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The venue really is everything you could hope for and more

Our whole experience with Garthmyl was absolute perfection. From booking with Julia, to working with Polly throughout the planning process, and getting to know Andy and other members of the team during our wedding weekend, all I can say is a HUGE thank you for the most amazing weekend that we'll never ever forget. The Hall itself is so unique. The rooms are truly luxurious and the Stables and Ty Bachs are finished to the highest standards. Most of our suppliers were booked through recommendations from the Garthmyl Hall team and everything really came together to give us the most perfect wedding weekend. If you're reading this because you're thinking of booking, 1. I am so happy for you as your wedding will be incredible and 2. I'm SO jealous that you still get to do it and mine is over! The venue really is everything you could hope for and more. Thank you Garthmyl Hall! xxxxx

Testimonial left on 2nd November 2019 by Laura & Edd

Absolutely Magical Venue!

WOW!! What a fantastic place!! I recently got married at the gorgeous Garthmyl Hall, and I don't think there has ever been a more stress free weekend! The Hall is extremely well run. The team have great expertise, they are super friendly and you are given the freedom to create the wedding of your dreams.
We got married in the Walled Garden (it and the rest of the grounds are so beautiful) there were also two alternative indoor rooms to get married incase of rain.
We would recommend Garthmyl to everyone! Absolutely Magical Venue!

Testimonial left on 7th September 2019 by Lauren & Jesse

Garthmyl Hall is now our favourite place in the world. Julia is now our favourite person in the world...

This is the most breathtaking venue you will find. The package offer (2 nights/ 3 day stay) is unique and actually helped us feel calmer for the big day as we were able to spend time relaxing in the grounds the day before.

The Hall has some of the finest interiors and furniture that you will find. Each room is tastefully decorated to the highest standard. It is comparable to a five star hotel. A number of bedrooms have roll-top baths that look out onto the countryside. A bath with a view!! The Honeymoon Suite is not the kind of suite we are used to in the UK. It is its own entity and is too beautiful to describe. You just have to view it.

The Dining Room, Balloon and Sitting Room are particularly special with hand-painted ceilings and stunning features.

The Cellar Bar is an amazing entertaining space that makes you feel you are sitting in any cool bar around the world. The Summer House is so beautiful and has the best selfie lighting ever!

The Grounds
Just when you think it can't get any better you step outside. So many areas, the lawns, the trees which are 100s of years old, the water feature, the swing, I could go on... but the Walled Garden...

The Walled Garden - is outstanding. You feel as though you are standing on French soil. The flowers and plants change with the season, (we went to the venue to view at different times of year). You truly have to be there to appreciate its beauty.

Then there's Julia, Andy and the rest of the team. They are the cherry on top of Garthmyl Hall.

Julia you are Garthmyl Hall. You are standout and we all loved you; (family/ friends and wedding guests)! It is your vision, talent, energy and drive that has made Garthmyl Hall what it is. You have blow us away with how clever, funny, calm and professional you are. You are beautiful on the inside and out. But most of all your warmth and kindness will stay in our memories of you. I haven’t met many people that have achieved what you have. You have really inspired us. We all felt at home at Garthmyl Hall.

ALL our guest were stunned by so many elements of the venue. You won't believe this but a number of people said they felt unwell before they arrived but felt better when they were around the beauty of the venue!!!

Andy - what a human-being. Nick, I, my family and many others fell in love with you. You are gentle and kind. Hardworking and appear to be able to do anything!!! You went the extra mile for us but this is clearly a reflection of your personality. We don't know how many people thank you but again you will stay in our hearts Andy. You are an amazing person.

Polly and ALL the other staff (including bar staff, day staff & cleaners). What an amazing team. Polly always replied to my stupid questions and always has a smile on her face. Nothing is too hard. All the other staff were so friendly and helpful. This is unique. I have stayed at many 4/5* hotels up and down the UK and I can honesty say I have never know this level of excellence in staffing.

