their three days at Hodsock. The winter gardens are stunning in the transition to spring and for March weddings booked before 30th April 2017 we’ll provide complimentary table settings with daffodils from the grounds.”

After all coming together for breakfast on Saturday, Charlotte joined her bridesmaids and mum for wedding preparations in the opulent Bridal Suite. She says, “I’d give anything to stay there again”. The church was just minutes away and the marriage ceremony was conducted with the couple’s adored dog, Penny, as the ringbearer.

The couple chose their florist, cakemaker, caterers and DJ from Hodsock’s Grand Wedding package which includes everything from flowers and cake to fizz and the wedding breakfast. With such a classic venue, they’d opted for a simple rustic theme in the Pavilion dressed with gypsophila, bassia and shades of lilac and purple. Nearly 110 guests joined the couple to celebrate their wedding day.

“We loved all of our suppliers. Yvonne Fretwell made our wedding cake, Flowers by Kay created our stunning bridal flowers and floral decorations for the church and gifts and Gail Dandy Catering produced our delicious canapés and wedding breakfast.” said Charlotte and Ed.

Sunday morning’s breakfast gathering in the Pavilion for 60 guests gave Charlotte and Ed a chance to relive the events of their wedding day with those closest to them. George surprised the party with an impromptu house and cellar tour.

Charlotte says, “It was a really nice way to end Sunday. Hodsock is an amazing place and you can tell how much George loves it! His family home feels like a home, we were told to make ourselves comfortable and we all felt welcomed into it. George and Lynda really couldn’t do enough for us. We love Hodsock and get really excited about going back. It’s nice to have the snowdrops and bluebell events as occasions to visit.”

Seasonal wedding planning is straightforward thanks to Hodsock’s all-inclusive wedding packages from the Grand Wedding at £17,500 for 60 guests to the decadent 3 Day Wedding House Party Experience which can be tailored to suit. Packages can be flexible but include exclusive use of the House and Gardens, one night in the luxurious wedding suite, three course wedding breakfast and drinks reception, bouquets, buttonholes and floral table arrangements, three tier wedding cake and musical entertainment with mood lighting.

The venue, based in 800 acres of formal gardens, woodland and countryside can cater for up to 120 guests and offers a range of wedding and event packages. Couples receive the support of Lynda Pepper, an award-winning Weddings Manager who invites them to share their inspirational mood boards with her at an initial consultation. For details about Hodsock’s wedding packages and facilities, visit www.hodsockpriory.com/weddings or call 01909 591204.


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February brings beauty to our hidden copse, whitened by drifts of pristine snowdrops – seasonal weddings at Hodsock Priory

December 2016


Snowdrops and Aconites

Hodsock Priory, the award winning country house wedding venue in north Nottinghamshire, is also renowned for its stunning winter gardens and four million snowdrops. The Estate offers a secluded setting for seasonally-themed weddings and as winter draws to a close each year, it produces a dramatic photographic backdrop with carpets of white blooms throughout Horsepasture Wood.

George Buchanan, ninth generation owner and manager of Hodsock Priory adds, “Ever since opening our winter gardens to visitors 26 years ago we’ve been renowned for stunning Snowdrop displays. They symbolise hope and the beginning of something new and couples who have married during our Snowdrops season often say that they feel an extra magic and romance in the air.”

Michelle and Paul Simpson booked the exclusive-use venue for their Valentine’s Day 2015 wedding as it offered them the freedom and flexibility to do what they wanted. During their viewing of the 19th century House, bridal suite and Courtyard accommodation, the couple were struck by George’s passion for his family home, historical anecdotes and the contrast with being shown around by ‘hotel staff’ imposing restrictions on what could be arranged.

Michelle says: “We knew straight away that Hodsock Priory was the venue for us. Despite having another place to visit, we booked the Snowdrop Wedding package there and then. We couldn’t think of a more romantic setting for a Valentine’s wedding”.

In February 2013, the couple enjoyed a Save the Date photo shoot among the snowdrops which also served as an engagement announcement. Booking the Snowdrop Wedding package was “a great idea, lots less hassle and less for us to organise” and it meant that top quality experts in their fields would be providing the catering, cake, flowers and entertainment.

Lynda Pepper, Hodsock’s weddings manager, acted as a soundboard for suppliers and fit in meetings with the couple around their busy work schedules. Award-winning photographer Andy Hook was one such recommendation. Michelle comments that they “chose Andy as he was a contributor to the Snowdrop Weddings brochure and we felt that as he was so familiar with the House and grounds, he’d know which shots would really work”.

The Simpsons’ neutral palette of soft greys and champagne tones were chosen to complement Hodsock Priory’s ornate interior decoration. Lynda’s husband Ken, operations manager at Hodsock Priory, delighted the couple by lending them a display of fresh snowdrops in a personalised planter. They were surrounded with a photo of Hodsock Priory and letters spelling out Mr & Mrs Simpson, Michelle’s nod to bringing the snowdrop element of their wedding inside too.

Guests raved about the three course wedding breakfast supplied by Gail Dandy Catering and Paul and Michelle ordered canapés in addition to the food included in the wedding package.

Michelle concludes, “Hodsock really was the perfect venue for a perfect day. The grounds were amazing, the suppliers and package top quality and George and Lynda really couldn’t do too much to help. Hodsock was all ours for the day and having exclusive use of the entire House lent itself to a great family friendly affair.”

George adds, “Our Snowdrop wedding dates are popular and couples have exclusive use of the House and Italian Terrace. Venturing into the formal Snowdrop gardens or 12 acres of snowdrop covered woodland creates a unique and breathtaking photo shoot. As a seasonal bonus, complimentary snowdrop table settings are offered for February weddings booked before 31st March 2017. They’re a striking but subtle way to bring inside the beauty of the snowdrops outside.”

