Warm welcome to business owners at corporate showcase

It was a pleasure to welcome over 30 business owners when we relaunched the Hall as a destination for corporate events.

As well as a number of North East Chamber of Commerce members from across the North East, we also welcomed specially invited local guests to sample the rooms and some food. There was also a chance to be entertained by a troupe of dancers!

The fact we were more than happy to let our specially invited guests explore the Hall and its rooms left many in awe. Many commented that hotels don’t allow you full access, but that’s what we’re about. Whether it’s a corporate event or a wedding, you should feel relaxed and at home.

Our open house policy was what many visitors said they enjoyed. Lindsay Benton runs her own business, Northumberland Nutrition, and also arranges events for another business.

She said: “Ellingham Hall is amazing. I’d never been before, but after being able to look around at the all the rooms, including the kitchen, I’d say it is one of the best events venues in the region.

“The facilities are amazing and it’s a beautiful place. I have to say, the food was very good!”

Clare McCabe, from the North East Chamber of Commerce, said the Hall had been a perfect venue for its members’ event.

“The Hall has such a lovely feeling and having our meeting at the same time as the corporate launch was perfect because there was music and entertainment too, which gave a very different feel to what we usually have,” she commented.

“It’s somewhere we’d certainly come back to.”

Like so many others who visited, David Kirkland, from North East Times magazine, had never been to Ellingham Hall before.

He explained: “I have heard of the hall before and knew about it hosting weddings, but I’d never been. We arrange events across the region and it would be a perfect place for events.

“We like to get away from the office for some production meetings, and it’s a place that would be perfect for those meetings.

“It is a very surprising place, particularly how big it is. I was very impressed. I have to also say I was also impressed with the members of staff. They were all very polite.”

We couldn’t have put on such an amazing launch without our supporters, who were: Instore Radio, The Whole Shc-Bang, Paul Slattery Caricatures, Corporate Illusion, Clear & Loud AV, Pure Entertainment Group, Prime Entertainment, Phil Smith Photography and North East Chamber of Commerce. 

If you haven’t been to explore Ellingham Hall, or haven’t thought about us as a corporate venue, why not arrange to come and have a look. The kettle’s on!

Images provided by Phil Smith Photography

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Northumberland wedding venue shortlisted in regional heats of top industry awards

A wedding venue in Northumberland has been shortlisted in the regional heats of a prestigious industry award.

Ellingham Hall has been chosen as a Yorkshire and North East finalist in The Wedding Industry Awards for the best countryside wedding venue of the year.

The shortlisting from dozens of venues comes just weeks after the Hall’s Wedding Co-ordinator, Wendy Sproul, was crowned North East Wedding Co-ordinator of the Year by The Wedding Guide UK in September.

General Manager Anthony Hunter said he was delighted that the Hall had been shortlisted for such a distinguished award.

“When we were told Ellingham Hall had been shortlisted, we were thrilled. The region includes the whole of Yorkshire as well as the North East, so there are lots of countryside venues to compete against. So to be shortlisted is very exciting for us.”

Ellingham Hall is an elegant country house that is set in its own eight-acre estate. Wedding parties can book the entire grounds of the Hall as well as seven luxury cottages for their guests, making it a unique experience.

Anthony added: “We always get amazing feedback from our couples about the Hall and grounds as well as for our hardworking staff. The fact Wendy won an award just last month and we are now shortlisted for this accolade is testament to the effort the entire team puts in to make wedding days special for our couples and their guests.”

The winner of the award will be announced on November 6 at a special awards ceremony in Yorkshire.


Every Venue needs a Wendy!

Welcome to our first Blog post and we thought we would start off on a high!

We were delighted when Wendy, our Head of Weddings and Events, was recently announced as this year’s North East Wedding Co-ordinator of the Year. It is much deserved recognition for Wendy, whose heart and passion is in providing our couples with the very best experience on such a special day.

Ellingham Hall is a very special place, and you’re probably thinking that we’re bound to say that. But we feel that because we’re not like other venues, where you have to share your big day with other people and, sometimes, even other weddings, it makes it all so much more personal.

For your entire stay, the Hall and its grounds become yours – and our staff are completely at your disposal to make your wedding at Ellingham Hall an amazing memory.

It’s this attitude that, we believe, helped us and Wendy be noticed by the judges of The North of England Wedding Awards. Our couples were very keen to tell them about how Wendy had made them feel very special and put their needs first.

For example, Karen Parois faced a problem when the entertainment they had arranged let them down. They needn’t worry, because Wendy was on hand to help. Karen told the judges: “Wendy ensured that our day went well and helped to organise a DJ on the day as our entertainment let us down.”

One even said that every venue “needed a Wendy”, which was lovely, but only we have our Wendy and we’re very proud of that!

There were lots of comments that we loved reading because it showed just how Wendy’s tireless work for our couples made such a big difference. Please read on because we will feature a few of those comments below.

We are so proud of Wendy and her achievements. She loves working here and we love working with her. Congratulations Wendy! On October 7th, you can meet Wendy in person at our Wedding Open Day and speak to her about your ideas and plans between 12pm-4pm. She’d love to hear about them.

If you can’t make that day, then you can always contact us by email or phone. Wendy and her team will be happy to meet and speak to you.

So, now those comments about the service our Wendy gave. We had pages full of them, so here’s a small selection of some of the ones we enjoyed reading…

Therase Neve Nugent: “Absolute perfect from start to finish. Wendy and the team at Ellingham Hall went out of their way to provide the best standards for our wedding weekend. Nothing was a trouble for them and everything ran like clockwork. All our guests commented on how seamlessly everything fell into place and how stunning the venue was. I can’t recommend Wendy and her team at Ellingham enough and feel extremely grateful.”

Peyton James: “Wendy was truly the most amazing wedding co-ordinator! So thoughtful and kind! I could ring her at any time whether she was at work or not to ask her anything. She is an amazing, hardworking woman! She even looked after our son who was asleep so that our parents could enjoy our ceremony. I can’t recommend her enough and she is an absolute dream. Nobody is more deserving.”

Sam and Rebecca Dempster: “Not only is the venue absolutely beautiful but Wendy was unquestionably first class. She wasn’t pushy and never gave a hard sell; she gave us all the options and let us make our own mind up. Nothing was a problem and she literally bent over backwards to make sure we had the best day of our lives. We were torn between two venues when we were finalising our decision and Wendy alone swayed it for us. Every wedding venue needs a Wendy.”

Luke Mclauchlin: “Wendy always went above and beyond. Our day ran perfectly with no hiccups thanks to her. She’s always one step ahead of you in making your day perfect. Wendy was always fair from the off and we couldn’t have wished for a better coordinator, not only is the venue stunning it is greatly complemented by Wendy.”