Askham Hall’s medieval banquet hall – which has never been seen by the public before – has been given a new lease of life as part of the grade I listed hideaway’s expanding facilities for brides and grooms to be.
Nestled on the edge of the Lake District National Park, Askham’s 12 acre grounds already offer a ‘party barn’, a wedding pavilion and even a traditional gypsy caravan to sign the register. Thanks to a major renovation project, the historic property’s medieval banquet hall has now been given a total make-over.
Traditional banqueting halls in medieval grand houses and castles were typically on the first floor with a huge open plan layout, and Askham is no exception. Dating back to the 1500s, the banquet hall still has many original features intact, including a large medieval fireplace and traditional low hanging beams. However, in recent decades it has fallen into disuse – most recently being used by the current owners, the Lowther family, as a private games room.
Now, this atmospheric space is officially available to wedding parties to help celebrate the big day. With a newly installed bar, the banquet hall can be used flexibly, accommodating up to 100 people for a drinks reception with a difference or approximately 60 people seated.
The medieval banquet hall will be open for viewings as part of Askham Hall’s next Wedding Fair on Sunday 24 April 2016 (12 noon-5pm). www.askhamhall.co.uk/weddings