Ellingham welcomes a new General Manager

This month, we’re pleased to share the appointment of David Fordham-Scott as Ellingham Hall’s new General Manager.

David’s extensive hospitality experience spans over 23 years and it’s his knowledge, ambition, and commitment to the enhancing the customer experience which makes him the perfect fit for Ellingham Hall.

David is no stranger to the venue, as a small boy he often visited his Great Grandmother who lived in the village. David’s family also have strong connections with Ellingham, his uncle attended the Hall when it was formerly a Prep School and it wasn’t until his recent appointment with us that David learned his Nana and Grandad were actually married in the Chapel 62 years ago – talk about a small wedding world!

David explained; “Ellingham Hall is well-known in the industry as an unforgettable two-night wedding experience – a one I’ve always greatly admired. That combined with my family connections, love for the venue and value for customer service, means I’m thrilled to be part of such a dedicated and hard-working team.”

“I have a real passion for delivering first class customer service and providing couples with the most magical day of their lives; It’s so encouraging to know I’m joining a team who share my vision. Having only just started working at the venue this month, I’ve already been made to feel so welcome. It’s been a great few weeks and I already feel like part of the Ellingham Hall family.”

Anthony Hunter, said; “David couldn’t be more suited to working at Ellingham Hall. He prides himself on being customer focused and on delivering an award-winning wedding experience – all the things Team Ellingham continuously strive for.

Anthony had previously held the role of General Manager at the Hall for over 10 years. This month, Anthony has handed over the baton to David as he takes on a directorship role for the company. His new role is to further the growth, development and future direction of the business at Ellingham, alongside beginning work on our second wedding venue, launching in 2021.

David added; “I have known and respected Anthony for a long time and l am looking forward to combining our knowledge and experience to further develop the offering at the Hall, as well as working closely together on a number of upcoming exciting new projects.”


Ellingham Hall hosts it’s first socially distanced two-night wedding experience.

When Keith and Elizabeth booked to marry at Ellingham Hall back in April 2019, they never imagined their day would coincide with the worldwide COVID pandemic.

Throughout all the announcements and daily press briefings from Downing Street, Keith and Elizabeth held firm and kept the faith in holding onto their original wedding date, even if it did mean they needed to stick within the government guidelines. 

Rebecca Graham, Head of Weddings and Events, said; “Working with the couple week by week was a real honour. On top of all the original stress planning a wedding can typically throw up, throughout it all, we’ll always remember Keith and Elizabeth asking us ‘how we were?’ and if ‘all the team were holding up?’ – it was us who were lucky they choose to marry at our venue!”

“We can’t thank Ellingham Hall enough for being flexible & helping us to come up with solutions which meant our special day could go ahead. This has been a tough year, but your creative support has been invaluable. A venue and a team not just about the wedding, but about the couple. We can’t thank you enough.” – Keith and Elizabeth.

A huge thank you to Rosie Davison Photography for sharing images of the couples day with us.


Officially open for viewings!

We’re pleased to share from this weekend we’ll be opening our doors for pre-booked private viewing appointments with members of our wedding team, for couples looking to host their two-night wedding with us.

Viewings are strictly by appointment only as we continue to operate in line with government’s social distancing guidelines. To book yours, email info@ellingham-hall.co.uk or click here (Link to the pop up to fill out their details)


Covid-19 Update June 25th 2020

Following on from official government guidance on Tuesday 23rd June, we’re pleased to say our Estate Cottages will be available for hire from Monday 6th July and we are offering a unique opportunity to privately hire Ellingham Hall this summer on a 3 night or 7 night basis throughout July and August – the perfect luxurious getaway now two households are able to reunite.

The Hall is hired on a self-catering basis and you’ll have access to up to 8 bedrooms, our patio terrace area, with use of our recently created stone fire pit, underground gamesroom, rooftop garden with private hot tub and so much more. For more details on private Hall hire this summer, email info@ellingham-hall.co.uk


Covid-19 Update

In line with Government guidance outlined Friday 20th March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, it is with great sadness we have had to temporarily close Ellingham Hall however we’re pleased to say we are scheduled to reopen on Monday 20th April – unless otherwise directed by Government.

We’re pleased to say all staff are being retained whilst staying safe at home, but for the interim we are asking if you do need to get in touch with the Hall as a matter of urgency, please email us on info@ellingham-hall.co.uk where the mailbox will be checked intermittently.

