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Christmas is a time for decadence, a time for luxury, a time to wrap up from the cold and keep cosy and warm. Most of all perhaps, it is a time for spending with friends and family, for chatting, for eating, for giving and receiving presents. For catching up from the chaos of the modern world. This last Christmas at Hallsannery saw one lovely family doing a little (or maybe a lot!) of all of the above.

With three generations sharing the gorgeous accommodation in both Hallsannery House and the Coach House, there was plenty of space for everyone. From the older members of the family to the two year old twins, everyone had their own private space but could come to together too – to share in family feasts in the decorated Dining Room, to hand out gifts from under the magnificent tree under the spiral stairs and to indulge in fireside evenings and games in the elegant Drawing room.

Here are some of our guests very kind words…

‘What a wonderful Christmas we all had at Hallsannery, everyone LOVED it. The house is so comfortable and there is such a special atmosphere there with it being big enough for everyone to have their own space and cosy enough that it is like home from home, the perfect combination!’

And here are a few more…

‘Amazing’

‘So spoiling;

‘Bliss’

If you’d like your own fairytale Christmas at Hallsannery, we have availability for 2015 – give me a call or send me an email to find out more!Tree under spiral stairs Dining Room table 20141223_090251 (2)!

 

 

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Last November we had the honour of hosting the winter wedding of a truly lovely couple, April and Sam. Embracing the seasonal colours (and reflecting the warmth of the house!) Mr & Mrs Adams transformed Hallsannery into a veritable feast of elegant sumptuousness. Holding their ceremony in the Hall, followed by a wedding feast provided by Leisa and her team at Devon Catering in the Dining Room, the couple even had space in the Morning Room for a spot of casino magic before the dancing began. Here’s what the Bride and Groom had to say…
‘Our wedding was the most perfect weekend – thank you so much for allowing us to use Hallsannery. We loved that we could celebrate all weekend with the people closest to us; it felt so much like being at home from the moment we arrived. It was the diversity of the house that we fell in love with on our first visit – having the different rooms gave us the flexibility to cater for everyone’s needs in more ways than we expected… from the peaceful and relaxing lounges to the social hub of the kitchen. We were even able to create a casino room which was a huge hit with everyone.
The stair case provided an amazing entrance to the wedding ceremony and I felt like a princess floating down the stairs. Rose did an amazing job with flowers for the banister and the uplighters from Flybase completely transformed the hallway. Or DJ and bar company had never been to the venue before and all commented on the unique atmosphere that the house created and what a truly amazing day they had. Jon our photographer was able to get some stunning photos both inside and outside of the house which gave us a beautiful backdrop.’
A gorgeously warm winter wedding for a gorgeously warm couple. We wish them much health and happiness in the years ahead!
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One of the best bits of my ‘job’ here at Hallsannery is having the honour of  hearing couples in love saying ‘I will’. One of the next best bits is receiving an email from the newly weds afterwards, often with a few photos of their very unique day.

Back in July this year we hosted a very happy wedding for a very happy couple! With a hint of the Scottish and a touch of VW vintage, Victoria and Andrew made the most of the glorious summer weather and Hallsannery’s stunning settings. Their ceremony under the Portico with guests seated to the west of the House was followed by a reception on the lawn with some wonderful group photo opportunities. The bride and her entourage had fun in the Drawing room, and as you can see, Andrew and Victoria even managed to sneak away into the parkland to get a few more private shots, which captured both their relationship and their unforgettable day. The setting sun and balloons is a particular favourite of mine – thank you for sharing your day and your memories with us Mr and Mrs McLachlan!

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(Photos courtesy of Barney Walters)

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Think lengthening days on empty beaches with the late spring sun warming your back. Think planning a stunning coastal path walk with a pint and pasty at the end. Think returning to Hallsannery for a candle-lit bath, followed by an unhurried evening, reminiscing and relaxing in front of a log fire with friends. Getting away from it all to enjoy and explore the delights of North Devon.

We have just a couple of week-long stays or long weekends available at Hallsannery in April and May 2015. And exclusive use of our gorgeous Manor House and grounds needn’t cost as much as you might think. With 11 super king-size en-suite bedrooms sleeping up to 22 adults and a handful of kids, a week-long stay in April or May costs £5000, working out at less than £65 per luxurious room per night. Not overly much for (as our guests regularly remind us as they drift down the spiral stairs) ‘feeling just like Lady Mary’!

Take a look at our ‘availability’ tab for dates we have free and send me an email or give me a call with your enquiry. I’ll get back to you as soon as I’ve finished helping Mrs Patmore ‘below stairs’!

