Press and Guest Reviews
"All the food, canapes, wedding breakfast, evening buffet and sunday morning breakfast were excellent, so congratulations to the chef and his team".
"The Manor itself is in a delightful location with splendid views over the surrounding countryside and River Severn. Tastefully renovated and with no expence spared".
"All in all it was a wonderful experience and really magical for all of us especially James and Zoe who will never forget it. You even arranged for the weather to be warm and sunny".
Barbara and Michael Prescott, parents of James and Zoe
David and Patt Wells, parents of Simon and Natalie
"To Olivia, Matt, Lucy and all the Staff at Old Down Manor. We just wanted to thank you for making our wedding day so perfect - you all worked so hard to make sure our guests were well looked after and everyone has told us what an amazing place Old Down is. We really appreciate how much effort you put into our day, and ast such short notice. Dan and I loved every minute of our wedding and that is due in a large part to yoyur help. Thank you!"
Nadia & Dan Hall
Wedding 22nd December 2011
“Thank you so much to Olivia, Lucy, Matt and all the other staff who helped to make our wedding celebration the intimate, relaxed, and wonderously happy occassion it was. The food was superb - it was only a shame I couldn't manage to eat more of it! The staff were helpful and the setting was beautifully rustic. As a couple we are very much about the company we keep and the food we enjoy sharing and, with your help, that theme resonated throughout our celebration. I would certainly recommend the venue for wedding receptions / celebrations; it made a lovely setting.
I also look forward to being able to return on our many anniversaries to come.
Thanks again for your help and support in organising my perfect day.”
Wedding 7th January 2012
"I can't thank enough for your help in making our evening on Saturday such a success. Everyone was hugely impressed by the Manor House and I had countless comments about what a lovely venue to use. The evening went totally smoothly and the bar staff you provided were really helpful. Thank you again!"
Event 21st January 2012
"Dear all at Old Down Manor, We wanted to say thank you so so much for your time, support, kindness and energy for the Daffodil Spring Ball which was in memory of our Dad. We were so impressed with the venue , especially as having opened so recently! The event could not have gone any better - it was perfect".
The Williams Family
Daffodil Spring Ball 3rd March 2012
"I came to the Daffodil Ball the weekend before last and I just wanted to say how wonderful it was. The orangery looked amazing and the entrance hall was stunning- it really is a beautiful venue. The food was divine and it never felt like you were catering for 170 people. The staff were also so helpful and polite! I would recommend it to everyone!"
Guest at The Daffodil Spring Ball 3rd March 2012
"I wanted to wrtie and thank you for the service you and your team provided for us at our fundraising dinner last weekend. These are hugely crucial events in our year and the service we received at any venue is a massively influencing factor in the events success. You made it so easy for us to focus on our guests and ensuring they had a great evening.
All of your staff were so friendly, personable and went out of their way to cater for our needs, and that reflected so well on you as their leader. We loved using Old Down Manor, it was a stunning setting for us to host our dinner and we wouldn't hesitate to use you again or recommend you to others that need a great venue. Knowing we could trust you with the food service, the room set up and all the other details that go into an event like that meant that we could focus on our primary reason for being there. That makes such a difference.
Please pass on a massive thank you from all of us here at Christians Against Poverty by working everything as seamlessly as you did, you will have had an impact on the amount of money we were able to raise and therefore the number of people we can help."
John Kirkby, International Founder & Director of Christians Against Poverty
Fundraising Dinner, 27th April 2012
"We could not have asked for a more perfect wedding venue. It rained for the entire week leading up to our wedding, but we weren't worried as the interior of the manor is so beautiful and spacious that the whole day could have taken place indoors with no feeling of compromise. However, we were lucky enough to have the most gorgeous sunny day which meant that we could make the most of the amazing grounds. The children all loved running around on the lawns, while the adults admired the fabulous views.
Olivia and Matt were both wonderful at every stage of our planning, making suggestions and catering for our every want and need with seemingly unending patience. On the day, Matt worked tirelessly to ensure that everything went smoothly - nothing for us or any of our guests was too much trouble. Manuel's food was first class, every mouthful that we ate was beautifully presented and tasted amazing. Amy behind the bar simply couldn't do enough for us... in fact, every single member of staff was absolutely lovely!