In the meantime, stay safe and be kind.

The Ellingham Hall Team


New look for our Ceremony Room

Following on from the popular refurbishment to our Drawing Room last year, we were pleased to start work on our Ceremony Room in January. Opened officially at our open day event last month, the room has been given a contemporary makeover injecting light and warmth into the space with freshly painted paneling giving it a modern twist on the traditional country house. Combined with luxury stylings, including crushed velvet curtains and brushed gold touches, we’ve been inundated with great feedback by our couples over the past few weeks.

The Ceremony Room is one of two indoor spaces at Ellingham where couples can host their wedding ceremonies, event organisers can host private dining sessions and corporate clients can run a series of activities with exclusive access to the Hall for the duration of their event.

Take a look at a picture of our newly refurbished space shot by Dan Clark Photography at a recent wedding with us.

News, Weddings

Wendy is named UK Wedding Coordinator of the Year for 2020.

If you’ve ever been up to the Hall, or organised an event with us, we’re pretty certain you’ll be familiar with the name Wendy Sproul. Wendy was our Head of Weddings and Events at the Hall for over four years, until she was recently promoted to Operations Manager and it looks like the good news doesn’t just stop there. Last week Wendy was crowned UK Wedding Coordinator of the year in the LUXlife 2020 Global Wedding Awards – this comes just 18 months after she was named North East Wedding Co-ordinator in the North of England Wedding Awards.

Wendy said, “I am thrilled and honoured, but also moved by being named the UK’s best Wedding Co-ordinator.

“When I got the news I just burst into tears. I really can’t quite believe it. It’s fantastic and such an honour to be part of so many couples’ special wedding celebrations.”

Wendy’s attention to detail, calmness under pressure and ability to lead during her time as Wedding Co-ordinator, were some of the reasons why she was promoted six months ago.

General Manager Anthony Hunter explained: “I am absolutely thrilled that Wendy has been given this award. She deserves it. Everyone in our team looks up to Wendy as she is diligent when it comes to our guests’ requests and unwavering in delivering a fantastic service. It is her commitment to the venue and the hospitality sector which makes her a real asset to the business.

“The team at Ellingham Hall know there’s something truly special about Wendy – and this award proves just how wonderful she is. I am proud and honoured to have Wendy as one of the Ellingham Hall family.”

News, Weddings

Ellingham successfully shortlisted second year running for National Title

Following on from being Highly Commended as Countryside Wedding Venue of the Year at the 2019 National Wedding Awards, we were delighted to be informed last month that we’d again been shortlisted from thousands of venues across the UK to be named among 8 finalists for 2020.

Rachel Barlow, Marketing and Communications Manager said; “We’re delighted to have been shortlisted for the award again this year. Since being so close to winning last year, we’ve worked hard at the venue on improving our experience for couples and also on the venue itself investing substantially in a number of areas at the Hall, many of them highlighting the wonderful Northumbrian countryside.”

It’s now down to public vote and the Team are calling on your support to help them lift the national title. To vote, click here – https://natweddingawards.co.uk/nominate/vote

It’s the support from couples, their family, friends and general followers of the venue which has allowed Ellingham to be crowded winners in a number of awards ceremonies recently and it looks like there’s no sign of them slowing down.

Anthony Hunter, General Manager said; “The support we’ve received over the last 18 months has been overwhelming. We have received back to award back nominations, have excelled in both the wedding and corporate sectors and we can’t thank everyone enough.

“We always knew Ellingham was a special place, but to be recognised on such a national scale is brilliant for the venue and all the Team working hard behind the scenes.”

The awards will be held later this year at a glittering awards ceremony in Leicester and we’ll be sure to keep you updated with news following the event.


Rebecca, our new Head of Weddings and Events

Rebecca, our new Head of Weddings and Events joined us back in October and what a whirlwind since she first started. It’s a well-known fact in the hospitality industry that you hit the ground running, but heading straight into an Open Day and running tasting events in her first few weeks, Rebecca definitely fit straight in! We caught up with her in the New Year to see how she was settling in.


How are you finding your new role at Ellingham?

I am loving it! Feel like I’m settling in now and have really become part of the family


What’s it like to work at the place you got married?

Fantastic! The place really feels like home and it’s so lovely to share such a special place to me with all of our couples and to helping them have their dream wedding day.  


How did you get into the wedding industry?