Hodsock Priory’s all-inclusive Snowdrop Wedding package costs £13,500 for 60 guests. Couples receive exclusive use of the House and Italian Terrace and the package includes a night in the opulent wedding suite, three course wedding breakfast and drinks reception, bouquets, buttonholes and floral table arrangements, three tier wedding cake and musical entertainment with mood lighting. The venue, based in 800 acres of formal gardens, woodland and countryside can cater for up to 120 guests and offers a range of wedding and event packages.

Seasonal wedding planning is straightforward thanks to Hodsock’s all-inclusive fixed price wedding packages. Couples have the support of award-winning Weddings Manager, Lynda Pepper, who invites them to share their inspirational mood boards with her at an initial consultation.

For details about Hodsock’s wedding packages and facilities, visit www.hodsockpriory.com/weddings or call 01909 591204.


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Snowdrops at Hodsock Priory and Easton Walled Gardens – spectacular twin estate visit on 7th February 2017

December 2016


Snowdrops at Hodsock Priory

Reserve your place at the Snowdrops media, blogger and industry event at Hodsock Priory on Tuesday 7th February 2017.

During your morning on the Hodsock Estate you’ll experience the sights, smells and atmosphere of the colourful, fragrant winter gardens and acres of woodland where four million snowdrops annually bloom. You’ll be expertly guided by George Buchanan, owner and general manager of Hodsock Priory, and will return to the 19th century house to warm up afterwards with a cream tea.

Twin estate visit – make a day of it

In the afternoon you are warmly encouraged to take a short drive along the A1 to the magnificent Easton Walled Gardens in Lincolnshire.

Ursula Cholmeley, gardening director, owner and custodian of the estate will host a special preview afternoon. You’ll see swathes of snowdrops, as well as innovative spring planting schemes spread over the 12 acres of beautiful restored grounds, prior to the Snowdrop Week public opening.
A Snowdrop inspired visit to the two historic estates, combined with warming drinks and delicious local produce lunches, will make the perfect day trip for galanthophiles, photographers, garden enthusiasts, families and those seeking a relaxing day out.
Hodsock Priory will open daily between Saturday 4th February and Sunday 5th March 2017 and visitors can enjoy exploring the woodland, daily history talks, gift and plant sales, and a bite to eat at the woodland cafe or heated marquee tearooms.

Meanwhile, Lincolnshire’s Easton Walled Gardens will open for its Snowdrop Week from Saturday 11th to Sunday 19th February 2017. Jackie Murray, horticultural expert, will answer questions and offer visitors tips about growing snowdrops during her instructive walks and daily workshops.

For further information, please see www.snowdrops.co.uk and www.visiteaston.co.uk or contact Helen Leach (hl@hodsockpriory.com) or Sophie Henson (sh@eastonwalledgardens.co.uk)


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Our Gatehouse frames the berry trees, for December’s wedding festivities – seasonal weddings at Hodsock Priory

October 2016


Snowdrops and Aconites

December weddings at Hodsock Priory – the exclusive-use wedding venue in north Nottinghamshire – can be set to a neutral backdrop or embrace the festive season and tie in with the country house’s own decorations and Christmas trees. Throughout the year, the secluded and romantic estate is guaranteed to offer something for couples seeking to use seasonality to their advantage.

From the rich colour of winter berries in the five acres of formal gardens, to the floodlit Tudor Gatehouse and roaring log fire in the House, brides and grooms can take their pick of spectacular winter wedding photograph locations. Attending a Hodsock Priory Open Day just after Christmas 2012, Laura and Joe Hays reserved their wedding date on the same day as their visit.

Laura says, “The House was decorated for Christmas and dressed for a lavish wedding. It felt so homely and Lynda Pepper (weddings manager) made us feel welcome immediately. I know it’s a cliché but as soon we walked through the door, we saw the Christmas tree and the log fire burning and we knew it was right. We looked at each other and didn’t consider anywhere else.”

A December wedding was an obvious choice for the family oriented couple. Laura says, “We both truly love Christmas. It’s a family time of year and we like the magic of Christmas and the whole theme. In the summer, everyone tends to be outside and might not appreciate what your venue has to offer. We wanted to be sitting down to eat while it was getting dark and atmospheric, with candles and romantic surroundings, so we knew that Hodsock would work well in December.”

Laura and Joe enhanced the Pavilion’s festive feeling by positioning additional Christmas trees by the Georgian windows, dressing their top table with trailing ivy and placing wedding favours for the children under the main tree. The couple opted for an elegant vintage look with pale understated flowers and their bridesmaids wearing champagne gold dresses.

George Buchanan, ninth generation owner and manager of Hodsock Priory adds, “Our Christmas weddings tend to be real family affairs with lots of fun and laughter filling the House. We always ask couples booking dates in December whether we should decorate for Christmas or if they’d prefer we wait until after their celebration. And we offer fun, seasonal treats such as complimentary sparklers for guests at December weddings booked before 31st January 2017.”

Seasonal wedding planning is straightforward thanks to Hodsock’s all-inclusive fixed price wedding packages. Couples have the support of award-winning Weddings Manager, Lynda Pepper, who invites them to share their inspirational mood boards with her at an initial consultation.

Hodsock Priory’s all-inclusive Grand Wedding package costs £15,500 for 60 guests. Couples receive exclusive use of the House and Italian Terrace and the package includes a night in the opulent wedding suite, three course wedding breakfast and drinks reception, bouquets, buttonholes and floral table arrangements, three tier wedding cake and musical entertainment with mood lighting. The venue, based in 800 acres of formal gardens, woodland and countryside can cater for up to 120 guests and offers a range of wedding and event packages.

For details about Hodsock Priory’s wedding packages and facilities visit www.hodsockpriory.com/weddings or call 01909 591204 and speak with Lynda Pepper, Weddings Manager.


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January brings ice and snow, crisp crystal days and fire glow – seasonally themed weddings at Hodsock Priory

November 2016


Snowdrops at Hodsock Priory

The roaring log fire at Hodsock Priory, the exclusive use country house wedding venue in north Nottinghamshire, sealed the deal for Emma and Karl, London-based lovers of ‘all things winter’. Surrounded by ornaments and tea light holders intricately decorated with reindeers and stags, Emma and Karl celebrated their marriage at Hodsock Priory.

