"It's such a beautiful place for a wedding - the views are stunning."
Elizabeth & Ryan, Wales.
The glorious Haldon Belvedere (Lawrence Castle) is an approved premise for civil weddings and partnership ceremonies and is one of the most popular venues in Devon. This unique historic building has been featured on TV, and in national wedding magazines, having hosted ceremonies for the popular programmes 'Four Weddings' and 'Don't Tell The Bride'. Its timeless elegance makes the Haldon Belvedere the number one choice for the small, more intimate ceremony and the location gives you an exclusivity that few venues are able to match. We can also host renewal of vows ceremonies too.
Arrive in style by vintage car, limousine, or horse and carriage. For an unforgettable experience treat your guests to a vintage bus ride to transport them to and from the ceremony. Take to the air and arrive or depart by helicopter.
The ground floor, the Lawrence Room with Major-General Stringer Lawrence's statue, has period doors, gothic style openings and a flagstone floor and is used by guests to congregate prior to climbing the cantilevered stone spiral staircase to the Palk Room for the ceremony. The Lawrence Room is where your champagne/drinks reception is held after the ceremony, if required. There is direct access out onto the level lawns to the rear of the castle and has disabled access from the drive. The Lawrence Room is also licensed for ceremonies and is used where the spiral staircase is too problematical.
The Palk Room where the ceremony takes place is bright and airy with a high ceiling and large gothic style windows, and has Baroque plasterwork. The beautiful original Indian mahogany floor is a fine example of the precision workmanship of classical 18th century carpentry. The breathtaking views make it a particularly unique setting. The room comfortably seats up to 50 guests. With the bride and groom, the 2 Registrar's, photographer and musicians, the maximum number of people is 55. Should this number be a problem we are able to accommodate a further 15 people in the Lawrence Room where a video link between the two rooms allows these guests to watch the proceedings as they happen. Disabled or elderly guests who have a problem with the spiral staircase may wish to take advantage of a safe chair lift facility provided by local medical facilitators.
The proportions of the Palk Room create the ideal acoustic for such instruments as the harp or a string quartet and vocalists excel here.
After the ceremony champagne, and canapés, can be served in the Lawrence Room while your photographer takes full advantage of the many opportunities offered by the building and its surroundings to create those special memories. Guests are welcome to wander the grounds and enjoy the lawns adjacent to the Belvedere with its unrivalled 360° views towards Exeter, Dartmoor and the south coast. The best views are from the roof terrace, access to which is included in the hire charge.
A champagne/drinks reception is available at a cost of £2.50 per head (with a minimum cost of £75) to cover the services of waitresses and the hire of glasses, tables and linen, with you supplying any drinks you wish us to serve. See 'How to Book' for further details. We have a range of canapé and finger buffet menus through our dedicated Wedding Coordinator Janet Unwin specifically designed to complement your drinks. Only in-house catering is available and we recommend that provisional catering is booked with Janet well in advance. For a smaller wedding (30 people or less) Janet can arrange a superb boutique reception. For larger weddings we are unable to host a conventional reception at the Haldon Belvedere but there are excellent venues within the locality – see Suppliers.