Just cant believe our experience. Its what you dream of but don't think it really exist. It exist here!!

Testimonial left on 21st August 2019 by Rachel & Nick

One moment I will never forget is walking into the Walled Garden with my Dad. It’s just the most breathtaking sight

Finding our wedding venue was a lot harder than we ever imagined. After becoming pretty obsessed and completely overwhelmed with venue search websites and visiting a LOT of venues all over the UK, we found they were all either too ‘weddingy’ - stuffy, old fashioned, too many rules… or they were dry hire and too DIY, and it was draining and not fun at all. We knew what we didn’t want but found it so hard to find what we did want. Somewhere cool and relaxed, somewhere we could take over for the whole weekend and somewhere our mates and family could stay on site. It didn’t feel like it should be this hard but it really was… It’s a bit like buying a house, we were absolutely exhausted by it.

Then we found Garthmyl Hall and we got a really good feeling about it, but even then we were still unsure… was Garthmyl a bit too fancy for us, was it cool enough blah blah. But what sold Garthmyl to us was three things: 1) the basement bar (now AKA The Rave Cave), 2) the walled garden and most importantly 3) the absolute legend that is Julia Pugh who owns and manages the venue (as well as designing and furnishing the whole place, planning everyones weddings and basically being two steps ahead of everyone and everything, always). And it was hands down the best decision we ever made.

As soon as we met Julia, we felt like we’d known her for years and through the whole planning process she was just fantastic. Nothing was ever a problem, she had suggestions and solutions for everything. We wanted to get married on the Saturday, and then have everyone back on the Sunday for a BBQ (which ended up turning into a mini festival), and Garthmyl accommodated us without question.

We arrived on Friday and stayed until Monday (when there were actual tears from Julia not wanting us to leave!). Our family stayed in the brand new Stables cottages, designed and furnished by Julia - honestly we were all blown away by the standard of the accommodation, they were absolutely stunning with beautiful design touches and brilliantly spacious. (lots of our guests stayed in the log cabins a mile down the road at Penllwyn lodges which we would highly recommend booking in advance!)

We had such a fun day setting up, then we’d arranged with Julia to have dinner in the Summerhouse with close family and bridal party. The summerhouse was our favourite room when we first saw the venue, and we weren’t sure how we were going to make use of it. Dinner in here was the perfect way to start the weekend, when the sun went down it honestly felt like we were on the Italian Riviera or something, with grape vines creeping through the windows, it was just magical.

Our bridal party stayed in the main house with us, and everyone was just blown away by their rooms. Each one is unique and designed beautifully. The honeymoon suite is spectacular with a separate dressing room (perfect for dress reveal!), and an incredible sunken bathroom with freestanding bath overlooking the courtyard and summerhouse. Getting ready on the day with my girls felt so special.

We were lucky enough to get married in the garden and one moment I will never forget is walking into the walled garden with my Dad. It’s just the most breathtaking sight. Walking through the door is like going into The Secret Garden, it’s absolutely magical, the grounds are beyond stunning.

The day was an absolute breeze, with drinks and tunes in the Summerhouse and on the lawn, through to dinner and speeches in the marquee, more drinks and DJ in the ballroom… it all ran so smoothly, we didn’t have to think about a thing and that’s all down to the excellent organisation from Julia and her brilliant team. Chairs were moved from the garden to the marquee, poseur tables moved from the summer house to the ballroom, drinks flowed all day… it all just happened without a thought as Garthmyl were all over it.

The night ended in the basement bar which we’d kept a secret and turned into The Rave Cave… we set up DJ decks, opened the bar and it basically became our own little club. Everyone loved it, including Julia and Polly who were partying down there with the best of us.