Each January, the Estate is bathed in light from the winter sun low in the sky, often before a magnificent sunset perfect for photographs. The warmth of the House’s interior; also filled with love and laughter is a marked contrast to the crisp or soggy winter feeling outside and it can be an ideal time for a seasonally-themed wedding. The 19th century house and secluded estate guarantees to offer something special throughout the year to wedding couples.

Emma and Karl initially looked into a Christmas wedding but decided upon January and set a date for family and friends to look forward to. They married on 30th January 2016 having booked Hodsock’s Snowdrop Wedding package and thanks to a mild winter, thousands of snowdrops were in bloom and looking spectacular. The day itself was crisp and sunny throughout, turning to sleet and snow following their outdoor photography in the late afternoon, so a cosy venue was important.

Emma says, “The Panelled Hall’s log fire was a big thing to me; it was beautiful. The Library was really intimate too. We’re private people and didn’t want to marry somewhere where outsiders could also see you.

“Hodsock is a warm, welcoming house with a country feel and reminds me of the Jane Austen books that I love. And from a practical point of view, Karl liked that our ceremony and reception would happen in one location. So if we found ourselves snowed in on our wedding day, we’d have no problems. Our guests were also staying close by at the Courtyard and Crown Hotel.” she adds.

Karl and Emma’s marriage ceremony took place in the Panelled Hall at 1.30pm with around 75 guests and the couple enjoyed the relaxed and familiar setting. The couple had a subtle navy and blue theme, from the bridesmaid’s dresses to the sapphire of Emma’s ring. Room decor was kept simple with crystal and silvery touches, by dipping the ends of pine cones in white paint and arranging them in vases with fake snow on the tables. Emma’s love of Christmas was brought into the venue with around 50 reindeer and stag ornaments in a mix of styles, including a favourite gift; a stainless steel tea light holder.

The hearty winter menu comprised a steak and ale pie with mashed potatoes, followed by sticky toffee pudding and custard, catered by W&M Wrights. Guests were wowed by an all-white snowflake-decorated wedding cake handmade by Emma’s mum, served alongside a cheese tower and personalised pork pie. A hog roast completed the evening’s dining to perfection.

Emma commented, “I don’t think anywhere else compares to Hodsock Priory in the area. It’s a really intimate venue and utterly gorgeous. It’s irrelevant what time of year you choose to get married, the house and gardens are just beautiful. It was the log fire that sealed the deal for me though.”

George Buchanan, ninth generation owner and manager of Hodsock Priory adds, “The low sun and icy grounds can offer a stunning backdrop to a Hodsock wedding. Our couples revel in the cosy feel of the Library, our roaring log fire, and the white theme can be striking. As a complimentary seasonal bonus we’ll light our new Fire Pits for January weddings booked before 28th February 2017.”

Hodsock Priory’s all-inclusive Snowdrop Wedding package costs £13,500 for 60 guests. Couples receive exclusive use of the House and Italian Terrace and the package includes a night in the opulent wedding suite, three course wedding breakfast and drinks reception, bouquets, buttonholes and floral table arrangements, three tier wedding cake and musical entertainment with mood lighting. The venue, based in 800 acres of formal gardens, woodland and countryside can cater for up to 120 guests and offers a range of wedding and event packages.


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Sparklers, fires and cosy delight, enhance the shadows of November’s light – seasonally themed weddings at Hodsock Priory

September 2016


Snowdrops and Aconites

Brides and grooms marrying at Hodsock Priory, the exclusive use country house wedding venue in north Nottinghamshire, have taken advantage of the romantic, darkened days of November to hold their seasonally-themed wedding. Throughout each month of the year, the secluded estate offers something different to wedding couples.

Hodsock’s iconic Tudor Gatehouse is floodlit from dusk, and the warm glow emitted from the House adds a warm ambience to a wintery country wedding while five acres of formal gardens offer the perfect photographic backdrop year round.

Fun-loving Michelle and James chose a November wedding to make the most of the romantic setting, imagining a crisp day and a dusky evening with roaring log fire and candlelight. The couple’s mid-afternoon marriage ceremony in the Panelled Hall was timed to ensure they had dark winter natural light, with shadows cast as a result of dozens of tiny candles. Having written their own vows they were witnessed by their best man, aged 13, and 80 guests in black tie and ball gowns.

Freshly cut foliage in deep greens and white lent The Pavilion a magical atmosphere, celebrating the frostiness of the world outside, contrasting with the warmth and soft light inside. Mood lighting gave the room an subtle purple hue for the evening reception. The couple chose to end their evening of light and love with group photographs outside the House with everyone holding sparklers aloft.

Michelle says, “Our photos show Hodsock in its best light and some of our favourites are the ‘November’ atmosphere shots with the sparklers and us sheltering under the Hodsock umbrella in the rain. The gardens and lake are just as beautiful and, in our opinion, much more romantic at this time of year.”

George Buchanan, ninth generation owner and manager of Hodsock Priory adds, “Weddings during the ‘non-traditional’ months are very popular. For chilly winter evenings we can light fire pits beside the North Lawn. Guests can still see the excitement inside as the lights from the House shine out onto the drive and terrace. And we offer fun, seasonal treats such as complimentary Hodsock Estate Toffee Apples for guests at November weddings booked before 31st December 2016.”

Seasonal wedding planning is straightforward thanks to Hodsock’s all-inclusive fixed price wedding packages.

Couples have the support of award-winning Weddings Manager, Lynda Pepper, who invites them to share their inspirational mood boards with her at an initial consultation.

Hodsock Priory’s all-inclusive Grand Wedding package costs £15,500 for 60 guests. Couples receive exclusive use of the House and Italian Terrace and the package includes a night in the opulent wedding suite, three course wedding breakfast and drinks reception, bouquets, buttonholes and floral table arrangements, three tier wedding cake and musical entertainment with mood lighting. The venue, based in 800 acres of formal gardens, woodland and countryside can cater for up to 120 guests and offers a range of wedding and event packages.