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Happy Birthdays at Hallsannery Posted November 19, 2014

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Last weekend Hallsannery hosted a very special surprise! After months of top secret planning, the Edwards family sprung a surprise 50th birthday party for their super-smashing mum. With guests sworn to secrecy, ‘mum’ was squirreled down to Devon where her closest friends and family were waiting with balloons, cake and not a little champagne. Culminating in an 80s night party on the Saturday (complete with fabulous fancy dress as you can see!), the beach at Westward Ho! provided the perfect place to blow away the cobwebs for a Sunday stroll. Here’s what the birthday girl had to say…

‘The most amazing surprise, fantastic weekend in a wonderful location – amazing family, friends and memories’

Hallsannery joins the family and friends in sending birthday best wishes, with special thanks to Boy George for allowing us to share in the surprise and the photos!Hallsannery Birthdays

 

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When we took over the running of Hallsannery in 2012, Charles and I did so not only to continue to preserve this beautiful house, but also to create a viable and rewarding business. What we didn’t appreciate fully at the time (mid-building-work, business set-up, sweat and tears!) was how rewarding it would be to see the house being used – and loved – by so many others. To see it host – and come alive – for such a variety of wonderful events and occasions. In short, to be the backdrop for the creation of a multitude of memories and happy times.

Since re-opening in April 2013, we have played host to…

  • 30th, 40th and 60th birthday parties (not to mention a few in-betweens!), with an amazing 80th birthday celebration coming our way next year
  • extended groups of families and friends, getting together for annual reunions, for summer holidays, for walking weekends or just… because!
  • fabulous sporting teams competing on nearby golfing courses
  • corporate groups enjoying the relaxed and exclusive atmosphere
  • gorgeous Brides and handsome Grooms creating their unique, so-special days and weekends
  • scattered-to-the-winds families coming together with mince pies. mulled wine and a little champagne for the festive season
  • couples celebrating long-ago weddings with family and friends
  • and many, many more.

Here’s a smattering of my very favourite bits of feedback…

‘Best holiday EVER. We want to come here again’

‘The most wonderful venue… we hope all your future guests love it here and make the most of all the pleasures!’

‘Best birthday a girl can have’

‘Our stay at the mansion exceeded our expectations… thank you’

‘Looking forward to coming back in 2015!’

‘A perfect venue for a wedding. Had a brilliant day and evening and a lovely relaxed weekend. Thank you to everyone involved’

‘Didn’t want the week to end… loved every minute here’

‘Best week away in the UK EVER’

‘Such a beautiful wedding venue… I will treasure the memories of this weekend’

‘The only thing I didn’t like was leaving.’

And the rest of 2014, next year (and into 2016/17!) is looking equally busy and exciting here at Hallsannery.  We’re looking forward to helping create many more amazing memories!

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A month or so ago, I had the pleasure of meeting with Devon Life reporter Naomi Tolley and photographer Matt Austin. Thanks to their combined efforts, they put together a great feature on the (not insubstantial!) restoration work we carried out at Hallsannery in 2012/13.

Entitled ‘Keeping it in the family’ the piece gives an insight into the joy – and hard work! – involved in the project, and includes well-deserved mentions for some of our amazing suppliers and tradesmen. The full article is in November’s edition of the magazine, but to whet your appetite here are a few of our favourite shots of the house, taken by the very talented Matt Austin. The ornate hallThe parquet-floored dining roomSumptuous sitting roomStunning cupolaCountry kitchen

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Back in July, we had the honour of hosting my cousin and his beautiful wife’s wedding here at his childhood home of Hallsannery. A true family affair with flowers, food, music and cakes all concocted by armies of relatives and friends, we had the excitement of being both hosts – and guests.

Lovers of the great outdoors, Matt and Sam had their hearts set on getting married outside under the Portico and thankfully the weather played ball. Their ceremony was followed by drinks and music on the lawn, before we took our seats in the stunningly bedecked BBD marquee on the East Lawn for a sumptuous wedding hog roast feast provided by Leisa and her team at Devon Catering. As the evening drew in, we hit the dance floor in the dining room before – some of us! – headed off to bed. An amazing couple, an amazing day! Here’s a little of what they had to say…

‘Thank you so much for everything you did for our wedding; you really made the day special for us. We hope you had as much fun as we did…’

I think it’s safe to say that yes, we did!

(Photos by the talented Jon at Indigo Perspectives)

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We recently played host to a gaggle of extremely photogenic kids (and their props!) for a photo shoot for Thrifty Hunter Magazine. Not only are the kids adorable, but the photos are amazing… Take a look at our facebook page for a selection of shots Cool kids!

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Back in May when the rhododendrons were in full bloom and the sun was glorious, Helen and Paul celebrated their marriage at Hallsannery. It was the most relaxed, but beautifully thought-through and personal day – I don’t think the Bride (or the Groom!) stopped smiling once!
Here’s what they had to say about their day…
“THANK YOU for the perfect wedding day. The venue was stunning and the grounds looked gorgeous. With the incredible weather on the day, we were so happy that our guests could enjoy being outside in the sun. Such an amazing venue in beautiful Devon.
It was so very special for us to be able to spend our wedding day somewhere that Helen has such fond childhood memories of. The spiral staircase made for some really special moments and great photos, and the Cook’s parlour made for a great space for our bar.
 Special thanks to Hannah for being so accommodating to our crazy wedding ideas and for her advice and suggestions!”
Well, we didn’t think their ideas were crazy but as you can see they certainly made for some stunning photos. Congratulations Helen and Paul on an amazing day.
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(With thanks to the Bride and Groom and to J&A Cameras for the gorgeous photos)