|Sheldon Manor is Wiltshire’s oldest inhabited manor house with a 13th century porch and a 15th century chapel. Gardens with ancient yews, a mulberry tree and a profusion of old fashioned roses blooming in May and June. The manor and its gardens are available for weddings and many of the rooms, including the porch, are licensed for civil marriages. The chapel is available for blessings.
Sheldon Manor has provided the backdrop for a wide range of marriage celebrations ranging from intimate groups of people through to a marquee for larger gatherings. The perfect country house wedding venue for parties up to 60 people: the manor can accommodate more guests in some circumstances. Designers and creative people love the setting and the attention provided by Caroline Hawkins, who lives here with her family, and her expert team. This team makes possible unique, magical and romantic weddings, tailored to their client’s requirements.
The gardens are old and romantic with many trees and plants of interest to keen gardeners. There are numerous old roses blooming in great profusion from late May through June and July. A wide range of exotic specimen trees provide colour through the autumn. Several films and television series have been filmed here; the manor and its gardens are available for location hire.
|Within the manor and its grounds are four houses and a separate wing that are all available for hire, either together or separately: they provide enchanting accommodation.
Wedding couples and their party can reserve accommodation for the wedding night and several days following. Others rent a house as a second home, returning for many weeks of the year. Some rent all the accommodation on a weekly basis for major reunions: there are beds for 22 people and 2 children in total.
Sheldon Manor is both a tranquil escape from the world and the perfect base from which to explore the many tourist attractions within easy reach, These include Bath, Castle Combe, Corsham Court, Bowood House, Malmesbury, Tetbury, Westonbirt, Badminton, Lacock Abbey and the Fox Talbot Museum, and the Cotswolds.
The earliest documentary evidence is from the Hundred Rolls 803AD. There are records of nearly all the occupiers of the Manor since 1282 AD, when Sir Geoffrey Gascelyn was given six oak trees from the forest of Chippenham for timber. The great porch dates from this period and is considered to be one of the finest still standing in the country today. The chapel dates from the first part of the 15th century and the main part of the house as it stands today was rebuilt around 1660 AD.