For details about Hodsock’s wedding packages and facilities visit www.hodsockpriory.com/weddings or call 01909 591204 and speak with Lynda Pepper, Weddings Manager.


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Snowdrops at Hodsock set to dazzle in February 2017

September 2016


Snowdrops at Hodsock Priory

George Buchanan, ninth generation resident of Hodsock Priory, has announced the opening of his renowned Snowdrop garden and woodland. The north Nottinghamshire estate will open daily from Saturday 4th February to Sunday 5th March 2017.

After experiencing an early peak in last year’s season and then the deep freeze which prolonged the opening of the four million snowdrops in Horsepasture Wood, George has confirmed that Snowdrops at Hodsock will again open daily for four consecutive weeks.

Outside of Hodsock’s Snowdrop and Bluebell flowering seasons, public access is not permitted to the family’s country house estate, also a popular venue for seasonal weddings.

Each year at Snowdrops at Hodsock, visitors enjoy the opportunity to roam five acres of formal planted gardens, landscaped in the 1820s, and a further 12 acres of stunning snowdrop and beech covered woodland. They’ll also benefit as a result of Hodsock’s commitment to customer feedback; from improvements to pathways and the accessible toilets, to an increased supply of locally produced cakes and consistently good service in the popular marquee tearoom.

George says: “Each year we strive to be better than the year before. I’m out and about on the estate every day throughout the season and listen to our visitors. It’s always heartening to talk to visitors strolling amongst millions of Galanthus and Cyclamen flowers, or alongside the river which runs from our lake to the gardens. I’ll then see them enjoying a light lunch, afternoon tea, or inevitably browsing the plant sales area hoping to take ‘a little bit of Hodsock’ home with them.”

The woodland walk is suitable for all abilities with regular resting places, and footpaths throughout the woodland and gardens are passable in most weather conditions with wheelchairs and buggies.

The gift and plant sale area run by locally-based Floral Media will be located aside Hodsock’s iconic Tudor Gatehouse again, with direct access into the Snowdrop woods. Each day, the campfire will be lit in the Glade where picnics can be eaten, or hot drinks and snacks bought from the Woodland Cafe. A free, fun and informative history talk takes place by the campfire at around 2pm each day. For full details see www.snowdrops.co.uk, email info@snowdrops.co.uk or call 01909 591 204.


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Hodsock Priory’s 10 years of luxury weddings, snowdrop weddings, bluebell weddings and three-day house party celebrations!

June 2016


Snowdrops and Aconites

Hodsock Priory, the award winning country house wedding venue on the border of north Nottinghamshire and south Yorkshire, has united 1,000 families since entering the world of weddings 10 years ago. On 29th July 2016 George and Katharine Buchanan will celebrate the anniversary of opening their 19th century family home as an exclusive luxury wedding venue. The team at the elegant rural estate will soon be hosting their 500th wedding ceremony or reception.

George Buchanan, ninth generation owner and manager of Hodsock Priory said, “Having averaged 50 weddings a year with around 80 guests, we’re amazed to think that over 10 years we have welcomed 40,000 joyous people to Hodsock, celebrating one of the most important events in a couple’s life. That’s an incredible 80,000 glasses of fizz! It’s an absolute honour to have been a part of so many special days, evenings and weekends.”

The transformation from family home to stunning wedding venue arose after research into various ways to ‘save the Priory’ following Sir Andrew and Lady Buchanan’s (George’s parents) decision to vacate the main house in 2004-2005. A commercial solution to overwhelming repair bills had to be found and George and Katharine were keen to use their backgrounds in hospitality, management and catering. No other local venues offered the combination of history and heritage, sensational gardens and family-run exclusivity. The Buchanan’s initial investments were to rewire, reroof, replumb and refurbish to get as far away from the ‘crusty stereotype’ of country houses as possible.

“The very first Hodsock wedding was arranged in the midst of unpacking. A family turned up unannounced and asked if we ‘did weddings’. Their venue had closed down and we showed them around. The house was safe, clean and everything worked. They ‘loved it as it was’ and went on to enjoy a simple wedding with dinner, drinks and dancing before everyone went home.” adds George. “Katharine was the head chef, her sister and husband ran the bar and the ladies who helped annually at Snowdrops at Hodsock served the 40-50 guests! The feedback was incredibly useful.”

Hodsock Priory is licensed for civil marriage ceremonies and caters for wedding receptions and celebration events of various types and sizes. The lavish wedding suite is in the main house and guests can also stay on site in apartments at The Courtyard, Hodsock’s five star B&B. The gardens are in bloom throughout the year lending a seasonal range of floral themes and an enviable photographic backdrop.

Hodsock’s all-inclusive wedding packages are designed to make planning simple. Costing from £13,500 for 60 guests, brides and grooms receive exclusive use of the venue and each luxury package includes a night in the wedding suite, the wedding breakfast and drinks reception, flowers, cake, and musical entertainment. The venue, based in 800 acres of formal gardens, woodland and countryside can cater for up to 120 guests and offers a year round Grand Wedding package, seasonal themed Snowdrops Wedding package and an indulgent Three-day House Party Experience for couples who wish to celebrate for longer with their family and friends.


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Secluded Autumn Splendour –
Seasonally Themed Weddings
at Hodsock Priory

August 2016


Snowdrops at Hodsock Priory

Hodsock Priory, the award winning country house wedding venue in north Nottinghamshire, provides a secluded setting for seasonally-themed weddings throughout the year, with autumn being no exception.

Hodsock’s spectacular golden woodland and grounds provides the perfect backdrop for couples seeking to create a unique seasonal essence on their special day.

George Buchanan, ninth generation owner and manager of Hodsock Priory said, “Whilst we’ve always been renowned for our stunning Snowdrop displays in the early part of the year, autumn’s colours, along with warm days and cool nights, help bring a magical essence to the estate. This is something that brides in particular have adopted as a central theme for their wedding day.”

