After long careers in the City, we decided to create a business focused on our beautiful property – Wickham House. It had always struck us that it would be a heavenly place to get married, particularly given the charming church in the grounds, and the spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. Having helped a friend look for a venue, we were frustrated to find that most large country house wedding venues were impersonal in feel and driven by commercial considerations. The freedom to personally craft one’s perfect wedding or event was limited by timing constraints and an emphasis on efficiency over the desires of the bride.
In the last few years of our corporate life, away-days became increasingly fashionable as various studies indicated that overworked executives were more creative and decisive when away from the office environment. Having struggled to find suitable venues that offered the requisite functionality, privacy and pleasures, we believed that we could build something that would provide the ideal venue for such events. Given our backgrounds, we knew the importance of creating a private environment, which would be conducive to effective decision-making. The idea of the Barn was conceived.
The house itself provides the wonderful and elegant stage-set for so much of what we do here at Wickham. Formerly the rectory, it was built in the late 18th century but was substantially remodelled around 1850 adding some unique Gothic stone ornamentation. It is grand, but not overwhelmingly so, and every inch of it is lived in. Meticulously decorated with antiques and paintings, it is a joy to be in, and richly augments any event experience whenever it plays a part.
Over the years we have improved and expanded the property, making a diverse and interesting setting for those looking for a special venue with a difference. Everything we have built has been finished to the highest standard. We believe that the combination of its sensational setting, the excellent facilities and our desire to tailor the venue to your wishes, makes Wickham House a fantastic option for a traditional or alternative wedding venue in Berkshire.