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CIVIL CERMONIES

 

Anstey Hall is licensed for civil weddings and partnerships.

 

The morning room caters for intimate wedding ceremonies of up to 120 guests. The library on the ground floor can accommodate 60 and the Venetian ballroom can accommodate 120.

 

Our staff are working throughout your day and we do not make any charge for setting up the ceremony room which is usually done theatre style with a wide central aisle for the bride’s party. Our smart silver and blue chiavari chairs look elegant but you can customize your look with chair covers and colour coordinated bows.

 

The Registrar has some basic rules which govern the conduct of the ceremony. You can enhance your ceremony with additional vows and/or readings of a non-religious nature which must have the Registrar’s prior approval. Background music can be played at any time by live or recorded performers. The library has a Steinway grand piano.

 

Video recording by one camera is permitted during the ceremony providing it is not operated by either of your two witnesses.

 

Guests will have time to take photographs at the end of the ceremony. We will introduce your official photographer to the Registrar on the day to establish the guidelines for his all-important work during your ceremony.

 

Before the ceremony as your guests are arriving our events manager will introduce the groom to the Registrar at their desk set up in the ceremony room.

 

The Registrar then needs to interview the bride on her own. This is most easily done if she is getting ready in the bridal suite. In this case we take her to the next door room. We do not make any charge for using the room. This does not mean that you have to get ready on-site. Indeed many brides have long dreamed of dressing for their wedding at their family home where they grew up. In this case we work closely with you to ensure that you arrive by the side entrance and up the service staircase for your interview with the Registrar so that your guests and your groom do not see you before your grand entrance into the ceremony.

 

Some of the most memorable photographs are of the hectic preparations with the assistance of your mother and bride’s maids with some champagne on ice in the background.

Nice, comfortable bedrooms in a good location. Kind staff, stunning library with a picturesque garden view! It is a place of interest, which is historic Grade I building - the staff gave me a volume of information on the history of the manor. Overall, it was a very pleasant stay.
This did not feel like staying in a hotel but as a guest in a beautiful stately home. On arrival I thought I had got it wrong as I walked into this beautiful charming home. The owner and his family were quite prominent and very relaxed making us feel relaxed also. Just a short drive from the centre of Cambridge, would most definitely stay here again.
A fabulous place that is really special. It is not your usual bed and breakfast destination but a country house with an eclectic mix of décor and furniture. We booked what turned out to be a very comfortable room with four poster bed, everything you need and a lovely bathroom with roll top bath, shower etc. There was a lovely help yourself breakfast which had a very extensive selection to choose from.
Loved the building inside and out, and unexpected bonus of an upgrade which was lovely. Loved watching the wildlife from balcony in the evening & early morning, Staff very friendly & helpful. Great breakfast. Highly recommend this place.
Anstey Hall was a lovely old property. The staff were excellent and you are made to feel very welcome making our stay comfortable, it felt like we were in someone's home. The atmosphere was very relaxed and the honesty bar is a nice touch. We would definitely stay again.
Most friendly, Fantastic views of the gardens, so helpful. Room was amazing. Great breakfast. Can't wait to go back, proves you don't have to go far to have a feeling of being a million miles away.
What a great place, with fantastic staff and of course a beautiful setting. It was so much like being at one's own country house. Well done, I will certainly stay there again.
Superb B&B in a beautiful setting. The staff were really friendly and helpful. We were in room 5, facing a field full of rabbits and could have watched them all day. Breakfast was excellent and plentiful, the honesty bar and billiard table were nice facilities. We thought this was great value for money and will return next year.
Breakfast was amazing, the bath was really cool and vintage, it was a peaceful area, the staff were helpful and friendly, lovely pub with nice food just around the corner, room was amazing, we really had an incredible time. I am from Denmark and wanted to have a cozy English experience in a Victorian style castle, and that's what I got.
The atmosphere of Anstey Hall makes it really stand out; incredibly friendly, welcoming, cosmopolitan, and quirky. The eccentric, eclectic and amazing mix of furniture, decoration, art (and people) complements both the building as well as the atmosphere perfectly. It was the second time I stayed there, but I shall be very happy to go back again.
The house is beautiful and you are able to walk around and let it feel like your own home. The girl that checked us in was lovely, really friendly and showed us around. I love the feel of the history of the house and the honesty bar is great!
Wonderfully different. Great room and en suite was fantastic. Friendly staff and the location next to the Cambridge park and ride, as well as a couple of nice pubs and still in the countryside ticked all the boxes.
The house was very quirky with lots of antiques and curios to look at, being bike owners we loved the old bike in the breakfast room !! The location was very quiet as was the house and it felt like we were just guests in the owners home rather than a hotel. Please don't expect a `waited on experience ` it is relaxed and non pretentious.
Enjoyed our conversations with the charming owner and daughter; and we did have a very nice room. There were also so many interesting oddities among the hall's furnishings to hold one's attention.