By autumn, Hodsock Priory has transformed from country house with a classic English country garden into acres of golden woodland with apple trees in shades of faded gold and green.

One couple who specifically chose Hodsock because of the secluded woodland setting were Will and Sara. They celebrated their Chronicles of Narnia themed wedding at Hodsock because of Sara’s love of the English children’s stories by C.S. Lewis.

Their wedding featured a number of detailed elements from the tales, from comforting English wartime food and hoppy beer, to leaf scattered table settings with woodland back-dropped mood lighting. The wedding guests even made their entrance into The Pavilion through an oak wardrobe filled with coats, in the same way that the children entered Narnia in ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’.

Hodsock Priory makes planning a seasonally-themed wedding straightforward by offering all-inclusive fixed price wedding packages, along with the support of their award-winning Weddings Manager, Lynda Pepper.

Lynda welcomes couple to share their themed mood boards with her at an initial consultation, to start the planning details. She says, “Every bride wants a truly unique occasion and it’s the details of each theme that conveys each couple’s message to their friends and family.”

Hodsock Priory’s all-inclusive Grand Wedding package costs £15,500 for 60 guests. Couples receive exclusive use of the House, Italian Terrace and gardens, and the package includes a night in the luxury wedding suite, the wedding breakfast and drinks reception, bouquets, buttonholes and floral table arrangements, three tier wedding cake and musical entertainment with mood lighting. The venue, based in 800 acres of formal gardens, woodland and countryside can cater for up to 120 guests and offers various wedding and event packages.

For details about Hodsock’s wedding packages and facilities visit www.hodsockpriory.com/weddings or call 01909 591204 and speak with Lynda Pepper, Weddings Manager.


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Snowdrops at Hodsock opens for 25th consecutive year

February 2016


Snowdrops and Aconites

The gardens and woodlands at Hodsock Priory are displaying a perfect combination of glistening white (four million snowdrops opening) and vibrant colours (aconites, cyclamen, irises and winter blooms).

The north Nottinghamshire estate opens to the public on Saturday 6th February for the 25th consecutive year. Snowdrops at Hodsock will be open daily between Saturday 6th February and Sunday 6th March 2016, from 10am to 4pm.

Following the mild winter, visitors to Hodsock are encouraged to come now and enjoy the early blooms at their best rather than arrange their trip mid-season.

They are urged to dress warmly with sturdy footwear and to bring their cameras and sense of adventure. Galathophiles, gardeners, families, cyclists, painters, photographers and those who enjoy peaceful contemplation; everyone has a different reason for visiting Hodsock during the Snowdrop season.

There are plenty of opportunities to take a seat and absorb the beauty of the formal gardens, the drifts of snowdrops in Horsepasture Wood, or warm up by the campfire with a hot drink in hand. On site the heated marquee tea room is a welcome stop off with homemade, local produce and the gift and plant sale next door is expertly managed by Nottinghamshire’s Floral Media.

A free history talk takes place by the campfire at 2pm each day, giving an insight into the Buchanan’s ancestors, Hodsock’s colourful past and how the Snowdrop Sundays from 1991 developed into the month-long attraction it is today.

Prices are £5 for adults, £4.50 for groups of 10+, £1 for children over 6. Infants and wheelchair users go FREE. Special day passes and admission tickets are available online at www.snowdrops.co.uk.

For full details see www.hodsockpriory.com or www.snowdrops.co.uk or call 01909 591204.


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Stunning bluebell woods at Hodsock Priory open to the public

April 2016


Snowdrops at Hodsock Priory

If experiencing one of the truly great spectacles of the English countryside in late spring appeals to you then a visit to Hodsock Priory is a must. Renowned for its amazing snowdrops display the historic priory will be opening for just two weekends in late April/May, so visitors can delight in and meander through its vibrant and fragrant Bluebell wood.

Hodsock Priory, located near Blyth on the border of South Yorkshire and North Nottinghamshire has this year celebrated its 25th year of opening for Snowdrops at Hodsock.

The white blanket of snowdrops in the 12 acre Horsepasture Wood has lifted for another year and in its place there will soon be an ocean like view as the iconic wildflower forms a sea of fragrant blue.

“We are thrilled to welcome visitors to our fantastic display of the English Bluebell,” said George Buchanan, ninth generation resident and general manager of Hodsock Priory.

“We are proud to live in this beautiful location and want our visitors to enjoy our place of natural beauty and relaxation, hopefully in the warmth of the spring sunshine. Along with wandering through the Bluebells and formal gardens, we will be opening the Woodland Cafe serving hot drinks, hearty butties and homemade cakes. We’ll have the campfire lit and the daily history talk will go ahead around 2pm.”

Hodsock Priory will open the gates to #Bluebells2016 for two weekends when they are likely to be at their glorious best. Opening dates are Saturday 30th April, Sunday 1st and Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th May, 10am-3pm (last entry). Friends of Hodsock, children and wheelchair users go free, adults £2.50. For further details visit www.hodsockpriory.com/events/ or call 01909 591 204.


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Spectacular Snowdrop Weddings package at Hodsock Priory – magnificent winter backdrop for romantic couples

November 2015


Snowdrops and Aconites

Hodsock Priory, the award winning country house in north Nottinghamshire, is offering engaged couples the chance to experience a glorious Snowdrop wedding with an all inclusive package. 2016 will mark the 10th year of the Buchanan family opening their home as an exclusive luxury wedding venue. Over this time, the elegant house has hosted 500 ceremonies and wedding receptions.

George Buchanan, ninth generation owner and manager of Hodsock Priory said, “Our stunning Snowdrop weddings take place during January and February when four million Galanthus bulbs are in bloom. The estate is covered in a glistening carpet of white creating a natural, romantic backdrop for a winter wedding.”