A HUGE shout out to Andy, Julia’s uncle, who is a massive part of Garthmyl Hall. The poor guy had put his back out just before we arrived and was absolutely gutted, but was still there cooking the breakfast, moving chairs and making sure everything was running smoothly all weekend. Thank you Andy, you are a wonderful human and a true gent.

Sunday started with a delicious and well needed cooked breakfast for everyone in the house, and bloody mary’s before everyone came back for round two. We had ‘Sequin Sunday’ which basically turned into a mini festival, and again the day just flowed without a hitch. Our caterers did a BBQ out in the garden which went down brilliantly. We moved tables from the marquee out onto the lawn and had a bar open in the summerhouse all day. The lovely bar staff were always two steps ahead and the prosecco flowed all day. A second night down in the Rave Cave brought an end the most incredible weekend of our lives, without a shadow of a doubt.

We wish we could do it all over again. Our guests were in awe, as were we, of the venue, the grounds, the garden, the staff… absolutely everything about this venue is perfect, and so much fun. If you’re considering Garthmyl, my advice to you would be just book it. You won’t regret it.

Thank you Julia, Polly and Andy for an unforgettable weekend. See you down the Rave Cave next year….

Amy & Tim xxxxxxx

Testimonial left on 13th July 2019 by Amy & Tim

We wanted a venue that was quirky and unique and Garthmyl Hall delivers this in spades...

We just got married in June this year in our most favourite place in the world- Garthmyl Hall. As soon as we drove up to the house, in fact as soon as I spoke to Julia (the owner) on the phone to arrange a viewing, I had a special feeling about this place.

We wanted a venue that was elegant yet had a contemporary twist, as a lot of stately homes we had been to see were very tired and felt too old fashioned for a young couple. We wanted a venue that was quirky and unique and Garthmyl Hall delivers this in spades. It has the perfect balance of classical and whimsical yet still feels like a home away from home. Every room is decorated to perfection with Julia's attention to detail brimming in every corner. Her sense of style is so cool, she upholsters her own furniture and has even been known to create her own lighting so that every element is bespoke and always on trend. Each bedroom has it's own character and they are all exquisitely executed. There are so many elements to the venue too that you hardly know where to have your photo taken next! There's obviously the stunning Georgian house, but there's also a boho summer house complete with white brick walls and amazing narural light, an EPIC walled garden, gorgeous grounds including and orchard, a meadow and a lake, not to mention a whole other courtyard complete with renovated accommodation!

The grounds and walled garden though are truly are out of this world. We have been to a lot of national trusts and a lot of venues and have never come across anything like it. It's like something out of the secret garden and offers the most unique of wedding ceremonies. We were lucky enough to get married out there and everyone was in awe of the place, commenting on the birdsong and the smell of lavender whilst waiting for me to arrive(I kept him waiting 20 minutes ;) ) a truly magical experience for everyone.

Unlike a lot of venues Garthmyl hall offers exclusive weekend hire so you get 3 days to enjoy all you have been building up to. This was like music to our ears! Julia is all about making the experience as special as it should be and you do feel like the only bride and groom in the world at Garthmyl. We had a pizza van on the friday night and a chilled brunch on the sunday which was great as we got to spend time with family and friends, as the day itself goes so quickly. We also had lots of extra friends and family able to stay at the venue as the stables and newly converted kennels had been completed. The finish and design of this extra accommodation is second to none, it's almost too nice to let people stay in it! Everyone was blown away, and so many people said it was the best venue and wedding they'd ever been to!

So we've ascertained that the venue is the best venue ever but it wouldn't be what it is without the boss babe that is Julia who owns and runs the place. She may possibly be the coolest person I know, (not to mention the loveliest) and she couldn't have accommodated us more. If you have a crazy idea she will help you make it happen- the crazier the better! She is truly there to make sure you have the wedding of your dreams. The rest of the team at Garthmyl are all so warm and helpful you feel like an extra member of the family when you're there. Andy was so amazing and kept the cellar bar open late for us and then was up making us breakfast the same morning. Absolute legend. Polly and the rest of the staff are very special and they are all just so excited for you! It's so lovely. The whole place just has a very personal and relaxed atmosphere, in fact one of my friends told me it was the most open and sincere wedding she had ever been to, and that's the vibe that Julia and Garthmyl bring to a T.

