A long driveway reveals pretty herbaceous borders, sycamores, immaculate box hedging and a wild woodland garden contained within 10 acres of glorious landscape that protect a Grade 1 listed gem perfect for an exclusive ’boutique’ celebration. This is Lamport Hall where, from its columned entrance you can see the church, surrounded by grazing cows and rolling green fields; surely an idyllic venue of perfect proportions in which to hold your amazing day, with all the necessary ingredients for style and elegance built in, and providing some amazing opportunities to capture beautiful images that tell the story of your day.
When I visited recently for the first time I was really impressed by its classical proportions and even more impressed by its collection of nationally important artwork and furniture contained within its rooms. Long the home of the Isham family the rooms include the panelled Oak Room with an impressive staircase from which you can make a grand entrance, the High Room of 1655, with its magnificent plasterwork ceiling where you can have a bijou ceremony for just 45 guests, and the Library with its ancient books and rare Neapolitan cabinets, where you can sign the register, before dining in splendour in the Victorian Dining Room. It feels a bit like a walk through history……
Walking around, it does feel as so many of the historic Northamptonshire venues do, like a comfortable family home, albeit a lot bigger and of historical importance and full of important pieces! What I especially love is its commitment to protecting this heritage; the Isham family lived here at Lamport for over 400 years, until Sir Gyles Isham, the 12th Baronet, bequeathed the Hall, with its contents and Estate, to the Trust that now manages everything.
The best part is that this can be yours exclusively for the day – no other celebrations will impact on yours so, If you are looking for a quietly lovely historic venue for your celebrations this is one that should be on your short list to view.