The all-inclusive Snowdrop Wedding package makes planning a wedding simple. Costing £13,500 for 60 guests, brides and grooms receive exclusive use of the House and Italian Terrace and the package includes a night in the luxury wedding suite, the wedding breakfast and drinks reception, flowers, cake, and musical entertainment. The venue, based in 800 acres of formal gardens, woodland and countryside can cater for up to 120 guests and offers various wedding and event packages.

“Hodsock Priory is our pride and joy. We’ve launched a new mobile-responsive website showcasing the Best Wedding Venue in Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire and Derbyshire (I Do Magazine 2015. Be inspired online and make an appointment to see us so we can show you the secluded splendours of Hodsock and how we help can make your day magical.” adds George.

Hodsock Priory is licensed for civil marriage ceremonies and caters for wedding receptions and events of various types and sizes. The wedding suite is in the 19th century house and guests can also stay on site at The Courtyard, Hodsock’s five star B&B.

For details about Hodsock’s wedding packages and facilities visit www.hodsockpriory.com/weddings or call 01909 591204 and speak with Lynda Pepper, weddings manager.


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25 years of Snowdrops at Hodsock + 4,000,000 Snowdrops and colourful winter blooms equals top visitor experience

January 2016


Snowdrops at Hodsock Priory

Hodsock Priory’s famous winter gardens, nestled within the Buchanan family’s 800 acre north Nottinghamshire estate, will open to the public for the 25th annual Snowdrops season from Saturday 6th February to Sunday 6th March 2016. Hodsock’s opening date is aligned with the National Gardens Scheme’s inaugural Snowdrop Festival, helping to raise money for nursing and caring charities across the UK.

Four million snowdrops cover around five acres of the estate, including natural collections, established displays and planted lawns. Galanthophiles can identify 82 Galanthus species in the formal gardens and woodland including two named after Sir Andrew Buchanan’s Grandmother and Mother, Galanthus Lady Beatrix Stanley and Galanthus Barbara’s Double respectively. Other varieties include Galanthus Atkinsii, Sam Arnott, Worwonowii, Elwesii, Magnet, Plicatus, Viridipicis, Allenii, Augustus, Bill Bishop, Brenda Troyle, Hill Poe, Robin Hood, Nivalis double and Nivalis single.

Already the air is filled with the scent of vibrant winter blooms from hellebores, cyclamen and aconites to irises, acers, cornus, sarcococca and winter honeysuckle.

Since the very first Snowdrop Sunday in February 1991, visitor facilities have been improved year upon year and refreshments and light meals, plant sales, history talks and tours of the formal gardens and woodlands are offered today.

George says: “We’ve come a long way since our first Snowdrop Sunday on a cold, wet February day in 1991. One visitor that day said to me, “Always keep the magic” and that’s what we’ve been doing ever since.”

Hodsock’s well signed footpaths can be accessed by wheelchair or buggy, with short cuts for those who are less mobile, and walk extensions for those wanting to roam the woodland. Extended walks around the estate and local area are also signposted.

Snowdrops at Hodsock will open daily between Saturday 6th February and Sunday 6th March 2016, from 10am to 4pm. Prices: £5 for adults, £4.50 for groups of 10+, £1 for children over 6. Infants and wheelchair users go FREE. Advance tickets are available online at www.snowdrops.co.uk.

The marquee tea room, gift and plant sale area is located close to the iconic Tudor Gatehouse with direct access into the Snowdrop woods. The camp fire will be lit daily in the Glade where picnics can be eaten along with hot drinks and snack from the Woodland Cafe. A free history talk will take place by the camp fire at 2pm each day imparting the secrets of Hodsock’s colourful past and how Snowdrops at Hodsock came to be.

Children are always welcome at Hodsock and enjoy a run round the parkland, trying out the home grown balancing posts in the woodland play area, or tackling the Explorer challenge.

For full details see www.hodsockpriory.com or www.snowdrops.co.uk or call 01909 591204.


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25th year of spectacular Snowdrops at Hodsock during 250th year of Buchanan’s residency

October 2015


Snowdrops and Aconites

The dates for north Nottinghamshire’s famous Snowdrop gardens have been announced for the 25th year in succession. George Buchanan, ninth generation resident and general manager of Hodsock Priory, will officially open the gates to his family estate from Saturday 6th February 2016 to Sunday 6th March 2016.

In February 1990, Lady Belinda Buchanan opened her glorious Snowdrop gardens to the public for the first time. She was astonished by the numbers of visitors who arrived, and who returned year after year. As numbers grew, so increased visitor’s comforts and facilities with the family offering refreshments and light meals, plant sales and guided tours of the formal gardens and woodlands. Today George and the estate team have refined the running of the popular annual event, with the exception of influencing the weather.

George says: “We’ve come a long way since our first Snowdrop Sunday on a cold, wet February day in 1990. We honestly didn’t expect anyone to brave the elements. We had a trestle table, a biscuit tin that doubled as the cash box, a kettle, some polystyrene cups and tea bags. Oh, and one toilet. By the end of the afternoon we’d had over 700 people through the gate. Overwhelmed but delighted we realised there was an appetite for coming to see this wonderful garden. One visitor that day said to me, “Always keep the magic” and that’s what we’ve been doing ever since.”

Lady Buchanan is famously quoted as saying: “Snowdrops is our ancestry. It all started with my husband’s grandmother, Lady Beatrix Stanley and her daughter Lady Barbara Buchanan. They kept the famous gardens at Sutton Bonington and Sibbertoft. A love of horticulture is therefore inherent and somewhat inevitable”.

George Buchanan is proud of his family roots. He holds the legacy of Hodsock Priory in his hands and the responsibility of continuing the estate’s traditions and family life. Together with his wife Katharine, he brings up his two sons and two daughters in the servant’s quarters of the main house which has enjoyed a resurgence of life as an exclusive luxury wedding venue.

The family are celebrating their 250th year of residency at Hodsock. The beautiful listed house was signed over to George’s ancestor, William Mellish, on Lady Day (25th March) 1765, a date significant in the Julian calendar to farming communities.