We will never forget our experiences at Garthmyl in the lead up to the wedding and of course the wedding itself. We are so happy that there is always some event going on that means we can go back and enjoy what is the most amazing venue. We can't wait to come back party the night away again soon, but until then we will just have to keep looking at our photos and reminiscing.
Thanks again for the BEST weekend of our lives Julia and the whole team at Garthmyl xxx

Testimonial left on 15th June 2019 by Louise & Leigh

'Choosing Garthmyl Hall for our wedding venue was one of the best decisions of our life'

We got married here in May 2019 and choosing Garthmyl Hall for our wedding venue was one of the best decisions of our life. We were looking for a venue where it wouldn't be all over in a day and like we were made to feel like a conveyor belt wedding and Garthmyl Hall ticked all the boxes. Hiring Garthmyl meant we could make a weekend of it to spend lots of quality time with family and friends and also get to enjoy the venue and all of its amazing features, we could even have our 2 dogs there to be part of our special day which is quite unique. We arrived on the Friday, had the wedding on the Saturday and then stayed the Sunday night and got to chill out with our close family and friends (as well as the amazing team there). The whole house felt like our home for those 3 days, it was a weekend that we will never ever forget.

As soon as we visited Garthmyl and met the legend that is Julia Pugh, we fell in love instantly. It is set in a beautiful and peaceful location, the grounds are absolutely stunning (especially the walled garden) and the house is like something out of a movie. I can't quite believe Julia did all the decor herself, every room is exquisite. Everything is so grand and so beautiful and she has thought of every single detail.

As well as the impressive house and grounds, the main thing we loved about the venue is the friendly and relaxed vibe of all of the incredible people there. The whole team is absolutely amazing and they feel like your family. In the lead up and during the wedding Julia and Polly were so helpful and approachable and throughout the whole weekend we were there we felt like nothing was too much trouble, everything was just so relaxed. Not to mention Andy who we also loved, he was so helpful and so kind. Garthmyl just felt like home to us and the whole team felt like an extension of our family. We actually feel like we have made friends for life there and every time we visit we never ever want to leave. Garthmyl will always now hold a massive place in our hearts and we can't wait to keep visiting. All of our guests were speechless about the venue- they said it was the best venue they have ever been to. So different, so beautiful, so quirky and so welcoming. There really is nothing else like it and it's all down to Julia- what a woman!

We cannot thank Julia and her team enough for helping create the best time of our lives. It exceeded all of our expectations. The only negative is that we can't stay there forever!! Thank you, thank you, thank you x 1million to Julia and Garthmyl!! xx
 

Testimonial left on 18th May 2019 by Melissa & Nathan

I could cry thinking about how amazing it all was & I cannot wait to go back again.

I don't know if I could ever truly express how much of a dream venue this is!! As soon as I saw the pictures online I knew this was the venue for us & Off we went to meet Julia the owner & within seconds of being there we knew it was the one , it was the first and only venue we visited.

You get the venue over three days , which is instrumental in creating this home from home vibe were you and your family/friends can truly enjoy each others company & as a bride it gives you the chance to set up everything you could need to the day before & prepare what you need too, although Julia Polly Andy & team pretty much took care of everything for us , as I did the wedding planning myself with my mum I absolutely loved being able to go the day before the wedding and be part of the preparations and setting up.
Julia and her team manages to give you all the support you need but allows you to be totally free in designing the wedding of your dreams to your taste.

Garthmyl is expertly designed by Julia, she has THE MOST incredible eye for style every single room is beyond beautiful & individual , its so grand yet so homely at the same time & the bedrooms are TO DIE FOR , the honeymoon suite is what dreams are made of & the grounds are impeccable , the walled garden is magical!

