This Week On The Millbridge Court Site… Part 2
So, it’s been another amazingly busy week on the ever-changing Millbridge Court site and the big news is (drum roll please) we have windows and doors!!! The glass doors in the Ceremony Room, connecting corridor and the Dining Hall arrived late last week and as planned, they are letting in a tonne of natural light…
The glass walls were also being constructed this weekend (5 days later than planned thanks to the not so Summery weather we’ve had over the past week) and I managed to snap them in action in between viewings on Saturday…
At the other end of the Millbridge Court site, the porch has been put over the front entrance and is being tiled. It’s also amazing to see how carefully and intricately the original brickwork has been restored on the front of the Hotel. Having previously been covered with white paint, it has taken six months of stripping and repointing and all of the hard work has definitely paid off!
Now, here’s a quick sneak peek of the changes going on inside. The private Dining Room in the Hotel has been given a base coat of paint ready to be decorated this coming week. With a stunning wooden dining table running down the middle of the room it’ll be the perfect communal space to have breakfast the morning after the big day with family and friends, or perhaps a private dinner the night before? Exclusive use at it’s finest.
And the alcove in the Hotel entrance has had the windows fitted and the floor cleared ready for the beautifully rustic wooden floorboards to be laid down this evening (oh yes, the hard working builders are working in to the evening, even on a Sunday).
And I’m afraid that’s all for this week’s sneak peak’s, folks. So much is in store over the next 7 days so stay tuned for next weeks update!
This Week On The Millbridge Court Site…
Now we’re getting close to completion here at Millbridge Court and so much is changing from one day to the next, I thought I’d do a little weekly update to let you all in on some of the exciting progress.
So as you may have seen if you follow us on Facebook, our stunning Arbour has been put in place this week! A few short months ago, the space you see it in now was full of overgrown bushes and trees and upon clearing them we were amazed at just how picturesque the countryside behind it really is. The ground was levelled and then the Arbour was constructed. It really is a florists dream and I can’t wait to see lots of beautiful Summer Weddings taking place under it throughout next Summer (and beyond).
The next big change we have happening externally is the cladding going on to the connecting building between the Hotel and the Venue. It has always been important to us that we restore what was formerly known as ‘The Mariners’ and only make architectural and design changes that fit in with the area both currently and historically. For that reason, we have spent 5 months restoring the stunning original brickwork from the Hotel and furthermore replicated that brickwork in the new build. In keeping with traditional houses in the area, as you can see from the photo below, we are also putting up dark cladding in the central building making Millbridge Court look as if it’s all been there for years.
Since Friday morning, we have also seen drastic progress at the rear of Millbridge Court which has involved the removal of the concrete that was originally underfoot. This has been done in preparation for the soil to be laid throughout this week and with this huge upheaval, it is now becoming easy to imagine the space as gorgeous lawns and it won’t be long until this is a reality!
It really is astonishing to see how quickly it is progressing and I can’t wait to show you all what’s in store over the next 7 days… Stay tuned!
Our Boutique Hotel
One of the things that make us so unique at Millbridge Court is the fact that we have a stunning seven bedroom boutique Hotel connected to the Venue. Not only is this extremely convenient for those able to stay over the night of the Wedding (and if available, the night before) but with the interiors making the downstairs feel very much like a luxury private house, you’ll feel very much at home.
But before I get carried away, let me explain the details about the car park and outdoor area at the Hotel. High hedging will surround the car park, which will have hard packed gravel under foot and room for fifty parking spaces. We will also have a turning circle that pulls up next to our side entrance, perfect if a Bride and Groom are arriving to Millbridge Court straight from Church.
Now on to the interiors… the ground floor of the Hotel will be such an asset, used for a multitude of functions throughout the day. With soft furnishings, rustic fireplaces, exposed brickwork, a stunning alcove letting in lots of natural light, a fully functioning bar (the exciting and unique design of which will be revealed within the next month), a snug area lined with more comfy seating, it will be the perfect place for people to relax prior to the Wedding celebrations and catch up with the Groom, Ushers and other guests. In the hotel, we also have a breathtaking private dining room. With oak beams from the original build and a long dining table running down the middle of the room, it will be the perfect location for a pre Wedding dinner or post wedding lunch, if available, and a great way to have everyone who has stayed at the Hotel to congregate for Breakfast the morning after the celebrations.
Once the celebrations commence, although guests will be in the Venue, the Hotel will still be available to use if perhaps there are littler guests who require a crèche service or a guest would like a quiet area to sit if the music is too loud for them later on in the evening.
Our bedrooms on the first floor of Millbridge Court Hotel are all en-suite and of an equal size, the majority of which overlook our neighboring meadow and the River Wey. Designed elegantly and with neutral colours, it’ll be a welcome place to rest your head after a wonderfully busy day and offering the unique ability for those occupying the rooms to be able to get ready on site.
Our Ceremony Hall
With high ceilings, stunning oak beams throughout and our breathtaking glass wall, the Millbridge Court Ceremony Hall will be the most gorgeous setting for Bride’s and Groom’s to take their vows. There will be room for 150 guests to be seated comfortably on our elegant limewash chiavari chairs, which will be arranged lengthways down the room creating a beautifully long aisle for the Bride and her bridesmaid’s to walk down.
The Ceremony Hall at Millbridge Court has been designed in a way that will allow a vast amount of natural light to come flooding in during the daytime celebration, which will be a welcome asset throughout the year. The outside will be brought inside as this will create the ability for the guests and the lovely couple to fully appreciate their tranquil Surrey surroundings without having to be outside for those colder months.
Four sets of glass double doors surround the CeremonyHall, with two opening out directly to the spacious patio, allowing the rooms and outside spaces to flow as if they were one. Our bar will be at the back of the Ceremony Room, closed off by doors throughout the ceremony but opened immediately afterwards so that guests can help themselves throughout the day if they would like a refreshment other than that on offer for the drinks reception.
Once the Wedding Breakfast is underway, the Ceremony Hall will then be transformed ready for the evening’s celebrations. The two separate rooms provide the perfect opportunity for the band or DJ to set up while the guests are enjoying their meal, which creates the unique ability in a Barn Wedding for the Evening celebrations to get underway seamlessly from the moment the speeches are over. Music can continue and the bar will stay open until 12am.