Snowdrops at Hodsock will open daily between Saturday 6th February and Sunday 6th March 2016, from 10am to 4pm. Prices are still frozen from 2012 at £5 for adults, £4.50 for groups of 10+, £1 for children over 6. Infants and wheelchair users go FREE. It’s well worth becoming a Friend of Hodsock to benefit from discounts on tickets and purchases. Advance tickets will be available online from November 2015 at www.snowdrops.co.uk.

The marquee tea room, gift and plant sales will be set in the grounds aside the impressive Tudor Gatehouse with direct access into the Snowdrop woods. The campfire will be lit in the Glade where you can eat a picnic or grab a hot drink and snack from the woodland cabin. A free history talk takes place by the campfire at around 2pm each day.

For full details see www.hodsockpriory.com or www.snowdrops.co.uk or call 01909 591204.


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New showcase website for Hodsock Priory, wedding venue & home of Snowdrops

October 2015


Snowdrops at Hodsock Priory

A visually stunning website has been launched enabling couples to explore the interior and exterior of luxury wedding venue and historic house, Hodsock Priory. The family home of George Buchanan, ninth generation resident and owner, Hodsock underwent a £1.5million restoration project and now hosts romantic, fun and relaxed weddings on an exclusive use basis. The mobile-responsive site has been developed to showcase the grandeur of the house and formal gardens.

The site offers inspiration about holding a wedding or event at rural Hodsock Priory, located on the North Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire border. A range of all-inclusive wedding packages make planning a wedding even easier for the newly engaged.

George Buchanan says: “Hodsock Priory is our pride and joy – so we’re delighted to open the doors online to the Best Wedding Venue in Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire and Derbyshire (I Do Magazine 2015) with the launch of our new mobile-responsive website. Now we can really show you the Secluded Splendours of Hodsock.”

Hodsock Priory is licensed for civil marriage ceremonies and caters for wedding receptions and events of various types and sizes. Bridal accommodation is provided within the main 19th century house and guests can stay onsite at The Courtyard, Hodsock’s five star B&B.

“Whether it’s a cheeky search in your lunch break on your mobile, or relaxing at home on your tablet, you can now explore the grand reception rooms, sumptuous bedrooms and gardens at Hodsock like never before. We’re able to show you the best of 500 weddings we’ve had the privilege of hosting – it’s the very best wedding venue photography you’ll find anywhere. As a family living at Hodsock who’ve offered our home as a wedding venue for 10 years now, we’re proud to show you what we do with a window to our world. We invite you to fall in love with this wonderful place.” Adds George.

George Buchanan holds the legacy of 250 years of Buchanan’s at Hodsock Priory in his hands. The Buchanan family are celebrating their 250th year of residency at Hodsock. The beautiful listed house was signed over to George’s ancestor, William Mellish, on 25 March 1765. Together with his wife Katharine, George brings up his two sons and two daughters in the servant’s quarters of the house.


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Country house famed for annual snowdrop displays wins Best Wedding Venue 2015 award

June 2015


Snowdrops and Aconites

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Hodsock Priory, a 19th century country house in north Nottinghamshire, now proudly boasts award winning status having won ‘Best Wedding Venue’ at the inaugural I Do Wedding Awards 2015.

The estate’s ‘secluded splendour’ motto is wholeheartedly endorsed by Hodsock Wedding couples and I Do Magazine readers. The I Do awards were voted for by the public and this method of judging means a great deal to the team at Hodsock.

George Buchanan, ninth generation owner and manager of Hodsock Priory said, “We’re incredibly proud to have won this award. From this amazing Best Wedding Venue accolade to commemorating our 250th year at Hodsock, this is a year of celebrations for a very hard working team.”

George has welcomed hundreds of wedding parties to his family home with the support of a truly dedicated team. Brides and grooms receive exclusive use of the house, accommodation and access to 800 acres of formal gardens, woodland and countryside, with flexible and affordable all-inclusive wedding packages. Selected dates are still available in 2015/16 including summertime.

“Nothing gives me more pleasure than seeing our home alive with the fun and romance of a wedding party.” says George. “Our home makes a wonderful wedding venue and is for couples looking for something unique, relaxed and elegant. We offer our trusted advice, our attention to detail and affordable packages so Brides and Grooms-to-be have complete flexibility.”

Hodsock Priory has a bridal suite and two rooms in the main house and ten luxury B&B suites a short walk from the house at The Courtyard.

For details about Hodsock’s wedding packages and facilities visit www.hodsockpriory.com/weddings or call 01909 591204 and speak with Lynda Pepper, weddings manager.


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Family estate opens for Snowdrops – it’s been an odd winter so far

January 2015


Snowdrops at Hodsock Priory

It’s been an odd winter so far for gardeners and the emergence of spring can’t come too soon for the Buchanan’s at Hodsock Priory. Winter can’t quite be banished yet, but welly-up and you’ll find new signs of life at Nottinghamshire’s famous Snowdrops at Hodsock Priory.

Hodsock Priory is a family estate, opening to the public for just four weeks of the year. Its four million Snowdrops cover 17 acres of woodland and gardens and make for impressive viewing. There’s plenty to see and do for every age and interest; avid photographers, Galanthophile gardeners and keen horticulturalists, couples heading off the beaten path for a romantic stroll, families eager to try the treasure trails and explore the woodland.

“Come and enjoy your visit to Hodsock early in the season, you won’t be disappointed as there’s plenty in bloom. Very often mid season has been the best time to see the widest variety of snowdrops and other winter plants. This year we’ve already started to see daffodils and early blossoms which we traditionally expect to flower in March.” says George Buchanan, ninth generation resident and general manager at Hodsock Priory.

Blow away the cobwebs of winter and enjoy delicious homemade lunches and cakes in the Tea Room. Or perch on a bench in the Glade, a natural clearing, in sight of the tiny white flowers. Indulge in a bacon butty from the Glade’s Woodland Café whilst warming up by the campfire and listening to the daily history of Hodsock talk. Children can run around building dens in the forest play area with balancing posts and tree swings, while parents cup a steaming mug of tea.