Nothing was too much to ask for Julia & Polly they were always at the other end of the phone/email to help with any queries that I had . They had such big smiles, wonderful hugs and genuine care for myself & my husband , Julia even stepping in the help him put his flower pin on & Polly stopping at tesco for us to get us 10 baguettes on the wedding morning . They are two fantastic woman who helped make our dream wedding run without a hitch , a thank you to Andy the caretaker who helped setup our speakers & microphones & all the other staff members who were so professional.

We used Tallulahs catering for our wedding meal & it was FANTASTIC!!!! We met her at one of Garthmyls open days & couldn't be more pleased that we went for her, we went for a day to night package which was brilliant.

I genuinely cannot recommend this place enough, I could cry thinking about how amazing it all was & I cannot wait to go back again. It is truly magical there & not just the interior & exterior , but the concept & the vibe of everything there is next level special!

Married in April 2019 -x-

Testimonial left on 15th May 2019 by Rachel Ward

You made our dreams come true!

I’m not really sure where to start. Having worked at Garthmyl Hall doing marketing and design work for several years, there wasn’t anywhere else that I could even consider getting married. I was slightly apprehensive though because working behind the scenes at the hall it was hard to imagine how I could switch off from work mode and really enjoy the experience from a bride’s perspective. I needn’t have worried - Julia was amazing!. After months of planning, dreaming and looking forward to the big day – it arrived, and boy was it a day to remember!! If I was to sum everything up in one word it would be – PERFECT! Everything was perfect. I saw the hall as if I was seeing it for the first time. Every room is flawless but it feels homely and welcoming at the same time. We had our ceremony in the Ballroom and we were able to decorate it to fit in with our theme – ivy and twinkly lights everywhere! The bedrooms are just beautiful, especially the Honeymoon suite – I feel so luckily to have finally stayed in that room (I even got to have a bath in their infamous en–suite!). Despite getting married in November the weather held so we got to have our photos outside, and even got to have some in the stunning Walled Garden which I really had my fingers crossed for!

But it’s not just the venue (amazing as it is) that made the day perfect – it was the people. The amazing staff at Garthmyl Hall intuitively know what needs to be done before even asking. There were a couple of little things that I hadn’t even thought about and throughout the day I found that they had been done, without asking me, they just did them. They went above and beyond with everything – nothing was too much trouble and everything was utterly seamless! The wonderful Polly was born to be a wedding co-ordintor! She has this calming aura and you just know things are going to go without a hitch! We had quite a lot of decorating and styling to do before hand and Julia, Polly and Andy – caretaker extraordinaire all got stuck in, I really don’t think I thanked them enough!!

At no point did I feel nervous, stressed or concerned – it is such a relaxing atmosphere – it really does feel like your home away from home. I have never smiled so much in my whole life – even my not-very-romantic husband was constantly beaming!

I do feel a real sadness though writing this, as it means that the whole experience is over, but my husband and I (I love writing that) will take away some incredible memories, stunning photographs (the hall is sooooooo photogenic) and life long friends. (Plus I still get to work there and see it whenever I want to – woohoo!!!!!) Love you loads Julia, Polly, Andy and the whole team – you made our dreams come true xxxxxx

Testimonial left on 17th December 2018 by Ceri and Tom Ryder

The wedding day itself could not have gone any more perfectly, Julia and team again were amazing, making sure everything went to plan

'When we got engaged in September 2017, the hunt for our dream wedding venue was on. We came across Garthmyl Hall online and arranged a visit straight away.

A 3.5 hour journey from London was worth every minute and we immediately fell in love with the hall, grounds and views of Wales. This was the only venue we visited and decided we didn’t need to see anything else so booked our wedding date for September 2018.