I started working in restaurants where I worked my way up the ladder to become a Restaurant Manager. I was responsible for all of the group bookings and internal events which I loved and this when I then decided to come out of restaurants and go into events full time.

I started working at my first wedding venue around 11 years ago where I used my operational background to run weddings, and once back in the office I learned my craft as a coordinator. I have worked for several venues across the North East now, all offering their own unique style, experience and format.


What are you looking forward to for the year ahead?

I’ve joined the team at a really exciting time with lots of new projects that are planned to go ahead, I can’t wait to see the company grow and be part of the journey. Also look out for some exciting events that are due to take place this year!


What’s your favourite part of the Ellingham Wedding Experience?

That it really is an experience!

Having gotten married at the Hall myself, I can personally recommend getting married at Ellingham. The 2 night hire is such a special way of doing things and ensures that you have plenty of time to spend with your family and friends and really get to invest in them!

Inspiration, Weddings

Winter Wedding Colours, Trends & Venues

When thinking of winter weddings and winter wedding venues, many automatically think of the festive season with full-bodied colours including deep reds, bold burgundy’s, flashes of gold and of course, towering Christmas trees, but what about the remaining Winter months? At Ellingham, many of our couples choose to marry in the first few months of the year, so look no further than style inspiration for the season showcased through some of our favourite weddings over those months.

Frosted Pastels

Once upon a time, pastel tones were the ‘go-to’ for all summer weddings, but recently frosted takes on the palette have led to the most magical of winter trends for couples.

by Katy Melling Photography

When it comes to flowers, opt for white anemone, blue thistles and the unmistakable brunia berries to create the dreamiest of bouquets.  When Jenn and Ed married back in February, their chosen frosted pastel tones perfectly complimented the snow dusted grounds on the morning of their wedding. With florals by The Blossom Bee florist, the styling couldn’t have been any more perfect for the Winter.

Images by Helen Russell

Crisp, classic styling

Looking for romantic and timeless styles, combining soft whites with natural organic hints of green gives the perfect fairy-tale seasonal wedding. These elegant and contemporary tones give a polished finish to all elements of a wedding day. Combining this colour palette with lots of textures and layers gives an overall luxurious feel to weddings in this season.

Ellingham Hall’s beautiful sage and stone colourings in the Chapel couldn’t be more perfect to complement this type of styling. Combine these colours with magic worked by The Whole Sch-Bang and you have your very own Mediterranean Winter right here in Northumberland      

Images Carn Patrick Photography

Pops of Colour

From pops of pink to vibrant purples, who says a winter wedding means your colours needs to be predominately white! From bouquets to bridesmaid dresses, we’ve seen some amazing pops of colours during these months. When it came to Olivia and Matthew’s wedding their bright colours injected bursts of beauty into the Hall and everywhere you looked, you saw a colourful array of arrangements to their mid-week winter wedding experience.

Images Rosie Davidson Photography

Textures and Layers

Adding layers is a simple, yet effective way to add elegance and style to the winter months. But where do you start? Would it be winter without a shawl? Although shawls and snugs are never a necessity during the season, they always add a touch of glamour on the day. 

With a whole range to choose from including vintage capes which gives hint of romance, to the stylish and modern wraps which are perfect for the modern bride wanting to add that touch of warmth to day. Check out Accent Original in Newcastle’s Mosley Street, or Epernay Bridal in Melton Park Gosforth for style inspiration!

Wanting to add a luxurious finishing touches? Try finishing off your bouquets with hand tied delicate silk ribbons or even to complete your wedding cake –  perfectly tying together elements of your wedding day into your scheme.  

Helen Russell Photography

Carn Patrick Photography

Katy Melling Photography

Magical lighting and Feel for Fire 

As the nights draw in over the winter months, we guarantee you’ll want to get creative with lighting. Why not use fairy lights and copper LED’s to add glowing touches to centrepieces, light up your favourite spirits or even dramatically light areas of the venue you love – who says they’re just for Christmas time?

Due to the popularity of our weddings over this season, we’re pleased to introduce NEW for 2021, our Winter Warmer packages which include atmospheric fairy lighting draped across our beautiful Chapel, as well as outdoor patio heaters, dramatic fire bowls on our outdoor drinks terrace and sparkles for guests to create those show-stopping magical images.

Feeling inspired? Take a look at our Real Weddings gallery HERE for more inspiration in the winter months, or speak to our team on securing your dream winter wedding date on info@ellingham-hall.co.uk