Helpful hints for your visit:
Check the weather forecast!
Bring wellies, boots or walking shoes and wrap up in warm clothing
Bring your camera / smartphone to tweet us @HodsockPriory or post to Flickr
Allow 2 to 2 ½ hours for your visit
Dogs are allowed to walk in the park but are not permitted in the woodland or gardens
Free parking on site and hard standing for coaches

The Snowdrops 2015 season runs from 31st January to 1st March and gates open at 10am, with last entry at 4pm. Prices are frozen from 2012 at £5 for adults, £4.50 for groups of 10+, £1 for children over 6. Small children and wheelchair users go FREE. Join the Friends of Hodsock scheme for discounts on tickets and purchases.

Advance tickets are available online at www.snowdrops.co.uk and it is well worth looking out for 2 for 1 entry tickets being promoted in the local press from the end of January.

For more information see www.snowdrops.co.uk, email info@snowdrops.co.uk or call 01909 591204.

PHOTO CALL & INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY:
A Snowdrops Media & Industry day has been arranged for Tuesday 3rd February from 10.30am. Members of the press, bloggers and photographers are invited to the estate to meet George for a short talk about Hodsock’s history and a tour of the garden. Cream teas will be served in the house afterwards. Interviews will be given on request.


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Winter bulbs are blooming marvellous at Hodsock Priory

January 2015


Snowdrops and Aconites
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Snowdrops 2015 – Celebrating 250 years of Hodsock

November 2014


Snowdrops at Hodsock Priory

 

Galanthus (Snowdrops), Hellebores (Christmas Roses) and Cedric Morris (Daffodils) are already emerging in the grounds of Hodsock Priory. The fragrance of the Sarcococca (Christmas Box) is now in the air and the small estate team and volunteers are busy preparing for the opening of Snowdrops at Hodsock 2015 on 31st January.

With 17 acres of Snowdrops, spread across managed woodland and gardens, it’s quite a task. Visitors to the estate throughout February can choose to enjoy a relaxed day out in a quintessential English winter Garden, or a more strenuous exploration of the woodland.

Whatever you opt for, the Tea Room run by Ann Wright will offer the best in local produce to refresh you, the plants and gift shop will be stocked with hand crafted goods from Floral Media and the camp fire in the Glade will warm the avid listeners to George’s daily History of Hodsock talks.

“We are proud of our four million Snowdrops and thankful to our ‘Friends of Hodsock’ volunteers in helping us tend to the varieties of flower in the grounds. We’re looking forward to planting a new Snowdrop lawn to commemorate 250 years of our family in residence here at Hodsock.” says George Buchanan, owner and general manager of Hodsock Priory.

“Equally as impressive are the flashes of colour and the magnificent scents in the air that you’ll experience as you walk through the grounds. We truly have a winter garden for all senses and an ideal day trip for all ages.”

The Snowdrops 2015 season runs from 31st January to 1st March and gates open at 10am, with last entry at 4pm. Admission is £5 for adults, £4.50 for groups of 10+, £1 for children over 6. Small children and wheelchair users go FREE. Advance tickets are available online at www.snowdrops.co.uk and it is well worth looking out for 2 for 1 entry tickets being promoted in the local press from the end of January.

For more information see www.snowdrops.co.uk, email info@snowdrops.co.uk or call 01909 591204.

Images taken 13th January 2015 at Hodsock Priory

PHOTO CALL & INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY:
A Snowdrops Media & Industry day has been arranged for Tuesday 3rd February from 10.30am. Members of the press, bloggers and photographers are invited to the estate to meet George for a short talk about Hodsock’s history and a tour of the garden. Cream teas will be served in the house afterwards. Interviews will be given on request.

To register visit http://www.hodsockpriory.com/snowdrops-fam-trip

Throughout 2015, the Buchanan family will celebrate their 250th year in residence at Hodsock Priory near Worksop.

The opening of the famous Snowdrop garden and woodland will mark the start of the quarter millennial anniversary on 31st January.

George and Katharine Buchanan are saying thank you to Hodsock fans by giving away 250 FREE tickets to the Friends of Hodsock in January, alongside 2 for 1 reader offers promoted through the local press.

There will be a ribbon and cake cutting event on 3rd February but most significantly, a Buchanan Sestercentennial Snowdrop lawn will be planted.

The Buchanan family will celebrate Lady’s Day at Hodsock on 25th March. Lady Day is a religious festival that celebrates the Feast of the Annunciation. It is traditionally a day where new contracts and leases started – the start of the fiscal year under the Julian Calendar. March 25th was widely used in farming communities as the day to start life on a new farm. And the Buchanan’s follow in this tradition.

“When we checked the archives we saw that Hodsock was signed over to William Mellish on Lady Day 1765,” said George Buchanan, General Manager and 9th generation resident at Hodsock. “It’s very significant in the farming calendar and apt for Hodsock as women have been crucial to the longevity of the estate ever since.”

From the investment of wealthy Margaret Mellish to the visionary architectural prowess of Anne Chambers, women have had significant influence over the estate. The Women’s Land Army (or as they are better known The Land Girls) came here during WWII and more recently it was Lady Belinda who insisted that her glorious Snowdrop garden was opened to the public for all to enjoy.

The Snowdrop garden will be open daily 10am to 4pm from Saturday 31st January 2015 for 4 weeks. Final admissions to the garden will be 4pm on Sunday 1st March.

The marquee tea room, gift and plant sale will be set in the grounds aside the Gatehouse with direct access into the Snowdrop wood. The campfire will be lit in the Glade where you can eat a picnic or grab a hot drink and snack from the woodland cabin. There will also be a free daily history talk.

Tickets will be available online from December. 2015 admission prices; Adults £5, Children £1, infants under 6 and wheelchair users go Free. Groups of 10 or more adults £4.50 per person.

For more information see www.snowdrops.co.uk, email info@snowdrops.co.uk or call 01909 591204.


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