Helen and Martin McHugh

Helen and Martin McHugh at Lyveden, Northamptonshire

Helen and Martin McHugh held their wedding reception at Lyveden, Northamptonshire, in August 2015.

We had visited a lot of places in our area to try and find a venue for our wedding reception when my mum suggested that we look round Lyveden.

We weren’t members of the Trust, but we fell in love with Lyveden when we saw it. It’s an unfinished Elizabethan house with a beautiful garden.

The Operations Manager, Claire Barrett, made the planning so easy for us. She made suggestions but ultimately we were able to design our own day, which suited us as we are quite laid-back. Our guests all commented on the dramatic backdrop, which looked better and better as the sun went down. Seeing everyone relaxing outside was a real highlight, as are our incredible photos.

Our Trust membership has been a real incentive to try places we wouldn’t normally think of – and we’re planning a trip back to Lyveden to reminisce.

Bride from side view in Georgian house with portrait on wall


From castles and ruins, to abbeys and even pubs, we have a wonderful selection of venues for your wedding day.