All of the rooms at Garthmyl Hall are so beautifully decorated, all with vintage touches but incredibly modern. There are hidden treasures throughout, including the walled garden, summer house and the cellar bar- when we saw this we knew it would be the perfect place for drinks with our guests.

When our wedding weekend arrived, we couldn’t have imagined such a warm welcome from Julia, Andy and the team. They were on hand to help us with with everything from setting up the marquee. Nothing was too much to ask and we are so grateful for this.

The wedding day itself could not have gone any more perfectly, Julia and team again were amazing, making sure everything went to plan. The guests were completely wowed by Garthmyl hall and it’s beauty.

Our immediate family and the bridal party stayed with us at the venue for the weekend and all of them LOVED it just as much as we did. The breakfast the morning after the wedding was very tasty and a great time for us to share stories of the day before. It really was great having somewhere where our nearest and dearest could stay with us.

It was the most magical day, one we will remember forever and we can’t wait to go back and visit.

Thank you to Julia and the team. We love Garthmyl Hall.'

Testimonial left on 29th September 2018 by Lily & Tel

Venue of dreams!

No words can explain how perfect Garthmyl Hall is, but I’ll try. 

From the second I saw it on Coco wedding venues’ website, I knew it was the only place I wanted to visit, and the only place I wanted to get married. From the very first contact with Julia - the owner and absolutel heart and soul of the place - I knew we were in good hands. She was kind enough to return my enquiry call on her day off to let me know the date we wanted was available and that she’d hold it for us. 

Our initial visit confirmed everything I’d gathered from the gorgeous and informative website- the venue was STUNNING. Well styled and decorated, clean, unique, every last detail catered for and looked after. Julia’s vision and drive is absolutely spot on. Her friendliness (and fashion sense!) bowled us over. We booked immediately and practically skipped home.

In the lead up, every single email, query, pondering - no matter how big or small - was responded to helpfully and quickly. Julia really does have it sussed and she’s an absolute star at what she does.
The weekend itself is one I just want to relive and relive over and over. I honestly cannot stress enough how perfect it was, from the welcome hug on the driveway with a genuinely excited Julia, the light up welcome sign with our names in it, and the freedom to just run around exploring like excited children at a their first sleepover without feeling like we were in someone else’s home- it truly felt like it was ours and we loved that feeling. 

Julia dove right in, helping us to unload our van, and then taking on anything we asked of her, even the boring confetti cone filling, whilst chattering away with our wedding party about all sorts of randomness. What I hadn’t realised was just how attentive she was, and how much she’d made notes on for helping with the things that needed doing on the Saturday itself. I had complete and utter trust and faith in her and the lovely, lovely team to carry out every last little thing that I had zero control of on the next morning- and they absolutely delivered. 
The night before, we had the most lovely evening with friends who came to Garthmyl for tea, and again, just felt like it was ours we were welcoming them to. Not once did we feel like we couldn’t do something we wanted to for fear of overstepping rules of the venue, like some places can make you feel. 

The day itself- perfection personified. We had the wedding of dreams, and the day we’d dreamed of in the most beautiful, breathtaking venue ever. Julia was there the whole time and felt more like a bridesmaid than anything else- she was just so on hand with getting things done and giving cuddles and kisses when she popped in to see me! Nothing was too much trouble. Nothing wasn’t already thought of or done already. We had the best day in the whole world with the team providing the friendliest and most efficient service that only added to our wedding. 

Breakfast the next day was delicious, and again the lovely staff at the Hall were on hand to cater for everyone and their needs.

The only part I would fault would be saying goodbye. Packing your wedding up after so much anticipation and excitement is utterly crap, but saying goodbye to someone you genuinely adore and wish you could stay friends with forever is just as hard! I heart Julia 4evs.

Garthmyl Hall will forever be the most special place for us, with special souls inside who I hope one day we will see for a hug on the driveway once more!

Testimonial left on 30th August 2018 by Leigh & Russ