We really felt that the manor was ours for the weekend so we felt totally comfortable and relaxed the whole time. The guest rooms are fantastic - everyone was delighted with their accommodation. The bridal suite is a lovely place to get ready in the morning, looking out over the countryside. The whole place feels really luxurious and very romantic, which makes it perfect for weddings.
Thank you so much to everyone at Old Down who made our wedding day even better than we had ever imagined. Our guests were blown away by the manor house and food and haven't stopped talking about it since! We will be recommending Old Down Manor to everyone we see as a truly unforgettable wedding venue.
A million thank you's, Emma and Rich x"
Emma & Richard Mason
Wedding Saturday 12th May 2012
" My party was most excellent (helped in no small part by the fabulous weather !)
Vlad's attention to detail was superb and his staff were most efficient and friendly and ensured that all my guests had a terrific time. The food was wonderful and received glowing comments from all. My sister and niece who stayed at the Manor overnight also found the whole experience very satisfying and have indicated that it's a shame that Old Down Manor is not an hotel - because they would love to be able to stay when in the area.
Everyone was most impressed by the venue itself and I can confidently predict that some business for the Manor will result."
Birthday Party 21st July 2012
"I just want to say thank you so much on behalf of us all at Allianz for all your help over the last few months to make our Olympic Party such a huge success.
Everyone had a wonderful time and there were many compliments about the venue. Lots of people asked how we had found you and said they didn't even know you were there so I'm sure you will be seeing a lot of us again in the near future.
Please pass on our thanks to the guys from Rhodes as well. They made the night the success it was and I'm so pleased we took your advice to use them.
I will definitely bear you in mind for anything we do in the future."
Louise, Allianz Insurance Company Summer Party 26th July 2012
"Hello Old Down Manor!
Sorry this is a bit late but we wanted to say an enormous thank you for making our wedding the best day of our lives on the 25th May 2012. The manor and the grounds are absolutely stunning and all the staff made us feel completely relaxed. We completely fell on our feet by having the most glorious sunshine on the day meaning we could enjoy socialising outside playing giant connect four, drinking Pimms and being wowed by Darren Campbell the magician!
Many of us stayed at the manor the night before the wedding and we were made to feel so comfortable that it felt like ours for the whole weekend (wishful thinking!).
Olivia and Matt especially helped the day run so smoothly and everyone commented on how great and helpful the staff were (they even helped to serve our food - that is dedication for you). My step-mum was particularly grateful for the help in finding a last minute cake stand and my mum was also particularly grateful for the help in finding an iron! Nothing like those last minute stresses that Matt and Olivia smoothed over in an instant.
Everyone commented on how much they enjoyed the laid back feel to the day even though we were in the most luxurious of settings. We received many comments saying that it was the best wedding they had ever been too (we being very biased would have to agree!). The food was devine - totally recommend the lemon tart with the raspberry sauce that crackles in your mouth!
The only bad thing about the day? That I foolishly wanted to show off the bridal suite to my friends, left the door unlocked to find at the end of the night the entire bed (inside and out) had been covered in confetti. So sorry about that!
I would 100% recommend this venue to bride and grooms to be."
Anna and Andy Duncan, Wedding 25th May 2012
Myself and tony would like to thank Lucy and all the team at Old Down For making are wedding day, sunday 26th august 2012 the most memorable And best day of our lives. We would highly recommend this as the most perfect Wedding venue. Food, location, staff and manor were of high standard.
Lisa and Tony Arnold, Wedding 26th August 2012
Dear Olivia and team,
Thank you so much for a fabulous wedding on Saturday. Our daughter Libby and Paul had a great day and my husband and I are extremely pleased with how the day progressed. The setting, the relaxed but efficient running of the event and the wonderful food all contributed to make it a very special day to remember. The house and bedrooms are fantastic and we appreciate the long hours the staff put in on the day to make it all run so smoothly. Thank you all, we loved every minute of our daughter's wedding day.
Pam and Ted Cottingham (Parents of the Bride), Wedding 1st September 2012