Hensol Castle proves to be perfect pairing for Vale Resort’s weddings offering
The Vale Resort in Hensol, south Wales, is celebrating its most successful month for weddings ever, having hosted more than 30 marriages at the resort and the recently re-opened 17th century Hensol Castle in August 2015.
In total, 31 couples will have celebrated their special day at the venues this month – 17 at The Vale Resort and 14 at Hensol Castle, almost 100 per cent increase on August last year, when just 16 weddings were hosted. While this averages a wedding per day, the majority of the weddings are taking place on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with the busiest day being 31 August, when staff at the Vale Resort and Hensol Castle will be looking after 440 wedding guests.
This upsurge in wedding business means that the Vale Resort is expecting to hit almost £1 million of revenue from weddings alone in 2015 and 2016, an increase of 50 per cent from 2013 and 2014.
The increase in wedding revenue has been boosted by the opening of the 400 year old Grade I listed Hensol Castle, which was officially opened in May following a multi-million pound refurbishment programme to restore it to its former glory.
Located within the grounds of the Vale Resort, the castle has a new purpose-built Courtyard Hall, which is capable of hosting 180 wedding guests. It also has five smaller reception rooms that can host between 10-100 guests per room. The newly refurbished venue can be hired exclusively and has a wedding license for civil ceremonies.
The Vale Resort has a total of 13 function rooms, the largest of which being the Castle Suite that can host 400 guests. If all function rooms at the hotel and Hensol Castle are booked at the same time, the resort can welcome a total of 800 wedding guests.
Paul Beddoe, marketing director of the Vale Resort, said: “We are delighted that so many couples are choosing The Vale Resort and Hensol Castle to celebrate their special day.
“Couples can now choose from our historic and iconic Hensol Castle, or the more contemporary setting of the main hotel at the Vale Resort, giving them the ‘something old, something new’ choice to create their perfect day.
“The fact that Hensol Castle can be hired exclusively has made it highly attractive for brides and grooms who like to have an intimate and totally private celebration for them and their guests.
“Weddings have always been popular at the Vale Resort, but are becoming increasingly so since the investment in Hensol Castle and currently represent almost 10 per cent of the resort’s total revenue.”
Phase two of the £10 million investment in Hensol Castle will include adding up to 30 bedrooms and a top-end, destination restaurant at the castle. It is expected to be open by late 2016. Until then, guests can stay at the resort, which recently saw a £1 million upgrade to its 143-bedrooms, including installing new bathrooms together with updating soft furnishings and free wi-fi.
In August 2015:
• More than 3,400 bread rolls were served to wedding guests
• Corks popped on 500 bottles of sparkling wine or champagne
• Wedding guests consumed more than 1,000 bottles of wine
• The most popular wedding breakfast options
• Starter: Cream of Red pepper and Tomato soup
• Main: Roasted Supreme of Chicken with vegetable roulade, potatoes, grilled courgettes, roasted carrots
• Dessert: Hazelnut Pavlova with vanilla cream and mixed forest fruits