Today I am thrilled to spotlight on Danby Castle, a historical and unique Yorkshire wedding venue steeped in character.
From Medieval England through to the present day this amazing Venue has had some amazing times, and if you are wanting to marry in Yorkshire you are in for a treat.
I would like to highlight on what Danby can offer, and also on their fantastic Open Day where couples can see for themselves how magical it is, and how they can share in that history on their most special of days.
Danby Castle, on a moorland spur overlooking the valley of the river Esk in The North York Moors, was built by the Latimer family in the early 1300’s.
It’s Lords included some of the most powerful nobles of medieval England.
With the death of the last of the Latimers, at the end of the 14th century, the estate passed to the famous Neville family.
They remodelled the South Range, where their Arms can be seen on the south wall of the Courtroom.
In the 16th century John Neville, Lord Latimer of Danby, who owned Danby Estate and Danby Castle, married Catherine Parr, (Henry VIII’s last wife,) and their marital home was Danby Castle.
Danby Castle, now in part a ruin, but also the home of the Danby Court Leet, is reputed to be one of the earliest examples of a fortified but principally domestic castle.
The many ensuite guardrobes are ample evidence of the ‘modern’ features of this castle which sits in a strategic position overlooking the River Esk valley.
Later in the same century the Estate passed to the Danvers family and Sir Henry Danvers was created Earl of Danby.
In the 17th century Danby was bought by John Dawnay, later created Viscount Downe.
The Estate has remained with the Dawnay family ever since.
The South Range of the Castle was converted into a manorial Court-house with the former private chamber (solar) being divided into a Court Room, where the Court Leet still meets, and a Jury Room.
As regards the rest of the old mansion, the South-East tower became and still remains, a farm house.
Farm buildings were added and some original sections have fallen into ruins. Repairs were made in the 19th century and the South Range was restored in c. 1960.
More recently in 2007 Carolyn Wood moved in with her family as a tenant with a view to turning the castle into a wedding venue.
Danby Castle is now an award winning wedding venue and has been holding weddings since June 2008.
Dedicated to delivering a unique experience for your weddings.
The team at Danby Castle pride themselves on their professionalism and ability to turn couples dreams and desires into reality.
The Castle and Ruins are available as a unique setting for your wedding and reception.
Danby Castle is an approved premises to hold Civil Marriages and Civil Partnerships in either the Court Room, Threshing Barn which is also the bar and the Wheelhouse.
Carolyn says of the venue…”We consider all weddings and receptions to be as individual as each bride and groom and because of this we tailor every day to your requirements.”
“We will meet with you and discuss your ideal day, themes, music and catering and then assist you to achieve your dream day.”
“Danby Castle is such a versatile venue, providing a wide range of spaces which allow you to customise your day.”
“From October 2016, our lovely restored 16th century barn replaces the marquee for receptions, allowing us to host weddings all year round, which we could not do with the marquee alone.”
“We have our own kitchens and chefs and really do enjoy providing excellent quality home cooked food. ”
“We have a wide rage of offerings from our fantastic pie and mash feasts to the Vintage Tea Party and in the evening you can enjoy authentic Italian pizzas to local cheese and meat buffets or even Fish and Chips from the local van – too much yummy food to choose from!”
With regards to capacity, Danby seats up to 90 in the court room for the ceremony and the marquee (then from October the barn) will comfortably seat 80-100 for the wedding breakfast depending on layout.
For evening receptions they suggest no more than 130, but can accommodate more.
If guests wish to stay locally the Venue provides links to a wide range of different accommodation.
Alternatively guests can camp or glamp in the paddock and a recommended tent supplier is Glampit.
Thank you so much to Carolyn for telling us all about her wonderful Yorkshire Wedding Venue.
To see this beautiful wedding venue for yourself why not pop along to their Wedding Open Day on Sunday 14th February.
On that beautiful day so significant to those in love be inspired, try some of their amazing food, meet some fabulous suppliers and take a look around their award-winning venue.
Entry is free, and you can attend from 11am – 3pm.
Website: Esk Valley Weddings (hosting events at Danby Castle)
Phone: 01287 669219
Image Credit: Natalie Pluck Photography